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What upper should I use for a single shot AR15 lower?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by bolus, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Im going to start on a single shot lower and I need help deciding what I should pair with it.

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    I was going to do a 50 BMG upper but for pretty much the same and price I could get an Armalite AR50.

    So I started to think about what else I could do with it. I know that this build serves no practical purpose. This is just to make something different.

    -There is a crossbow upper that would be interesting (but at the same price as the 50 bmg upper)
    -There used to be single shot top break uppers for California but I think they got outlawed as well.
    -The AR15 guys in England make bolt action uppers since that is all the can own. I doubt I would get one imported into the US though

    anyone know of any wacky uppers out there that would be a good match for this lower?
     
  2. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'd still do the 50. Especially since everything will be off a 4473.

    If not there are rare bolt action 308s out there.
     
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  3. JDAVIS

    JDAVIS washington co. Member

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    since you dont have to worry about feeding, could you do something like a side charge 6.5 creedmoor?o_O

    found this 22 from chiappa aswell

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  4. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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  5. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Think I would wait and see if they make suppressors easy to get, single shot just begs for a can on it.
     
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  6. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    do you have a link on that Chiappa? I had not run across that one.

    I'd do a side charging upper if it has a way to hold the bolt open on a lower that has no mag release button. I dont want to hold a bolt open while trying to feed a round. That's why a bolt action seems the best. Even a break action would be cool
     
  7. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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  8. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    that was definitely the appeal of doing the 80% lower. but its a 50 bmg and I like my fingers. I know the upper takes the brunt of the forces but Im second guessing my ability to put one together that would explode when I could just get the armalite and be done with it.

    If I dont find something wacky to do with this lower, I'll probably go with the tactilite. Its in stock at Brownells and I get a C&R discount there.
     
  9. JDAVIS

    JDAVIS washington co. Member

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  10. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Started on the lower

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  11. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    coated, got a few more parts
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  12. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Well, it looks very pretty. Did you ever come up with a reason to have it?
     
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  13. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    going with the 50 bmg tactilite upper
     
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  14. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    The mag fed one?
     
  15. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    The single shot spartan one. Didnt want to wait the 6 months for the T2
     
  16. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    mmmm.... I think I would would have waited.

    I have owned two single shot .50's I am seriously considering buying a Barrett semi auto, even though its an insane purchase. The single shot guns I had where a ton of fun, but now that Ive done that I wouldn't buy another. At the very least I would want a mag fed gun.
     
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  17. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    What is the turn around time on the one you bought?
     
  18. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    2 weeks.

    I think single shot for the one Im making from an 80% and then save for a dedicated magazine fed one.

    How about a GM6 Lynx? From Canada. Beauty eh?
     
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  19. rdb241

    rdb241 Puyallup Washington Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    What did the single shot 80% lower run you. I have been thinking of the very same thing. With this so called AWB of 2015 coming up. I am in a race to get all I can to build what I can. Before that door shuts for ever.
     
  20. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    $59. its not in stock very often though. I think I waited about 2 months before I was able to snag one
    https://www.tacticalmachining.com/80-products/80-single-shot-receiver.html

    You can use a regular AR15 lower with the 50 BMG uppers. I just wanted one that did not have the magwell on there so it matched the look of the upper better