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  1. Dreamsinger

    "Intermediate" handguard adapter?

    As in the Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times"? Woodwork isn't my favorite thing to do but since the range closed for the season I guess I'll have time for that and resizing .223 brass to 300ham'r
  2. Dreamsinger

    "Intermediate" handguard adapter?

    The block controls the intensity of the gas but the location of the port is what affects timing. My shoulder isn't quite sophisticated enough to discern the subtle differences of the later valve timing (so to speak). As for the handguard, another friend said he could set me up with a walnut block machined on each end to accommodate the delta ring and cap, leaving me to carve out the profile. Hmmmm.
  3. Dreamsinger

    "Intermediate" handguard adapter?

    Wilson uses both on their complete guns. I think part of the thing with a longer gas length is about timing. If I settle into a particular load an adjustable may not be necessary. I put an adjustable on my mid-length PA10 which was way overgassed from the factory. It helped but there may be room for improvement.
  4. Dreamsinger

    "Intermediate" handguard adapter?

    As I understand it the longer gas length softens the recoil and makes follow up shots faster and more accurate. Being that the HAM'R was optimized for hog hunting I can see the sense of it. I can probably find other uses for quick followup shots.
  5. Dreamsinger

    "Intermediate" handguard adapter?

    I usually avoid oddball calibers and wildcats like the plague but this 300 HAM'R spoke to me. I sort of understand the rationale for the longer gas length in larger calibered AR's but then my AR10 has a mid-length. <shrug>
  6. Dreamsinger

    "Intermediate" handguard adapter?

    Until I started a 300 HAM'R build I had never heard of "intermediate" gas length. I thought the word was interchangeable with "mid-length". I'm not a fan of free float handguards and apparently there are no drop in handguards in intermediate length. I don't know how common intermediate barrels are in the wild, much less if there are others that share my preference for a drop in. Maybe not enough to produce one in marketable quantities. As I stared at it and made measurements it occurred to me that an adapter between the end of a mid-length handguard and the cap would be easy to make and possibly worth producing in quantity. If I had a Bridgeport and a lathe I think I could probably knock one out in few hours or less. Any manufacturers ever consider this?
  7. Dreamsinger

    AR Platform Scout Rifle

    Cooper never said anything about a scout's mission. He was greatly influenced by Maj. Frederick Burnham, a scout in the late 1800's. He did say about the gun; "The general-purpose rifle will do equally well for all but specialized hunting, *as well as for fighting*; thus it must be powerful enough to kill any living target of reasonable size. If you insist upon a definition of 'reasonable size', let us introduce an arbitrary mass figure of about 1,000 lb (454 kg)". One might assume that "fighting" assumes engaging an opponent. You don't have to be a scout to want, need or desire a scout rifle.
  8. Dreamsinger

    AR Platform Scout Rifle

    It must be relevant to someone if 4 manufacturers manage to keep building and selling them. Being a lefty the bolt gun aspect is no bueno for me but I've always appreciated the basic concept.
  9. Dreamsinger

    AR Platform Scout Rifle

    FWIW, I'm not a "scout" nor do I think many fans of the scout *rifle* actually engage in that activity. Like other religious dogmas, the Gospel according Cooper may have morphed to suit different times and technology. Me? I like the concept of versatility that scout rifles afford. I'm not looking for style points for following verbatim a rule made up arbitrarily 40 years ago. I'm building *my* rifle, what I envision a scout rifle could be. Feel free to call my gun anything you want. I'll just call it a "scout" sorta.
  10. Dreamsinger

    AR Platform Scout Rifle

    I think if Col Cooper had been around today he might have loosened his definition to include semi-autos. I'm in the middle of such a build; an AR in Wilson Combat's new 300 HAM'R. Lightweight components, 18" fluted barrel, Vortex 2-7x Crossfire II Scout scope on a LaRue LT 139, 8.2oz BCG, Magpul Pro flip ups. It's 36" LOA and looks like it's going to weigh in at just over 5lbs, well within Scout rifle parameters. The downside is common to all wildcats, availability of ammo. I normally avoid anything but common calibers but after a day of humping my AR10 around the HAM'R started making sense. I'll have to start reloading again. .223 brass is cheap and easily available, Speer 125gr TNT runs about 17 cents a round. Since I'm retired I have plenty of time to make a lot of cheap ammo.
  11. Dreamsinger

    AR Platform Scout Rifle

    I'm committed to the .223 case for the commonality of bolts and magazines. I already have an M1A SOCOM that sort of fills the semiauto "scout rifle" thing but that's a work in progress. I think I can build a 300HAM'R AR much lighter and more accurate than the SOCOM.
  12. Dreamsinger

    AR Platform Scout Rifle

    I shot them an email. Got a rather terse "Nope, sorry". Checked Pacific Tool & Gauge's site and no mention of a 300 HAM'R reamer but I have a feeling (hope?) that there will be a lot of 300AAC owners who will create a demand for one. I may just buy one of X-C's 300AAC barrels and sit on it until someone comes up with a reamer. Thanks for the heads-up, X-C's barrel profile appears to fit the bill. As for the 1:12 twist, I know very little about how the difference between 1:12 and WC's 1:15 would pan out.
  13. Dreamsinger

    New cartridge, Wilson Combat 300 HAM'R.

    You're talking to the guy who feeds his AR10 and M1A SOCOM Malaysian Army surplus ammo with acceptable results. I like to shoot too much to be stifled by $1.40/rd. I'm at the range 2-3 days a week. So far my build project is on hold until I find the right barrel contour. WC expressed no interest.
  14. Dreamsinger

    New cartridge, Wilson Combat 300 HAM'R.

    It certainly got my attention. I think it would make a great semiauto version of the Cooper Scout Rifle. Reloading will be a necessity.