I picked up a second hand DPMS 16" carbine with a 1:9 barrel in .223 and I would like to replace it with a 5.56, as all of my ammo is 5.56, 62 and 55 grain. This is a SHTF & home defense rifle as well as plinking.
I'm thinking of a 16 in mid range gas system, which would also involve a gas tube and longer handguards. What makers are out there and what should I look for for the best quality? Also, what about headspace between the new barrel and the older bolt?
Also, a friend is selling me his Lee reloader he used for 40 grain reloads, and I might get into some heaver loads in the VLD range. Should I get a 1:9 now and then build an upper for the VLD loads and a 1:14 upper for the lighter ones?
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