An AR-10 is a great option whether you are looking for your next AR rifle build or trying to add some extra power and accuracy to your collection. We feature a wide selection of the best parts including Aero's assembled upper receivers for an M5 or M5E1, Ballistic Advantage's 308 and 6.5 Creedmoor barrels, and Radian Weapon's innovative AR-10 charging handles.
Adding an AR-10 to Your Collection
As an integral part of firearm history, the AR-10 is considered the precursor to the AR-15 style we all know and love. First developed in the late 1950s by Eugene Stoner, the AR-10 is sometimes forgotten as its younger brother tends to rule the AR platform when it comes to popularity. But the reality is, the AR-10 has some pretty sweet benefits that could add to your collection.
AR-10 vs AR-15: Key Differences
Similar but different, the modern-day AR-10 will differ from your AR-15 with key structural and performance factors to consider.
Caliber is the first, and probably the most obvious difference between the two. Some of the most common calibers for the modern AR-10 include 308 Winchester (7.62x51 NATO) and 6.5 Creedmoor while AR-15s will mostly be chambered in 5.56mm/.223.
The calibers are what will lead to some minor, but notable performance differences including the AR-10's heavier weight and limited magazine capacity (results from the AR-10's heavier ammunition). The powerful round and lower muzzle velocity in an AR-10 will also prove a flatter trajectory and longer effective range.
The overall size and mechanics will rack up a higher cost compared to an AR-15 option, one of the many reasons the AR-10 is less popular. AR-15's close combat and tactical benefits are some more of those reasons, but with longer effective ranges and quality performance, there's no doubt an AR-10 is a fun build and a great rifle option.
With all these performance considerations, why and when should you use an AR-10? Using Winchester .308 rounds, the standard NATO 7.62mm round, or even 6.5 Creedmoor, you’ll find the heavier ammunition ideal for long-distance shooting.
An AR-10 will serve in a few main areas including competition shooting, military snipers, and is especially reliable in hunting large game. So, if you're looking for more stopping power, range, and a unique firearm, the AR-10 could and should be your next build.
AR-10 & LR-308 Styles
Once you dive into the 308 world, you'll find fewer standardized parts compared to a 223/556 build. Most rifles are going to fall under Armalite's AR-10 or DPMS's LR-308. The look and feel of the DPMS pattern LR-308 is a popular build with a lot of high-quality, compatible parts.
You'll find some compatibility differences when comparing the LR-308 and the AR-10 including parts that are not interchangeable, some of these include the upper receiver, lower receiver, and gas tube. So, keep in mind the style and specific brands you use are going to affect your build more than you might be used to.
Best AR-10 Upgrades
From Aero Precision's M5 308 Upper Receiver to Toolcraft's Nickel Boron BCG, SpiceTac has the best AR parts and prices on the market.
1. AR-10 Bolt Carrier Group
Carrying the top brands in the industry, check out our Aero Precision, Toolcraft, and FailZero BCGs. We have options for 308, 6.5 Creedmoor, and even 260 Remington. At SpiceTac, we only feature the best finishes, for a long-lasting, high-quality part you can rely on.
2. AR-10 Upper Receiver
We also feature the best upper receiver for your build, Aero Precision's assembled or stripped M5 and M5E1 uppers are the way to go.
3. AR-10 Charging Handle
A favorite for many AR-10 builds or upgrades, we have Radian Raptor's charging handle in all their best designs. You can't go wrong with an ambidextrous charging handle upgrade.
4. AR-10 Barrel
Lastly, our AR-10 barrels are from the great folks at Ballistic Advantage. BA takes AR-10 barrels to the next level with precision machining and accuracy you won't find elsewhere.
Our selection includes affordable 308 and 6.5 Creedmoor steel barrels in a variety of lengths. You'll also find a choice of an Aero Precision or BA gas block and Stainless Steel or Melonite gas tube options.
AR-10 Parts With SpiceTac
With fast shipping, reliable parts, and expertise, trust SpiceTac to supply you with the parts and accessories you need in an AR-10 build. Contact us for more information or assistance on your .308 build today.