View Full Version : CMMG drop in for my AR or buy another rifle

09-06-2012, 10:04 PM
I just got a membership at a range that is less than 10 minutes from my place, so I am planning on shooting a lot more often. Downside is that since it is an indoor range its only out to 25 yards. I don't want to quit shooting rifles/have to wait until my once a month outdoor range trip to shoot a rifle, but I don't want to waste the pricey .223/5.56 ammo on shooting out to 25 yards, not exactly a challenge with an AR-15. I already bought a P22 so I can put a lot of rounds down range without breaking the bank, and am looking at doing the same in a rifle platform. I have a Marlin 925r already, but since its not long distance it would waste a lot of time shooting a bolt action 22 indoors at 25 yards. The two options I am looking at are buying a drop in 22 conversion for my AR, like the CMMG kit, or buying a dedicated .22 rifle, probably a 10/22 and drop it into a tacticool stock down the road. I would just build a dedicated .22 AR, but if I'm building another AR, and I am, its going to be a 5.56 and it's going to be an SBR:43:

For just something to put rounds down range what would you go with and why? I can get a drop in bolt and magazine brand new for $175 OTD at a local shop or I can spend ~$240 OTD and get a 10/22. Part of the reason I am considering the drop in is that when I have the SBR finished I can plink at the range with an SBR .22 AR-15 as well...

09-06-2012, 10:29 PM
Marlin 795 if you need a cheap semi auto. If you're going to tactool out a 10/22 just look at the mp15-22 or sig 522 or any of the other "tactical" .22's.

09-07-2012, 5:48 AM
I agree with the above gentleman.
I got my first 10/22 on sale at Big 5 for $275 OTD and I was looking at all the stuff I COULD add to make it "Better" but in the end I sold it and got a Sig 522 because its just $200 more.
They were selling the 522's with the extra 20" barrel as a package, and a few people are selling them. Since you live in a free state (I'm jealous), you COULD get your dick skinners on one of them and send it to someone who could shorten it and thread it for you and you could get the shorter handguard (same as the sig 556 patrol rifle or 556 pistol) and move the "gas block." Or get the Sig 522 pistol and SBR it. The stocks are easy to find for it.
Yeah! a sig 522 SBR would be pretty sweet.
Good luck with that.

09-07-2012, 8:46 PM
Your limiting yourself, get all of them.....:yes:

My small rifle collection when I get undecided -
AR15 20" Hvy barrel 5.56 w/Burris E1 3-9x40mm
AR15 16" Fluted barrel 5.56 w/Weaver Classic Extreme 1.5-4.5x24mm
AR15 16 22LR Dedicated CMMG upper 22LR w/Eotech 517
Ruger 10/22 Stainless w/Weaver Classic 2.5-7x28mm
Winchester Wildcat bolt 22LR/Vortex Diamondback 2-7x35mm
Savage MKII bolt 22LR/Leapers 4x40mm
Henry H001 Lever action 22LR

09-08-2012, 12:45 PM
Since you already have a lower, I would recommend the CMMG upper.
Get the stainless up grade. It's stronger, smoother, uses less lube and is easier to clean.
You can have every function of the standard AR with the CMMG.
Great customer service to back it up.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

My 10/22 hasn't moved from the safe since I started with the CMMG uppers.
You can also get a 6.5" dedicated upper from CMMG.
I built a couple custom 6.5" for guys last week.
Dave N

09-08-2012, 11:29 PM
I'm gonna vote drop in parts. Unless you're just looking for an excuse to get a 10/22 (and I wouldn't blame you if you are), it makes more sense to continue to practice with your AR on the cheap. A tacticool 10/22 is fun and all, but quite honestly, can it do anything more than your AR with a conversion kit? Now think about all the things you can do with that AR that you won't be able to do with the 10/22 (well without spending a boatload of extra money anyway).

09-09-2012, 8:51 AM
i went the dedicated ST-22 .22lr route and bought 5.56 uppers to go with it.

IMO...the best of both worlds...

Full Clip
09-09-2012, 9:02 AM
Same dilemma — but leaning toward a DPMS upper. (http://www.midwayusa.com/product/717600/dpms-ar-15-a3-flat-top-conversion-upper-assembly-22-long-rifle-1-in-16-twist-16-bull-barrel-chrome-moly-matte-with-free-float-handguard-10-round-magazine?cm_vc=wishList)

09-09-2012, 11:01 AM
I tested and reviewed the DPMS Bull barrel upper.
Good accuracy--1/2" at 50 yards
Very reliable
Manual bolt lock

Negatives for me was:
lack of up grades
Proprietary Upper Receiver--

If you want a reliable upper and don't plan any changes to it, the DPMS/Nordic is a good choice.
Dave N

09-09-2012, 11:02 AM
im using the cmmg upper with stainless bolt on my lw-15 polymer lower. i love it! i shoot about 3 mags of the 556 then switch out the upper to the cmmg shoot about 10 mags and switch it out again.