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Old June 9th, 2021, 09:16 AM #11
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Thanks for starting this thread and for the members giving great advice (as always).

I've decided to build my own as well (.300 AAC), more out of curiosity than anything else. I picked up a couple very reasonably priced Aero X-15s from Medusa.

Some parts I've ordered, others I'm still doing research on.
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Yeah the members here are an invaluable resource. Iím still on the fence though. This build came out of necessity kinda sorta lol. I really want the Sig MCX Virtus but donít see that happening anytime soon. So my impatience got me to thinking about killing 2 birds with 1 stone. And what better way to learn and become familiar with my rifle than to build it. I donít know. I have the money for either option, I just need to make a decision.
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dont forget sights of some sort whether optics or iron sights.
I was thinking Romeo & Juliet for sights and Magpul MBUS 3ís whenever they become available again.
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Man...this can get overwhelming in a hurry. Iím having second thoughts about taking on this task. Iím average when it comes to being mechanically inclined. I think I can do it, I just feel like Iím going to waste money buying the wrong parts. I need to think this one over. 🤯
You can do this. It is a bit overwhelming but once you do it once you'll be more comfortable with it.

If you aren't going to build multiple ARs you may not want to buy the tools. There are a lot of us who have all the tools you will need that would be happy to walk you through step by step using our tools.
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You’re also missing a muzzle device.
I’d recommend you get a kit from Palmetto like Smokey recommended. It has everything and the upper, in theory, should be properly assembled. You’ll need to assemble it on your lower. You can build a different upper if you like later.
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If you aren't going to build multiple ARs you may not want to buy the tools. There are a lot of us who have all the tools you will need that would be happy to walk you through step by step using our tools.
Everyone builds multiple AR's. Everyone.
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I'd like to see a picture when it is complete.
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Youíre also missing a muzzle device.
Iíd recommend you get a kit from Palmetto like Smokey recommended. It has everything and the upper, in theory, should be properly assembled. Youíll need to assemble it on your lower. You can build a different upper if you like later.
The other good thing about picking something up from PSA is that if they did f something up(misaligned gas block or something not up to par), they've got a very good warranty. You can just ship the upper back and they'll fix it for you. If you slap parts together yourself without the knowledge or tools to correctly build it, you could be stuck on your own trying to problem solve if something isn't right. So the kits are kind of a good introduction to the AR. They're like pancake mix that you've got to crack an egg into. Sure, they could have just included egg in the mix, requiring you to just add water... but cracking that egg makes you feel accomplished. The kits handle some of the more important parts that are more difficult to assemble correctly and leave the easier parts for you to do.. again, with the warranty.
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You probably want someone knowledgeable to help or check out the upper when you build it. Could also use an assembled upper for the first one. The barrel nut, gas block and headspacing could cause issues that might be tough to catch, or could be dangerous/damaging.
To build a lower you need a vise, mag block, punches, detent install tool, hammer, armorer's wrench and a torque wrench.
To build an upper add in a reaction rod or Bev block(also works as a mag block), dimpling jig, drill, micrometer calipers, and headspace gauges.

There are build guides all over, but most break down into mil-spec or proprietary. Main difference is mil-spec uses a roll pin in the trigger guard and bolt catch, most proprietary use a threaded bolt catch pin, integral triggerguard, and may have a threaded takedown detent hole and nylon tipped tension screw. I love Aero sets, the M4E1 set has all the nice proprietary additions, and have built at least a dozen with 0 issues. PSA and Anderson often have minor out of spec things that could be tough to catch and fix for a first time builder. As far as parts go, keep it simple, stick to 1 company, lower, full lower parts kit with grip, selector and trigger/hammer, buffer/spring/tube/castle nut/end plate and brace/stock. Then a built upper, charging handle and BCG, or build the upper with a barrel, block/tube and handguard. Should be easy to get it to go well with decent parts.
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Thanks for that catch. I must have read wrong but you are correct sir, it is a carbine length has tube.



I really would like to do the build from A-Z myself but maybe a complete could be the way to go. What tools would I need to complete the build?
Bore scope
Magpul BEV block
Long Allen wrench set for SAE and Metric
Inspection picks
Magpul Armorer wrench
Small needle nose pliers
Utility knife w/razor blade
Torque wrench 1/2"
Breaker bar 1/2"
Aeroshell 64
Loctite 720
Tack hammer (get one at Lowe's)
Screwdrivers (flat and Phillips)
Torx wrench set
Sotaracha
Lapping tool
Lapping compound
Mobil 1 Synthetic oil
Wheeler AR15/AR10 vice block (used when lapping the upper)
Feeler gauges
Punch set
Roll pin punch set
Roll pin starter punches
223 GO, 556 GO, 556 FIELD headspace gauges (pacific tool and gauge will also modify them for a small fee, so they will clear the extractor and ejector)
Cordless drill (used for lapping the upper)
And many more
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Bore scope
Magpul BEV block
Long Allen wrench set for SAE and Metric
Inspection picks
Magpul Armorer wrench
Small needle nose pliers
Utility knife w/razor blade
Torque wrench 1/2"
Breaker bar 1/2"
Aeroshell 64
Loctite 720
Tack hammer (get one at Lowe's)
Screwdrivers (flat and Phillips)
Torx wrench set
Sotaracha
Lapping tool
Lapping compound
Mobil 1 Synthetic oil
Wheeler AR15/AR10 vice block (used when lapping the upper)
Feeler gauges
Punch set
Roll pin punch set
Roll pin starter punches
223 GO, 556 GO, 556 FIELD headspace gauges (pacific tool and gauge will also modify them for a small fee, so they will clear the extractor and ejector)
Cordless drill (used for lapping the upper)
And many more
Holy 😳! Think I might be in over my head. This list letís me know just how much I donít know and need to learn...🤦🏽*♂️.
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