Got my Del-ton Mid-length kit.


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vzenmn
March 27, 2008, 07:30 PM
Took 45 minutes to get it together and that included the time it took to slap in the mag and install the sling.

Now I just have to wait till Saterday to shoot it.

I do have few questions before then.

1. The rear sight can move 2 clicks lower then the 8/3 setting. Has it already been set for the 50/200 improved battle sight setting? And if I set it for that setting and I want to go out to 300 I just set it to the 8/3 and set it to the 4 for 400 yards and so on right? Few thing confuse me more then US military sights.

2. Can I swap the front sight posts with the one on my 10/22 Tech Sights? The post is a little skinnier then the one on the AR but I believe it is an A1 post.

3. should I use grease or CLP for the first hundred rounds or so and how much to use?

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azhunter12
March 27, 2008, 07:41 PM
Congrads. Wheres the pics? I can't anwser you questions but I'm sure someone else can. BTW when did you order it? I've been thinking of getting one.

wdlsguy
March 27, 2008, 07:47 PM
Congratulations! Go here (http://groups.msn.com/TheMarylandAR15ShootersSite/basicar15skills.msnw), and follow the link for "How to properly lubricate your rifle".

railroader
March 27, 2008, 08:54 PM
Yes lets see some pics. I just got a Del-Ton mid length kit last week too. I built it on a Double Star lower. Took it out this weekend and it shot great. Here's mine:

http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/599/oll0022yv5.jpg

http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/8940/oll0014uy2.jpg

Mark

vzenmn
March 27, 2008, 09:27 PM
I built mine on a Double Star lower and got one of thoughs plastic bipod too but I opted for a M4 stock and A2 upper. And sorry no digi cam but I'll see if I can find a cheap one at Wal-Mart when I'm buying ammo tomarrow and see if I can figure out how to use it.


I answer my own question about the sight post. They won't interchange so I will have order a NM post.

Tarvis
March 27, 2008, 09:28 PM
How long did it take for the kit to arrive? I was going to order my lowers from del-ton but they said the delay was 3-4 weeks, AND they were $18 more each than they were from colemantyler.com.

As far as grease, do you mean like axle grease? CLP works on everything. My buddy in the marines said they'd strip thier recievers and toss all the parts in a 55gal barrel of CLP and let em sit overnight; which translates to yes ;).

matt9052
March 27, 2008, 09:34 PM
Just got mine too. Like the rifle but having buffer problems. It came apart. There should be a roll pin in the plastic but there isn't even a hole. Will call Del-ton ASAP. I got the A-2 upper and M-4 stock too.

railroader
March 27, 2008, 09:44 PM
I ordered my kit on febuary 25 and I got it last thursday. I was almost a month but I knew that when I ordered it. Mark

vzenmn
March 27, 2008, 09:45 PM
I ordered it on the 3rd of this month and it shipped on the 21st.

DougW
March 27, 2008, 10:10 PM
Ordered a 20" A3 kit on Sunday, shipped today. I buy nothing but Del-Ton.

Crystal River Charlie
March 27, 2008, 10:56 PM
I allso have a Mid Del-Ton upper built on a DPMS lower.
Have not had a single issue with their products.
C R Charlie
In Kansas For Now

Deer Hunter
March 27, 2008, 10:59 PM
Alright!

Keep buying from Delton! My Cousin needs your business! :D

azhunter12
March 28, 2008, 12:09 AM
Your cousin owns Delton? Do we get any discounts?

Tarvis
March 28, 2008, 12:26 AM
Tell your cuz that they lost me with the 3-4 week wait. I'm sure they aren't bad people and I don't know what it's like to run an internet-based distributor, but 3-4 week for stickin a few parts in a box seems excessive *shrug*. Especially when colemantyler shipped my order the next day :(.

Deer Hunter
March 28, 2008, 12:37 AM
My Cousin, last time I talked to her, basically had her hand in every part of the business. She worked with building rifles to filing paperwork, etc. I don't know the specifics, but she certainly likes her job there.

Sorry to hear that Tarvis.

And I havn't tried getting a discount. However, I am looking to grab up a few AR-15 parts and build my own one of these days...

ceetee
March 28, 2008, 10:02 AM
I really wanted to go with Del-Ton for my build, but they couldn't/wouldn't get me a middy barrel with anything other than 1x9 twist, and I wanted 1x7.

SSN Vet
March 28, 2008, 12:59 PM
I waited 6 weeks and had mine delivered this week.

put it together on my Anvil Arms lower in ~ 1 hour....no problems.

Will shoot for first time this weekend.

They told me about the back order the day I placed the order.


3-4 week for stickin a few parts in a box seems excessive

I can understand why you feel that way....but any distributor is at the mercy of their suppliers. I was told the mid-length barrels were on back order, but then when they came in they had to send many back because of a quality problem.

I'd rather have them catch and fix the problem than just pass it down the line.

I think the rush is already on and MANY people are trying to beat the Democrats "new and improved" AWB.

My only observation is that the finish on the upper receiver is a little rough.....not as smooth and clean as the lower.

I'm wondering if it's cast???? But don't know enough to make the call.

KadicDeshi
March 28, 2008, 04:28 PM
They told me about the back order the day I placed the order.

Did you call to place the order or did you go through their website?

I'm curious because the kit I ordered was delayed bigtime due to a backordered part. I ordered a MagPul CTR that was backordered but not listed as such on their website. (I was later told by Laura at Del-Ton, "We have had a rather large order with MagPul for over a month and these were a previous order with them.") I wasn't notified afterward either. I had to visit their website to check on my order status and then email/call to find out why it was backordered. When they got back to me, they offered me the option to switch to a different color CTR that they had in stock.

I'm wondering if my order somehow managed to fall through the cracks or if this type of thing is SOP with them. This was my first order with Del-Ton and I'm hoping to get some info before I decide whether or not I want to do business with them again.

I ordered back on Feb. 6 and they sent me an email yesterday notifying me that it had finally shipped.

Barrett

SSN Vet
March 28, 2008, 04:37 PM
Did you call to place the order or did you go through their website?

I ordered on the web site, and received e-mail confirmation.

then Laura called me the next day to tell me about the delay

bottom line is that it took a LONG time....but I'm attributing that to the politically motivated rush, Del-Ton being a small company, and the fact that they were by far the least expensive deal going out there at the time.

KadicDeshi
March 28, 2008, 04:43 PM
bottom line is that it took a LONG time....but I'm attributing that to the politically motivated rush, Del-Ton being a small company, and the fact that they were by far the least expensive deal going out there at the time.

Thanks for the reply.

Normally, I don't mind waiting. But I like to be kept in the loop as well. That didn't happen here. The funny thing is that after we got the stock situation straightened out, they had it out the door in 13 calendar days.

Barrett

Tarvis
March 28, 2008, 04:57 PM
Its not that I or anyone else should be mad at them or even have a reason to. Afterall, we as consumers make choices on who we want to give our money to. If we made a bad choice, it isn't the vendor's fault we chose wrong, it's our own. I'd get mad if they told me one thing and did another, but in the end I chose to do business with the wrong outfit. I'm not saying Del-Ton is the anti-christ and we need to contact Ralph Nader, more that they were unwilling or unable to accomodate my time frame. It's a bummer for them that they didn't get my business, but in the end I found the same product for cheaper so I'm happy they were backordered ;).

had her hand in every part of the business. She worked with building rifles to filing paperwork, etc.

Sounds a lot like what I do on the farm :).

vzenmn
March 28, 2008, 10:43 PM
I got two boxes of UMC,two boxes of PMC. The rifle is all lubed with CLP and the range bag all geared up. I will see if this thing is worth the money and 3 week wait in the morning and give a range report sometime in the afternoon.

I think from what I have read that the sight is set for the improved battle sit so I will just site it in that way and see if I like it.

Wish me luck.

spartacus2002
March 29, 2008, 09:36 AM
I have two del-ton builds. Both run great. I wish they offered an 18" barrel configuration.

vzenmn
March 29, 2008, 11:52 PM
Well it shoots. I think a few sharp edges on the grip might have to meet the wrong end of the Drimmel Tool though.

Accuracy was about 3 1/2" to 4" with 10 rds at 100 but I'm sure the rifle is more accurate then I am. I caught myself flenching a few times which I think is the result of me not being used to the loud muzzle blast from a 16" 223 and the sprung noise the bolt buffer makes. Just need to get used to it.

I had two stove pipes with the 20 rounds but I won't make a big deal out of it until I have put a few more rounds through it and get it broken in.

Over all I'm satisfied.




Oh yea, it is very fun shooting 2liter coke bottles and wet rolls of toilet paper with 55gr hp.:evil:

wdlsguy
March 30, 2008, 04:09 PM
What kind of ammunition were you shooting and what kind of magazine were you using?

vzenmn
March 30, 2008, 05:36 PM
^
PMC Bronze 55gr fmj and was using surplus mag #2 (I number my mags).

I think I will buy two more boxes of the pmc and use a different mag and see what happens.

Dionysusigma
March 30, 2008, 06:17 PM
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=75501&stc=1&d=1206911627
Another satisfied Del-Ton Middy A3 customer. :)

Built using a Superior Arms lower. Rear sight is a Leapers fixed. Mag(s) are surplus Grade 2 USGI. Aside from that, everything is stock Del-Ton (literally, if you were to go to the Mid-Length page and without selecting any options hit "Add to Cart," this is what you'd get).

Accuracy is better than me, and only issues were ammo-related (Guat surplus) and mag-related (dented body). Currently feed it PPU and Remington UMC 55gr.

vzenmn
March 30, 2008, 07:19 PM
Beutiful. I would recommend you give the mag a paint job though.

Deer Hunter
March 30, 2008, 07:23 PM
The only pretty gun is a dirty gun.

You want nasty mags? Rhoadi paint, mmm....

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x91/Captain_Kennedy/PB030002.jpg

Dionysusigma
March 30, 2008, 07:36 PM
Nah. That's a range mag anyhow...

Gonna order me some PMAGs some time soon.

Tarvis
March 31, 2008, 01:54 AM
Usually, I throw away bad mags. Life's too short for ftf's ;).

Hellion Productions
March 31, 2008, 06:04 AM
I ordered a Middy kit late last year form Del-Ton. Only issue was a bayo lug slightly out of spec (20 thousands or so over). A little filing, and the bayo slipped on.

Nice folks. Good updates, even when breaking news of a shipping delay.

I'd order from them again.

Best,
John Bear Ross

railroader
March 31, 2008, 10:19 AM
Here's an update on my del-ton middy kit. The 1st time I took it out all ammo ran fine except wolf. The rim area on the wolf ammo is slightly smaller than my brass case and some barnaul steel case I had. The extractor would slip off the wolf ammo and cause a jam in the ejection port. I put in a stag extractor I had and took the rifle out yesterday. It now eats everything including wolf:). Mark

Tarvis
March 31, 2008, 12:43 PM
Well, I looked all over and I think I'm going with m-aparts.com. They have the 20" varminter style that I want as an item, instead of trying do do the custom build on del-ton.com and add all the upgrades which ends up being more expensive.

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