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A friend of mine is looking for stripped lowers to build a .308 AR. I know parts are scarce right now, but the question came up about what is a "normal" price for a .308 lower... not the current gouging prices.

He wanted a .308 semi-auto for hog hunting (apparently). I suggested he look into building a 5.56 lower and getting a .300 Blackout upper, that would work as well. Not like there is any 5.56 lowers available either
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bigdawgbeav;63056 Wrote:A friend of mine is looking for stripped lowers to build a .308 AR. I know parts are scarce right now, but the question came up about what is a "normal" price for a .308 lower... not the current gouging prices.

He wanted a .308 semi-auto for hog hunting (apparently). I suggested he look into building a 5.56 lower and getting a .300 Blackout upper, that would work as well. Not like there is any 5.56 lowers available either

I was looking to build an AR-10 a couple months ago but abandoned it. According to a couple of guys I talked to AR-10s do not have a "mil-spec." designation, so there's no real standardization to parts. A DPMS lower might not fit an Armalite upper. So it all depends on what brand you go want to end up with.

Mind you I never went any further with it so there may be a couple of interchangeable brands out there. I'm kicking myself now that I didn't take the initiative while things were cheaper.
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Pre-panic price, IIRC, is anywhere between $180 to $300, depending on the brand/type. I picked up a POF FTF for $300 a few years ago and that was a fair price. The one stripped listed on Brownells is $230 so that's about the average the non-panic price.

Your friend is better off with an AR15 and a 300BLK upper later on, as you said. It's standardized and the only difference between it and an AR15 is the barrel. AR10 mags are EXTREMELY scarce, though ammo is still a little cheaper than 300BLK.

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The most common "type" is the DPMS/Knights Armament SR25 pattern.

Other than the current panic, mags are not a big problem. DPMS, the heir to C-Products, Knights, etc. Magpul also offers a PMag version.

.308 is much more common then .300 Blackout.
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Biggest difference for me is weight. If it's a dedicated hunting rifle, I would opt for the AR15 platform in 6.8SPC, 6.5Grendel or 300Blackout.

I've owned three AR10 patterned rifles and while they shot excellent, I wouldn't want to carry one in the field all day hunting due to the weight of those rifles.

Out of everything, if it was my money, I would go with 300Blackout for weight savings and the only difference is a new barrel. The 300BO will use same AR15 mags and bolts, so nothing extra you need to purchase other than the barrel.

Even reloading, the 300BO is favored over 6.8SPC/6.5Grendel because you can make 300BO from 223 brass.
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