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    Default .22 to .223 Conversion. Please help?

    I have a .22 Long Rifle caliber Colt "M4" AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. I wish to convert it to a .223 Remington caliber rifle. I just have a few questions. Please excuse me if I use any incorrect terms, as I am new to this specific subject and my knowledge is some what limited.

    My first question is: Would it be more cost efficient to convert my rifle to the disired caliber, or just by a new rifle in .223 Remington caliber? I asked the guys at my local gun store, they had suggested that I buy a new rifle (the cheapest one being over $700). However, I'm not sure if they were being truthful or if they were just trying to trick an uneducated consumer into spending more money.

    Secondly, if I am to convert the rifle I currently own to a new caliber, which parts do I need to purchase. I'm pretty sure that I will need to get a new lower reciever and a gas tube. And possibly a new barrel? But what elese do I need to get?

    My third and final question is about a front sight for my .22 Long Rifle caliber barrel. I would like to buy a flip-up iron sight. I'm talking about the sight that doubles as a gas blocker. Is there any specific type I need to look for since my barrel is for a .22 LR?

    Thanks for all who took the time to read my post :) Once again, I'm very sorry for any errors or misuse of terms.

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    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that, with a conversion like that you would basically have to buy a whole new gun anyway to get all the parts you'd need. I would just get a new gun already assembled, you'll probably spend less money overall and you'll still have your .22 as well.
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    So you're saying it would be less expensive to buy a new AR-15?

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    Theoretically, yes. You'd also still have your .22, which are always nice to have around.
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    Thank you very much. And yes they are. Ammunition is cheap, and no recoil.

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    No problem. Yeah, you can get a box of 1,000 rounds of .22lr for between $10-$20 depending on where you go.
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    Yeah, I've only seen .223 to .22 conversion kits, not the other way around. It could theoretically be done, but the cost would most likely outweigh the benefit.

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    Yes this is usually done the other way around as I don't think most receivers for .22lr would be strong enough for the pressures of a .223

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