Cheap AR success.

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by d2wing, Apr 28, 2021.

  1. d2wing

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    I wondered what to do with a stripped lower I had for a long time. I considered a pistol, a Grendel, and others. I saw Del-ton rifle kits priced at $450 and I thought I should build one while I can. I finished it and got out to the range today. PXL_20210428_200123973.jpg
    That's at 100 yards, 1 inch dot. I am having eye trouble and forgot my spotting scope so I had to walk down to see where I was hitting. Bulk am
    mo, bushnell 10x scope. I am pretty happy for a light barrel cheap carbine.
     
  2. milsurpguy

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    Oh yeah I got a cheap AR and it shot like 6 to 8 inches at 100 yards. Then some go and no-go gauges. My cheap barrel swallowed the no go gauge with no hesitation. I got a Delton barrel, the go gauge goes in tight and 100yd groups looks like that.
     
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  3. chicharrones

    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    Looks like a great shooter. What rifling twist in that Delton and what ammo made that group?
     
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  4. d2wing

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    I had to look it up, 1 in 9 twist. Ammo: Ultramax reloaded 55 gr soft point. It is the lightweight mid length kit. I have an aftermarket trigger with a polished sear as well. I see that item is out of stock. I wanted an 18 inch barrel and freefloating handguard but those options were not available.
     
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  5. d2wing

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    I was thinking, broke-in, free float handguard, better ammo, I might be right there. I dunno but my grandson already wants it for a deer rifle.
     
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  6. DustyGmt

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    Hmm. I was going to buy a Del ton rifle, unused for $400. The guy needed money fast and this was not quite a year after VT passed their stupid UBC B*S* and when I told him we had to do a transfer at my expense he ghosted me, a friend of mine told me he just private saled it anyway. That's what I get for being law abiding. Great job Governor Phil!

    Cheap AR's have been known to surprise folks, especially when they outshoot rifles costing 4×-5× as much. My PSA will shoot MOA with certain ammo.
     
  7. d2wing

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    I have built PSA and this is my second Del-Ton. Both Del-Tons have been in spec, went together nice is fully functional and very accurate for what it is. The new one wasn't quite as nice as the first one and the bolt latch needed persuading to work. My PSA shoots Ok but I had to replace parts on it to get it to work.
     
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  8. Mosin Bubba

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    I have a Delton Sport, very similar to what you have, that I sighted in at 50 yards with irons. Imagine my surprise when a $400 rifle with a $20 UTG rear sight put 5 shots into just over a 1" group (measured with a multi-tool ruler). 2 MOA, 3 MOA, call it whatever, I'll gladly take it.

    A 10x scope and better quality ammo would probably tighten it up even further, but I am happy with where it's at. For comparison, I was sighting in an SKS that same day that was throwing 3" groups at 50, so that box-stock AR was already looking pretty dandy.
     
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  9. Skeptic13

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    Even an inexpensive AR build can be pretty accurate and they are still very fun to shoot.
     
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  10. d2wing

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    I know there are many AR's carefully built and better shooters can do better. My point is it is not always money that gets you there. Last year I shot with a guy with a very expensive AR that was have trouble getting it to shoot. He said he had sent it back and still it wouldn't shoot. There are lots of small defects that help or hurt accuracy. It takes quality control with parts and assembly by people that know and care what they are doing. They don't just send everything out and hope it works. At least that's the impression I get.
     
  11. Zerodefect

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    Target and timers don't lie.

    That's darn good for $450.
     
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  12. 35 Whelen
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    I am by no stretch of the imagination an AR guy, but several years ago when I figured out I could build them for <$550, I decided I had nothing to lose. No-name lowers, Delton kits and 200 yd. targets with issue-style sights-

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    Even the wonky, wobbly, carbine didn't do too bad-

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    But the real surprise was the 7.62x39 carbine kit from Bear Creek Arsenal. This is the first five shots after the build with Monarch steel case ammo-

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    Still not really interested in them, but something has to occupy the back row of the safe!

    35W
     
  13. AK Hunter

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    I love building cheap ARs. I built one to hunt deer with last season it was a 350 Legend complete upper I picked up on sale for $229.99. It was a 18" complete barreled upper w/charging handle & bolt/bolt carrier. I put it on a 80% lower with a cheap lower kit & complete stock group I paid $40 each for. I bought a used Simmons 4x12x40 scope for $60 & mounted it on a UTG scope mount for $30 then picked up a 350 mag for $20.
    All totaled I got about $425 into it & it shoots 100 yd 5 round targets like this.
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    It makes bringing home the freezer meat easy.
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  14. milsurpguy

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    If I was going to "buy good buy barrels" in anticipation of the atf making ar15 barrels a "reciever" Delton would probably be my second choice, that's assuming my first choice is available and the price hasn't gone up much.
     
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