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6 Best .308/7.62 Semi-Auto Rifles: Battle Ready

Looking for the best hard-hitting .308/7.62 semi-auto rifle? We'll cover everything from AR-10s to FALs and SCARs so you'll know the best gun for you.

I want to preface what I’m about to say by making one thing clear…I love all firearms.

Big ones, small ones, common, rare, old, new, whatever — if it goes bang, it has a place in my heart.

FN SCAR 17S Shooting
There is nothing like slinging some heavy .308 at a decent rate of fire.

But the most special place in my heart will always be held by the majesty that is the “battle rifle” — which usually means a semi-automatic chambered in .308 Winchester/7.62×51 NATO.

Why .308?

I’ve talked before about how much I love the .308 cartridge and how perfect it is for my needs and those of most shooters and hunters.

It’s good out to 800-yards, no sweat, and with quality match ammo, it will probably be more accurate than most shooters.

So while I love things like the 6.5 Creedmoor and .224 Valkyrie, I can’t get away from good ol’ .308.

If you are a fan of .308 and on the hunt for a new battle rifle, you might have noticed there are a few options on the market. So which is best?

Grace running an AR-10 in .308 Win on a deer hunt at the age of twelve.
.308 AR-10 on a deer hunt.

I’m going to walk you through some of the Pew Pew Tactical team’s favorite battle rifles. We’ll examine some pros of each and discuss what makes them worthy of your attention.

So without further ado…let’s dive in.

Summary of Our Top Picks

  1. Affordable Classic Pick

    PTR GIRK 113 .308 Win 16" Rifle

    Second cheapest option on our list. Cheap magazines and reliability with steel case make this gun affordable to run.

  2. Best Classic Option

    DS Arms SA58 FAL

    Great shooting characteristics with a very rich history.

  3. Best for Iron Sights

    Springfield M1A

    Classic ergonomics and excellent iron sights make this a great option for those who don't want to purchase optics.

  4. Editor's Pick

    IWI Galil ACE Gen 2

    Great overall features with extreme durability.

  5. Best High-End Option

    FN SCAR 17S

    Military proven firearm fit for any modern use case.

Table of Contents


Best .308/7.62 Semi-Auto Rifles

1. AR-10

When the words “.308” and “semi-auto” are uttered in the same breath, most people’s minds probably go to the AR-10.

The AR-10 is the starting point not only for most modern battle rifles but for most Western semi-auto rifles in general.

Original AR-10
The original AR-10. You can see the similarities between it and its modern counterparts.

It would go on to spawn the AR-15 and all of its variants, making it the progenitor of arguably the most popular firearm family in the world.

You can read more about the history of these rifles in our AR-10 vs. AR-15 article.

Originally developed by Eugene Stoner to replace the aging M1 Garand for the U.S. military, the AR-10 has had a long and successful life.

Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10 sniper johnny shooting
Sig Sauer 716i Tread AR-10

In that time, it has remained in use globally, though these days mostly in specialized circumstances or in the hands of civilians.

That said, it’s still an incredibly robust platform, and modern refinements have only made it better.

Aero Precision M5E1

Aero Precision M5 AR-10
Aero Precision M5E1 AR-10 Complete Rifle

The Aero M5E1 is the gold standard for people that want a customizable AR-10 without breaking the bank — though you’ll have to piece it together yourself.

Coming in somewhere between $1,200 and $2,000 depending on options, the M5E1 is an excellent choice for those who want a solid rifle that can be made great with a few small upgrades.

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You can read our full review here.

Palmetto State Armory PA10

Testing the PSA AR-10 .308
Testing the PSA AR-10 .308

PSA is a budget firearms enthusiast’s dream come true. I’m not sure exactly how they do it, but they have everything from ammo to AR-10s at rock-bottom prices.

Best of all, their PSA-branded uppers, lowers, and complete rifles are all very cheap compared to the competition. Their fit and finish are nothing to drool over, but they go bang every time, and they’re more accurate than the price would lead you to believe.

Best Budget Pick
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If you’re looking for an entry model AR-10 or semi-auto .308 in general, the PA-10 from PSA is available in multiple configurations. They start at about $700 and top out at around $1100.

You can check out our reviews of the .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor versions and peep our video review of the .308 version below.

Other AR-10 Info

Simply put, the AR-10 is the king of battle rifles. They are inherently accurate, reliable, and modular. Aside from the models we listed, there are plenty of great options out there Sig 716I and higher-end options like LMT MARS-H and POF Revolution.

Be sure to check out our AR-10 vs. AR-15 and 8 Best AR-10s articles if you would like to know more.

2. PTR-91

The PTR-91 is a modern variant of a gun first manufactured over half a century ago, the Heckler and Koch G3 — one of the most revered battle rifles ever produced.

PTR-91 With Welded Top Picatinny Rail (Photo: Gununiversity)

What would go on to become the H&K G3 was first produced in 1958. Primarily designed by German engineers working for the Spanish CETME development group, the CETME-C was a roller-delayed 7.62×51 rifle.

This legendary rifle would go on to inspire a number of similar rifles (and quite a few blatant copies) and be used by just about every country with a military.

The G3 has been and still is widely in service around the world. (Photo: Military Times)

The PTR 91 is an American-made G3 clone that uses tooling references from the original H&K G3 to be as accurate as possible to that original design, but with all the advancements and improvements of a modern manufacturing complex.

It also features the iconic H&K diopter sights (the little rotating drum you probably recognize most from the MP5) and a standard 5/28 threaded barrel making it ready for suppressors out of the box.

A nice bonus about these guns is the widespread availability of dirt-cheap magazines. You can find surplus magazines for $5 to $10, and new magazines can be had for as little as $10 to $15.

It’s not uncommon to run across a crate full of surplus G3 magazines at your local gun show. These things are everywhere. (Photo: kyimports)

This is a battle rifle. It’s got a stamped and welded receiver just like an AK, and the trigger does double duty as a medieval torture device. Beware, these things absolutely chew up brass; so if you are planning on reloading, this gun will literally put a dent in your plans.

I’d be comfortable calling the base model a 2 MOA gun with mid-range ammo. Stepping up to their FR model with the match-grade bull barrel is an option for those looking to squeeze a bit more accuracy out of the platform.

There are several variations of the PTR-91, but they typically run from about $1,000 to $1,400.

Affordable Classic Pick
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For a battle rifle that’ll handle anything, it’s certainly not bad at all, and I’d feel good about having one to rely on in anything from a home invasion to an alien invasion.

3. DS Arms SA58 FAL

FN Herstal developed the Fusil Automatique Léger (Light Automatic Rifle) in the 1940s and saw it completed in 1953. During the Cold War, many NATO countries adopted it as their primary battle rifle, where it earned its nickname “the right arm of the free world.”

DSA FAL Full Look
DSA FAL, Improved Battle Carbine Version

It uses a fantastic short-stroke, spring-assisted piston action that was very modern at the time. The system is still relevant today, allowing the FAL to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with much newer firearms.

The FAL is one of the most battle-tested rifles on the planet, and usually, the trigger is considerably better than most of the G3 options out there, which may lead to better practical accuracy.

The FAL has been fielded by over 90 countries worldwide. (Photo: Warfarehistorynetwork)

I love the FAL, and it’s one of those guns I think anyone looking to build a serious gun collection should have. For me, it sits slightly above the AK and slightly below the AR-10/15 in the pantheon of shoulderable small arms.

Of course, if you want one, you’ll have to talk to an importer and get a civilian one. For that, I recommend DSA SA58 lineup. DS Arms is one of few companies producing parts and accessories for the FAL, including complete rifles.

Best Classic Option
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The SA58 is a solid recreation of the FAL that holds its own against the other non-AR .308s we’ve talked about in the accuracy department. Although modern versions of these guns tend to be pricier, hovering between $1,500 to $2,500, they are fun and steeped in rich history.

Check out our review of one of DSA’s modernized FAL variants here.

4. Springfield Armory M1A

Next up is the Springfield M1A. This is the civilian version of the iconic M14 — the rifle that trounced the AR-10 and FN FAL to become the U.S. Army’s primary battle rifle back in 1959 (however arguable those test results may be).

The M14 is, of course, a fully automatic military rifle, but the Springfield M1A is a semi-automatic, civilian version sold by Springfield Armory in various configurations.

You can get everything from the short-barreled SOCOM version to 21-inch barreled sniper configurations designed to get as much accuracy as possible out of the gun.

Some would say that M1A isn’t a great rifle, but I would disagree. Much of the accuracy of these guns is derived from a quality barrel and the mating of the action to the stock. This means that repeated detail strips of the gun can affect accuracy, especially on the base models.  

Springfield M1A with a Vortex Rifle Scope

Stepping up to the Loaded model that comes with the national match barrel is a good step in the right direction if you want those tighter groups. Fiberglass bedding between the action and stock will really let show you what a properly set up M1A can do accuracy-wise.

I own one in 6.5 Creedmoor, and I couldn’t be happier, but holy moly, do I want a .308 version. I just can’t quite justify the price for a second one, given that they run anywhere from $1,299 to $2,700, depending on trim level.

These rifles are a frequent sight on the field of competition, especially in service-rifle competitions. With classic ergonomics and excellent iron sights, the M1A lends itself well to shooting without optics.

Combat Center shooting team puts rounds down range
Sgt. Maj. Karl Villalino, Combat Center Sergeant Major (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd/Released)

The M14 is still used in a mostly honorary capacity by the U.S. military, with one or two exceptions — an especially notable one being its use by a number of competitive rifle teams from various branches.  

While it may not be the best combat rifle or the cheapest battle rifle option these days, what it lacks, it makes up for in pure soul and fun. And if you aren’t sure which model is right for you, check out our ultimate guide to the best M1A models.

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5. IWI Galil ACE Gen 2

Here comes the dark horse in the competition — the Galil ACE Gen 2 in 7.62×51 NATO. The first-generation Galil ACE was launched in 2008 but hasn’t been featured as heavily in the U.S. market, or video games for that matter, which kept it off many people’s radar.

Galil ACE Gen 2 Shooting
Galil ACE Gen 2 Shooting

So what is it, you ask? In a nutshell, the Galil ACE is the ultimate refinement of the AK-47 platform. It uses the same long-stroke piston and rotating bolt design as the Kalashnikov and even sports a similar pop-off dust cover.

What does all that mean? It means you get the robust and proven durability of the AK platform, combined with the hearty build quality that IWI is known for. Sprinkle in a version chambered for 7.62 NATO, and you have a hell of a battle rifle.

Galil ACE Gen 1 and 2
Galil ACE Gen 1 and 2

IWI recently introduced the Gen 2 version of the ACE. Updates include an M-LOK handguard, AR-style buffer tube for use with your favorite stocks, improved 2-stage trigger, and improved ergonomics.

By virtue of using a long-stroke piston, the ACE is able to have a folding stock and fire when folded. It also sports a non-reciprocating charging handle on the left side. Additionally, its cold hammer forged barrel ensures good accuracy and long service life.

Galil ACE Gen 2
Galil ACE Gen 2

Although a bit heavier than the SCAR-17S or the average AR-10, the ACE is still manageable at 8.6 pounds. The ACE also benefits from using standard SR-25/AR-10 magazines.

These rifles are a bit pricier, around $1,700 to $2,000, but are far from the most expensive on this list. If you are looking for something modern that isn’t an AR-10, the ACE might be your ticket.

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Want to know more about the platform? Check out our full review of the 7.62×39 Galil ACE or watch Johnny B’s video below.

6. FN SCAR-17S

We’ve already given a spot on this list to the FN FAL, but I’d be remiss if I left out one of the most popular modern .308 battle rifles around.  


The FN SCAR-H is a 7.62x51mm monster of a gun designed to be as modular as possible and to serve a variety of uses. From being a CQB weapon for various door-kickers and SF units to a scout sniper and sniper support platform, the SCAR-H can do it all.

A SCAR-H is a fully-automatic battle rifle capable of laying down 600 rounds a minute while also reaching out to the utmost limits of what the .308 cartridge is capable of.

FN SCAR 17S Shooting

Meanwhile, the SCAR-17S is the civilian version that goes bang as fast as your trigger finger can manage to go back and forth, and that’s plenty fast enough for me.

This is as solid of a rifle as you can get. The civilian version ships with a 16.5-inch barrel, but you can swap them out by removing just a few screws, allowing you to slot in any number of aftermarket barrels, from 13 to 20 inches, depending on your needs.

US Navy SEAL using an FN SCAR-H

It uses a modern version of the short-stroke piston FN developed for the FAL, and it is currently in service in 24 countries around the world in one capacity or another.

For the civilian shooter like you and me, we get something that’s as military-tested as any rifle can be and is as close to military spec (aside from the lack of select-fire capability) as we can get.

The trigger is…not perfect, but certainly better than the FAL. The good news is that there are a considerable amount of aftermarket trigger options. If you’re going to slap a 20-inch barrel on there and stretch the SCAR out to 800 yards or more, you might consider swapping the trigger out.

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All in all, it’s one of the best modern battle rifles out there and is pretty perfect if you’re looking for a heavy-duty semi-auto. The price is steep, but hey, you are getting a modern military-grade firearm, and that doesn’t always come cheap.

Be sure to check out our review of the SCAR-17S or watch the full video review below and let us know your take.

Final Thoughts

That was a look at some of the awesome semi-automatic .308 battle rifles out there. I certainly enjoyed writing it, and I hope some of this was helpful. If you haven’t found your next purchase, then hopefully, you at least learned something interesting.

Springfield Armory M1As
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What do you think of these rifles? Which one is your favorite? Thinking about getting one? Be sure to check out what to feed these beasts with our article on the Best .308 Ammo for Target Shooting, Plinking, & Hunting.

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  • Commenter Avatar

    Pretty happy with my M1A Loaded and DPMS LR .308 but Rugers new SFAR has caught my attention. Would love to see an objective review.
    Great article, thanks!

    April 29, 2023 6:50 pm
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    Mick B

    I wouldn’t trade my LWRCI REPR MKII 7.62 (308) for any other rifle. Yes it’s expensive, but you get everything you need in one package. My 12.7 inch barrel came with a Surefire flash hider! Was it a supply chain issue? I don’t know but my SF 7.62 RC2 suppressor went right on.
    Under 1 MOA with the short barrel & good 7.62x51 ammo! Not everything shoots that way, but it shoots anything you feed it!
    I’m debating if I want to mess with perfection (IMO) and order a 20 inch upper.
    LWRC’s proprietary hand guard is dumb. You got me there. But everything else is pure smiles.
    I bought right before the pandemic, but prices have finally begun to settle down and they’re building them with Cerakote again.

    February 8, 2023 8:38 pm
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    I wish companies would stop advertising civilian market rifles as “battle rifle” or “battle ready” or "assault rifles" (yes, some companies do call their, what is basically an ordinary AR-15 platform MSR, an 'assault rifle' or claim its 'battle ready' or a 'battle rifle' for their civilian market only rifles).

    It just plays into the democrats false claim of that a rifle in common use is an 'assault rifle intended to kill as its only purpose" and that makes them 'weapons of war', and ignore that less then 4% of all criminal shootings is with a rifle of any type and people use them for sporting and to have for defense and not offense - if anything the AR-platform MSR today is a 'Modern Defensive Sporting Rifle' at the most in common use. Its kinda hard to explain to the anti-gun idiots it isn't an 'assault rifle' when they can look at a company web site and say "See, even the company says its an assault rifle! They intentionally create and supply assault rifle weapons of war for the general public!"

    July 31, 2022 3:24 am
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      I disagree, I think stop capitulating to the dumbass dems and start claiming the right to own Assault weapons, and Battle Rifles. It is our god given right and its time to stop trying to tiptoe around the Libs feelings.

      August 30, 2022 7:42 am
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        It's not a matter of capitulating or about their feelings, it's a matter of the definitions being used against us to continue to create a false impression and deceive the public into supporting what ever claims they make.

        August 30, 2022 8:51 am
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    Jim Hovater

    Hands down, the FN-FAL.

    July 28, 2022 7:20 am
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    Dan Idaho

    Wait a tic...no Tavor T7? Lemme just scroll up and see what that "Headline" was again. Yep, "6 Best .308/7.62 Semi-Auto Rifles: Battle Ready". T7 is 7.62/.308, fully ambidextrous (capable, you can switch it to wrong-handed in the field in about 10-15 minutes), 16.5" barrel but OA length is 26.75. Adjustable gas block for suppressed set up (like the Hellion 5.56), No iron sights though, needs an optic of course. Accuracy is sub 1.5 to 200yds. This is very battle tested and possibly the bestest for run and gun. This should be in the 3 Best .308/7.62 Semi-Auto Rifles: Battle Ready article that you were about to write.

    April 11, 2022 7:50 pm
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    Mark M Bryant

    One mighty fine .308 semi auto that is missing is the Browning BAR MK3 DBM.
    Magazine fed, GREAT trigger out of the box, and very reliable (so far) for me. I know its not a former military rifle or descendent thereof, but that may be the beauty of this one.

    March 22, 2022 11:14 am
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    They have a new go2 308 psr gas gun guaranteed to shoot 1 moa. Mine is shooting 1/2 moa and the bbl is not completely broken in, cycles perfectly, giesely trigger on and on. You might Ike to review one. Made in fl. If the shit hits the fan you would be best off with a m1a or bm59 both proven. The socom guys love all of these...

    October 15, 2021 12:16 pm
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    John Ski

    This really was an article about all the "one offs" in 7.62. Not at all educational for someone looking to buy a mainstream AR10 of superb quality from LWRC or DD (ok a slight nod with the AERO and PSA). True waste of time for me which is rare from Pew Pew.

    July 18, 2021 7:11 am
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    Travis Adams

    Why is the Grey Ghost Precision MK ii .308 not listed especially given many of the inferior rifles on this list? Do you have any testing experience with the Grey Ghost MK ii .308? It is extremely accurate and eats just about any ammo you feed it with very little effort spent on maintaining a clean rifle. Thoughts?

    April 25, 2021 4:10 pm
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    Dakota Cowell

    I wish when making a list of the "best" you actually listed the best. This is a list of the best AFFORDABLE 7.62 semi-auto rifles. The LWRCI/Knight Armament/Daniel Defenses of the world have made some truly unbelievable 7.62 semi-auto rifles. Those rifles, and everything in that tier, are truly the best.

    March 8, 2021 1:00 pm
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    I own a couple of PTR-91's and a M1A Scout Squad. I love them all. The Springfield has an outstanding trigger. One PTR has a mule of a trigger, gritty and needs a team of oxen to get it to break. Reset is worse. The other trigger is almost as good as the M1A. Love the article and am a HUGE fan of the .308.

    February 8, 2021 9:00 am
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    Why don't you ever hear about rock river ar8

    January 18, 2021 1:26 pm
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    Wheres the XCR-M

    January 8, 2021 7:54 pm
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    Best is with training, however u left out the bm 59/63 . Superb rifles for serious use. Loved your article!

    November 29, 2020 1:01 pm
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    Constante G Azares

    Have you reviewed the PATRIOT ORDNANCE FACTORY “ REVOLUTION “...
    Lighter than any above...accurate...AR-15 sized...

    then there’s their “ROGUE” ...at 5.9-lbs (LIGHTEST .308, AR), 16-inch barrel , MICRO brake , heat-sink barrel nut , ROLLER cam pin ,
    with AR-15 : * bolt carrier
    * CH
    * barrel nut
    * Trigger Group
    * Stock, Buffer tube, Buffer
    * Grip

    MSRP $1799.99

    November 11, 2020 2:10 pm
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    Rusty Morgan

    I always liked the M1 and M14. They were what I started with. The SLR and G3 were serviceable but not as instinctive. The sights and trigger were better on the US rifles. I never saw an AR10 but did use various M16 A1s and A2s. I would chose a Navy M1 in 308 as an ideal battle rifle for the armed citizen. Good weight, balance, and firepower, without the clumsy magazine of the other options.

    October 12, 2020 8:28 pm
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    Kenneth Jacobus

    Just got a IWI Galil so far I like it a lot. Planning on adding a red dot to it. Still seeing want ammo it likes the best.

    September 23, 2020 1:17 pm
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    This guy has no clue. The FAL was replaced by Israel with the Galil because the FAL preformed terrible in sand enviornments. To they essentially tweaked a milled ak into the best all around battle rifle, the original 308 Galil. The C308 made the list? They are terrible the sights dont even have windage adjustment and sometimes you get one one that actually works and prints 5moa groups. The FAL is also pretty inaccurate, ive heard dozens of guys drop 2k on a DSA then cry about accuracy. The M1A had the shortest US service career of any standard long arm fielded for good reason. The HK PSG-1 variant of the G3 50 years laiter is still the most accurate semi auto sniper/target platform that isn't a custom gun. The G3 what also called the kraut Kalashnikov because of not only its similar construction, but because they were AK reliable! They have a fluted chamber to aid in reliability, because of it even if you lose your extractor completely it will still run more reliable than a M1A or FAL sadly enough. The HK-417 style of battle rifle is currently being fielded by the Marine Corps with the purpose of phasing out the last of the M-110s which is a slightly accurized ar-10 from Knights Armament. The 417 is far more accurate and reliable, while also weighing less with a longer barrel life. I could go on all day....

    August 9, 2020 4:48 pm
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      Your complaints about the CETME are understandable, but then you go on to sing the G3's praises, citing things it shares with the CETME...?

      September 23, 2020 4:13 am
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        The Cetme and Hk 91 are the same gun, internal parts interchange. While PTR has a decent reputation, I wouldn't buy a pack of gum that had Century on in. To this day I still find their guns that were built wrong and unsafe to shoot.

        November 17, 2020 7:03 pm
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      Do go on!

      November 29, 2020 1:07 pm
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    Scott Reichard

    The s&w mp 10 308 is super accurate at 1500 dollars. I can hit steel at 600 yards all day with no tuning or accessories. Dont know why its not far ahead of psa or some of your choices.

    July 19, 2020 11:21 pm
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    Combat rifles. It would have been nice to have written some notes about 2 or 3 top choice ammo rounds as an addendum.

    May 28, 2020 7:10 pm
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      .308win 168gr OTM/ Gold metal match for out to 800m
      .308win 175gr OTM/ Gold metal match for out to 1200m
      There is also a 185gr thats gaining popularity, but at 1000m the bullet is dropping something like 7ft.

      August 9, 2020 4:54 pm
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    LaRoy Saline

    Thanks this was extremely informative!

    May 21, 2020 10:36 pm
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    What about a piston ar10 the size of ar15, with sub moa like the POF rev?

    April 22, 2020 11:52 pm
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    Are there any economical versions of the FALthat work I've heard mixed review for Century arms.

    April 14, 2020 3:22 pm
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    Kevin Coats

    Wow again I am amazed. The HK 416 and 417 replaced the scope eating SCAR 17 that we all hated from the beginning. The RCH was violent and God help you if it accidentally hit a corner of a wall while maneuvering in combat because it will be ripped out of your hands. It happened more than most know. Even the Elcan Specter scopes would eventually become useless after riding that bull. Don't get me wrong it is a great concept but FN just could not modify the weapon to make it what it was actually designed to do. Outmatch the enemies capability but the HK 416 and 417 can and is better suited for any battlefield. Kept this opinionated man above ground more times than I can count!!

    February 17, 2020 9:53 am
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    Thanks, this is a great review! I tend to wax nostalgic on battle rifles and pine for an M-1A, but your analysis opened my eyes quite a bit. The modernistic lines of the FN-SCAR turn me off a bit, but I've seen videos of it being used and it appears to be lightweight and very versatile. Happy 2020!

    January 6, 2020 2:41 pm
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    get an m14 because you love the m14 and not because it'll be versatile or super accurate. Best 308 option for versatility, ergos, cost and accuracy is an AR10 variant.

    January 3, 2020 1:27 pm
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      I rock out the M1A Scout. There are plenty of companies out there that offer parts to upgrade the system. You can drill into the stock and add rails. AMS Machine has great rail sections for the M1A.

      February 4, 2020 9:28 am
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    January 1, 2020 9:15 am
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    What about the Browning and the Benelli?

    September 29, 2019 7:55 am
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      Good question.

      July 3, 2020 4:17 am
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    Galil Ace 1651, please.

    September 14, 2019 8:30 am
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      Agreed. Also the Tavor 7. Two excellent platforms that are battle proven by IWI.

      December 13, 2019 10:20 am
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    Dennis H.

    Prices are off about $300+ at Palmetto. They raise their prices every time the sun rises...

    August 30, 2019 12:33 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      The price for the PA10 model listed is correct, but it is out of stock right now and the only one that is in stock is PSA's brand new gen 3 PA10 that is also an upgraded model over their baseline rifle.

      August 30, 2019 1:12 pm
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        The above link for PA10 full review is down. Is it still available somewhere else?

        September 14, 2019 10:50 am
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          David, PPT Editor

          Here it is!

          September 14, 2019 12:06 pm
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            Thank you!

            September 15, 2019 7:21 pm
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          David, PPT Editor

          Oops, internal error - NOW the link is fixed!

          September 14, 2019 1:38 pm
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    Maek D.

    The SCAR will make a comeback one day ... Mark my words! I'll take one now if anyone wants to liquidate theirs! Let me know.

    August 30, 2019 12:07 am
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    Christopher Johnston

    Just got a Springfield Armory Victor 308 rifle. Love it!

    August 25, 2019 8:30 pm
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      I’ve heard great things about the SA Victor 308, is there anything that compares at that price point? Considering it for my first 308.

      September 5, 2019 12:20 pm
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    John Gibson

    Knight's Armament, LWRC...

    June 24, 2019 11:37 am
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    John Gibson

    This list LOL more like the only 308 rifles you could think of. POF Revolution and Revolution DI take number 1 and 2 spot.

    June 24, 2019 6:38 am
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    Seems as though I hear, as in this report lack of any acknowledgment of the DPMS LR-10, one of which I own and have excellent results with, that is if one considers nailing golf balls at two hundred yards with an NF-SHV 5-20X 56 Scope, compensator, and Geislie trigger. Off the shelf price-1,200.00$s (that is for the rifle alone of course)

    June 24, 2019 3:45 am
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    William Weygant aka Slide

    Great information, keep up the good work.

    June 23, 2019 7:04 pm
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    Kenneth L Kaufman

    I like my Ruger SR762, but have a long term fondness for my railroad tie, the venerable HK91...

    May 28, 2019 11:55 am
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    Nancy Miller

    What about Salvage...Accuracy!!!???
    What about Daniel Defense????!!!

    May 27, 2019 10:08 pm
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    Galil ACE .308 turds on most of these mentioned. Making this list pretty useless.

    May 23, 2019 6:01 pm
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    Love my M1A! I always think it's too big and heavy in the safe, then spend a whole afternoon shooting it. Now I want a Bula version

    May 21, 2019 10:00 pm
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    Gregg Cromeans

    What about the Saint Victor 308?

    May 21, 2019 7:51 pm
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    mike altland

    I love my FNAR...... but then again I love my LR 10 too

    April 10, 2019 3:43 pm
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    Old dude

    Zastava m77. Boom

    March 24, 2019 12:45 pm
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    David S

    I have two of these rifles. Both I built from demilled kits. The first one is from a CETME kit which cost $178. It came with everything but receiver but had the front trunnion. I then bought a ready to use PTR receiver for around $300. from Atlantic. It was a bear to get the trunnion/barrel set up and spaced but worth every head ache. I powder coated the rifle a stealth grey and it looks very exotic. I also installed an HK forearm that has the fold up bipod. While no 1000 yd. shooter I can bang the 250 yard steel with ease using fmj surplus.
    My next surplus built rifle was an FN Fal kit I got for just over $500. I then bought a receiver from DSA. The receiver was one that they had made for a cancelled order placed by the Mexican Government. I think the receiver was right at $300. It doesn’t have a carry handle cut out. I also purchased a new 16” barrel from DSA as well. Remembering how much a pain setting the head space on the CETME was and me not having any of the gauge pins and unsurity of the process I opted to let DSA install the new barrel onto the new receiver. I sent them all the parts to assemble the upper assembly and for $165. and about 2 weeks in time I received a completed properly headspace upper assembly. Neither of these guns are not light to carry but if the SHTF I am ready. I also have a Garand that will easily hit steel open sighted at 250 yards. The M1A is on my list but I just can’t can’t find one in my price range.

    March 10, 2019 7:00 am
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    michael enochs

    I grew up on a farm with my grandpa who was a ww2 nut. It wasn't until after his death that I realized he was collecting military weapons. I just didn't know that was his reasoning, I just thought he loved guns. I didn't appreciate his m14 until I shot it and that was with basic peep sights. It was the only large caliber I've shot that blew the bullseye out at 110 yards. I mean every shot touching no black left. When he passed, it went to my uncle. Here I am 10 years later, went through the Marine Corps and I want my own. I'm very happy to see the M1A on this list, very happy. It's helping me justify my next purchase. Think I'll go with the 20" version in 308 and read forums on enhancing accuracy with gunsmith work I started to read about.

    March 7, 2019 9:34 pm
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    Check out the IWI Tavor 7. Same amazing amazing traits as the other Tavors, but chambered in 7.62X51mm. Feels awesome to shoot, especially suppressed.

    February 13, 2019 12:53 pm
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    John Gibson

    POF Revolution is by far the best.

    December 13, 2018 10:55 am
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      So, you're a shill, then.

      December 30, 2018 10:24 am
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    John Dwyer

    I like the Rock River Arms LR-8 in the Standard Operator configuration. At my age I am not much good out beyond 600 yds and I find the LR-8 under a Nightforce ATACr to work well. The last piece I want is a full auto anything. That sort of thing is for when Victor Charles is coming through the wire at 3 AM. Not these days though. Now he's making furniture.

    December 12, 2018 1:19 pm
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    Aero AR-10 are awesome guns. I have two. Both are tack drivers. They are Not using an adjustable gas block and work just fine. They shoot everything. It took shooting them for a while and a lot of oil to loosen up the very tight BCG.

    December 7, 2018 6:17 pm
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    I'm going to build an Aero precision AR 10

    December 7, 2018 1:55 pm
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    Is the PSA rifle in your photo the same one you saw listed for $600?

    The only one I see with a stock like the one on the photo cost $750 and has a 20" barrel.

    The $599.99 version looks totally different. https://palmettostatearmory.com/psa-gen2-pa10-18-mid-length-308-win-stainless-steel-classic-rifle.html

    December 7, 2018 10:48 am
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      You are correct the one that's $600 has an A2 style front sight and a standard milspec stock

      December 7, 2018 1:59 pm
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    William Davis

    Getting ready to get my 308 Semi auto. I am probably going to choose either the PSA. I am also considering the DPMS Recon Gen II, fo you have any comments or advice on that model? Great rundown, salute!

    December 7, 2018 5:13 am
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      Lee Murphy

      The GII Recon is very good out of the box but becomes excellent once some upgrades are done.

      August 9, 2019 6:58 pm
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    Having spent my life to this point shooting, this article was a great read. I have had in the past a Century FAL, still have a Springfield M1A and a PSA AR10 20" heavy barrel with a CMC 3.5# trigger. Most of the others I've come in contact with and agree with your assessment in the article, as you vary them, the assessment changes. All in all a fun read and a good article for those thinking of taking the plunge. And I do love the 308, my tack driver is the Savage model 10 FLCP-SR w/24" bull barrel and 4X12 Nikon M-308 scope, a very capable rifle that didn't empty my bank account! Keep up the good work!

    December 7, 2018 4:35 am
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    And how about DB10ELB? Or DB10CKMB. Its cost from 960$ to 1099$

    December 7, 2018 4:33 am
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    Great article and a fun read- hoping for a lottery win!

    December 7, 2018 1:06 am
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    Bert Powers

    I find your article accurate from my personal
    experience, a well written buyers guide.

    December 6, 2018 10:56 pm
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    Thanks love my Aero’s never a problem everything I need -would love a M1A tho so damn cool

    December 6, 2018 10:36 pm
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    Enjoyed the article -- wasn't expecting the c308. Could've had at least one bullpup.

    December 6, 2018 9:40 pm
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    Greg Hapke

    Galil Ace? I prefer mine over my FAL.

    December 6, 2018 8:26 pm
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      This is the question that keeps me up at night. Galil or FAL? FAL or Galil?

      December 7, 2018 12:28 am
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        Michael Johnson

        GALIL for the win !

        December 9, 2018 5:07 pm
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    Any experience with or feedback on the Colt LE901 S or SE ?

    December 6, 2018 7:14 pm
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    Rusty in Bend OR

    I can't imagine why the LWRC Int'l REPR MKII wouldn't be on this list ... probably #1. I get it ... very expensive ... but an awesome high-end long-distance weapon. I have it in .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor, and I'd put LWRC quality, accuracy and reliability up against any other device. For those that can afford 2x the price and want 4x the weapon ... it's an easy choice.

    December 6, 2018 7:14 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      An AR-10 is basically an AR-10. There are better-made ones and worse made ones, but it is the same pattern of rifle. This list was more a look at battle rifles as a whole Vs. just a long list of AR-10s.

      December 6, 2018 7:16 pm
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        Rusty in Bend OR

        That's an interesting response. The name of the article is "Best .308/7.62" ... not "Cheapest" or "Battle" or whatever. I'm just sayin' ... you identify the best "Bang for the Buck" and other categories, so I'm wondering why a "Best High End" or something like that wouldn't rate consideration, unless you think it's just not a good .308. If it's the best on the market, like LWRCI usually is thought of, it shouldn't be excluded from a "Best of ..." list like this. Your article - my opinion - both are respected. Thanks for the great work. I don't have to agree to enjoy the quality journalism.

        December 6, 2018 7:22 pm
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          David, PPT Editor

          It is one of the best high-end AR-10s, it's just in another article ;) Glad you enjoy!

          December 6, 2018 7:55 pm
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            Rusty in Bend OR

            Just read the article that reviewed the LWRC REPR. I agree, after buying the .308 and loving it so much I bought the 6.5 Creedmoor Elite (carbon-fiber barrel). They're beyond expensive ... but I'm grossly overpaid ... and I WANTED THEM. Pondering the AR-15 SBR version, but I believe if I bought another one, my wife would load it up and shoot me in
            the @$$.

            December 7, 2018 6:36 am
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          Kris from MLT Wash

          Hi rusty .They did a best ar10 article months ago and the Repr was on the list. The author of the article actually glommed all over it on how much he loved it.After reading about the Repr I would defenetly opt to purchase if I had the means.I have 2 AR's in 308 a savage msr 10 and a PSA PX 10. The PSA is ok. The Savage after s#*t canning the Blackhawk grip,stock and trigger and replacing with Magpul and Ruger elite trigger,this I believe to be one of the finest 308's in the AR platform on the market.Enjoy your firearms and God bless. Kris

          December 6, 2018 8:34 pm
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            Rusty in Bend OR

            Great perspective, and I just saw the article. Owning two, I can attest to the fact that "Yes" ... they really are "that good". When I go to the range, if I want practice, I bring one of my other rifles. If I want precision shots in sub-MOA bulls-eyes to and through 500 yards ... I bring my .308 REPR. If I want to hit the 14-inch gong at 1,200 yards ... I bring my 6.5 REPR (Vortex Golden Eagle 60x scope). One of the things that nobody ever mentions in articles (because they only test-shoot them) ... is how easy they are to clean. I can put 100 rounds down-range, and the bolt carrier group and upper receiver clean with a simple wipe-down and re-grease due to the piston-driven gas system. All that nasty carbon never gets to the bolt since it drives a piston that pushes the bolt, instead of doing that with gas. Clean-up takes 15 minutes to be ready for the safe, and most of that is punching the barrel. I have 1,000+ rounds down-range on both, and I've never had to take a brush to either bolt carrier group to have them looking like new.

            December 7, 2018 6:47 am
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          Yes! Thanks...

          October 15, 2021 12:21 pm
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    Big Jim

    Can t belive you put the springfield so far down on the list thats crazy bud

    December 6, 2018 4:52 pm
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      Saved the best for last.

      December 6, 2018 5:37 pm
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      David, PPT Editor

      The list isn't in a set order.

      December 6, 2018 7:15 pm
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