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bombadillo
09-13-2008, 9:20 PM
I have a friend who wants to build a precision rifle and really wants his lower to be made of stainless steel polished or otherwise, and I couldn't find one. I know the AR gods on this board are always there even when I use the search button. So somebody throw me a freakin bone here and let me in on those stainless steel lowers if they're around.

bonjing
09-13-2008, 9:32 PM
dpms had them, not sure about now. i don't think they were cali legal though.

mike452
09-13-2008, 9:39 PM
What types of lower receivers does DPMS offer?

DPMS offers a forged aluminum lower receiver that has been hardcoat anodized per Mil-Spec and Teflon coated black. This process provides more wear resistance and provides a color match between our upper and lower receivers. DPMS also offers a cast stainless steel lower receiver in both a natural gray color or the Teflon coated black. These receivers weigh approximately 1.75 lbs. more than the aluminum lower receivers.

You have to order direct from DPMS, so find yourself a middle man!

Don't forget to tell your friend there are also titanium receivers.

aplinker
09-13-2008, 9:48 PM
it's really pointless.

IIRC even the SS DPMS lowers were DPMS Panther marked - so they'd be banned.

jumbopanda
09-13-2008, 9:50 PM
A stainless steel lower would be very heavy...

M. Sage
09-13-2008, 10:02 PM
it's really pointless.

+1. The lower doesn't really do anything for accuracy.

bigthaiboy
09-14-2008, 12:40 AM
How about one in titanium?
https://www.vbd.com/noc/shop/products_detail.asp?CategoryID=29&ProductID=286

hybridatsun350
09-14-2008, 1:00 AM
Can you say paper-weight?!

bombadillo
09-14-2008, 6:40 AM
Thats what he wanted it for was a heavy bench gun. Its probably gonna be a stainless barrel and 24" long as well.

offrdmania
09-14-2008, 7:04 AM
Titanium would be as light as the aluminum but if billet cost about 4 times what the aluminum lower costs. More of a novelty if anything, to tell your friends that its titanium. No real advantage that I can see.

offrdmania
09-14-2008, 7:07 AM
How about one in titanium?
https://www.vbd.com/noc/shop/products_detail.asp?CategoryID=29&ProductID=286

They bastardized it by making it cast instead of billet. What a waste

One Shot, One Dropped
09-14-2008, 7:45 AM
Get an 80% lower, finish it, but don't paint it.

gunrun45
09-14-2008, 8:31 AM
Brownells used to offer a SS AR lower...
Haven't looked in a while or remember who made it.

SunriseF150
09-14-2008, 9:41 AM
What about picking up a receiver like a POF and then having the finish stripped off and the rec. polished? Do the same with the upper and handguards, and do everything else black.

nobs11
09-14-2008, 9:58 AM
What would be the point? The upper is everything. An AR receiver is not like a one piece piece precision rifle.

Fjold
09-14-2008, 10:07 AM
What about picking up a receiver like a POF and then having the finish stripped off and the rec. polished? Do the same with the upper and handguards, and do everything else black.


You would be removing all the anodizing and wind up with a receiver that scratches easily

M. Sage
09-14-2008, 10:59 AM
Thats what he wanted it for was a heavy bench gun. Its probably gonna be a stainless barrel and 24" long as well.

Put lead weights in the stock and under the handguards.

bigthaiboy
09-14-2008, 11:59 AM
Titanium would be as light as the aluminum but if billet cost about 4 times what the aluminum lower costs. More of a novelty if anything, to tell your friends that its titanium. No real advantage that I can see.

Agreed. A bit like the company that used to build the titanium Glock frames. Nice idea, but no real advantage over polymer. I do like the finish of Titanium though.