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I was wondering if there is anyone out there that sells the parts needed to build your own .308 Winchester caliber AR (a la AR-10). The only build it yourself ARs that I know of are all .223s.

If there aren't, who makes the best build it yourself 223 AR parts?

Thanks in advance!
 

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subthermal is right the DPMS is a pritty good deal for its money just $850??? thought it was $1100 which would still be a good deal its a semi-auto and its gonna give comperable performance generally to a Remington 700P
 

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The DPMS is a fine rifle BUT it does have one MAJOR drawback!!! It uses the cheap clear (smoke) mags. I have firsthand info that these mags are crap!! A buddy of mine bought one with the 16" barrel nice gun and for the price shoots very well, with a BSA red dot scope (yea I know, why a BSA on a nice 308 rifle??) it gets about 2" groups at 100 yards.

At the shooting range a couple of moths ago and a fella had one with the 24" barrel. He could only load 3 shells in a 10 rnd mag to make it work properly. Have run across several reviews on these rifles, great gun all but the mags!!

STAY AWAY!!! untill they resolve the mag issue or I hope you have better luck! just my $0.02
 

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There was a review on the DPMS .308 in a recent issue of the Shotgun News. ( The article was written by David Fortier)

Anyhow, he did not like the polymer magazines either. But he did say that there were other magazines that worked. I think he used original Armalite AR-10 magazines.

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By the way folks, as I type this I have my own AR sitting accross my lap.

I built the rifle myself from an 80% KT Ordnance frame.

I will e mail Mel a picture and hopefully he will post a picture for me.

Let me describe my rifle:

After the machining was done, I anodized the lower receiver with a kit from Caswell's Plating. Then I dyed the lower receiver black.

After the lower receiver was dyed black, I gunkoted it matte black.

Then I got hold of a DPMS lo-pro upper receiver. I gunkoted the upper to match the lower.

Then I assembled the upper receiver. I used a 16 inch super-lightweight Bushmaster carbine barrel. I also bought a Bushmaster bolt carrier and charging handle. ( It was surprisingly easy to attach the barrel. You just have to have the right tools to do the job. You need a DPMS action wrench and a set of polymer upper receiver blocks. Both are available from Brownells)

I assembled the lower receiver using DPMS internal parts and a standard A2 stock and buffer assembly. I also used an ambidexterous DPMS selector.

I will e mail a picture to Mel and hopefully he will post it. ( Just for the heck of it, who wants to see what this gun looks like?)

Mad
 

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Sorry, the $850 DPMS LR was on sale, it is $884 regular price at many online stores.

The mags suck, you can buy metal ones.

Madgunsmith, what was the total cost of the project? Tools, equipment, etc.
 

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I was not aware that they made metal mags for the 308 DPMS. if that is the case then the DPMS looks like a little better rifle. Can you give more info on the metal mags? or point me in the right direction?? Both rifles that I have seen came from the factory with the plastic ones.

The price in shotgun news is $819 and up (don't quote me on that). Good gun for the money!!
 

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the DPMS .308s dont take AR-10 mags they take SR-25 mags
SR-25 mags run about $100 for 20 rounders :(
there were some really crappy SR-25 mags running i believe its cause they tried to increace production right before the ban started
the ones not made immediately before the ban should be much better but still over priced in my opinion
 
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