I've had bolt actions for literally as long as I can remember and a few years ago was bitten by the long range shooting bug and have a couple of custom guns for that addition now. But recently I've been bitten by the AR bug and while doing as much reading as I can for the last week or so, I think I am actually more confused than when I started!
So my question to you guys is - with a budget of $800 (+ or -, and minus would be good), what are some of my options for the best quality out there? Thinking buying a complete rifle now would be my best bet until I learn more about them (plus I have my first child on the way in 4 months so my building time will likely be taken up by diaper changing!).
What am I looking for in this first AR? Beats me! Would I like it to shoot .5MOA groups and be accurate out to 600 yards? Sure, but more realistically, something to shoot out to 300-400 yards at targets, rock chucks and sage rats, would be more realistic. I doubt I'll ever be putting 1000 rounds through it in a weekend but would like it to be as dependable as possible.
Is that enough to go on for throwing out some ideas? Thanks for any feedback you can offer and I'll be happy to clarify if you need more info.