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Old 08-10-2015, 07:54 PM
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Default AR-10 Bolt Gun

Right from the outset, I've been quite taken with the AR platform and its versatility. I'm not particularly enamored of its "black/tactical" look. Neither am I particularly enamored with semi-auto hunting rifles. Don't "hate" them, just not interested in them. (One of the reasons is that I reload, and don't like to be on my hands and knees looking for where it spewed the brass I want to reload.)

I have always thought a single-shot-ish AR would be 'nice'. Turns out, it's not much of a task to modify an AR to bolt action. In fact, there are companies "out there" doing that very thing. https://www.google.com/search?q=Bolt...FY0qiAod9AECeg

They have a following in Great Britain, and I would expect in OZ, but I've never seen note of in from OZ.

Anyway, I'm operating the AR-10 chambered in 8mm-08 as a "single shot". No gas port and associated hardware, and therefore, not auto loading. One of the reasons to add a bolt handle instead of just using the existing charging handle is that most people mount their scopes far enough back that it is difficult to get to the charging handle easily. That's not the case in my rifle, as I prefer to mount my scopes as far forward on the receiver as I can possibly get them. On my rifle, the charging handle is not blocked by the ocular on the 'scope. I will still have to take the rifle off of my shoulder to operate the action though. I do that with a bolt gun anyway.

Converting to "bolt operation" only requires bolting a handle on the bolt carriage group, and milling a slot in the upper for the bolt handle. Pretty much a slam dunk as far as I'm concerned. The plan is this: One in standard configuration, i.e. semi-auto, and one in "bolt action". The bolt action one takes care of all of my wildcatting and subsonic 'itches', and the standard configuration takes care of "standard configuration".

I've got a few AR-15 80% receivers, but I don't think I have another AR-10 80% rcvr, so I'll have to get one. The good news is that they have dropped in price back to reasonable.

I'll post pictures when I get one configured with a bolt.

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