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#3229497 - 04/23/13 02:35 PM Franklin Gunsmith Quote vs. DIY
BirdDog123
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Next week I will be receiving most of the parts necessary to complete an upper receiver. This is my first build so many tools I do not possess.

I decided to get a quote from Franklin Gun Shop to 1) torque the barrel onto the upper receiver and 2) check for proper headspace. Their quote = $250

For around $200 I can buy the 1) Barrel Nut Wrench 2) Torque Wrench 3) Receiver Block 4) No Go/Go Guages. I guess this is going to be a DIY project afterall.

I am a firm believer in supporting local business vs. a bigger company but with FGS I honestly can't afford to! Everything is always unjustifiably expensive there whether it be used guns, ammo, or services. I was going to buy a $700 scope from them until they were going to charge me $50 to mount it/boresight it!

As far as the DIY goes, it seems if I use the old 3x torque method, get the torque anywhere from 30-50lbs, and check the go/no go guages I should be good. Most people say that the headspace isn't really an issue with mil-spec AR's anyway... so we will see!

Once I get the tools I will be happy to help anyone else out with this... provided I do it correctly the first time \:D

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#3229505 - 04/23/13 02:50 PM Re: Franklin Gunsmith Quote vs. DIY [Re: BirdDog123]
Rubberduck270
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I'd give it a shot. Just keep in mind that if you do screw something up it will be $250 plus whatever else you broke.
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#3229542 - 04/23/13 03:52 PM Re: Franklin Gunsmith Quote vs. DIY [Re: Rubberduck270]
DaveB
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This is not much help. There are a bunch of AR16 web sites where the entire assembly process is explained in great detail. Pictures and everything. I cannot find the link. Start googling and find the web site, it is for AR maniacs and is just chock full of information. And crazies, although they try their best to control the riffraff.
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#3229548 - 04/23/13 04:01 PM Re: Franklin Gunsmith Quote vs. DIY [Re: DaveB]
BirdDog123
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yea I have looked a lot lately.. some of the guys say to not even worry about headspace that much since most mil spec parts are within a .001 to .002 variance and the headspace gets dangerous at around .010..

plus the parts I am buying are high quality parts so hopefully no issues? I handload so I can always just load the bullet way down on the first few shots and check for flat primers

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#3229573 - 04/23/13 04:24 PM Re: Franklin Gunsmith Quote vs. DIY [Re: BirdDog123]
infoman jr.
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$250!!!!????? It sounds like that place is gouging as bad as anyone. That's insulting.

If you want to ship your components to me and pay return shipping, I'll do it for free.
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#3229582 - 04/23/13 04:36 PM Re: Franklin Gunsmith Quote vs. DIY [Re: infoman jr.]
BirdDog123
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Whoa I really appreciate that offer infoman! I will shoot you a pm if I get stuck on it.. should get everything in by Monday.

I thought 250 was a little steep too.. thats 1/5th the price of the rifle!

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#3229606 - 04/23/13 04:58 PM Re: Franklin Gunsmith Quote vs. DIY [Re: BirdDog123]
DaveB
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When stripped lowers are selling for over 150 bucks, some places feel they can charge the moon to put the pieces together. I am keeping a lsit of those places that gouge and they will never see my face or my money again.
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#3229663 - 04/23/13 06:12 PM Re: Franklin Gunsmith Quote vs. DIY [Re: DaveB]
pcrc
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I think I gave about $30 few years back to have mine done. Took about 15 minutes and after watching him do it I will do next one myself. Headspace is not an issue with milspec.
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#3230284 - 04/24/13 10:28 AM Re: Franklin Gunsmith Quote vs. DIY [Re: pcrc]
JimFromTN
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FGS did not jack up their prices. They have always overcharged. I would never have them do any work or ever buy a scope from them either. Go to swfa or cameralandny and save yourself a fortune on the scope.
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#3231540 - 04/25/13 02:07 PM Re: Franklin Gunsmith Quote vs. DIY [Re: JimFromTN]
53caddy
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If you were closer I would help. Just went thru the same process and no problem at all. Actually fairly simple
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