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DPMS Oracle en route. Prognosis?

A while back I figured I'd keep a lookout for a second / back-up AR platform for my SR-556 piston gun. Got an email from a popular supply house with new DPMS Oracle optic-ready carbines for $570, a ridiculously low price, and have one en route. Standard stuff...7075 upper/lower, 4140 chrome lined barrel, dust cover, forward assist, hand guards and nothing else.

Anyone have experience with these? My research has turned up a combination of positive field experiences and incredible heights of brand snobbery and assumptions. I don't expect it to be the equal of the SR-556 by any stretch, but I am looking for something that I can run crappy Ruskie ammo through to train (which the SR won't eat) and where parts are everywhere. I have a feeling that my SR won't exactly amount to 2 1/2 times the gun of the DPMS.

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I have a DMPS Lite 16. It has been a great gun. The only thing I will warn you is it probably won't like steel ammo. DPMS even states that using it will void the warranty.

I wasn't worried about the warranty, and just wanted to find out if I could use cheap steel ammo. First shot, shell got stuck in the chamber and had to hammer it out with a fiberglass rod and hammer. Tried one more, and same damn thing. Lesson learned- will never put steel into that gun again.
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Thanks for the feedback. I will try some steel but if that doesn't work I'll stick to brass. Either way for the $$ it should make a great second AR.

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Remember- if you shoot steel, you void the warranty.

And yeah, for the price it's great. Gives you a good up-gradable platform. Hell, I spent that much on the upper alone for my current build LOL
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There is a lot of brand snobbery. However I have a DPMS SBR (10") and it functions fine. $570 is a steal for any AR platform no matter what. Add some flip up sights and you are good to go.

You can modify it to run steel ammo but like said above if it voids out the warranty then do so at your own risk.

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I recently assembled an AR15 M2 style rifle with a 20" Hbar chromoly barrel, not chrome lined and a 80.00 New Frontier stripped lower with generic milspec LPK. 680.00 total cost. I assembled this one as an alternative to my high end piston rifle with a 600.00 optic.

570.00 for a chrome lined barrel, complete rifle seems hard to beat these days. Let us know how it shoots and if it eats Russian steel cased ammo.
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Wow, that's a good price. We paid list (730.00) for ours. My boy and I have put maybe 1500 rounds thru it. Nice mid quality gun. The weight is nice due to the A2 profile barrel. We replaced the A2 style handguard with a drop in 4 rail one that we got from an online source.

We have a couple of high end ARs so this is now our 'guest gun' when we go to the range. But that is in no way a put down. You'll get years of service out of it with no problems. Ours came with an H buffer so it shoots .223 nice and soft. 5.56 60+ grain is a little more kick but still no problem. Ours came with an AR15 style BCG and its quality looks to be outstanding. The trigger on ours is a little rough but that should get smoother with use. This rifle is usually in my gun bag when we go to the range.

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I've considered the warranty issue with steel case ammo, but after a few hundred brass and the rifle has proven itself, I'll try steel anyway. To be honest the rifle is cheap enough that I'm not too worried about warranty. I figure the worst I can do is break an extractor or something else cheap.

I'm looking forward to wringing it out.

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I've considered the warranty issue with steel case ammo, but after a few hundred brass and the rifle has proven itself, I'll try steel anyway. To be honest the rifle is cheap enough that I'm not too worried about warranty. I figure the worst I can do is break an extractor or something else cheap.

I'm looking forward to wringing it out.
Yeah, that is the way I felt about mine too. I had 1000 rnds down the pipe and decided it was time to test steel. The test failed, but nothing was damaged and the gun is still going strong.
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