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I don't think I'm over the line with this...came across this today and figured it was worth sharing (yes, I bought one).

http://www.larue.com/larue-ultimate-ar-15-upper-kit 

Don't let the URL fool you - the kits are for the entire rifle except the lower receiver, ~$900 delivered in a boutique color, ~$800 delivered in plane black, your choice of 5.56, 6.5 Grendel, .300 BO...for an additional $200, they'll set it up for you.

It's an astoundingly good deal for mid quality AR components...except these are LaRue AR components.  Virtually an entire 2k+ rifle for less than half that.  

 

 

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I caved in...it was just too good a deal AND I did just come back from an all expense paid vacation.  I ordered one 18 inch 5.56 in UDE and one 18 inch 6.5 in plain old black (with UDE furniture) that will likely see a rattle can at some point.  1700 dollars in...and only another 200 dollars from having two complete rifles...the way I see it, that's 1900 dollars for two really solid rifles - that's a smoking deal.  

What blew my mind is that you can get 6.5 delivered for $.24 a round if you're willing to shoot Wolf...just something to consider.  

Now I need to buy more optics...

lpd5408 posted:

I got 200 rounds of Hornady 123 gr AMAX (6.5 Grendel) that came in yesterday. Plan on reloading some after that. Question I have and may be more appropriate to ask somewhere else, but can I use my .223/5.56 mags? I have read yes, but have to download and read no I cant.

Everything thing I've read says to use 6.5 specific magazines.  Larue is selling Elanders, Alexander Arms has a couple different models as well.  Check the 6.5 Grendel Forum for real world user comments.  The Magazines were a major issue for the 6.5mm Grendel to start with, I believe that they have gotten past it, but I highly recommend you do your research to confirm or deny my comments.  

Where are you finding loaded 123 gn A-Max?  I'd love to get my hands on some.  Although, to be fair, the Hornady Black 123 gn ELD-M is a smoking deal (assuming it shoots) at around $15 a box.  

I ordered a case of the cheapo WPA stuff to do a bargain brand shoot out between the 5.56 and 6.5 - because the 6.5 is actually cheaper to shoot (and about even for the match ammo).  

I am waiting on "good" ammo at the moment as well as mags...you can jam an empty 6.8 SPC mag (not sure on 5.56) in the rifle and enjoy it as a single shot - I did that to test function.  Everything is TIGHT, but it runs just fine.  I just mounted a Viper PST 5-25x50...which looks absolutely comical...but...if it's worth doing, it's worth over doing?  Honestly, the AR-15 is light and handy enough that it actually handles pretty decently offhand when dialed down to 5x...it just looks absolutely silly.  

I'm still waiting on the 5.56 kit...I am thinking about selling my 7mm Rem Mag just to poach the optic (a Viper PST Gen I in 4-16x50...so, still comical, just a little less so), heh.  I intend for this to be me GOTO 5.56 and will convert my existing DDM4V1 to 6.8 SPC (probably with a LaRue handguard...also on sale for $209 at the moment...).

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