Well, I finally got the OK from the CFO [Wife] to start buying the components for my DMR assembly. This will only be shooting my Mk262 cooking. This is not a battle rifle assembly, this is a long range touchy feely tool, with a goal of consistent 6" grouping at 600y - now I have to take a DMR class or two.
I have already been window shopping for a few weeks to fill the following list;
Centurion SS 18" DMR, Vltor MUR-A1, Lowprofile gas block, Auto BCG, A2 flash hider.
Rail - I want a 15" and I have narrowed it down to either Samson or Troy. I may run into fitting issues with the Vltor receiver since they are a bit bulkier than your standard upper. MI's Gen 2 SS was on the list until I found that you have to use their barrel nut, and I don't want to risk tweaking Centurions alignment.
Kalinka Optics 8x42 SVD reticule. I would love to find a .25" picatinny riser.
BCM Mod 4 charging handle
PSA Stripped lower
VTAC padded sling
Bipdo - Either an Atlas or Harris. Still deciding if the $279 price tag on the Atlas is worth it.
Several cans of Krylon - this one is going to get some color before assembly.
A relatively short list, yet still going to come in near $2k (last time I set a target dollar, I shot $800 past it). Once again, my upper alone is going to cost more than most peoples completes.
The Whys -
I have only one other AR in my experience belt, and that saga can be found here Post #74 as the final list.
Shooting is my only hobby, and I don't get to do it much. In rifle, I really enjoy doing the long range stuff. Anybody can hit a target under 100y. I want to be able to hit the 10 on demand out to 600. Skill and equipment. I have some, and need more of both. I love my PSL, I hate cleaning up after the corrosive ammo, and finding 7.62x54 brass for reloading is less than easy or cheap. She may go on the "For Sale" block to help fund this project (PM me if interested). I also lack the desire to tool up for .308 reloading. That brass is rather hard to come by as well, otherwise I would go with an AR10 or bolt platform. I am a firm believer that accuracy makes up for inertia and mass. I just have the bigger challenge of compensating for wind.
To date I have taken 2 Advanced Carbine courses, and have put a total of maybe 4k rounds (all my reloads) down range. My last trip netted me a 1.4 MOA in less than stellar conditions (prone off the mag, support hand on AFG, rough terrain through a Forrest - the only way I could get 100y on my cabin property) shooting my M193 home brew. The Centurion upper assembly has been solid, accurate when I do my part and reliable. I see no reason to change Upper brands at this point. I need to find out who makes the Centurion BCG. My current BCG is a PSA, and I have a BCM spare. I would think that Centurions will be a HP/MPI tested auto of top notch quality.
The Centurion C4 rail is awesome, but I have no need for a quad rail on a DMR, ergo the 15" tube. More for aesthetics than function since I prefer my bipod mounted closer to the receiver, and do 95% of my prone AR shooting off the mag. The Bipod just makes shooting uphill so much easier on my back and neck.
The PSA lower, a company new to the game and with CS issues in the past, has thus far proven to be a solid performer with the typical occasional problem child that makes it out the door. Not much love for them in the operator world, but mine has been subjected to abuse and has not given me one single problem. All lowers are not created equal, but I have yet to hear of any differences between them and the top dollar lowers. Their LPK and FCG is still solid, and from day 1 the FCG is smooth with no discernible stages or creep. Since this is a DMR, I want a short, light trigger, so I am going with the SSA-E.
The stock was a toss up between another Vltor A5 and the PRS. The A5 has made for a very soft shooting rifle on my 16", combined with the Vltor upper and PSA Auto BCG is extremely smooth. The PRS uses the same style rifle spring and buffer so this should be near equal to the A5.
The MIAD grip I really like. The standard A2 grip is too small, and the other brands of grips that I have handled just did not feel good. I was pondering the Ergo grip with palm shelf, but I think I am going to run into problems given my big hands being wedged between the lower and shelf. That in it is a bit too "Tacticool" for my liking.
I am a big fan of the SVD reticule. It makes for an easy range estimate, not too cluttered, and quick hold over adjustments if needed (READ - good points of reference over a standard mil-dot). The only problem is that one can not easily see a .24" hole at 600y with even a 24x scope, let alone an 8x, and I rarely, well, never have a spotter with me.
If anyone here has any experience with the above listed components they would like to share, or any recommendations for something different, please chime in.