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Old 01-17-2005, 11:51 PM   #1
 
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AR in alternative calibers?

I would like to have an AR that would be legal to hunt with in either .243 or .260. Who makes the uppers and barrels that I would need for such a project?

Thanks

Jay
 
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Old 01-18-2005, 08:12 AM   #2
 
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Armalite was offering the Ar10 in .243. Not sure if they still do.
 
Old 01-18-2005, 10:17 AM   #3
 
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I'll take an AR-10 in .308. Bushmaster is also making a nice .308 AR-style.
 
 
Old 07-07-2005, 02:03 PM   #4
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The regular AR-15/M4 format can be had in both 6.8 SPC and 6.5 Grendel wihtout too much trouble. Both should be adequate, or at least leagal for deer.

Matter of fact I used one in 6.8 recently, it did roughly 3-4 times the damage of what is arguably the best of the military 5.56 loads (Mk262mod1).

Jim
 
Old 07-08-2005, 01:10 PM   #5
 
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I'd also love to have an AR-10. The Bushmaster variety of .308 AR is probably the one to buy since they built it to use FAL magazines instead of the special Armalite mags required for the AR-10.
 
Old 10-01-2005, 07:49 PM   #6
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You can also get an AR-15 upper in 243 WSSM, I am doing this option myself. I have not checked on the other WSSM offerings, but I know 243 WSSM will work for sure. I have heard that Olympic is offering an upper. Myself I am going have Carl at ASI rebarrel and do the necessary work on the bolt to make it work. Only downfall is you only get sometihng like 7 rounds in an AR mag.

Also forgot to mention, DSA offers FAL rifles in both 243 and 260, so there is another option available. I also think they offer the upper halves, or just the barrel and bolt/carrier parts to convert yours as well.
 
Old 10-27-2006, 11:28 PM   #7
 
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Colt made the AR in 7.62x39, "short Russian", you know, the AK-47 round. :lol: Stock mags hold 5 rnds. Hi-cap are difficult. Any more than about 7 rounds, it has to be a curved mag, otherwise the straight mag becomes an ammo storage device, since it wont feed.
The top-ends should still be available. They came in 16' heavy, and 20' I think. I think I saw them in flattop also.
Will
 
Old 10-28-2006, 05:01 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by RtBrane
Colt made the AR in 7.62x39, "short Russian", you know, the AK-47 round. :lol: Stock mags hold 5 rnds. Hi-cap are difficult. Any more than about 7 rounds, it has to be a curved mag, otherwise the straight mag becomes an ammo storage device, since it wont feed.
The top-ends should still be available. They came in 16' heavy, and 20' I think. I think I saw them in flattop also.
Will
I have seen a number of these on the range. I have yet to see one work. A close friend has been tinkering with his for about 10 years now. We have tried mags made by Colt, American, some sort of plastic mag from who I cannot recall and lately C-mag which makes pretty good M-16 mags in 5.56, 6.5Grendel, 6.8SPC and 7.62X39. None of them have worked with more than 10 rounds and most with only 7.

It is sure a nifty idea if one could get one that functions.

There is an outfit (MGC, I think) which makes a custom lower receiver to go on the 7.62 X 39 upper which actually takes real AK-47 mags. That one is alleged to work but I have not seen one shoot. Interesting that they were able to retain the regular mag release button.

Good luck!
Jim
 
Old 04-23-2007, 07:49 PM   #9
 
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C-Products is now fielding AR15 mags in 6.5 Grendel and 6.8SPC that actually work as promised. I have two 25rd 6.5 that feed flawlessly, and have a friend with the 6.8, also with no probs.

If you'd care to entertain the thought of the AR10 platform, DPMS is now offering their LR series in .243, .260, .308, and 7mmWSM. I'm drooling for a .260 myself...
 
Old 06-13-2007, 01:18 PM   #10
 
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You can probably get just about anything you want, in AR format, from .50 down. I saw a .50 Bowolf (not sure of the spelling) and plenty of the 24 to 26 calibers at the SHOT Show. Buy an upper to complement you .223 AR-15.

I think a 9x23 would be cool.

Buddy
 
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