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Are the G36 conversions really worth the money(I'm speaking from a practical standpoint)? The trigger on the SL8 is kind of atrocious compared to other much less expensive endeavors.
 

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There is nothing practical about what we do for our HKs.
For those who want a G36, but cannot own the post-86 "real" versions, a conversion is your only option.
A conversion is expensive, especially the more accurate you attempt to get with factory HK parts. The longer you wait, the more expensive it will be, as the parts kits continue to dry up.
A conversion will do nothing to improve the trigger, so if that is a deal breaker, stop there. The trigger is mil spec, and I have to tell you, that though it is not anywhere near as nice as other rifles I own, I have no problem with it at great distance. Like anything, you just have to get used to it.
Give Tom (TommyBuilt) a call. He can talk you through the conversion process.
 

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To be honest, I doubt if you'd get an objective answer here, since this is a forum for people that would tend to do such a conversion. IMHO it comes down to your opinion, not anyone else's. Could a SL-8 be converted to look like a G36? Absolutely, but that will not be cheap. So do you have a "thing" for the G36? Do you want to stand out at the range because you have something different? If so, and you have the money, go for it. If you want a 5.56X45 military style carbine, there are other options that would be much less expensive and plentiful. So what is important to you?

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ETA I have seen James (PP) hit steel at 300 yards off hand with his Post Sample G36 which he used in his last HK carbine class.
 

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You also have to factor in the possibility that HK may import/build here a version of the G36 rifle. Given the new political climate, that is more of a real possibility. If they do I would predict it would come in at about the same price point as the MR556, considerably less then conversions today.
 

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All good points. I recently sold a SL8 I had been setting on for about 9 years to do the conversion. Opted for a new Ruger Precision .308....
 

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To be honest, I doubt if you'd get an objective answer here, since this is a forum for people that would tend to do such a conversion. IMHO it comes down to your opinion, not anyone else's. Could a SL-8 be converted to look like a G36? Absolutely, but that will not be cheap. So do you have a "thing" for the G36? Do you want to stand out at the range because you have something different? If so, and you have the money, go for it. If you want a 5.56X45 military style carbine, there are other options that would be much less expensive and plentiful. So what is important to you?

Scott

ETA I have seen James (PP) hit steel at 300 yards off hand with his Post Sample G36 which he used in his last HK carbine class.
Your points are primarily why I opted not to go through with it. I would "Love" to have a G36, but not for the extra cost. I already have a nicely done up Rock River which cost a lot less.
 

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I did a "C" conversion. took me a while to save up and get all the parts. Is it worth it... to me it was. to others, maybe not. Ive always loved the looks of the G36 so when I saw it could be done, i did it Granted, i now have a semi-only $5kish .223 rifle (sbr), so it is what it is.

As far as trigger, yeah, the stock 1 sucked. I had a cetme that i bought a trigger pack for and had bill springfield do a trigger job on it as well as the g36 (sl8) trigger pack. w/o getting into the whole bill springfield thing, he did great work on my stuff. again, others....i guess not so well. maybe i lucked out. either way, its always a conversation piece where ever i go with it and everyone likes shooting something that isnt just another AR15.

Now to convince myself to to a UCS/UMP conversion.
 

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I spent about $5k to get my conversion done. Is it worth it? Only if the 293 doesn't come out! :74:
 

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All good points. I recently sold a SL8 I had been setting on for about 9 years to do the conversion. Opted for a new Ruger Precision .308....
If you've already sold the SL8, why bother asking about the conversion now? And why bother telling us about the another gun you got?

It's pretty obvious you're trolling, at least, and maybe trying to inflate your post count to sell something. Your post count already got knocked down. Trying for the full on ban now?
 

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If you've already sold the SL8, why bother asking about the conversion now? And why bother telling us about the another gun you got?

It's pretty obvious you're trolling, at least, and maybe trying to inflate your post count to sell something. Your post count already got knocked down. Trying for the full on ban now?
Hey, Not trying to inflate. I really am curious about the implementation in the field of the conversion regardless of what I decided to do with my rifle. It's an extravagant build financially and i'm curious to know more about it. I also realize the discussion in this forum will be stilted, but this is the best place to discuss this on the web. I'm not trying to go to Ruger's site to discuss H&K rifles and conversions. Not trying to sell anything, period! If there is another thread i should just go read please feel free to point me in the direction.
 

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Wait a few months and get an HK 293--- less expensive than a build, and a factory rifle!!! :biggrin:

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Hey, Not trying to inflate. I really am curious about the implementation in the field of the conversion regardless of what I decided to do with my rifle. It's an extravagant build financially and i'm curious to know more about it. I also realize the discussion in this forum will be stilted, but this is the best place to discuss this on the web. I'm not trying to go to Ruger's site to discuss H&K rifles and conversions. Not trying to sell anything, period! If there is another thread i should just go read please feel free to point me in the direction.
Well, I have to say, I am lost here. You say you had a SL-8, but sold it. You also state that you bought something else. So you'd have to buy another SL-8, buy a G36 parts set (or at least the G36 parts you would need for the conversion) plus the cost of a smith that specializes in this conversion, as I hear this is not an easy conversion. I'm guessing $5,000 to $6,000 for a semi rifle. But again, you bought something else. Even if every single poster said "I had one done and it is the greatest rifle I've ever shot". What difference would that make? You hate the trigger. So I would very much doubt that you would have one built.

So this whole thread comes off as a waste of time. I'm sure if you just wanted to find out about G36 conversions do a search, or ask the board for suggestions for threads of how to. If you asked about something you actually planned to do, then it wouldn't come off as so disingenuous. A G36 conversion isn't right or wrong, good or bad. It is great for those who want one. I'm sure the board would be a little more welcoming to you if asked about something you actually wanted to do. YMMV.

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Wait a few months and get an HK 293--- less expensive than a build, and a factory rifle!!! :biggrin:

Tony
Do you have any new info on this Tony? My searches just bring up speculation that is nearly a year old. I really do hope one is only a few months away! I found an SL8 for sale at a local gun show a week ago for $1600. I thought that was about the going price until I got home and saw the ads on here where they have sold for more than 2k! I wouldn't mind a G36 but adding another 1.5-2k onto an SL8 cost for the conversion is a bit crazy. Then I see your post and I am getting all excited!
 
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