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#5437124 - 11/22/14 12:30 PM Ar-10 243
Cattleman Offline

Registered: 02/09/13
Posts: 849
Loc: Palo Pinto county
Are the DPMS lite hunter in 243 any good? Is there another company besides armalite that makes a 243 ar-10?

#5437138 - 11/22/14 12:47 PM Re: Ar-10 243 [Re: Cattleman]
Deerhunter61 Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
Posts: 7595
Loc: DFW
Can't answer about .243 but I have a DPMS in 6.5 Creedmoor and I'm very satisfied...

#5437532 - 11/22/14 05:35 PM Re: Ar-10 243 [Re: Cattleman]
JD4030 Offline

Registered: 08/03/10
Posts: 565
Loc: Lewisville, (N. Tex.)
Originally Posted By: Cattleman
Are the DPMS lite hunter in 243 any good? Is there another company besides armalite that makes a 243 ar-10?

I don't own one, but have considered getting one. Do a Google search: the reviews I have read folks claim they are happy with them, and that they are accurate and reliable.
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#5437606 - 11/22/14 06:20 PM Re: Ar-10 243 [Re: JD4030]
dawaba Offline
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Registered: 10/22/06
Posts: 4200
Loc: Big Eddy Road, Noonday
I took delivery on a DPMS Lite Hunter in .243 earlier this month. It is a pleasure to find a big AR that comes in at around 8 lbs, very much like a normal bolt action sporter. I topped it with a Bushnell Elite 4200 3x9 scope.

I've only just begun to work up some loads. I envision this as a hog/coyote/deer/plinking outfit, so I've chosen two bullets for preliminary work: Speer 100 gr BTSP and Nosler 100 gr Solid Base (a discontinued bullet, but a fine proven performer). After shooting some anemic factory Remington 100 CoreLokts (2714 fps!!!???), I've worked up to around 2950 fps with WW760 with 1-1.5" groups. Yesterday, I loaded a series of rounds using increasing doses of H-450. I just need to get some nice weather and try them here at my range. In all of my .243 bolt guns, I can easily achieve 3000 fps with several 100 gr loads, but with the AR, I worry a bit about port pressure and thus won't be so anal about top velocity.

The DPMS trigger has been an unexpected surprise. It is a two-stage outfit, and although it will never remind you of an aftermarket Gisselle, it seems more than satisfactory with only just a hair of creep before breaking. No one will ever mistake an AR as a target gun anyway, so I may try to live with the factory trigger, at least for a little while.

Mostly however, I'm pleased with the .243's light weight. What sadist ever claimed that an AR--already unwieldy as it is--MUST weigh 14-17 lbs, all-up?
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#5437741 - 11/22/14 07:52 PM Re: Ar-10 243 [Re: Cattleman]
jetdad Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 1121
Loc: Grayson county
Saw an Armalite .243 at CDNN for $999.00. Seems like a good price. I believe the Lite Hunter has a carbon fiber hand guard to trim weight. With the savings you could afford to change a few things out.


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