New DPMS LR-308, initial impressions and photos


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Richard.Howe
March 22, 2008, 03:11 PM
My new DPMS LR-308 showed up last week, and I've made a few changes to get everything the way I'd always envisioned for this kind of long gun.

The gun arrived in perfect shape from pkfirearms. These guys were super to deal with -- and I even got the 24" I wanted (instead of the 18") because they found one on their distributor network for me.

First of all, this thing is heavy and huge, especially when compared to my Colt 6920:

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z275/howeric/IMG_1187.jpg

I found the lower receiver to be of very good forged/milled quality, with no tooling marks, even coverage of coating, and tight pin fit. The upper/lower mating surfaces were gnat's-butt tight. You can see some of the fit-up here:

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z275/howeric/IMG_1193.jpg

Also note the al/ti Nightforce Unimount. Not cheap at $260 (average online), but I thought a 20moa base was important for the kind of shooting I enjoy. The built-in rail on the LR-308 is level (i.e. not inclined) -- so if you want a 10/20/40moa base, you're going to have to do something like the Unimount.

One minor complaint: the charging handle supplied with the LR-308 is a standard low-profile component. DPMS ought to expect that any shooter of the LR-308x series is going to mount optics -- and the narrow standard handle makes it tough to get in there under the scope. But, this is a minor gripe, and a $30 Badger latch or $90 PRI Gas Buster will remedy the situation entirely. You can see the narrow clearance here:

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z275/howeric/IMG_1195.jpg

and here:

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z275/howeric/IMG_1191.jpg

Magpul PRS AR-10 stock dropped in without a hitch, as did the Ergo Suregrip. If your LR-308 wears anything but a 40mm objective bell scope, you're probably going to need something to get your eye up -- and a good cheekweld. My Eagle stock pack didn't get my eye high enough for the 56mm objective on the NXS 5.5-22, so we installed the PRS:

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z275/howeric/IMG_1189.jpg

I also pulled the DPMS trigger and popped in a Chip McCormick single-stage unit. After talking with a guy at DPMS support, I was told this was one of the few modular triggers that they'd recommend installing. He mentioned that there'd been some warranty issues when Timney, LMT, or Jewell non-drop-in triggers. I played it safe and put in the McCormick -- and it's a fine trigger, breaking cleanly at 3.3lbs. I went for the straight trigger rather than traditional curved:

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z275/howeric/IMG_1194.jpg

Just one more pre-range observation:

The Nightforce 5.5-22x56 is a nice piece of glass. I've been impressed with the eye relief, brightness in low light, quality of the optics, and (surprisingly) the ease of reading the NP-R1 recticle -- its gradations are in MOA, not mils. Think this one is a keeper.

http://www.nightforceoptics.com/RETICLES_OVERVIEW/NP-R1-22x.gif

I'll post a range report as soon as work slows down a bit.

Have a great weekend,
Rich

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JohnMc
March 22, 2008, 03:15 PM
Stop showing these pictures, now I want one!:D

Seriously, thanks for the review and pix.

readyme
March 22, 2008, 05:30 PM
Please update us with your range report. I am thinking something like this will be my first rifle (stock though)...nice looking gun,

Richard.Howe
March 24, 2008, 12:51 PM
Went to the range...168gr. FGMM held to 1/2-5/8" 3-shot, and 3/4" 5+ shot averages, and the 147gr. SA 7.62 held inside 1.5".

Full Clip
March 24, 2008, 01:23 PM
That's one sexy beast.

Auburn1992
March 24, 2008, 01:49 PM
Eh, it's pretty good it's just that I can't get over that cheap looking for gaurd. Other than that I like it alot.

Richard.Howe
March 24, 2008, 02:30 PM
I can't get over that cheap looking for gaurd

What's a "for gaurd?" Do you mean the free-float fore end? Not too much use for gewhizubertacticool rails on an iron like this. :confused:

taliv
March 24, 2008, 02:41 PM
ignore him, richard... an auburn fan in tennessee... obviously there are larger issues

:)

buck00
March 24, 2008, 02:51 PM
The pics could be better, you have bright light behind a dark rifle so you may want to remedy this next time.


Other than that, she is a beauty. DPMS does great work- I think they are the best kept secret in the AR market place. :)

davepool
March 24, 2008, 04:58 PM
Just checked the mirror.....yup i'm green.....nice rifle!

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