Why do I want a DPMS LR308?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Txhillbilly, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Well crap,I went to my friends gunshop the other day and he had a DPMS LR-308 setting there on the rack and I just had to picked it up and check it out. Now I want the damn thing,and cannot figure out why.:confused:
    I really have no use for it,other than another EBR to shoot and set in the safe,and I have always shot/hunted with a 30/06 and 300 Win Mag for my .30caliber guns.
    I'm sure I would have a blast with this weapon,but should I get it? :rolleyes:
    If I do,I will probably trade in my Ruger #1 300 Win Mag since it rarely gets shot anymore.My Savage Tactical 300WM is just too much fun to shoot.

    Ballistics between the 308-30/06-300WM aren't big enough to need a discussion. They are just too close,and to me,one isn't better than the other.

    Let me here your thoughts,Pro's & Con's on the DPMS LR308. Talk me into it or out of it. Just don't start saying this brand AR 10 is better than that one,I have never bit into the brand name crap and DPMS builds a nice gun just like the others do.
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    TX - If I was going to add another AR to the safe, it would be an AR-10 in .308 specifically. I wouldn't try a wildcat in the upper receiver in "this" climate...

    The DPMS, and I believe RL357 has one, is one hell of a good weapon. It will shoot minute of angle ( Assuming it has the same 20" barrel that I have read numerous reports on )....

    And, most importantly, there is NO REASON to suspect that, should, End of Days happen, that there WON'T be a tremendous amount of quality ammo all over the wasteland for that monster.

    Personally, if you can afford it, I would trade the Ruger in a heartbeat for an AR-10 in .308 from DPMS.

    I vote DO IT!! :D

    JD
     

  3. Silvertip 44

    Silvertip 44 New Member

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    If I just wanted to blow money on a rifle I don't really need, it would be another NM or loaded M1A.
     
  4. mwsfarm

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    I've been trying to decide myself on the DPMS .308- 24" bull barrell, or whether to get a Remington 700. any input would be appreciated-
     
  5. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Thanks,JD. I'm still going to get the 300 Fireball/Whisper upper for my last AR 15 lower,just waiting on the mfg's to get caught up from last Oct-Nov craziness. There's just something about firing a 200/220gr projectile from a 223 case subsonic through a nice quiet can that excites me!!!

    And I agree if the SHTF,308/7.62 ammo shouldn't be a problem to locate if the need came,but as you know I reload most of mine so I would just have to buy some new supplies and stock up.

    The one at the gunshop has a 24" bull barrel,with free floated forearm,and it might give my 110 FLP 300WM a run for the money at the long shots,with a good trigger installed.

    The Ruger #1 has been a great gun to me and has taken it's share of game. It has some great wood on it and I love a good lookin piece of walnut,but it is a gun that I wouldn't loose sleep over if it wasn't in the safe. I'll just have to see if he will give me what it is worth. He knows how I take care of all my guns,and every gun that we have traded,he has sold in a couple days.

    THB

    JD,the photo at the bottom of your post is a FINE looking gun. Yours,or one built for a customer?
     
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  6. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Yes,The Springfield M1A is a nice gun. It's just not one I'd buy,just don't like the feel/fit of them.
     
  7. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    If you are that conflicted buy it and send it to me for a few years to work the kinks out of it. I will pm you my address and the address of my FFL. You let me know the cost of shipping and I will send that as well.....
     
  8. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    That's mine. Custom built from the ground up on a pre-'64 Winchester action. :D

    JD
     
  9. FCross7

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    I've got the Lr-308b, same as the one RL357 has. Everything on it is the same as the one your looking at except it has an 18" blued bull barrel instead of the 24" stainless. I don't regret buying it at all. Haven't had any problems with it after the break in period, and even then it was only a few FTE's. I've gotten my groups down to about 1" or a little over at 100 yards with 150 Gr. Winchester Super-X. I believe RL said he's had groups down to .4" at 100 yards with reloads. Part of my problem with it is the trigger, form the factory it's pretty gritty and heavy as well. The heavy part I can deal with but the grittiness really messes me up. I took some 0000 steel wool and polished the trigger and that helped, but still not enough so I've been looking at some 2-stage triggers. I've heard good things about RRA and Gisselle. I would get the RRA but you have to shave off some of the back of the hammer to get it to clear the bolt, and that's not something I wanna do on a $120 trigger, so I think I'm just gonna go with the Gisselle.

    -Fred
     
  10. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Well I went to get it and someone already bought it. I guess I'll just have to wait until my buddy gets another one in,all four wholesalers he deals with are out of stock. I told him to get a 20" barrel for me,the 24" is a little longer,heavier than I want.

    FCross,I have RRA NM triggers in all 3 of my AR15's and that is all I will use. If you have to grind a little off to make them work in an AR10 that is a simple job and you will like that trigger. Timney makes a drop in unit for the AR10,but it cost a little more. They are great triggers also,I have a couple in my bolt actions.
     
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  11. RL357Mag

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    That's to bad Tx. You would have enjoyed it I'm sure. Like JD and FCross said, I was able to achieve excellent accuracy (.40" three-shot group) with mine using 45.5 gr. of Varget behind a Berger 168gr. VLD Match bullet. I have the same gun as FCross - it's the 18" bull barrel and the rifle weighs a ton! They are very well made and I am a DPMS convert for life! My other AR is an RRA NMA4 and nobody makes a better trigger! The trigger in my DPMS did get very smooth after about 500 rds., so I am not going to replace it. I like the rifle so much I bought one for my son also!:D
     
  12. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    RL357Mag, I'm glad you like yours. DPMS,RRA and some others do build some nice guns. I really like my 20" RRA Varmiter,and the 18" heavy barrel that I assembled. Both will shoot the wings off fly's-LOL.

    I have never had a 308 cal rifle,I have always shot 30/06 & 300WM,and when Cobb Manufacturing came out with their modular AR system I couldn't afford one at the time,and now they are out of business from what I've heard,so nobody offers an AR for long action cartridges.

    I'm sure when I get one,I'll love shooting it,and grow fond of the 308.
     
  13. RL357Mag

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    I was torn between the Varmint EOP and the NMA4. I chose the NMA4 because of the detacheable carry handle. DPMS makes a bunch of chamberings for the AR including the .300 SAUM and .243. I really want one in .243 for an all around hunting/varmint rifle. Then again the RRA .458 SOCOM is an interesting rifle too. Too many guns and not enough money...:(