May 10, 2015 at 4:15 pm #17462
I’ve got about 500 rds of Prvi 145gr ball through it so far, and have had 2 failures to eject (stovepipe) – hoping it’s just getting broken in. I have not removed the extractor to see if there’s an o-ring, so maybe that would help.
The rifle is fairly lightweight (for a .308) and light recoiling (for a .308). Everybody has heard about these qualities in the SCAR-17s, and this is almost that light and soft-shooting, but I like it a lot better than the SCAR I had, since all the controls operate the same as my M4 and the SCAR always felt weirdly top-heavy and awkward to me.
This rifle is also incredibly accurate (as was my SCAR), and though I have not shot any match grade ammo through it, Prvi ball will regularly shoot 5 rd groups just a hair over 1 MOA. Hits on 12×18 steel out to 900 yards are doable when the wind cooperates. Hits on the same size steel out to 600 are easy compared to 5.56, even with a gusty 10-15 mph wind.
The scope is a Leupold Mark 6 with CMR-W reticle that I got a silly-cheap deal on. Didn’t feel bad about spray painting it, since it was pretty beat up anyway, after the previous owner’s trip to Afghanistan. NICE scope that was well worth the $1200 I paid for it, but in my opinion is not worth the full retail price, since there are a bunch of optics that will do the job just as well at a much lower price. The illuminated reticle is Aimpoint bright, but head/eye position has to be so precise that it’s not worth bothering with in most situations. If you are not lined up perfectly, the illum doesn’t show up. For outdoor use, I just leave the illum off and the magnification cranked up to 2x. This makes the first focal plane reticle appear large enough for quick shots, but magnification is low enough for close-range engagements.
This LE901-16SE is basically the same as the original 901, but with a slimmer forend that only has a picatinny rail on top. Rails can be added to the bottom or sides as you desire. The forend is slimmer and feels better in the hand, but is still pretty beefy. The one thing I don’t like is that the integral sling sockets are not rotation-limited, so your sling swivels can spin freely and allow your sling to get twisted up.
The charging handle is proprietary, and not interchangeable with standard 5.56 or 7.62 “AR-10” charging handles, so no BCM Gunfighter for this thing (dammit). I have always hated standard charging handle latches, and with the extra power of the .308 buffer spring, I hated this one even more than usual. After trying a couple of other latches, I settled on the CORE15 V2 latch, which works really well! The bad part is that they don’t sell the latch all by itself, so I had to buy one of their 5.56 charging handles and steal the latch from it.
The rifle came with standard AR15 type grip and trigger guard. All my other stuff has Magpul grips and trigger guards, so that’s what I wanted on this. Trigger guard swap was simple, but the grip required some filing and Dremeling to get it to fit. Had to file a notch for the rear of the trigger guard to fit into, and had to lower and root out the inside of the “beavertail”.
I REALLY like this rifle, and even though it’s lighter and softer shooting than any other AR-10 type rifle I’ve owned, it is pretty beefy compared to my lightweight BCM carbine. When you tote it around for a couple of hours, you notice the difference.
The ability of those bigger, heavier bullets to buck the wind, and the nice loud clang when you smack steel is pretty satisfying, though. If I had any trees around here, I’d put some targets behind them and shoot holes in ’em just because I can… As Max says, BFYTW.
We are all victims of our perspective.May 11, 2015 at 7:38 pm #17508SubmarinerParticipant
Colt Makes War Horses, Not Show Ponies.
Perhaps Paul Buffoni at BCM will enter the .308 arena.
At least he would make it with a GunFighter Charging Handle.May 11, 2015 at 8:08 pm #17509
I emailed BCM a month or so ago and asked them if they had any plans to make a Gunfighter CH for these. No response… I guess that either means “fuck off” or maybe something is in the skunkworks already. Supply and demand. If the demand is there, I’m sure they’ll make ’em. For whatever reason, the 901 doesn’t seen as popular as the SCAR, so not much in the way of aftermarket tweaks to be had.
The 5.56/7.62 convertible aspect means a lot of stuff is not compatible with other .308 AR’s or 5.56 AR’s. Seems to be a very well thought-out design, just very “nonstandard”. Ex: The front part of the bolt carrier is roughly the same size as the LMT MWS and LaRue PredatAR, but the back part is about the same size as a 5.56 AR. Ex: The 7.62 buffer is heavier, but shorter than 5.56 (so the longer 7.62 carrier has room to cycle in the 5.56-length buffer tube).
We are all victims of our perspective.May 11, 2015 at 8:25 pm #17514AnonymousInactive
LOVE your Camo job too!!
Seems to blend quite nicely in your AOOctober 25, 2015 at 8:54 pm #21995
Update – This Colt is functioning fine, EXCEPT that it won’t run worth a damn with a suppressor. Unsuppressed, it works great, but suppressed, I get FTE’s or double feeds about every 5-10 rounds regardless of ammo used. Still, this thing will hold 1moa with decent ammo, so I hate to get rid of it. Think maybe I’ll go back to a SCAR-17s for a suppressed 7.62 DMR type rifle, though.
We are all victims of our perspective.October 26, 2015 at 9:59 am #22000PinkyParticipant
adjustable gas block?
Actually, perhaps a buffer issue? What are you running, H1? For suppressed on anything, I’ve found going to at least an H2 solves many problems. The Spike’s ST-T2 or the BCM H2 work well. It is a relatively cheap investment to see if it solves your problem.
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
-- Thomas JeffersonOctober 26, 2015 at 10:36 am #22007
Might be solved with an adjustable gas block, but that’s a lot of trouble… This rifle uses a nonstandard buffer length so it can use a standard buffer tube and still have room for the longer .308 carrier to cycle. I’ve tried the OEM spring, OEM buffer, extra power spring, EXTRA heavy buffer from heavybuffers.com – all of the above in every combination. No dice with suppressor.
Unsuppressed, the thing is a dream. My 12 yr old and I took turns whacking 18×24 inch steel at 900 yards with it last weekend. I haven’t decided whether to sell it, try to see if a Noveske switch-block can be made to work, or just keep it as an “extra” .308 battle rifle.
We are all victims of our perspective.October 26, 2015 at 11:00 pm #22015First SergeantModerator
If you decide to sell it, keep me in mind.
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