GUN AR-15 .458 SOCOM Conversion anyone?

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  1. Ghostrider4450

    Ghostrider4450 New Member

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    Out of my mind, brb never.
    I have a Bushmaster M4A3 and I was looking at getting a conversion kit for it, that will allow me to go hunting (legally) and for fun. Its either that, or the ever ubiquituous Beowolf .50 AE.

    The nice thing about the .458 SOCOM is that its not nessisary to modify the magazine. Also, if they (read: conservative gun control goups, namely VPC)decide to ban any cal. for a gun, it would be .50, not .458...

    Some Pictures of the .458 in action.
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    Size comparison-.223 Vs. .458 SOCOM
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    The full upper kit
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    I have a carbine stock for my M4A3, if I were to purchase the .458 conversion, how hard would it be to install an A2 full stock to my gun?
     
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    I need info on this caliber, whats the deal with it...socom? can someone explain this to me...
     
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    Basically you get a new upper (reciver, handguard, barrel) and you can thnn use the same mags as you would with .223. The nice thing about the .458 SOCOM (name of the special bullet for the AR15s) is that you can have anywhere from 300 grains all the way up to 600 grains! Which is great if your hunting the Big Five in Africa or a Grizzly Bear in the US. I have heard nothing but great things about this paticular caliber.
     
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    so what would be the specs (manufacturer) in that first pic, that's a hot rifle I wonder If I could get one in Canada...
     
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    modifying the magazine will be the least of your worries. the ammo is expensive and hard to come by and if you don't reload your own, don't even bother. hell, i wouldn't even bother in the first place. unless the only reason is to have something different, don't do it. and by asking how hard it would be to install an A2 stock (easy) i think u should learn a lot more about the gun before you decide to change calibers.
     
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    Does the case have enough volume to move a 600grain round at acceptable velocity?

    I'd be weary of rounds that heavy performing well.
     
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    Good responses by all.

    Can I afford to feed it, yes. I wouldnt shoot 300 rds while target shooting, but I would certainly be able to shoot at the range with this cal.

    And as for the stock, I just wasnt sure what the nessisary steps were for changing the stock. I am very familiar with the AR-15, I just have never had to replace the stock, nor have I ever tinkered with the way its attached.


    From what I have heard, the 500 grain .458 performs extremely well, having better accuracy than the .50AE beowolf conversion.
     
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    you just have to take out a screw for the stock.
     
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    if you're goin for bigger calibers, i'd just go for the 6.8 or the .50beo just because they are becoming more popular and will be more available. what are u planning on hunting anyway?
     
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    Beowolf conversion might be a better deal. Is the ammo cheaper, and easier to come by? Can you still use the same magazines?

    Deer, but more likely black bear up on my friends ranch, which is like 1300 crazy somthing acres. It would also be nice for going ATVing up in Bear Country.
     
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    I love my Beowulf. :wiggle:
     
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    How so? Do you have any pictures of your setup?
     
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    the .50 is easier to come by than the .458, b/c someone actually sells it in decent quantities. everyone i know w/ that has a .458 has to search for ammo, and usually ends up reloading, but it still costs a lot for brass.
     
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    Nevermind the investment for reloading equipment, which is alot :hs:
     
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    Out of my mind, brb never.
    Werd, .50 seems to be the best large bore conversion, that isnt nearly as economically unsound as the .458.
     

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