DPMS LR-308 purchase??

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DPMS LR-308 purchase??

Post by tlturbo » Tue Oct 05, 2010 8:56 am

I have a choice to make and would like the input of those on here that have this gun.

Situation:
I can buy a complete brand new DPMS LR 308 (whatever model I want) for an outrageously cheap price.

Or I can buy a DPMS lower (or any parts combination) at a great price THEN have to buy an upper, barrel, trigger group, stock, hardguard, etc. at regular price.

So my question is how good or bad is a complete DPMS gun compared to a built gun? I KNOW the trigger will need to be replaced but is everything else livable or will I have a barrel, stock, handguard, etc that I will want to replace?

I know a couple of guys on here have built great guns but for what I can get a complete gun for, I'm having a tough time resisting it.

All opinions appreciated.

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Re: DPMS LR-308 purchase??

Post by heavyzee » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:49 am

i would just buy this....

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its allready built out to spec, and at a nice discount
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Re: DPMS LR-308 purchase??

Post by Mighty Hd » Wed Oct 06, 2010 12:00 pm

Save your money and buy the SASS

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Re: DPMS LR-308 purchase??

Post by john in jax » Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:22 pm

I bought a brand new LR-308 with the 24" fluted, s.s., bull bbl and it was hands down the most accurate rifle I have ever owned. It shot .5" to 1" groups with most "off-the-shelf" ammo from day one. Problem was once you added a big scope and bipod it was over 15 lbs., and much heavier than I wanted to be toting around - I am more of a hunter/plinker than a real benchrest shooter.

I have since tried the 18" bull bbl (LR-308B) and 16" (AP4) M4gery and have had no problems whatsoever. I think you should buy the complete LR-308 and then pop in whatever trigger you like best.

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Re: DPMS LR-308 purchase??

Post by tlturbo » Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:22 am

Thanks guys. The SASS is well out of my price range but a complete LR for well under $1000 is doable. I like hearing that the barrel was decent. I'm not going to compete with it but I'm so used to the super accurate M1A and AR that I used in DCM matches that I want at least a sub minute barrel. NOW I have to decide on length. In the M1A, we found at 600 yds the 1-10 twist worked better than the 1-12 - you guys feel the same way?

John - I know what you mean about weight. I have a McBros .50 cal that is close to 50 lbs. NOT something you tote around but it IS fun to shoot.

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Re: DPMS LR-308 purchase??

Post by creophus » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:10 am

Here's my take: Buy the LR308 and shoot it as is. If the trigger bothers you then replace it. I'd shoot it first though as it might not bother you.

In regards to weight, I thought I'd be clever and get the 18" SASS rather than the 24" version. Problem is that setup actually weighs 1 pound more, probably because of the rail and bipod.

The 18" is plenty accurate though and I doubt you'll be disapointed. I really like the LR308 platform.

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Re: DPMS LR-308 purchase??

Post by glockpacker » Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:20 pm

In the M1A, we found at 600 yds the 1-10 twist worked better than the 1-12 - you guys feel the same way?
You'd better believe it. I fired over 2,500 rounds at Port Malabar with my first LR308 (Echo6 has that rifle now). I got groups of less than 7 inches at 600 yards using only a bipod and no rear bag. I never got a 200 on the F-class target, but I got 198's.

The 1:10 barrel is perfect for 175 grain Sierra Matchkings.

The Armalite I had had a 1: 11 1/4, and it wouldn't shoot like the DPMS.
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Re: DPMS LR-308 purchase??

Post by technjeep » Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:39 pm

IMHO - buy the complete LR-308 and make the mods you want later. Chances are you'll never be finished...but you will enjoy every minute of. I started with the LR-308B and am very satisfied with quality, performance, and she is just downright pleasurable to shoot!

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Re: DPMS LR-308 purchase??

Post by avmech » Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:51 pm

I have the 18" bull barrel, plenty accurate. Trigger is a RRA match, could not take the factory one. Only 2 mods: a tactical latch on charging handle, helps when using a scope, and replaced the pistol grip with a Hogue, but a MIAD is soon coming

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