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    Default AR15 Lowers

    Has anybody made ar15 lowers from 0%?

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    If you're talking about making a lower receiver, it's a serial number part. You would need to be a manufacture if I'm not mistaken. Shawn

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    It's legal to make one for yourself. Other forums might prove to be a better resource.

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    I know its legal for me to make them for myself. I am waiting on the paper work from the ATF for it to be legal to make and sell. I was just wondering if anybody on here has made any themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn Ghormley View Post
    If you're talking about making a lower receiver, it's a serial number part. You would need to be a manufacture if I'm not mistaken. Shawn

    Yep You are mistaken, You can make one for yourself and NEVER have to put a S/N on it.

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    I made two of them from 0% forgeings. No problem so long as you have the tooling. If you plan to made them from stock, visit the site that Steve gave above.
    Last edited by bbemory; 12-26-2008 at 03:28 PM.

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    Default not yet

    I have 4 forgings just waiting me me to get a Round Tuit.

    Ray, are you the guy that did the excellent writeup on the machining of these?

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    My post got screwed up. I meant to say " search for Ray Brandes, for a good writeup on building the lowers,"

    I'm not a good enough machinist to write something like that

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    Default temper

    I've seen these raw forgings advertised, but have been reluctant to bite. Have concern for alloy and temper. Anyone here have first hand experience with these forgings having the proper solution heat treatment?

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    Smile Making Lowers

    I have made lowers form a forging, and it is a tremendous amount of work. The magazine well is a killer.

    I recommend an 80% part to start with.
    Got mine from the www.tanneryshop.com is where I acquired mine. Make a drill jig like CNCgunsmith works well for holding during milling ops. as well.

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    http://arlower.ray-vin.com/ar15/chapter00.pdf go here for pdf. It is easy his way. I think there are a couple errors in the original one. I will look at my notes to see if they are corrected, as soon as it gets above 15 deg in the shop

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    Where is the rest of it?

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    Default Ar-15 Lower Build

    IOWOLF,
    Look at the rest of the site.
    http://www.arlower.ray-vin.com/disclaimer.htm

    I think it is worth a lot. Looks like even I could follow his directions.

    Thanks,
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    Thank you.

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    That is not something I would make for several reasons.

    1. You need the correct steel for it to me safe.

    2. Heat treat has to be RIGHT or it will blow your face off.

    3. For the time involved in building one if I spent the same amount of time working a $10 per hour job I could buy one and have money left over.

    4. After I pay ATF their fee and pay for heat treat I could buy several of these.

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    Gary, have you ever shot an m-16/ar-15?

    The lower doesn't handle any stress other than keeping the barrel in correct proximity to the mag and trigger group.

    Heck, the pins on mine (in the army) were so loose you could cant the barrel to the handle 2-3 degrees.

    The round boss on the back is for the recoil buffer tube. All that does is provide somewhere for the spring to go - the bolt never passes through it.

    If the thread involved an upper receiver, you would have a valid point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary350 View Post
    That is not something I would make for several reasons.

    1. You need the correct steel for it to me safe.

    2. Heat treat has to be RIGHT or it will blow your face off.

    3. For the time involved in building one if I spent the same amount of time working a $10 per hour job I could buy one and have money left over.

    4. After I pay ATF their fee and pay for heat treat I could buy several of these.
    Um, it's aluminum. 7075 to be specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Shaper View Post
    Gary, have you ever shot an m-16/ar-15?

    The lower doesn't handle any stress other than keeping the barrel in correct proximity to the mag and trigger group.

    Heck, the pins on mine (in the army) were so loose you could cant the barrel to the handle 2-3 degrees.

    The round boss on the back is for the recoil buffer tube. All that does is provide somewhere for the spring to go - the bolt never passes through it.

    If the thread involved an upper receiver, you would have a valid point.

    I have a friend that owns one his rattles like a plastic bag full of tin cans. I made him a drop in auto sear for his rifle so he could shoot it full auto that was 20 years ago. I never liked the gun that is why I never bought one. Too many good guns out there to mess around with a gun like that. If you like semi auto and full auto guns I guess it serves the purpose. I like long range 400 yard target shooting. If I want to shoot something up close within 200 yards my M2 30 cal carbine is great. I think I have the most fun with a single shot 22 cal rifle it is fun to target shoot at 100 yards. A 22 Swift is also an amazing gun and lots of fun to shoot. I have a British 303 and a 1917A 30-06 rifle too that I have not shot in a long time. My Win 300 Mag is the rifle I like the best.
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