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Old 07-03-2010, 6:55 PM
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Default Got My Side Cocker DPMS .308 Together (pic heavy)

I got my upper back from Medesha Firearms today and put my .308 back together.
After shooting the standard rifle a few times I was wishing I had spent the money on a Fulton Titan side cocker upper.
In a prone position or at the bench it seemed like I had to twist my head and body awkwardly to get the charging handle back and get a round chambered.
These .308s take a bit more effort and the bolt is longer so its not as easy as a regular AR.
I was going to sell my upper and buy a Fulton when I read about Medesha firearms on another forum.
After doing the math I had enough money and then some to buy a new railed handguard and some more tools from Brownells to do all the takedown and reassembly myself.
I am super happy so far, I can cock it with a cheek weld and its seems super easy to chamber a round, I highly recommend this if you have an upper like this already.
All I need now is the Vortex Viper to show up and I can get you a range report.
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Old 07-03-2010, 6:59 PM
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That is sweet.

I have my lower ready, and am trying to put together the money for a Fulton Side Cocker upper between major car repairs.

So, basically, you disassembled your upper, sent them the stripped upper receiver, and the BCG and they milled out the slot and drilled and tapped the bolt carrier? You did the reassembly?

Looking forward to the range report.
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Old 07-03-2010, 7:32 PM
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So, basically, you disassembled your upper, sent them the stripped upper receiver, and the BCG and they milled out the slot and drilled and tapped the bolt carrier? You did the reassembly?

Yes, I did everything but the machine work, it was down right easy with the right tools, and a hell of a lot cheaper that a Titan upper witch from what I have heard is mostly DPMS parts anyway.
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Old 07-03-2010, 7:52 PM
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Aaaaaah... a bolt handle on the bolt carrier...no forward assist...what a concept.
The evolution of the E. Stoner's AR 15 continues.
These mods just make too much sense.

Well done!
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Old 07-03-2010, 9:22 PM
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I have that mod on my fulton .308 it's spoiled me I think, it's hard to shoot anyother AR now. Great looking rifle hope she shoots as good as she looks.
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Old 07-03-2010, 9:31 PM
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whats the purpose of a CH on a side cocker? nice build

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Old 07-03-2010, 9:43 PM
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Awesome...I have been looking for someone to do this.

Thanks for the link.

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Very cool. For $95 I'll have to consider this on my next .308 build.

The only thing that keeps me from doing the side charger mod is that it leaves an opening to your bolt for grit and grime to get in. That does concern me slightly.
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Like Rekrab, I'm wondering about something falling in there as it looks like there is a heck of a gap.

That said, it looks like an exceptionally sweet build and issues like the one above just give us an excuse to have multiple rifles!

I look forward to you getting an optic on there and posting some 100 and 300 meter ten shot groups.
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Yes, I did everything but the machine work, it was down right easy with the right tools, and a hell of a lot cheaper that a Titan upper witch from what I have heard is mostly DPMS parts anyway.
I'm liking your setup. I just bought a Fulton, Titan lower and am saving for the upper with side cocker.

This gives me another option.

What upper are you using if you don't mind me asking.

I'm liking the Fulton at the moment as it's a 18.5", Krieger barrel upper with their LITE rail on it for only $1100, with another $150 for the side charging handle.

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Old 07-04-2010, 8:49 AM
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whats the purpose of a CH on a side cocker? nice build
It looks a little strange without it. You can still chamber a round with it if you wanted to and it helps keep gasses from blasting out into your face.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:00 AM
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I'm liking your setup. I just bought a Fulton, Titan lower and am saving for the upper with side cocker.

This gives me another option.

What upper are you using if you don't mind me asking.

I'm liking the Fulton at the moment as it's a 18.5", Krieger barrel upper with their LITE rail on it for only $1100, with another $150 for the side charging handle.

Regards,

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This was originally a DPMS 24 inch, I got it on sale for under 600.00.
I cut the barrel to 20 for the balance factor-

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...d.php?t=311037

The Fulton would be nice but at the time I did not have the money or the foresight for the side cocker, if I had to do it all over again I would save up for the Fulton Titan side cocker.
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:10 AM
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I'm assuming obviously that you really cinched up that knob to cycle the bolt but how was it tapped, will it mess with the structural integrity of the BCG at all, and is there any chance of that thing flying back and hitting you in the hand/face at all if it were to come loose?
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Old 07-04-2010, 10:47 AM
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whats the purpose of a CH on a side cocker? nice build
If for some reason your side charger falls out/isn't functional or you remove it because you may not like it in the long run. You still retain a fuly functional and operational charging handle and if you are stressed out and need clear a jam or something and totally forget you have a side charger, you aren't up the creek without a paddle when seconds count.
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much improved cant wait for the range and see what it feels like now
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Wow, $95 is a good deal, White Oak wanted $130 just for milling the upper, nothing else.

Where did you source the charging handle knob from?
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Old 07-05-2010, 5:20 AM
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Where did you source the charging handle knob from?
Included by Medesha.
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