Re: DPMS AR-15 Accuaracy/Dependability
I concur with the build it yourself recommendation... You will probably spend all of your $1200 by the time you are all done, but you will not have a box of parts calling to you asking to be rebuilt into another rifle.... they seem to breed in the safe. You can build a REALLY nice rifle easily. the Lego comparison is apt.
Also, i have found that the gun show vendors are starting to cut their losses on parts and rifles that they overbought at inflated prices during the election scare.... last fall we bought a spikes lower fully assembled with their collapsible stock for $250 otd. go to the nearest show and bring cash and a good attitude and you will go far.
Bullets have well documented performance specifications.
Min Velocity info is available, and describes the performance floor of the bullet... DON'T allow yourself to reference F.P.E. as an accurate descriptor of killing power.. You are smarter than a copy editor, and you understand that you can determine maximum (reliable) effective range by comparing your drop chart to published bullet data....... And, dog-on-it, people like you!