Originally Posted by specweldtom
Considering getting one of these rifles (carbines?). Lilja makes a stainless drop in barrel for the DPMS .308 line, but would like to know if anyone has experience with the factory barrel accuracy. For the price of the rifle, I'd rather not have to replace the barrel.
I have one of these and it shoots pretty good. I like the handling of it as it is comparable to my AR15. It recoils lightly, swings quickly, and gets on target as fast as you can expect from it. I do think the larger round is better served in a longer barrel as my AR is my "fast gun" to use. My plans for this rifle include a 24" barrel in .257Roberts later on. This project is for my personal tastes so don't be swerved by it. This is a great gun for general use if you pick it up.
With factory ammo it put 5 shots into about an inch at 100yds. At 500 drop was pretty significant, but groups were about 6". I used standard 150gr SP loads from Winchester.
With handloads I wasn't able to shave much off. I did finally develop a load that puts 5 rounds into .75"@100yds with 150gr Sierra GK's and Varget.
I bought this little gun to have for a later project, but it served deer hunting purposes this last season. I took this spike with it at 400yds. thought it was a doe in the fading light as you can tell by my oh so excited expression at finding my error. My daughter also used it at 200yds to anchor a doe as well.
Here is my oldest on it for some fun at 300yds:
Hope this helps.