Just doing some initial investigations and pondering some ideas..
Wanted to get input from some of the guys here.
I have 2 AR platform rifles (or carbines if you prefer), one in .50 Beowulf, and one in .223/5.56 (Wylde).
I have mid and long(ish) range hunting rifles in 30-30 and 30-06.
I was thinking of doing a "longer range" AR, probably just upper since I already have 2 good lowers I could swap one out depending on use. The 6.5 Grendel is intriguing, looks to have good ballistics and ammo cost isn't absurd.
Problem is for the cost of a complete upper, I could probably get into a decent stand-alone rifle in .308, or cajole my dad out of his spare 7mm Weatherby (not that I can afford ammo for that)
1) are there any calibers you'd find superior to 6.5 Grendel for "long range" in the AR platform?
2) If you could choose between additional AR upper, or a new bolt-action Ruger/Browning/etc, what direction would you go?
Ideally I'd like to have a semi-auto .338 Lapua by Barrett or the new Ulffbrecht thing from Alexander but both of those (and ammo) are in a whole different world..
So lets queue the enablers! (Note, I have 0 budget for this, but sometimes miracles happen)