You should enjoy it. I've got a couple of friends who've switched to it for hunting and they're happy with it's performance on white tail and hogs down here. If I didn't already have a 6.8 I'd probably buy a 6.5G.
Not sure if i'll be using it, I will most likely x-fer all the 5.56 stuff to it as the 11.5" barrel really limits the range/accuracy of it. As i live in canadaland an AR is only allowed usage at the range. I do have a decent range of 500m here, but will be applying for an import /export permit for the states so I can try for longer ranges.
Yep, another big fan of the A1 uppers, I especially like it for knocking around and plinking. I wish I'd bought a load of them when they were cheap. The short barreled performance is one of the reasons why I bought my 6.8, it's only 11.3" (Wilson) without the suppressor mount. I dropped three last season, two bucks and a doe. The first buck dropped in his tracks and the other two only took about a step each. It's due to the bullet's performance but that's also my biggest complaint as the 120gr Hornady SST rounds did not hold together and they absolutely destroyed themselves- I found lots of fragments. I was grateful for the clean quick kills (and not having to drag them out of the woods) but it was amazing the damage they did; I should have taken some pictures.
AAAAAAAARRRRRRHHHHHHH! I sometimes wonder if I'm adulting wrong. It seems I have to reinvent the manned moon landing, I had to remove a few hundreds off my case holder to allow proper sizing of the case right at the base. So it was to the nut and bolt bin , find a 1/4 20 nut bolt, file the head so i could put it in my drill chuck. Then out with the lapping compound then a while of boredom later it works! That's even trimming the cases to length beforehand.. Ahh well I just need the hand guards and its done. With the spare bits my spare anderson lower and a few $ spent , I'm putting together a second AR.
If you're really planning to push the rifle like it appears you want to (reloading and all), you're going to want to install a decent trigger. Look into the Geissele triggers or their budget line (actually in his wife's name) ALG Defense. There are others out there as well that are very good too but almost any of them should be a big improvement on the stock, military style triggers, even if you've polished that mil. spec trigger.
Check your detent pins before installing them, cheap pins often have poor finishing on the tips and can cause sticking. If you haven't done so already, before installing the roll pin for your bolt release, put masking tape on the side of the receiver in case you slip with your punch you won't mar the side of your receiver. It's not a bad idea to do this on the right side when installing the mag release button as well. You had your finger in front of the hammer when you let it fall which is good, letting it slap against the lower can crack the lower.
Welcome to Black Rifle Disease- once you build one you'll want to build more in different configurations. I think it's best been described as "Barbie for men".
The lower in the video is being built into a "parts remaining gun". While I dont have a Geissele in my Alberta Tactical, thats the one in the pic in post one. The trigger it does have has been given just a bit of care by a weapons technician or as ya'll Americans say armorer. it breaks at about 4.2 lbs, has positive engagement,not much creep, and a crisp reset. I'm not going to say never to one but just not now. One of the major issues is the US/CDN dollar conversion and ITAR regs. While the ITAR regs are changing our dollar continues to hang low like paratroopers boots.
As to the tape, you know it. Its a fairly common thing to be used in my machinations of much evil thank you though. The pieces rifle will be for friends to shoot while the 6.5 will be used to do groups @500m once i get it figured out.
I've had black rifle-itis , from when we switched from the FNC1 to the C7all the way to the C7A3 variant in the early 90's. It is a great rifle BUT the 5.56/.223 isn't all that some ppl say, yes it does have advantages over the x51 NATO but theres better rounds for what I want to do.