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    Updating S&W M&P10 .308

    Recently brought home a very lightly used M&P10 .308 with 18" barrel and M4 style handguard. Looking to turn this into an outdoor range plinker that I'll use mostly from shorter distances (100-300 yards) and occasionally out to 500 yards. Am intrigued by the cylindrical look of the 15" free float handguard from Apex Machining. Anybody have experience with their product? And finally the dreaded optic question.....given the use and $500-$600 budget, any thoughts or recommendations? My first venture into magnified optics so I'm starting from scratch.

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    Personally, I'm not a fan of fat handguards. There's a nice handguard in the classifieds...

    As for scope, ask Alan.

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    I put a Troy Alpha on mine.

    As to optics, give Alan at AAoptics your budget and goals. he will set you up.

    Don't blame me....it is Turbo's fault.

    In my opinion, the M-1 Rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised. - Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcapo View Post
    I put a Troy Alpha on mine.

    As to optics, give Alan at AAoptics your budget and goals. he will set you up.

    Do you have any issues getting a good stock weld on this setup? Your ring base looks super high to me, and that's something I've always struggled with in the AR platform with these one piece mounts.

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    Updating S&W M&P10 .308

    Quote Originally Posted by Banbuddy View Post
    Do you have any issues getting a good stock weld on this setup? Your ring base looks super high to me, and that's something I've always struggled with in the AR platform with these one piece mounts.
    My shoulder to eye height is probably above average. As an example, most shotguns donít fit well without an adjustable buttstock.

    The angle of the pic seems to exacerbates the bell to rail distance as it is less than .6Ē. More than ideal but it works.
    Don't blame me....it is Turbo's fault.

    In my opinion, the M-1 Rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised. - Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcapo View Post
    I put a Troy Alpha on mine.

    As to optics, give Alan at AAoptics your budget and goals. he will set you up.


    Hadn't considered Troy but that's the basic look I was going for. Really nice looking rifle you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdventureTeamJoe View Post
    Hadn't considered Troy but that's the basic look I was going for. Really nice looking rifle you have.
    Thanks! It is a spectacular shooter. Hornady Match Ammo and it'll shoot sub moa until the barrel heats up.
    Don't blame me....it is Turbo's fault.

    In my opinion, the M-1 Rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised. - Lieutenant General George S. Patton, Jr.

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    Ended up with Midwest Industries 15" handguard and Vortex Viper PST 4-16x50. No issues during basic function check with irons and cheap Winchester 147gr ammo. Got it out today to zero the optic with Federal 168gr Sierra Matchking and.....I'm now proficient in clearing FTF's. Back to the drawing board.

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    Didn't have issues with ftf, but had issues with primers popping upon inspection of spent brass. Turns out upon the bolt advancing next round forward brass was hitting a burred surface. Disappointed, but after I found a qualified gunsmith who was willing to invest the time, it was remedied, but I still keep an eye on that. I only use winchester match 168gr, hpbt. Might be something to look at. Brass was building up on primer end where round seats in chamber. Also I had issues with single piece mount on optic, went to old school rings, torqued to spec (can't remember the spec tho), it's been dead on ever since.

    Some guns, some ammo, open eyes and ears.

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