Can you tell the difference in accuracy if an Anderson lower were used on a build? I know quality barrel an trigger are important but how important is the lower it’s self?
My buddy is a part time basement gunsmith and builds them regularly. He said that the brand issue is a myth. As you stated, barrel and trigger are key. He has 7 personal guns with cheap components, and he is a long range prairie dogger. Said they are all minute of prairie dog. He has some kills over 1,200yds he says, and thousands at 500yds and under.
My cheap builds are way better than I ever expected so far. A lot of variables (and luck) of course!
I was a Contender guy for a quite a while these prices amaze me. Of course I don’t especially want to price out my 458 build. My guess is total cost of 1,300 to 1,500 without optics. Even at that for a fully customized 100% custom gun that price isn’t bad. I am thinking of putting together a couple low cost builds for coyotes. I also would like to put away a stash of lowers. Now after shooting and getting comfortable with it I never want to be without at least a couple Ar’s at my disposal.
My 2 cents. If the lower matches the upper with no wiggle you are good to go. Got wiggle? Add small strips of Gorilla tape to fill the gap between the two, it doesn't take much to take out the play. Trim excess with a razor blade, inside and outside for a neat job. If your pins push in and out with reasonable pressure you're good to go. It's like bedding a bolt gun.
These are 2 loads I put together by literally closing my eyes and picking a load off the list. A powder I am just trying to burn up that was given to me. Cheap BCA 223 Wylde, 1-8" twist, Anderson lower with their parts kit. JP trigger springs and a buffing wheel. Not too bad so far. nearest arvest bank
Having built a bunch of ARs I can tell you that the high dollar lowers and uppers are nice but not necessary, I also have a fix for upper/ lower fit, a permanent fix, as far as I know I am the only dummy in the country that does it but it works. If you guys are interested I will elaborate, maybe do a tutorial since I have a new to me barrel I need to install on a cheap upper.
On triggers: JMO here so take it for what it's worth The best money you can spend on your AR is in two places 1. buy a quality barrel 2. buy a decent trigger while you can "work" a milspec trigger and make it no so awful (been there done that several times) my money will put a decent trigger even in a beater truck gun, it's money well spent, there are lots of good triggers to choose from these days that don't cost a fortune. Again JMO...
I have been very happy with them so far. Until BCA upsets me I’ll continue to use their stuff. Their price is tough to beat. Their quality is everything I need. I am not using these things as bench guns. My purpose for AR’s killing critters and sub MOA accuracy will suit my needs just fine. I will be picking up Anderson lowers. I’ll try doing a trigger job and see how it turns out. I do really like my 2 stage Trigger Tech but they are more expensive than a BCA upper.