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Del-ton vs. DPMS for my AR upper - opinions please

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by gunsrfun1, Dec 23, 2012.

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  1. gunsrfun1

    gunsrfun1 Member

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    I'm going to be looking for a 16" upper, with a Picatinny rear base and normal AR front sight. I've narrowed it down to either a Del-ton or DPMS, due to the price point. I'm basically going to use this for all around fun; I plan to mount a scope and basically shoot paper, steel, etc. Plus the added advantage of using it tactically if necessary. But I'm not going to be doing the mall ninja, Zombie killing, mag-dump thing. I know that neither of these brands is high-end, but they will do for me, as long as they are reliable. I like the Del-ton because it is available with a mid-length hand guard, plus it's a little cheaper. But I don't want to sacrifice quality.

    My question is whether any of you have experience with either brand, and can provide some recommendations of one vs. the other.

    Rules before you respond: 1) I don't need to hear that I can't get one, so save the moaning for another post. 2) Please don't tell me to spend X dollars more and buy brand Y. If money was no object, I obviously would not be focused on these two brands.

    Thanks
     
  2. Liberty1776

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    'k. I bought myself the DPMS. I have no complaints. (I know, I know - they are crap, garbage worse than Century Monkey Factory according to some...I should be imprisoned in a mental facility for buying one and I should have bought xxxxx for only twice. as. much.)

    As I said, I have no complaints.
     
  3. gotigers

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    Both are just fine. Get the cheapest in stock.
     
  4. dvdcrr

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    I have not owned dpms but second hand reports tell me some of those are very accurate. We have had a few delton hbar middys (non chrome) and they are sub moa to 1.25 moa shooters with mpt bolts and shrouded m16 style carriers.
     
  5. Quentin

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    For the same money PSA is a better choice.

    You didn't have a rule for that.
     
  6. sixgunner455

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    I have a DelTon. I like it just fine. I wouldn't discount DPMS or PSA, either. Anything you can get at this point sounds pretty good, if you gotta have one now.
     
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    Del-ton IMHO
     
  8. megaton

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    Ive been happy with my del-ton.
     
  9. TCBPATRIOT

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    I'd go with DPMS over Del-Ton for the simple fact that Del Ton is part of freedom group. But quality wise I'd say they are about on par depending on configuration
     
  10. MachIVshooter

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    Yeah............"cheap" and "in stock" are not two things that you'll find on the same item right now regarding AR components.

    Basic cheap M4gery uppers WITHOUT BCG and charging handle are going for $600+ on GB

    Oh, you can absolutely get one, but not at the price points that were considered "budget" two weeks ago. Pretty much everything is going at 2x MSRP and up right now. Seen it with my own eyes. DPMS A3 Patrolman carbines snatched up for $1799.
     
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  11. bjs1187

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    I've had 2 dpms uppers. Worked just fine for me. No complaints and I'd buy a third.
     
  12. Rob96

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    DPMS is part of Freedom Group.
     
  13. Jeff H

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    My Del-Ton has never let me down. It is about 2 years old with a thousand rounds or so through it FWIW.
     
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    I've had my DPMS Sportical for a couple of yrs with no complaint, but a couple of days ago I bought an upper from PSA at a decent price.
     
  15. Liberty1776

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    Quentin - Why? Not looking to argue, but I'm in the market for another and am always willing to consider other options and learn something. Thanks.
     
  16. gotigers

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    I didnt say "cheap". I said "cheapest". Big difference. Some people just have to find a way to create an argument when none exist.

    Get the cheapest AR you can find in stock, but i would not get Hesse/vulcan/blackthorne. To keep MachIV happy, cheapest might not be cheap, get the one that costs less. lol.
     
  17. TCBPATRIOT

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    I stand corrected.
     
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