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What .308 semi-autos meet these criteria?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Skribs, Mar 9, 2012.

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  1. Skribs

    Skribs Member

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    I'm more window-shopping at the moment, but I'm just trying to get a rough idea of what options I have within the following constraints:

    -.308 Winchester
    -Semi-automatic
    -14.5"-22" barrel
    -Detachable Magazine
    -Less than $2000
    -New
     
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    Some AR-10 variants.
     
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    I'm pretty sure the FNAR meets all those criteria, though my understanding is its a bit heavy.. something like 9 pounds. My brother bought one about a month ago and he loves it. He spent $1500 IIRC, from a LGS in Colorado, and that was with a 4-16x Nikon Monarch mounted.
     
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    There are several AR10 variants that fit that criteria, but not by much.
    FNAR like mentioned above will meet it.
    M1A in a few trim levels.
    PTR-91 (HK91/G3 clones)
    DSA-58 (FN FAL clones)
     
  7. Skribs

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    Which specific AR-10 variants are we talking about?

    There are already a few that have been mentioned that weren't on my radar (or that are clones of ones I had forgotten about), glad I asked!
     
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    VEPR - $800 to $1500 depending on how fancy you want it.
     
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    The DPMS LR 308 and RRA LAR-8 are a couple. The DPMS runs around $1100+, the RRA is closer to $1500+ (these prices are without optics). I'm sure there are several others. I have no experience with any of them, so I can't speak to their level of quality.
     
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    That's a pretty big range of battle rifle that you are mulling over.

    If you could lay out a bit more criteria of what you like to shoot that might help the experts in the forum give you some solid answers. That and doing some solid research in previous posts.

    I know that has certainly saved me several $$$$.
     
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    Dsa FAL
     
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    almost every 308 has a variant that falls into that category
     
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    All of the rifles I can think of fall into that catagory. As far as my personal preferances, I would say M1A or an FAL. As far as the FAL, go with one of the flavors that suits you from DSA. I really like my DSA STG58 Austrian. It is a GREAT RIFLE that I love to shoot. The FAL has an adjustable gas system which was the feature that clinched it for me.
     
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    Browning BAR Short-Trac. It isn't "tactical" but it's a darn fine rifle.
     
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    Bushmaster 308 MOE
     
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    +1 for the FNH FNAR

    An FNAR (based on Browning BAR, not an AR) would serve you well, provided you aren't gallavanting anywhere far with it (they are heavy). Granted, I don't think I'd want to hike far with any .308 SA on my back. The worst thing about this gun is how fast I can blow through a box of .308 if you don't pace yourself.

    The trigger is decent, not as good as my Rem 700, of course, but not a handicap, either. I've heard the pistol grip ergos bother some folks, as does the need for a tall bipod/bags when shooting supported. Tearing these down for thorough cleaning isn't the bugaboo everyone makes it out to be, just do it on a clean, well lit workspace, like you should when servicing any firearm. I fired about 500 rounds since cleaning it after buying it, tore it down again, and found carbon levels still very low aside from the piston face, implying this gun can go a pretty long time between detailed cleanings. I've had zero malfunctions. Just run patches down the bore and accessible parts of the action after use, and strip it down once or twice a year. I've shot groups as small as 1 MOA (I am a 1 MOA shooter at present), and entire 20rnd clips into a 3" circle at 100yrds in under a minute (not often, though $$$). Ejection has been very gentle on brass, especially compared to military platforms.

    The rifle is a joy for delivering sustained, accurate firepower out to respectable ranges. I'm not sure what pigeon-hole this places the rifle (high-volume varmint rifle:confused:) or what purpose FNH developed it for. Despite its black furniture, it would be poorly suited for sustained field (ab)use as a military rifle.

    I was able to get my heavy barrel version barely used with a 10 & 20rnd mag for 1000$, on Gunbroker. I have noticed more folks marking new ones up to as much as 1600$ of late, about 300$ higher than I remember seeing last year when I made my purchase. Take your time, and you should be able to find one of these for just over a grand. Try to get a seller to throw in another magazine for good measure.

    TCB
     
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    PTR-91 series rifles. Roller-lockers will prevail in this thread! :evil:

    They have many different models and fit all of your criteria. Plenty of accessories and mags. Once you buy one, you'll want another.
     
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    This.

    Only the higher end stuff is over $2,000, and pretty much all of them meet the rest of your criteria.

    I personally prefer the AR-10 (Armalite), but there are many good options.

    Tell us a little more about what you'd like in your rifle, and we can help narrow the selection.
     
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    Once I bought one, I couldn't sell it fast enough. Just saying.
     
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    M1A Standard rifle.
     
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    I read somewhere that there was a new AK import shown at the years SHOT show in .308, reportly importation will be starting this month.
     
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    I posted nearly the same thing last year.

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=590816

    I had the same criteria but have been squirreling back funds to go ahead and get a LaRue Predator 18" barreled rifle. Wasn't happy about different criteria of other offers that are out there and decided to just get the best. Don't hurt keeping my money in Texas either. I really considered a DPMS but talked myself out of it. Hopefully will order this late spring.
     
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    I think the question for the OP should be "what KIND of rifle do i want?" since, as has been stated, most of the "battle rifles" meet his requirements.

    Like pretty wood stocks? M1A
    Like drilling sub-MOA holes? AR-10
    Want a gun that will work every time whether you clean it or not? FAL
    Want cheap mags and a simple operating system? HK/CETME/PTR91

    Mine's a PTR. I won't tell you how much i like it. Don't want to get labelled as a fanboy.

    But frankly, give me the option of any of the classic battle rifles, and i wouldn't turn any of them down. They're all powerful, versatile platforms, each just has it's strengths and weaknesses.
     
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    Kel Tec RFB.
     
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