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Old 10-11-2017, 02:22 PM
rubicon762 rubicon762 is offline
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Default What .22lr to simulate a NM AR-15 for practice?

Hi all
I'm thinking of buying/building a .22lr rifle, (to simulate my NM AR-15), to practice with for Service Rifle compitition, mainly to save on ammo costs.

I've priced .22lr uppers for the actual rifle, >$700 if I recall.

I think I can buy/build a whole .22lr for less...What do you think/recommend?

I would also like to use this rifle for CMP sporter compition.

Your thoughts?

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old 10-11-2017, 05:47 PM
Ryan V Ryan V is offline
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They end up being too heavy for rimfire sporter. But are great for practice.
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:12 PM
Rootsy Rootsy is offline
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I had a keystone accuracy RF upper for a while and it was a hammer. Actually shot it setup like a space gun for smallbore prone league and held my own. Fed extremely well.

Have a friend with a Compass Lake and it is much more finicky than the Keystone.

The KA upper uses a modified CMMG kit. I believ John will sell you a barrel for $350ish and If you have any spare parts and an upper receiver then get a CMMG kit, remove the chamber part and have fun.

For the money, within a few hundred $$ I get more out of my SCATT.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:52 PM
lapriester lapriester is offline
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Just buy a CMMG conversion kit and shoot your actual rifle with it. I have one that functions flawlessly in all my AR's.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:27 PM
rich56 rich56 is offline
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Default Tried one. Very inaccurate.

Originally Posted by lapriester View Post
Just buy a CMMG conversion kit and shoot your actual rifle with it. I have one that functions flawlessly in all my AR's.
I had a conversion unit. IIRC M261
From my experience plus that of others. The units are so inaccurate, except for trigger time they are useless. No usefull feedback.
When Nordic uppers become a available I'll give them a second try too.
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:14 AM
Mike308 Mike308 is offline
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My CLE is identical to my competition rifle except for caliber and high dollar scope. I use Browning 22lr ammo for practice at 25yds and 100 yd prone. The Krieger barrel is a excellent voice but expensive. Keystone makes an excellent product as well.
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Old 10-13-2017, 05:20 PM
Droog Droog is offline
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I'm in the process of sourcing parts to build a .22 trainer as well. I'm still shooting an A2 and was able to pick up a pinned 1/4 min upper receiver, float tube, handguards, and front sight base for dirt cheap off of the people converting to Scoped service rifles.

Going to go with the Keystone Barrel/CMMG kit when I get enough cash.
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:23 PM
Greg Ficklin Greg Ficklin is offline
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I can't express enough how valuable my Compass lake .22 upper has been to me as a high power service rifle competitor. CLE makes their M-261 bolts in house that are modified for dedicated .22 barrels. They are incredibly accurate with quality standard velocity ammo like Wolf Target Extra, Eley, and CCI Standards. We practice and train junior shooters at 100 yards on SR-1 targets. I would not have made it to the DR badge, and High Master without mine.
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:34 PM
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Palmetto State Armory has some real nice .22 LR uppers. Just got one. But, at least so far, only available in carbine lengths: http://palmettostatearmory.com/catal...q=.22+lr+upper
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Old 10-14-2017, 11:47 AM
mac1911 mac1911 is offline
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You can save a little cash if you have a A2 upper already to use for parts.
CLE makes a kit that's saves you a little money.

If I ever catch up on my current projects and save some project cash I would like to add a nice 22lr A2 upper to my list.

Right now I have a TacSol that I used a clamp on front sight base and a detach A2 style front and detach A2 rear sight for iron sight use... I prefer this set up with a scope though.

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