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Considering a DPMS AP-4 .308...

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by RallySoob, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    I want to get into the world of .308 carbine. But not wanting to spend more than 1000-1400 to start up. I can upgrade later but just want something basic to get started. I have my eye on the DPMS AP-4. Any suggestions? reviews?

    looks like a fun carbine for the money. I believe it retails for about 1200 at most stores and some places a bit less. 'Used' I might be able to find one for just over a grand or so.
     
  2. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    I have 3 and love them and each one is different. Plus I have one for sale on here. Check it out. Either way the best thing is they use Pmags.
     
  3. jdub75

    jdub75 PNW Well-Known Member

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    I have one as well. I am very happy--I have shot about 200 rounds or so of old South African Surplus and not a single problem. Also, in my opinion, they kinda are the 'standard' in AR 308 platform, for now...yes I do realize there is not a real standard yet for this platform. But at least you can usually find any part for DPMS pattern gun-- A big plus IMO. They don't look as sexy as some other brands, but they work well.

    Just be prepared for crazy ammo prices. The cheap stuff is at least 40c a round right now, and match grade stuff is ridiculous.

    PS,
    there is a dealer doing a group buy for Mega stuff. He can get the MaTen 308 upper/lowers at a good price, but you would prolly go over budget, unless you finished a build w/ getting the rest of the stuff used.
     
  4. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure you can find one on Buds Guns online in your price range, I have a couple of different DPMS 308's in my shop, neither exceeds $1,000 before sales tax.
     
  5. BroncoFan

    BroncoFan Eastern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I bought an AP-4 a couple months ago and have to say it's a ball to shoot. It's my new favorite toy.
     
  6. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    These have to be the slick side ones with no dust cover, forward assist, no sights, no free float barrels. Good guns but heavyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

    Good for bench shooters.
     
  7. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    So is the AR platform inherently accurate or non accurate?
    Better choice than the HKs or FALs?
    Looking at the fact that a quality FAL or HK clone would be close in price

    This of course for the 308 platform
     
  8. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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  9. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    They are very accurate. The higher end AR .308's are advertised sub MOA by a few manufacturers. With floated hand guards and no gas piston on the barrel you do not get excessive barrel harmonics.
     
  10. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    Yes, same old tale of more accuracy and less reliability right? I assume an FAL is probably more reliable as far as the tolerances go and the AR is more....for me ;) My bro-in-law has a FAL he wants to sell me and its an original FN but I want the AP4 baaaad. Thinking about diving in after work tonight. Can't find one for sale local though
     
  11. BroncoFan

    BroncoFan Eastern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Mine was $1050.00. Forward assist, 16" barrel, removable carry handle. less than a pound heavier than a RRA AR.
     
  12. jdub75

    jdub75 PNW Well-Known Member

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    I went the FAL route prior to my AR308. It was a nicer one-factory built DSArms. I kept it less than a year. I don't know if it was any heavier than my DPMS, but it felt like it (Balance)? Also, the ergos on a FAL SUCK! The safety, mag release and grip don't feel nearly as nice as the DPMS rifles. Like mentioned above, they are also not a FF barrel. Furthermore, to mount an optic on the FAL, you change just a part on the upper that bolts on...total afterthought & is not a reliable solution IMO.The FAL has an adjustable gas block, which you may also have to fuss with each time you shoot different ammo. Its not a 'set and forget', at least in my experience. It would shoot S. African on one setting, but not Pakistani. BUT, the FAL does look badass.
     
  13. RallySoob

    RallySoob Salem, OR Active Member

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    good to know about the FAL thanks. I like the ergo of AR15/10 myself so Im sticking to this platform. I love me my ar's
     
  14. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    The two I have are free float barrels with a knurled forearm, I also have a couple DSA FAL's they cost about the same
     
  15. Shooter98

    Shooter98 McMinnville, Or. Member

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    Both my DPMS' are floater barrels as well, with no forward assist. I wouldn't call them heavy, but I guess compared to an m4 they may be a pound or two more. Awesome weapons.
     
  16. jer fly

    jer fly cottage grove Member

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    rock river makes a very accurate ar style 308. I own a PTR-91 HK clone that will shoot handloads under MOA all day long. Good idea to try and shoot whatever your thinking of buying before you purchase. We have a indoor range in Eugene that lets you rent firearms to use on the range.