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    Default AR Target Rifle Recommendations.

    I would like to build a strictly target/benchrest AR and wanted input on some components.
    What length twist barrel would you suggest. I will be shooting 55-69 grain bullets. Also I'm considering a fluted bull barrel with a .938 gas block diameter.
    A Magpul PRS type stock? Perhaps something just usable but less money.
    Also no idea of what optics would be good. Something up to $300.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Probably be best to go with a 1:8 for the range of bullet weights you mention.....

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    Any barrel length recommendation?

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    16-24" depending on how far you intend to shoot. Barrel quality is the biggest factor then intended rate of fire.

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    I will be shooting 55-69 grain bullets. Also I'm considering a fluted bull barrel with a .938 gas block diameter.
    Id be looking for a 1-9 twist about 22 - 24 inches long . you wont need a faster twist with the good quality bullets a target rifle will be shooting .

    If you want to go heavier than 75 grain Id then look at the 1-8 twist.

    IMO a 1-8 wont help you much with the guide lines you have suggested it likely wont hurt you any either .
    most Savages that are known for great accuracy are 1-9 BTW in 223 .

    IMO the 1-9 will allow a little bit more speed with having pressure issues over the 1-8.

    If your shooting is at around 400 yards an under id stick with 69 grain an lighter bullets an opt for the faster muzzle velocity's. If your looking at long range like say 800 an 1000 yards then go fast twist an high BC/ heavy bullets but you will loose some of the flat shooting at closer ranges . its all trade off .

    spend the money on the barrel . I would not get a chrome lined one ether .

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    If it strictly a target gun a 20"-24"bull barrel will be fine, but think about how you will be using it, those bull barrels get heavy fast on a long walk in deep snow. Don't think I'd get fluting on something that would never leave the bench, unless it just for looks.

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    Don't think I'd get fluting on something that would never leave the bench, unless it just for looks.
    I agree . no need for flutting unless its a carry around gun .
    Intended an actual uses is what should dictate all the decisions here . distance an were it will be shot are the two main ones .

    my barrel length recommendation's are also made on all 223 guns . I have read that ARs can suffer from barrel droop with really long heavy barrels . the AR experts can tell you better . not a lot of speed gained after 20 inches in a 223. so if your 400 yards or so then shorter an stiffer is possibly better , there extension threads are only so big an can only support so much weight with out droop. lots of ar target stuff on the net if you cant find it here .

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    I'm thinking 20" max length. What's the differences/advantages between 223 Wylde and Compass Lake ?

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    I dont know all the details on a the various chambers.
    I think ( correct me if im wrong guys) that the wylde chamber is a compromise that allows 5.56 an 223 to both be shot. Never heard of the other.

    Id look for a tight chamber that your loads can get the bullet out to the rifleing. On a target gun its easy to live with a tight chamber that will need to be kept clean an demands good ammo.

    Id look at what kreiger offers an what winning guys shoot in competition.

    Expect to pay over $350 for good barrel an close to $500 is not crazy.
    Its all about what you expect to obtain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1biggun View Post
    I dont know all the details on a the various chambers.
    I think ( correct me if im wrong guys) that the wylde chamber is a compromise that allows 5.56 an 223 to both be shot. Never heard of the other.
    Compass Lake is new to me too. That's what I heard about the Wylde also.

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