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Build an AR10 around a couple buckets of brass...

Vek

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Are six+ gallons of once-fired hornady 308 brass as used in their factory tactical ammo, worth building some sort of AR10 around? Can one go about this in a manner similar to a PSA AR15: good enough for cheap? Receiver? Chambering and diet? Barrel length? Furniture? Drive gas management? Optic? Minimal frills appeals to me.
 

hangunnr

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PSA parts have been good to me. Picked up a used 18” 308 barrel that is an absolute hammer with 168SMKs.
My 300blk upper from them only needed an adjustable gas block to make it 100% functional. Original was way over gassing the gun.

With a bucket of brass it would be a no brainer to do a 308 upper. So what if the brass is not top quality, a gas gun isn’t exactly friendly to brass anyway. Wear out the brass and rebarrel to something more stylish....
 

Big Stick

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A Krunchenticker,is the LAST place I want to fuck with shit brass. toss the brass off the cliff and the build/component pricing of the smaller framed '15,will more than offset same,while outperforming it to boot.

'Course it'll handle only a million times better too,if only for starters...............
 

Dude270

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I get that you have a ton of brass but an AR 10 is nothing but a club. I had one and couldn't get away fast enough, YMMV
 

Big Stick

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You lose ALL sense of "feel" with a Krunchenticker and Hornie brass is shitty enough,I'd be aspooked of setback or other mechanical malady,on theway into battery.

Prolly a GOOD time as Politics go,to sell buckets of 308 Hornie...................(grin)
 

Big Stick

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Operating pressures wouldn't be my concern,but metallurgy is. Especially when talking O/F brass that is amongst the worst shit ever made,then applying it to a Krunchenticker,which is amongst THE most trying of platforms,in regards to same.

I've seen saving money,cost folks a LOT more than just cutting to the chase and rather often.............
 

hangunnr

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Boy, your experience with it and mine sure does differ.
I’ve run nothing but Hornady 223 brass for my AR15 reloads for years. Never experienced a single failure.

Certainly can’t be worse than Federal in 308 and I typically get 6-8 reloads out of them before primer pockets give up.

If I had it I’d run it......
 

Big Stick

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Absolutely bar NONE,the worst shit I've ever seen.

That being said,I don't know that I've ever encountered a piece of Hornie 223 brass.................
 

Dude270

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Stick,

Are you talking hornady brass in general or just 308?

I've got some 243 brass that I AI'ed and some 6 creed brass that I haven't been kind to but its held up ok. On the flip side I had some hornady 22-250 brass that was bar none the worst brass I ever had
 

Big Stick

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ALL of it.

243 Virgin brass cost a pard a Booner. Have seen a pile of Virgin collapsed cases,that one couldn't even neck size.

Amazingly fucking shitty..............
 
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