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Just before XMAS I found a great deal on the S&W M&P 15 Sport II Pkg. A 10202 Carbine with
Tac case, 30 rd mag, Caldwell loader etc. I bought two.

One was to be a gift to a friend/ financial advisor and the other to resale. The gift rifle had to be returned to me for reasons not important here.

My question , is a S&W 10202 carbine accurate enough to make into a prairie dog platform and how would I go about it? Probably out to 250-350 yds??? Too far? What scope, what trigger, ?? What round? Not looking to spend TOO much on a $450 gun but would like to use it if possible. Am I dreaming?

Did I mention I am primarily a pistol shooter. I know next to squat about AR platforms.

The set up I would like is a shooting bench set in the back of my truck as moving to other areas
while shooting is optimum.

Any , and I repeat, any pertinent info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. NMBUZZ
 

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https://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-strike-eagle-3-18x44-riflescope-w-ebr-4-moa.html

https://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-crossfire-ii-6-24x50mm-ao-riflescope.html

Something like these 2 will work great for you. Not expensive but more than good enough. Get some different mags such as ten or twenty rounders will work better when in sandbags as the length is awkward in the thirty round mags. Trigger someone else will have to chime in. As far as ammo is concerned you will just have to try several types till you find what is the best in your gun. Find some with a hollow point or soft point.
 

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Don’t put a dime into it. You have a 556 1/9 twist 16” barrel. Get some XM193 and use your iron sights. An 8” plate at 300 yards with irons ain’t much of anything once you get sighted in. The stock trigger will be just fine.
If your eyesight is not good then get the cheapest 3-9 or 4-15 FFP scope you can find. The reticle on an FFP scope increases in size with higher magnification so it’s easier to find the reticle and whatever you’re aiming at.
If you really want to get fancy with the ammo the Black Hills 69 grain otm is a no excuses type load.
 

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https://www.brownells.com/rifle-par...r-15-bcmgunfighter-pnt-trigger-prod82713.aspx

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S2P2KKS/?tag=thegunzone-20

https://www.amazon.com/Monstrum-Profile-Picatinny-Scopes-Optics/dp/B01BFYLRLK

https://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-pro-series-30mm-riflescope-rings.html
you may be able to eliminate the riser with the high mount option here.

https://www.opticsplanet.com/harris-engineering-bipods.html
might could be useful and less troublesome than bags in some instances.

As limbkiller mentioned, 10-20 round mags, soft point ammo.

Of course, you will now have nearly as much in accessories as you do the carbine.

A few hunnert rounds to lap the barrel and you'll be good to go.
 

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https://www.brownells.com/rifle-par...r-15-bcmgunfighter-pnt-trigger-prod82713.aspx

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S2P2KKS/?tag=thegunzone-20

https://www.amazon.com/Monstrum-Profile-Picatinny-Scopes-Optics/dp/B01BFYLRLK

https://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-pro-series-30mm-riflescope-rings.html
you may be able to eliminate the riser with the high mount option here.

https://www.opticsplanet.com/harris-engineering-bipods.html
might could be useful and less troublesome than bags in some instances.

As limbkiller mentioned, 10-20 round mags, soft point ammo.

Of course, you will now have nearly as much in accessories as you do the carbine.

A few hunnert rounds to lap the barrel and you'll be good to go.
Great items and I thank you for this input. NMBUZZ
 

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So. Here's the dang deal. I did a lot of research as to what I wanted to upgrade on the S&W M&P 15 and by the time I was done..... If I added an upper and lower receiver to my list I had an entire new rifle. And I can configure it to left hand. So that is what will happen and I will sell the unfired S&W.

I already have a Colt LE in 5.56 and a custom in 6.8spc. Both carbines. This build will be a 20 in rifle.
I will post the final results of the build in the near future. I am learning a GREAT deal about ARs and thank you guys for the info. Seems like kind of a Lego build compared to a 1911.
 

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So. Here's the dang deal. I did a lot of research as to what I wanted to upgrade on the S&W M&P 15 and by the time I was done..... If I added an upper and lower receiver to my list I had an entire new rifle. And I can configure it to left hand. So that is what will happen and I will sell the unfired S&W.

I already have a Colt LE in 5.56 and a custom in 6.8spc. Both carbines. This build will be a 20 in rifle.
I will post the final results of the build in the near future. I am learning a GREAT deal about ARs and thank you guys for the info. Seems like kind of a Lego build compared to a 1911.
Why 20?


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Why 20?


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Cuzzz.... if a little's good a lot's better?? And the 17 inch free floating hand guard I bought might look silly on a 16.5 barrel? I have three carbine length already?
My best answer is because a friend of mine did a 20" and I really like how it looks. I also found it interesting that the ARs were originally built with 20 " barrels. That's the way I heard it.
 
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