Almost two years ago, I contracted with Chad Hayworth of DCR to supply one hundred rounds of 338 Lapua ammunition. Initial contact was favorable. He made recommendations based on my platform and intended use. I verified his advice elsewhere to confirm its accuracy.
I did not receive the product after the advertised lead time had passed, something that I confirmed prior to placing the order. No update was ever provided voluntarily. I had to contact him to find out what was going on.
After a couple delays and poor excuses, he stopped answering my emails. I started calling.
Shipping this week.
Shipping today or tomorrow.
Eventually, I got the ammo, and so far, it has performed well.
I gave him the benefit of the doubt. He is busy. He probably has a demanding day job in addition to his reloading business. He sucks at communication.
I was wrong. He just sucks, period.
A few weeks ago, reader, Keith emailed me. His story was nearly identical to mine. Excellent communication until the money changed hands. Then nothing. No product. No updates. No response to status requests. Lame excuses and outright lies regarding ship dates when he did answer the phone.
Last week, the ammunition (one hundred rounds of .30 AAC subsonic) was finally received, and seemed to be of good quality. Except that his AR short-stroked on every round he shot.
In an attempt to be both thorough and objective, I questioned the fact that the ammo is subsonic. Subsonic rifle ammunition is, by definition, a lower-than-standard pressure load, and can cause problems in autoloaders. The fly in the ointment for DCR is that Keith had already shot quite a few rounds of Hornady subsonic ammo, with no malfunctions.
Could the powder charge be tweaked to get a load that would be both reliable and still subsonic? Probably. Considering the theatrics and the effort necessary to get the product, would it be worth it? Keith decided absolutely not. I agree.
My advice is thus. Do not order from this individual. If you just can’t help yourself, then I firmly believe that you must be a masochist, a complete dumbass, or both. If you already have ordered from him (you poor bastard), expect massive delays and bullshit before you get your order. You have been warned.