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    Economical Battle Rifle Review; DPMS Panther Arms LR 308

    Today's range review is on my economical battle rifle set up, a Made In USA (Huntsville, AL) DPMS Panther Arms LR 308 16" Barrel with adjustable stock ($749). "Upgrades" are all economical grade additions and they include;

    1.--UTG/Leapers Drop In Carbine Length Rail system to replace the manufacturers round hand-guard (YAY! made in USA) ($49.99)
    2.--TruGlow 1-6x24mm Illuminated Reticle Tactical Scope (BOO Made in China) ($179)
    3.--Boyt Harness Single Point Sling (YAY! Made in USA) ($20)

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    The scope had been zero'd at 100 yards.

    Today, I was shooting American Eagle 149 Grain .308 FMJ rounds. The LR 308 has what I think to be very little recoil for such a small and light firearm and a powerful round but Mrs S thinks it kicks like a mule. Today, I put a few rounds on paper at 25 yards and then proceeded to pound some AR500 metal at 75-100 yards both at a bench and standing. The LR 308 has a very good appetite and eats anything you feed it and spits out the brass every time.

    The scope is a pretty cool and a very inexpensive addition that has an illuminated reticle that allows you to switch from varying degrees of brightness of Red and Green. The 1-6 Power Magnification is plenty for my old eyes and switching levels of power is easy. And the 24mm lens allows plenty of light. I give the scope a solid 8 out of 10.

    The UTG Rail System obviously allows for any addition that you can conceive and it is very light and seems to be strong. The Boyt Single Point Sling is Ok, nothing to write home about and can be adjusted for length.

    The only bad thing about the firearm is the Trigger. Its about what you'd expect for an economical AR10 platform rifle. It is not "gritty" and doesn't have a crazy long pull, its just HEAVY.

    All in, I'm right below $1000 for a reliable battle rifle that should be able to handle any animal in the Great USA as well as any 2 legged ones that are acting non-sensical.

    Overall, Slippy Approved!

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    Now I have another addition to my "wish/want list". Thanks Slip.

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    The factory mil-spec heavy trigger on the DPMS LR 308was bothering me so I did a little research and decided to add a new trigger.

    I selected CMC Triggers (100% Made In The USA)! A local gun shop carries them (local being about 40 miles away) so I loaded up the truck and headed over to check them out. They let me try out a few; 4.5 lb, 3.5 lb and 2.5 lb CMC Drop In Single Stage Triggers and I bought the 3.5 lb Drop In Trigger with the CMC Patented Signature Flat bow for $168.

    The gun shop staff installed the trigger in about 5 minutes and I was out the door. The CMC Trigger breaks clean and is smooth.


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    308 is an excellent caliber, much better all around than the 223/5.56.

    "308 holes make invisible souls."
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    We've just had a bunch of new gun laws that go into effect on 1 July and one just about bans any AR platform. Since I gave up owning one when I left the road, I'm pretty sure that my 1930 Mauser in 30-'06 will just have to do

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge7402 View Post
    We've just had a bunch of new gun laws that go into effect on 1 July and one just about bans any AR platform. Since I gave up owning one when I left the road, I'm pretty sure that my 1930 Mauser in 30-'06 will just have to do
    Yeah that's some crap that dirt bag gov you guys have did to y'all
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    I read an article about the new CEO of Remington arms. He said that he was going to turn the company around and shed some excess baggage. Remington owns Bushmaster and DPMS and they will not support either one. They are going to stop producing the cheaper lines of bolt action rifles that they started building to compete with other cheaper rifles. Blah, Blah, Blahh….etc...etc. Can't wait to see how this shakes out. Who will buy DPMS & Bushmaster? Will they keep making parts? The AR-10 platform is basically built upon the DPMS rifle. And I have one.

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    Yes Sir!

    I just added a Radians Raptor LT Charging Handle to my DPMS. Works great with the Optic Package that I have.

    Can't wait to send some freedom seeds down range tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge7402 View Post
    We've just had a bunch of new gun laws that go into effect on 1 July and one just about bans any AR platform. Since I gave up owning one when I left the road, I'm pretty sure that my 1930 Mauser in 30-'06 will just have to do
    OK Sarge, . . . just need a little help here.

    What is the definition of where you said, "and one just about bans any AR platform." Does it in fact stop you from owning them??? Do you have to turn them in??? Do you have to make modifications to keep them???

    I really would like to know, . . . just in case, . . . thanks.

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