A little JB Weld and some baling wire wrap would probably get the top rifle back into shape. (Kidding!)It does drive home just how much pressure we are next to when we shoot.The bottom rifle is a good example that just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should do it.
I wonder what could be salvaged from that KABOOM, John? Think the lower would still be good...?
I think the KABOOM lower has a crack just forward of the bolt catch, so the lower is a write off. And even without the crack, I still think its a write off.All the internal parts, pins, and springs should be OK, but shy of non destructive testing you cannot be sure.You end up with the grip, buttstock, recoil spring and tube, and the muzzle brake or flash hider from the upper.
Add apostrophe to change "...think its a write off." To, "...think it's a write off."We want the Grammar Police to keep their distance.