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charlie52usaf

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  1. To Survivalshop, yes I checked headspace. I used my go gauge and the first 2 times the bolt would not close on it, then on 3rd time bolt locks up real nice. I was real careful with the reamer and followed instructions on it's use. then made sure barrel was thoroughly clean before checking with gauge again. the bolt turns and locks easy, but there is no extra slop in it. to all that have replied, thank you. I think I shall buy a box of ammo for it and try it with that first. this way I have known data from a manufacturer. if it works good that way, i'll load of some rounds and go from there. I admit, that I am no expert and have lots to learn. I just want to be safe for one and also to be able to do some precision shooting and hunting with this rifle and I want to know that I can depend on it to work correctly. the 223's are no issue, but this is new for me and I would like to keep all my body parts. I know that AR15's are mil-spec and the 308's are not and there is a certain amount of latitude with the manufacturers. and since I will be using magazines and I can only load to magazine length, the bullet jump surprised me. so much to learn. thank you all once again. I will try to work tis out and get back to you all with the results.
  2. Ok, I have looked at my reamer and it does appear to have a long throat. this is a Manson live pilot finish reamer that I go from Brownell's. There was nothing in the catalog saying anything about it being for heavy or target bullets. and I think they had special reamers listed for that. Now then, if that is the case could I have removed that much matter with only 3 complete turns with the reamer? Each time I did the reaming I just did one complete turn as I read to do, and then check headspace. I did that only 3 times before the bolt closed on the go gauge. turn one revolution, remove, clean completely and check headspace. And why would it be so different with the same manufacturer and style of reamer between 308 and 223? My 223 reamer was out of the same area of the catalog and is listed on page 476, right side of page, middle under Manson precision reamers in their catalog # 67 and I had no problems with my 223 chambers. Thanks for everyone's help. I will try other bullets and go out and test I guess and see what happens. I have worked with engines most of my time once I got out of the Air Force and I guess I am use to sizes that can only vary by 1/2 thousand to 2 & 1/2 thousand. So these measurements on my 308 seem excessive to me. by the way the part number on the Mason reamer from Brownell's is 513-000-086. and again thank you all for your input.
  3. hello everyone. been a long time coming back. I have an issue with the LR308 I just built. I have the DPMS 18inch SASS barrel installed on my DPMS upper. I plan on hog hunting next year in Texas with my son in law, so I decided to set up for reloading for it. I have had this barrel for 5 or 6 years and just assembled it this year. I have used a Hornady oal gauge to set my jump to the rifling. my headspace is good, did have to ream chamber lightly to close on bolt, but only took a few turns and it was done. when I pushed the bullet out to touch the rifling with the shell fully seated I noticed the bullet was almost completely out of the case. I measured that as per instructions. I then loaded a bullet into a shell (dummy) and set it to the correct col for that bullet and crimped it around the cannelure when it was to it's correct col.i then compared both measurements and with that bullet (Hornady 150gr sp) I would have had a jump of .154 thousands to the rifling. if I used the oal measurement the bullet would have been almost completely out of the shell. I then took a Hornady 165gr sst and did the same measurements. that bullet would have had to jump .104 thousands to the rifling. to me that is way out of line. I am trying to set the jump as close as possible to test for accuracy, but with these measurements that is not possible. I have set up 223 AR-15 the same way with no issues at all, so I don't believe that I am measuring wrong. and I do know how to use calipers and such. DPMS told me to take it to a qualified gunsmith. I am not a certified gunsmith , but I have built 2 AR-15's with no issues and I know how to put them together. I carried them and worked on them in the Air Force, so it's not that I lack the knowledge. so my question is, do I have a bad barrel altogether or am I dumber than I thought. if I can do 2 AR-15's right than the 308 should be not different. so if anyone would like to chime in please do. I would hate to buy another barrel because of something I over looked. thanks everyone
  4. hello everyone. have not been here in a long while, but want to throw something out there. this is not about the 308 platform, it is about the 223. i am building my second rifle and i am have an issue with headspace. i have a dpms ss 20 inch barrel that i can not get to headspace. my bcg is from wmd and when i check for headspace, it will not close on the no gauge which is good, but it will not close on the go gauge either. i have a new bolt that i received today (jp enhanced) and i used that and i still have the same issues. but if i put a dummy round in the chamber it will close just fine. so i put my wmd bolt back in with the same results. i have another bolt from midway coming which is a dpms which i will try next. if that does not work i will be truly stumped. so what i am asking for is, does anyone have any ideas what may be wrong or what i am doing wrong. this is my second build as an rookie, which on my first i had no problems what so ever. if i get this handled then it will be on to my 308 build. thanks for anyones help and forgive me for bring up a 223 in this discussion, since i know this is about the 308.
  5. :cookoo: Hello everyone. Been awhile since i have posted, but just wanted to say something. How many of you are tired of the ar-15 being called an assault rifle? Rise your hands. The ar-15 is no more than a civilian version of the m-16 rifle. Capable of single shot each time you pull the trigger. But you all know that. I carried an m-16 for 7 and 1/2 years in the air force and never once was it referred to as an assault rifle, it was always just a rifle. Even the m-4 was called a rifle even though it is a carbine. If the military can call it just a rifle why are the people who represent us allowed to call it an assault rifle. A flash hider, bayonet lug, pistol grip and or a collapsible stock do not make an m-16 or ar-15 an assault rifle. I will shoot someone with it not beat them over the head with it. I wish i knew someone good with words, who could set up a letter to send to all gun haters and the people who work for us that would explain to them in simple terms what the meaning of assault really was and how it does not apply to the ar-15 or any other rifle that they are trying to ban. I think we have more stupid people in government now than any time in our history. I like my ar-15 rifle. How about you?? Bet you don't want it banned either. Not that i plan to turn mine in. Gun control is not about banning weapons, but about shot placement. Just wanted to put my 2 cents in. Thanks for listening. P.S. Anybody good with the written word that we can all sign and send out i will be happy to sign and send out to our elected officials.
  6. i am also interested in the MA-TEN. since i do not have an ffl i assume that this can be sent to my local gun shop after payment correct? and you will tell me where his ffl has to be sent? have not been in one of you quanity buys before so that is why all the questions. thanks for you time.
  7. hello everyone. just wanted to update you all on my feeding problem. took my r25 out today and took the bcg out and just lubed it all up real good. using my c products mags i shot 20 rounds without one ftf or fte. used an empty propane cylinder at 250 yards just to see if it would work ok, not so much as sighting in and i could tell by sound and visual that not one round missed. by the way it was only a 20 lb cylinder. hopefully when i can get more rounds thru it i can start using some less expensive ammo instead of match for target practise. thanks for all your input
  8. once again i want to thank you all for your input on my feeding problems. i now have several areas to check out before i may be forced to send it into dpms. i will continue to keep you all updated as i get time to run out to the range. one other thing, not relating to this, but has anyone bought a mag loader for the dpms mags yet and if so what brand? thanks <dontknow>
  9. hello everyone. it has been awhile since i have been to the forum. in regards to my original post about my feeding problems on my r-25 308/dpms rifle. i bought some c products magazines and took them out last weekend. even with those magazines i still had feeding problems. so i sent a email to remington and they answered today. they said to turn my mag release in one more turn. that would hold the mag tighter and also more it up a little. i hope to try that this weekend and see if that may fix my problem. i made sure everything was lubed well and checked to make sure everything was tight. i still ran the 147 grain winchester 7.62 ammo since that was where most of my problems are and still remain. i still plan to get me some pmags for it and try those. i may just have to run the 175 grain to keep malfunctions down. and in case anyone is wondering if it is operator errors, i do not think that i am the problem. i just finished building my ar-15 in 223 and i ran 150 rounds thru it the same day with not one malfunction. so i am pretty sure that i am not the problem. but i have been known to be wrong before. anyway, i just wanted to update all of you that gave me some ideas of where to look. thanks for your time <dontknow>
  10. well i wasn't expecting more responses, but since i have some more i will update a little more. the 147 grain is winchester 7.62 not straight 308. when i started using remington 168 grain match it shot fine for abount 60 rounds. i only had 2 misfeeds and both times i had a spent shell sitting on top of a fresh round in the chamber. they were not tightly jammed because i just pulled the charging handle back and rolled the gun on it's side and the both fell out. the bolt was not wet with oil, but it was oiled, but not maybe enough. i did not see any damage or marks on the rounds when they would not feed when using the 147 grain. as i think i said before it would eject the spent round, but not strip another from the magazine. i will order some pmag magazines and also try the c product ones that i have with the 147 grain and see if that makes a difference. plus i will make sure the bolt has plenty of oil on it. thanks for your ideas.
  11. i will try the c products magazines next time since i have some of those. i did not at the time when i first fired my rifle. i got my r25 about 2 years ago when they first come out from remington, i just happen to luck into buying it when another guy could not. i think i got the first one in arkansas. but i have not been able to get back to the gun club that i belong to since i first got it to try thr c products magazines with the 147 grain ammo. i hope to soon. i will let you know if it works or not. i may just buy some pmag also to try out. thanks for your help.
  12. I WAS JUST CHECKING TO SEE IF ANYONE HAS HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH FEEDING ROUNDS ON A DPMS 308? I HAVE A REMINGTON R25, AKA DPMS THAT WILL NOT FEED 147 GRAIN ROUNDS. IT WILL FEED 1 OR 2 ROUNDS AND THEN NOT STRIP ANYMORE AFTER THAT. I CALLED REMINGTON AND THEY HAD ME CALL DPMS AND THEY SUGGESTED TO USE A DIFFERENT BRAND OF AMMO AND A DIFFERENT WEIGHT. I DID THAT AND WENT TO 168 GRAIN REMINGTON MATCH AMMO WHICH FEEDS FINE, ALTHOUGH ONCE IN AWHILE IT WILL FEED AND EXTRACT AT THE SAME TIME WHICH LEAVES ME WITH A SPENT SHELL AND A NEW ROUND IN THE CHAMBER AT THE SAME TIME. I ASSUME THAT WITH 147 GRAIN AMMO THAT MY BOLT IS NOT BEING DRIVEN FAR ENOUGH BACK TO STRIP A NEW ROUND FROM THE MAGAZINE. I WOULD LIKE TO USE THE SLIGHTLY CHEAPER AMMO FOR TARGET PRACTICE, SO DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEAS THAT MAY HELP SOLVE THIS PROBLEM?
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