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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by sturpin, Mar 6, 2012.

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  1. sturpin

    sturpin Member

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    i am thinking about building an ar 15 from del-ton only parts. this is the first time i am doing this and would like to know if any of you have heard anything good or bad about them.
     
  2. CmdrSlander

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    I don't know much about DEL-TON but Palmetto State Armory is a better value.
     
  3. sturpin

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    Where is palmetto state armory
     
  4. Robert

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    lol,,,,,,,, wait, that was humor right?

    (cuz if you dont know much about one how can you say,,,,,,,,,, oh nevermind)
     
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    haha, flyinbryan, you beat me to it.
     
  7. Ranger30-06

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    I have a Del-Ton upper on my AR. It's out of this world and absurdly reliable, as well as being relatively inexpensive.

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    Del-Ton stuff is good, but have fun getting it in less than two months.
     
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    del-ton is in NC, palmetto state armory is in SC
     
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    I got my stuff in 4 weeks... Well worth the wait though...
     
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    Called Del-ton yesterday, they turn their own barrels and they are not taking any orders for about six weeks. This is to prevent a larger back log. Ordered a DPS barrel assembly (american made) for $110.-, minus gas tube and sight pin.
     
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    ya but would you guys trust your lives with your del-ton's?
     
  13. Ranger30-06

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    I sure would. But if I'm playing bet-my-life-on-a-gun I'm not taking an AR. I'm taking my Saiga .308.
     
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    TWO of you beat me to it!

    I hate to let the cat out of the bag, but I've ordered THREE Del-Ton kits from Midway USA and had each of them in about three days.

    35W
     
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    to be honest,,,,,, so would i if i had thoroughly tested it and time after time it proved 100% reliable.

    name on the side of the weapon, or whatever else,,,,,,, is unimportant to me if ive sent 10k downrange with no hiccups. (provided ive properly maintained it of course)
     
  16. FIVETWOSEVEN

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    I was going to build an AR 15 with a Del Ton parts kit but ended up deciding on an AK 74. A guy I know that builds competition AR 15s said that Del Ton makes a good AR 15 for the money and they certainly work.
     
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    PSA offers complete uppers, and total kits (everything but the lower reciever) for similar prices to the Del-Ton, but they offer options for much better parts.

    PSA's cold hammer forged barrels are made by FN, out of the same steel that goes into .gov's M249 SAW, and are priced way below anyone else offering cold hammer forged chrome lined barrels. Also, these barrels are high pressure tested, as are PSA's bolts. That is a QC measure rarely seen in the price range.

    A 4140 steel 1-9 twist upper from del-ton doesn't begin to compare to a cold hammer forged 1-7 twist upper from PSA.

    Summary: Del-ton makes cheap rifles, while PSA makes inexpensive but high-quality rifles. PSA uses far superior materials and has better quality control.
     
  18. Ranger30-06

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    That was true a while ago; things aren't always the same, and after Del-Ton got a couple angry emails, they significantly upped their quality control. Far superior materials? It's the same exact materials! It's not like your comparing a Del-ton or PSA to a Noveske or a DD. They both are sub-$700 AR's that offer WAY better quality than Remington, DPMS, or Bushmaster.
     
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    NOPE
     
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    Just a side note, but South Carolina is the Palmetto State... so I would certainly hope that PSA is located in South Carolina. Otherwise, I'm gonna be really confused. :D
     
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    Actually, Noveske and PSA get their cold hammer forged barrels from the same place, FN.

    So, yeah, it is like you are comparing a Del-Ton to a manufacturer that uses much better parts.
     
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    With so many company's making AR type rifles what would most of you guys buy?I have a pure pre-ban Colt H-Bar.Since then there are so many different makers.
     
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    They may have upper their quality control, but they still do not spec HPT barrels and HPT/MPI bolts like PSA does. And the barrels are NOT the same materials and are NOT manufactured the same way. The basic Del-ton kits use a 4140 chromoly steel barrel that is button rifled and is unlined. The similarly priced PSA kit uses a 4150 chromoly steel barrel that is hammer forged and chrome lined. I'm not one that insists on mil-spec for barrels because most people don't need nor will even see the difference between 4140 and 4150 steel and chrome lined vs. non-lined, but if I can get the better one for right at the same money...that's kind of a no brainer.

    Of my 8 ARs (all of which I've built either the upper, lower or both myself) only one of them has all parts from one company and that is my PSA 20" HBAR. In fact the only thing on the rifle other than the USGI style leather sling that isn't PSA is the Giessele trigger. The rifle has proven to be reliable to a fault from the very beginning.
     
  24. RatDrall

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    PSA if pinching pennies, otherwise spend $100-200 more and get something from Bravo Company.
     
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    Well, in that case, I'm glad I bought a Del-Ton. IMHO chrome lined barrels are for people who are too lazy to maintain their firearms (i.e.-clean their barrels). And since it's a given that lined barrels aren't as accurate as unlined, I'll stick with the "inferior" unlined barrels.

    My Del-Ton Dissipator, untouched, with ordinary Prvi 55 gr. FMJ ammunition grouped like this at 100 yds.:

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    Why would I spend more on something else? At my first High Power match with this rig (first match with an AR, for that matter) I shot a 182-1X offhand with said Prvi ammunition. You'll have a hard time convincing me that Del-Ton is somehow lacking.

    35W
     
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