Any DPMS Sportical .308's?


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EdLaver
January 28, 2010, 02:16 PM
Does any member have a DPMS Sportical .308? What are your thoughts/reviews?

Thanks,
-Ed

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Casefull
January 28, 2010, 02:23 PM
Ed, I was wondering the same as you. I have a rra 308 and was thinking of getting another one or maybe the sportical as it is a little less money. Chuck

EdLaver
January 28, 2010, 03:13 PM
I haven't been able to find many reviews on the .308 version, but the 5.56 ones are good. The only negative review I read about the .308 version was that it was picky with ammo. This person stated that it jammed with Winchester White Box and American Eagle 150gr consistently.

Anyone out there with a Sportical .308?

Casefull
January 28, 2010, 10:29 PM
I read the same review. I can get the rra for 1100 and I think the 200 extra may be worth it for me. I think my rra looks more put together than the dpms and I know it works very well as well as 3/4 in groups.

Z-Michigan
January 28, 2010, 10:51 PM
Not the Sportical but I have shot and handled an LR-308B. I think it's good for the money. I cannot find anything wrong with it, but I don't get the warm fuzzies of a really mil-spec weapon.

IMHO, things in favor of the DPMS:
-lowest entry price
-best selection and availability of magazines (various brands including DPMS, C Products, and the new Magpul 308 Pmags, as well as old production original AR-10 mags and whatever Knight's Armament is using for the SR-25)
-reputation for outstanding accuracy
-seems to have the most aftermarket options

Things going against the DPMS:
-it's a DPMS
-some corners were cut to get to the price point. The magazine release button that's borrowed from an AR-15 but as a result barely threads in to the post from the mag catch is the most glaring example.
-not all that close to anything that is actually mil-spec (neither is the RRA LAR-8, either)
-all the barrel options I know of are button rifled, unlined (comparable to RRA, but Armalite offers you either chrome lined or match stainless)
-short 3-year warranty that seems to become void if you change ANYTHING, even little accessory parts

When comparing the Rock River option, bear in mind that FN-FAL mags are not as cheap or easy to find as they used to be, with no 20rd mags currently in production that I know of (although DS Arms is supposed to start producing them sometime soon). In contrast the DPMS has multiple options (both brands and capacity) for current production mags at affordable prices, and the Armalite at least has a range of mag sizes in current production (no real choice of brand that I know of, however, and prices aren't cheap).

EdLaver
January 28, 2010, 11:02 PM
I agree Z-Michigan, the main reason why the DPMS is ahead in the line is because of the mag availability and price. I had hoped that someone owned one to give a review in helping me make a decision. I have already bought 4 Pmags, an Magpul ACS stock, Magpul Miad, PWS Compensator, Millett DMS-1 scope and a milspec buffer tube.

The only thing that I dont like is the picatinny rail riser on the Sportical and the lack of reviews.

Z-Michigan
January 28, 2010, 11:06 PM
That's a lot of stuff for a gun you don't own yet!

FWIW, CMMG is supposed to be coming out with a .308 AR this year that will presumably (based on their existing DPMS-compatible lowers) be similar to and compatible with the DPMS .308 platform, but hopefully a little nicer given that it's CMMG. If the DPMS had a chrome-lined CMV barrel and a bolt I trusted a little better, I think it would be in a really solid position - and that's hopefully what CMMG will be making. No ETA, and it could be vaporware for all I know.

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