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Posted: 1/7/2012 10:37:10 AM EST
I have a bushmaster lower. Can I buy a complete 308 upper and put it on my lower or are those two totally different things? I cannot find that info anywhere but maybe I am asking the wrong question.
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Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:39:21 AM EST
.308 lowers and 5.56/.223 lowers have different magazine well dimensions. So presuming you are talking about a 5.56 lower than no.
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Link Posted: 1/7/2012 10:40:36 AM EST
Probably won't fit. While similar in operation, AR-10s have a longer magazine well to fit the longer .308 cartridge, so a .308 upper would generally be too long to fit on a stock .223/5.56 lower.

You could easily make an AR-15 upper chambered for .308, but would have to single-feed it through the ejection port, since the AR-15 magwell is not long enough to allow the feeding of .308 cartridges in the normal fashion.
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Link Posted: 1/8/2012 5:01:56 AM EST
if you want 30 caliber in an AR15, your options are 300 blackout or 7.62x39 or almost 30 cal with the 6.8 rem spc
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Link Posted: 1/8/2012 9:17:19 AM EST
Yes you can, but it will be single-shot. Franklin Armory sells one.

http://www.franklinarmory.com/PRODUCTS_308-Upper.html

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Link Posted: 1/8/2012 9:41:37 AM EST
Originally Posted By Buccaneerfan:
I have a bushmaster lower. Can I buy a complete 308 upper and put it on my lower or are those two totally different things? I cannot find that info anywhere but maybe I am asking the wrong question.


.308 Winchester? No.
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Link Posted: 1/8/2012 11:05:26 AM EST
.308 Winchester? Yes...as others have said. Just only single shot. The cartridge will not fit in an ar15 magwell. However I wonder if anyone has considered an upper that would take .308 mags from the left side? Seems a cool idea where you wouldn't have to have a ar10 lower.
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Link Posted: 1/8/2012 3:59:47 PM EST
Originally Posted By tlw613sp:
.308 Winchester? Yes...as others have said. Just only single shot. The cartridge will not fit in an ar15 magwell. However I wonder if anyone has considered an upper that would take .308 mags from the left side? Seems a cool idea where you wouldn't have to have a ar10 lower.


Did you watch that video contained in the linked page? Is that what you'd buy, if you were out for a new AR-15? A single shot? Maybe I'm crazy, but I don't think that was the intent of the OPs question.

I did watch the video, and the guy says it can be run "as fast, or faster, than a bolt action." Don't think so. And, we don't buy ARs because we're looking for bolt action-type single shot operation.

Again, I'm not speaking for the OP, don't have any idea what he's really looking for - that answer from Franklin Armory is not why you'd typically want a .308 AR.

Again, you want to run your AR like an AR, but in .308 Winchester - that upper listed above isn't going to do it. No upper, onto an AR-15 lower, is.

.30 caliber through an AR-15 is there - a few choices. .308 Win through the AR-15, running it like any other AR-15 - unpossible.

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Link Posted: 1/8/2012 9:38:26 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/8/2012 9:39:35 PM EST by 98Z5V]
Originally Posted By tlw613sp:
However I wonder if anyone has considered an upper that would take .308 mags from the left side? Seems a cool idea where you wouldn't have to have a ar10 lower.


For this part, there's already a company that does something like this - ZEL Custom. The calibers they make are .50 BMG, .416 Barrett, .338 Lapua Magnum, and the .408 CheyTac. Those are bolt action, single shots, that attach directly to an AR-15 lower. They make a .50 BMG model that has a 5rd left-side mag feed, and that mag also feeds the .416 Barrett round. So, they have two models that have a detachable mag.

They don't offer anything in .308 Win.

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Link Posted: 1/8/2012 10:17:44 PM EST
Originally Posted By Buccaneerfan:
I have a bushmaster lower. Can I buy a complete 308 upper and put it on my lower or are those two totally different things? I cannot find that info anywhere but maybe I am asking the wrong question.


what kind of lower do you have...
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Link Posted: 1/11/2012 6:29:56 PM EST
Or there's the 7.62x40 WT. You can use everything from your ar-15 except the barrel. Even 5.56 brass can be trimmed and re-sized to 7.62x40.
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