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Posted: 9/20/2005 4:36:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/21/2005 4:06:32 AM EDT by TOBG]
Greetings to all , this is not the usual type of build so I hope its ok posted here. My progress has been slow so I waited till now to post. This project started with a used sidelock barrel and a 0% Les Baer upper forging. Here is a crappy digital pic of the work so far, and a pic of the 0% lower I built last year. I can post more info if anyone is interested. I still have to finish the bolt and the barrel attachment but I should be "making smoke" soon.


I first cut the side lock breech off of the barrel and drilled and tapped it for an inline breech plug. I only had to make a couple modifications to the upper forging ,besides fitting it to my lower. I drilled the barrel hole, bolt hole and milled out the area for the hammer and a relief area so I would not have to remove the bolt stop (quick change from one upper to the other). I also milled the rail for a see through scopemount and a red dot sight. With the recoil of a 50 cal and the hard plastic butt on my stock, I'm thinking of adding a muzzle break. It would not look very traditional but thats the whole idea anyway.

I had to jury rig a setup out of squared and trued blocks to mount my upper in the mill to drill the barrel and bolt holes. With my design as long as the bolt hole is centered on the barrel hole, the rest doesn't have to be too precise. If I were finishing this as a regular Ar upper I would want a jig and a better mill than the one I have access to. I put an upper and lower image together and edited the image to show how I'm building my upper. I hope to get some real pictures scanned and posted soon. Tobg


edit to fix pic links
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 4:38:52 AM EDT
That's pretty cool.

Nice work.
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 6:38:20 AM EDT
I like the concept! The AR is now a smoke-pole. Neat idea, and the execution looks good.
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 7:42:22 AM EDT
Very cool
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 9:01:45 AM EDT
That is seriously cool. I want to build something like that and enter a muzzleloading match.

Probably get shot at for trying that.
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 12:07:37 PM EDT
Thanks for the commment guys. Yeah I'm sure I'll get a double take from the DNR if they see me hunting with it during Blackpowder season. It's a WHAT?
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 12:47:47 PM EDT
If I had a hat, it would be OFF to you!

Very impressive and inspiring too!
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 1:23:10 PM EDT
Looks cool!!!

My only sugestion would be to hollow out the mag well for a cup/catch type device to catch a spent primer if you loose it in the action when trying to pick it out. On the other hand, if you were using 209 primers, you could add a primer extractor onto the carrier.bolt device so when you pulled back on the charging handle, the primer would be positively thrown free of the ejection port/primer nipple, and out of the ejection/primer loading port.
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 1:26:33 PM EDT
Pics aren't working for me.
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 1:57:31 PM EDT
Dano523 ,thanks for the idea. Its kind of a tight fit in the action, and It would be tough to pick out a popped primer out in the woods.
Looks like I should find a new image host.
Link Posted: 9/20/2005 7:05:58 PM EDT
Cool idea, for sure.

Link Posted: 9/20/2005 7:18:07 PM EDT
Now, it would really be something if you can get the Army to adapt it as a cost-effective training adapter. Even if they don't, you've proven the cleverness of man and the adaptability of the AR.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:46:32 AM EDT
You're going to drive the game warden nuts with that thing. He'll set himself up for a nice textbook poaching bust during Muzzleloader-Only season and wind up with egg on his face.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 3:50:07 AM EDT
tag for photos when they work
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 4:11:39 AM EDT
Thanks for all the comments. I did some more work on the bolt, and got the holes for the see through scope mount drilled and tapped last night. Pics fixed for now. I'm off to find a better pic host.
Link Posted: 9/21/2005 6:58:07 AM EDT
Man.. I must say, that is a pretty cool idea!

The AR sure is a versatile platform!
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