Includes the Following Rifles:
Panther LR-243 Panther LR-308T
Panther LR-260 Panther LR-308AP4
Panther LR-260H Panther LRT-SASS
Panther LR-308 Panther LR-30S Panther LR-308B
Before continuing in this section, please be sure you have read pages 4-6!
CAUTION: Always check that ammunition is clean and undamaged before using. Loading damaged ammunition into the chamber could damage your rifle and could result in personal injury, death or damage to property.
1. Use only ammunition for which your firearm is chambered (Photo 29-A).
2. With front of magazine forward, place a round between the lips of the magazine with the bullets pointed forward. Press the round until the magazine lips retain it. Place the next round on top of the last and repeat until desired number is loaded (Photo 29-B)(Photo 29-C).
2. Return the charging handle fully forward until it locks and remove finger from bolt catch (Photo 29-E).
3. Set selector to "SAFE" position (Photo 29-F).
With the bullets facing forward, insert loaded magazine into magazine well and push it in until it stops and is retained by the magazine catch. Tap the bottom of the magazine in an upward motion to ensure that the magazine is seated tight. (Photo 29-G)
With the rifle pointed in safe direction press in on the top button of bolt catch. This will release the bolt and carrier and move a round into the chamber. The rifle is now loaded with a round in the chamber and the hammer cocked. (Photo 29-H)
Make sure safety selector is still on safe. (Photo 29-I)
1. Set selector to "SAFE" position. (Photo 30-A)
2. Press magazine catch button and remove magazine. (Photo 30-B)
3. Pull charging handle to rear and push in lower portion of the bolt catch. If a round had been in the chamber it would have been ejected. Make sure to visually check to make sure that the chamber is empty. If last round in magazine had been fired, bolt and carrier should already be held to the rear, if the magazine was in place. (Photo 30-C)
FIRING THE RIFLE
Before firing your rifle, practice your stance, aim, rhythm and breathing for a steady aim with your firearm unloaded. You should practice firing on a range before going hunting or before using your firearm for any other type of shooting.
1. Always wear eye and ear protection when firing your weapon.
4. Aim by aligning target with your scope. (Scope not included)
5. Move selector to "FIRE".
6. Keeping steady aim, place trigger finger on trigger and gently squeeze until trigger releases hammer. Do not jerk trigger as you will disturb your aim and ruin your accuracy. To fire the next round and subsequent rounds, all that is necessary is to release the trigger and gently squeeze the trigger again after every shot until you are finished firing or the magazine is emptied.
7. This is a semi-automatic firearm and is immediately loaded and ready to fire after each shot until the magazine is empty and the last round in the chamber has been fired.
8. Release trigger, remove finger from trigger and set selector lever to "SAFE." If you have fired the last round from magazine, the bolt and carrier will be held to the rear so that you can quickly reload by replacing the magazine or if not reloading, the chamber should be checked to ensure that it is empty.
9. WARNING: This rifle will fire a chambered round with the magazine removed.
This will accept Weaver based rings and mounts. Standard size rings will be sufficient for scopes with objective diameters less than 40mm. Larger diameter scopes, depending on the size of the objective lens, may need either a riser or high rings.
Your DPMS rifle is based on a military rifle design and is very rugged but proper maintenance is necessary to keep it in good working condition. Field Stripping Disassembly (Make sure your rifle is unloaded, with no ammunition in the chamber.)
1. Bolt carrier assembly should be closed in the forward position.
Press the rear take down pin in from left of lower receiver (it may be necessary to use a punch as the fit between upper and lower receivers may be very tight.) Pull the pin out until it comes to a positive stop. A detent keeps the take down pin from falling out of the rifle.
Pivot the upper receiver and barrel assembly down and away from the lower receiver.
Press the front pivot pin in from the left side of lower receiver and pull out right side until it comes to a positive stop. A detent keeps the front pivot pin from falling out of the rifle.
You can now separate the upper and lower receivers.
Pull charging handle to rear and remove bolt and carrier assembly. (Photo 31-A)
Remove charging handle by gently pulling it backwards until you feel a slight resistance. Charging handle will fall free from the upper receiver. Do not force the charging handle, damage to the charging handle wings will occur.
9. Tilt bolt face up and remove firing pin.
10. Push bolt in towards the carrier until it rotates and comes to a stop.
11. Remove cam pin by lifting it out away from bolt and carrier.
12. Pull bolt forward out of carrier. (Photo 32-A)
13. Depress buffer, maintaining pressure as buffer is under spring tension, to prevent it from being ejected when buffer retainer is depressed. Depress buffer retainer to permit buffer and spring to move forward and be removed from receiver extension. (Photo 32-B)
15. Remove the extractor and spring. DO NOT remove the spring from extractor! (Photo 32-D)
16. Press top of extractor spring for spring function. Do not strip your firearm further than previously described. If additional maintenance is necessary, consult DPMS or a competent gunsmith. Your rifle is now field stripped for cleaning. To reassemble, repeat procedure in reverse order.
Notes on the Panther .308
The .308 does use a different buffer and spring than the standard A-15 rifles even though it takes the same A-15 A2 stock.
Upper Receiver [CLEAN WITH RBC (Rifle Bore Cleaner)]
All areas of powder fouling, corrosion, dirt and rust (32-E)
Locking lugs (32-F)
(DON'T REVERSE DIRECTION WHILE IN BORE!)
Use a worn bore brush to get outside surface of protruding gas tube (get sides and bottom from bottom of receiver.)
Lower Receiver O
Clean areas of powder fouling, corrosion and dirt. 0
Wipe dirt from trigger mechanism.
Clean buffer and inside lower receiver extension.
CAUTION: Do not use wire brush or any type of abrasive material to clean aluminum W surfaces. m
Bolt Carrier Group
Firing Pin Retaining Pin-(308-BT-16) Cam Pin-(308-BT-17)
Firing Pin Retaining Pin-(308-BT-16) Cam Pin-(308-BT-17)
Bolt Carrier Key Screw-(BT-10) Extractor-(308-BT-07)
Bolt Carrier Key Screw-(BT-10) Extractor-(308-BT-07)
Bolt Carrier Group
• Outer & inner surfaces of bolt carrier. (Photo 33-A)
• Firing pin recess and firing pin. (Photo 33-B)
• Firing pin hole (Use pipe cleaner)
• Carbon deposits & dirt from locking lugs. (Photo 33-C)
• Areas behind bolt ring and under lip of extractor. (Photo 33-D)
NOTE: There is no rubber tip inside the extractor spring.
a. Clean and lubricate rifle using a gun lubricant. (Break FreeTM, Mil-TechTM, etc.) Keep it moisture free.
b. Operate controls through their entire range, at intervals, to keep them from freezing up.
c. When your rifle is not being used and kept outside, protect it with a cover.
a. Inspect rifle more frequently, especially the hidden surfaces of the bolt assembly, and lower receiver components. Make certain they are lubricated with a gun lubricant.
b. When handling, make certain to wipe dry, as moisture could cause corrosion. After drying, lubricate with gun lubricant.
Hot, Dry Climates-
a. Clean and oil rifle more frequently with a gun lubricant.
Dusty and Sandy Areas-
a. Clean and lubricate your rifle more frequently.
b. Keep sand out of parts when inspecting, lubricating, or assembling rifle. Apply only a very light amount of lubrication on outside of rifle. Using too much lubricant can attract dust and sand.
What To Do
Bolt Won't Unlock Won't Extract
Selector lever on SAFE
Improper assembly of firing pin
Too much oil in firing pin recess
Too much carbon on firing pin
Broken extractor spring Dirty or corroded ammo
Carbon in chamber -
Fouling or carbon in extractor recess or lip.
Put on FIRE Assemble correctly Wipe off
Remove & discard
Remove. Push stuck round with cleaning rod. Be careful not to damage rifling. If possible, use a plastic rod.
Problem Check For What To Do
Dirty or corroded ammo Dirty magazine Defective magazine Too many rounds in magazine Restricted buffer assembly action
Magazine not fully seated
Clean Clean Replace
Take out excess
Take out buffer and spring, clean
Adjust magazine catch.
(Press button on right side. Turn catch clockwise to tighten and counterclockwise to loosen.)
Won't Chamber Dirty or corroded ammo Replace ammo
Damaged ammo Replace
Carbon in chamber Clean
Won't Lock Dirt, corrosion or carbon buildup Clean lugs in barrel locking lugs
Frozen extractor Remove and clean
Restricted buffer assembly Remove and clean
Restricted movement of bolt Remove, clean, lube carrier group.
(When putting bolt back in, make sure gas tube fits into carrier key and moves freely).
Gaps in bolt rings (not staggered)
Carbon or dirt in carrier key or on outside of gas tube
Stagger ring gaps Clean
Bolt Fails to Lock After Last Round
Dirty or corroded bolt catch Faulty magazine
Selector Lever Binds
Lubricate with a gun lubricant
Bolt Carrier "Hung Up"
Round jammed between bolt and charging handle
1. Remove magazine charging handle
2. Hold charging handle back and bang rifle butt on ground.
KEEP CLEAR OF MUZZLE! Caution: After round is removed, bolt is under tension.
3. While bolt is held to rear, push charging handle forward. Round should fall through magazine well.
This DPMS/Panther Arms firearm is warranted to the original retail customer for Three Years from the date of purchase against defects in material and workmanship. All parts and labor or replacement at our option are covered.
Transportation to and from our repair facilities, government fees, damage caused by failure to perform normal maintenance, sales outside the United States, damage due to high velocity, high pressure, reloaded or other nonstandard ammunition, or any unauthorized repair, modification, misuse, abuse, or alteration of the product is not covered by this Limited Warranty.
Any implied warranties, including the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are limited to one year from date of purchase. Consequential or incidental damages and/or expenses, or any other expenses are not covered by this warranty.
To obtain warranty performance send your firearm with proof of retail purchase, freight prepaid to:
DPMS/Panther Arms 3312 12th Street SE St. Cloud, MN 56304
Alterations & Modifications
Altering or modifying parts is dangerous and will void the warranty. This DPMS/Panther Arms rifle was manufactured to perform properly with the original parts as designed. It is your duty to make sure any parts you buy are made for this rifle and are installed correctly and that neither the replacements nor originals are altered or changed. Your DPMS/Panther Arms rifle is a complex precision tool with many parts that must relate correctly to other parts in order for proper and safe operation. Putting a rifle together wrong or with incorrect or modified parts can result in a damaged rifle, serious personal injury or death to you and others through malfunction. Always have a qualified gunsmith work on your rifle or at least check any work not performed by a gunsmith.
Although we go to great lengths to make a perfect product and get it to you in perfect condition, sometimes things happen! If there is a problem with our product or if shipping damage has occurred, please call us immediately for instructions at 800-578-3767, visit our website at www.dpmsinc.com or email us at [email protected].
NOTE: It is illegal to ship a firearm with ammunition in the firearm or in the same packaging. Firearms and ammunition must be shipped separately. For more information about shipping, call DPMS/Panther Arms at (320) 258-4448.
Due to a number of calls and comments concerning AR-type rifles, we have incurred feeding problems with the following:
A) I.Israeli ammunition 2. Korean ammunition
We have heard and reviewed several reports of problems with many manufacturers' rifles using this ammunition. The problem appears to be the bullet contour and the overall length of the cartridge, which is contacting the rifling before firing. This is creating a gas port pressure and chamber pressure higher than recommended, therefore causing feeding and extraction problems due to the increased bolt carrier velocity. In addition, there is accelerated fatigue on internal parts. There are also indications that brass may be oversized, which could create an unsafe condition.
2. South African produced surplus
We have used this ammunition in the past for testing purposes and found that the brass is extremely soft and can "flow" into microscopic pores and grooves in the chamber, creating "sticky" extraction. This had been reported in many types of rifles, but is more prevalent in semi-automatic weapons.
C) Lacquer Coated Ammunition or Steel-cased, lacquer coated ammunition
The problem with this ammunition is the lacquer coating on the case. As the barrel heats up, the lacquer turns to a soft, varnish substance and upon cool down, becomes very solid and difficult to remove. This effectively creates an undersized chamber and creates understandable problems.
DPMS recommends the use of high quality, domestically produced ammunition for best results and highest accuracy. For plinking and practice, we recommend only domestic, commercially manufactured ammunition or high quality surplus NATO specification ammunition. Please note that the use of re-loaded ammunition voids the factory warranty as well as the use of the above-mentioned types of ammunition.
Your rifle is an investment and it only makes sense to choose quality ammunition for a quality rifle!
To achieve the best results for accuracy you should clean the chamber and bore after every round for the first 25 rounds and then every 10 rounds up to 100 rounds. It usually takes about 200 rounds per barrel for optimum accuracy. Please keep in mind that our barrels are production barrels not custom barrels. Accuracy is dependent upon many factors such as bullet weight, powder load, rifling twist, rifling lands, operator technique, etc. Our production barrels have achieved anywhere from 1/8" to 1 1/2" M.O.A. Obviously, we would hope that every production barrel would shoot 1/8" M.O.A., but with all of the above factors, we cannot guarantee a specific group size.
Date Notes Ammo
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