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Old 06-03-2014, 09:18 PM   #1
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I am considering buying an LMT 5r Stainless Steel barrel chambered in 7.62x51mm with a 1 in 11.25 twist for my DPMS LR-308. This barrel is undoubtedly great, but is it worth the 700 bucks? Thanks.



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Welcome to the forum!!
Now that you are here, there are some things that have to be asked to answer the question.

How much do you shoot?
What are you expecting from this new barrel that is not there with the current?
How often do you clean your firearms.
Is that the correct twist rate for the ammo you plan to stick with?
How many rounds do you shoot in a typical shooting session?

Every upgrade to a firearm should have some reason. Even if the reason is "I have enough money and I think it would be 'cool'".



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I try to get out shooting every other week.
What I am hoping to gain out of this is much tighter groups. In general, .3 MOA groupings. From what I have read, the M24 uses these specs. The 5r allows for less "bullet pinch" and the 1 in 11.25 is the optimized twist for m118 ammunition. (Which is what I shoot from my 308s). I know the M24 is a bolt rifle and that makes a huge difference in accuracy obviously, but I am hoping to take some of the technology that produces those groups and integrate it into my LR308.
I generally clean my firearms about once every 3 months or so.
And in a typical shooting session I will fire about 100 rounds total (Ish)

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It sounds like you did your homework!

I would consider doing it.

I believe that there are some members (me included) who would be interested in before and after results.

If you only went to the range like once a month and shot only 20 rounds at each session, the cost would be too prohibitive (IMO) to do the barrel change.

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Alright, Thanks! I will be backordering it now. I will post again after I get some rounds through it.

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I have a complete LMT and I love it if that helps lol

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The barrel arrived yesterday and it's now on my DPMS LR-308. I just got back from the range today but totally forgot to picture the groups! Here is what I have written down though:

M118: 3 shot groups at 100 yards.
0.41 in
0.32 in
0.51 in
0.44 in
0.25 in
0.39 in
0.40 in
0.22 in

Averaging 0.36 inch groups. I was absolutely astonished. Unfortunately, I only brought 30 rounds of the m118 to the range with me this time and it took 6 rounds to re-zero. But, holy crap was that thing accurate! Next time I go to the range I will be sure to picture the groups so you all can see them.

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The barrel arrived yesterday and it's now on my DPMS LR-308. I just got back from the range today but totally forgot to picture the groups! Here is what I have written down though:

M118: 3 shot groups at 100 yards.
0.41 in
0.32 in
0.51 in
0.44 in
0.25 in
0.39 in
0.40 in
0.22 in

Averaging 0.36 inch groups. I was absolutely astonished. Unfortunately, I only brought 30 rounds of the m118 to the range with me this time and it took 6 rounds to re-zero. But, holy crap was that thing accurate! Next time I go to the range I will be sure to picture the groups so you all can see them.
those are pretty impressive results. very nice shooting.

looking up some information on the M118 ammo i came up with some interesting things. looks like the majority of it was produced at the Lake City Arsenal. in 173 gr or 175 gr FMJBT.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7.62%C3%9751mm_NATO

my question is do you reload? if not, you might think about reloading, as you could fine tune the ammo even further for even possibly better accuracy and lesser costs in shooting match grade ammo. possibly even trying out some of the same weight bullets in a low drag configuration. trying differnt powders and different powder charges.

just something to ponder on.
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I do reload for most of my bolt rifles. Soon enough I will begin experimenting to find this rifle's favorite load. Thanks for your response!



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