6 Best AR-10s [2020]: Complete Buyer’s Guide

It’s not a secret that we love the AR-15 around here.

That said, there are some things the AR-15 just can’t do. 

Upgraded AR-15s
Upgraded AR-15s

Namely, the AR-15 can’t handle “long-action” cartridges…so there’s a limit on the power or distance you can get out of a round fired from an AR-15. 

So if you’re looking at getting AR-10…look no further!

Couple of AR-10s
Couple of AR-10s

We’re looking at the best complete rifles here.

Don’t worry, we’ll be doing articles on the Best AR-10 Uppers and Best AR-10 Lowers for all you builders out there who want something a little more custom.

Without further ado…

Best AR-10 Rifles

1. Aero M5E1 .308

We’re Big Aero Precision fans.

They’re known in the industry as one of the biggest quality manufacturers of lowers and uppers for other AR makers. They also offer a wide variety of build kits, including various Cerakote options that are available as limited runs.

“Bombshell” Aero builder’s kit — no longer available 🙁

Between the Pew Pew staff, we have a LOT of Aero builds. We’re price concise and like solid quality, and Aero delivers on that.

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

So, all that out of the way, what about the Aero M5E1? Why does it make it on my list of the best AR-10s? I’m glad you asked, friend.

The Aero Precision M5E1 Complete Rifle is built with Aero’s excellent Enhanced Upper and M5E1 Lower, both of which are available for purchase separately, and often available together if you want to get them both for a build.

270
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

How Does it Shoot?

Good ammo is always a must when testing a firearm, never forget that!

Popular .308 Winchester and 7.62x51mm Ammo
Popular .308 Winchester and 7.62x51mm Ammo

These are the rounds recommended by Aero themselves:

As you can see, the top recommendations were the ones tested, and Eric shot between 1.5 and 2 MOA, which is perfectly respectable for a <$2k .308 rifle with factory ammo.

Aero M5E1, Hornady Match Groups
Aero M5E1, Hornady Match Groups

With handloads, Eric and I both believe the gun is capable of around 1 MOA to Sub-MOA accuracy.

Eric’s full review here.

Best Semi-Auto Precision Rifle
1490
at Aero Precision

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Aero Precision M5E1 — Custom Build

While Eric used a complete Aero AR-10 upper, I went a more custom route for my 6.5 Creedmoor AR-10.

This is one of the things we really like about the Aero Builder’s Kits, they allow for a lot of flexibility.

Aero M5 6.5 Creedmoor Build
Aero M5 6.5 Creedmoor Build

Starting off with the Aero Precision M5E1 FDE Builder’s Kit and a FDE Magpul PRS stock, basically everything else about my build was different.

Looking to make my rifle a thicc long range shooter, Criterion sent me an HBAR 22″ 6.5 Creedmoor AR-10 barrel — it’s amazing and you need one.

From there I picked out a Wojtek adjustable gas block, VG6 muzzle brake, Aero LPK, Radian Raptor charging handle, and an Aero BCG with JP enterprises bolt that Criterion also sent with the barrel.

340
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Topping it off with a Bushnell scope and Wheeler rings, this rifle was ready to poke holes in paper far away.

For testing, I used a range of ammo also — the best being Sig Sauer Eliete Match 140gr 6.5 Creedmoor coming in at an average of 3/4 MOA.

Sig Match 140gr 6.5 Creedmoor
Center Group — Sig Sauer Match 140gr 6.5 Creedmoor

Hornady Match ELD 140gr was also sub-MOA at .86 MOA, Hornady American Gunner was close with 1.01 MOA.

Oddly, Hornady Match ELD 147gr was almost 2 MOA, and the ultra-cheap Sellier & Bellot 140gr was 2.24 MOA.

I’ve only gotten to push my Aero build out to 650 yards so far, but the experience has been outstanding! I’m well over 500 rounds into this rifle with zero malfunctions.

Bottom line:

Be it in .308 or 6.5 Creedmoor, Aero built or custom parts, the M5E1 is a solid platform.

Aero M5E1 with DPMS LR-308
Aero M5E1 (top) with DPMS LR-308 (bottom)

2. LWRCi REPR MKII 7.62 Rifle

Okay, first of all, it’s pronounced “Reaper” which is either cool, or a little too “edgy teenager with dark eyeliner” depending on your perspective.

judging you
MFW another firearm company comes out with another edgy name…

We could go on a half-day long rant about the names of firearms, but really the name has never once caused a gun to perform better or worse.

What matters, as the infomercials will tell you, is one simple question: will it blend?

Well, in this case, it will absolutely blend. Or shoot. It’s a weird metaphor, just go with it.

LWRCi originally created the first version of the R.E.P.R. for the military’s CSASS (Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System) competition. While they lost that contract to H&K, they certainly didn’t do poorly.

The LWRCi R.E.P.R MKII is an updated version of that rifle and is built to the same exacting standards as the already awesome first version.

The main difference between that version and the MKII is the gas system. The new gas system is adjustable to 20 different positions as opposed to the suppressed and unsuppressed settings of the first R.E.P.R’s gas block.

kitted out repr rifle
A fully kitted R.E.P.R

How Does it Shoot?

Really good. Okay, freakin’ great!

Using Federal Gold Medal Match 175gr Matt put five rounds into a one-inch circle at 200 yards. For those of you playing along at home, that’s a half MOA performance.

The price is steeper than K2, but you get what you pay for. Not only is the Repr incredibly well built, it’s also crazy accurate.

That costs money. But if you want a modern battle rifle built to the highest standards… you gotta do what you gotta do.

Best AR-10
4100
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

LWRCi also makes a great line of AR-15s that deliver the same level of performance and reliability as their AR-10. I highly recommend you take a look!

3. Daniel Defense DD5V2

Daniel Defense makes good stuff, that shouldn’t be news to you. They hold a number of military contracts, and with good reason. Their guns shoot, they shoot well, and they shoot every time.

DD5 V4 (3)
DD5 V4 in 6.5 Creedmoor

Specs

  • Four-bolt system fastens barrel and handguard attachments
  • Geissele SSA two-stage precision trigger with 2.5-lb. take-up
  • Oversized cam pin, enhanced extractor geometry, and dual ejectors
  • Lower receiver provides an oversized trigger guard, flared magazine

How Does it Shoot?

Like a dream. We’ve killed deer with it. We’ve rung the gong at 800 meters with it. We’ve put half a mag in a half-inch hole at 100 yards. Never had a problem with this gun, and never expect to.

DD5 V4 BOG DeathGrip Tripod
DD5 V4 BOG DeathGrip Tripod

If you’re looking to use this gun for competition, hunting, or even home defense, the gun will do its part if you do yours.

One thing I will say, particularly about this gun and the LWRCi one: you get what you pay for. 

With some guns, you don’t, and when it comes to expensive guns like this, that price tag gets harder to justify the bigger it gets. All of these guns made this list because they are worth the money.

But in the meantime…we’ve gotten our readers $50 off for DD5 rifles with code “PEWPEW50”

Most Proven AR-10
2500
at Daniel Defense

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

4. Brownells BRN-10

Looking for something retro?

Brownells Retro Rifles
Brownells Retro Rifles

Brownells has got you covered with their BRN-10 in .308 that revives Eugene Stoner’s battle rifle used in 1955-1960.

Best Classic AR-10
1600
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

We have a complete review of the BRN-10, but the short version is that we love it! While it is missing some of the improvements that modern style AR-10s have, it more than makes up for that in pure cool factor.

For a rifle that should be almost 6 decades old, it shoots perfectly and launches you into a old age of firearms, before everything was black and plastic.

BRN-10
The BRN-10 is a big, beautiful rifle. The original battle-design shines through in the remake. You won’t find collapsible stocks or short barrels here.

5. Palmetto State Armory AR-10 (PA-10) Gen 3

The PA-10 is probably the most affordable one on this list…and that’s because from raw materials to final product…PSA does it all in-house. 

PSA AR-10 .308
PSA AR-10 .308, Gen 2

We’ve tested the Gen 2 for years and now have updated our full review with the Gen 3.

PSA AR-10 Gen 3 with Magpul Bipod
PSA AR-10 Gen 3

One of the best updates to the Gen 3 model is the inclusion of an adjustable gas block.

PSA AR-10 Gen 3 Adjustable Gas Block vs Gen 2
PSA AR-10 Gen 3 Adjustable Gas Block vs Gen 2

It doesn’t magically make recoil zero…but it helps dampen the .308 cartridge when you configure it for your specific load.

A lot of the times PSA’s complete rifles are out of stock.

Best Entry Level AR-10
799
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Plus you’re slapped with an 11% completed rifle tax.

But since AR-10’s are also pretty modular…you can buy a complete upper and complete lower separately.

It saves you some money and gives you more control over furniture/trigger options.

For lowers I’m liking their STR buttstock and 2-stage trigger.

179
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

And for uppers…I’m a fan of going stainless 18″ to wring out some extra accuracy and velocity of the bigger rounds. Plus it’s not as unwieldy as the 20″.

Make sure you get a combo WITH bolt carrier group (BCG) and charging handle (CH) included.

399
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

How Does It Shoot?

Pretty well! Especially when it’s supported with a decent bipod.

It will run reliably out of the box and shoot decent groups for a rifle around $600.

PSA AR-10 Gen 3 Groups
PSA AR-10 Gen 3 Groups

Truly the best bang-for-the-buck in the AR-10 world…if it ever stays in stock long enough!

Reviews

I’ve had the pleasure to shoot two AR-10 offerings from PSA.

Some 7.62x51mm Rounds
Some .308 Rounds

The more common one is the .308 version (full review here) which shot great. Check out the review for videos of me hitting 600 yards with ease.

PSA AR-10 Gen 3 Handguard
PSA AR-10 Gen 3

And just in…our full YouTube review of the PA-10 Gen 3:

Need to go further?

The AR-10 in 6.5 Creedmoor will stay supersonic to 1200 yards…and still pack a punch further than that.

Assorted 6.5 Creedmoor (L to R: Federal FMJ, Soft 129gr, Ballistic Tip 120gr, Gold Medal 140gr)
Assorted 6.5 Creedmoor (L to R: Federal FMJ, Soft 129gr, Ballistic Tip 120gr, Gold Medal 140gr)

Full review of PSA’s 6.5 Creedmoor.

PSA 6.5 Creedmoor Front
PSA 6.5 Creedmoor Front

What’s your take on the PSA line of AR-10s?

Readers' Ratings

4.92/5 (1318)

Your Rating?

6. Sig Sauer 716i Tread

Most of the PPT staff has had the chance to shoot the 716i Tread and we are in agreement that it rocks!

Johnny was the lucky one that got a 716i sent to him for complete testing, he loved it so much that he insisted on buying it for his personal collection — that really should tell you a lot.

He has a complete video review on it, so that a look at that or read our article for all the details!

The short version is that the 716i Tread is Sig’s more average person friendly AR-10. Sig’s other AR-10 is the 716G2, the main difference between the two is that the 716i is direct impingement while the 716G2 is short-stroke piston.

Other than that — it’s basically the same rifle. Except the 716i is about $500 less and a pound lighter.

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

This puppy shoots. Right out of the box the groups are outstanding, the recoil is soft, and the system as a whole is clearly well tuned.

It also features almost completely Ambi-controls, a Magpul stock, and M-Lok handguard.

But the trigger isn’t perfect and the charging handle is bleh. Still, this delivers a LOT of rifle for the price.

Between this or the Aero Precision M5E1… it’s a really close call.

Parting Shots

All in all, I love the AR-10.

It’s a sometimes-finicky rifle that, when done well, can be one of the greatest joys to shoot, and one of the most versatile options in your gun safe.

These guns are the best of the best in their particular niches and are perfect if you find yourself needing to hit something very far away with a very large bullet.

Want your AR-10 to perform its best? Check out our Best AR-10 Muzzle Brakes and Best AR-10 Buttstocks…all hands-on tested.

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143 Leave a Reply

  • HD Kent, NDIA/NAC

    Where is the LMT L-129? It out shoots all barrel nut weapons with interchangeable barrel monolithic receiver. British don’t use politics to select weapons, they shot them all and picked Karl’s way.

    33 minutes ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      >British don’t use politics to select weapons I highly recommend Forgotten Weapon's videos on the development of the SA80!

      1 second ago
  • Keith Tillotson

    Geezus the best AR-10 is an Armalite Super SASS. PERIOD!!! Second best is an ArmaLite AR10A4F!!! the rest dont really matter.

    1 week ago
  • TimetoTreadBack

    What's wrong with the Actual Sig Sauer 716 like the GEN 1,2,3 NOT the cheaper version the 716i Tread.

    1 month ago
  • Jake signing Claypool

    Had M14 in service and love the .308 round. Have question: how does AR 10 in .308 compare for accuracy with Remington 700 in 30.06? Straight off the shelf, or FOB?

    1 month ago
    • Keith Tillotson

      the ArmaLite Super SASS is equal in a lot of cases as far as .308 or 7.62X51 is concerned. Verses a bolt action 30.06 in comparison thats an unfair advantage for ANY semi auto rifle unless its a Nemo Arms Omen in .300 magnum but those rifles start at 4 grand and go to over $8000.00. The Omen Match or Watchman would be as good or better but this is only an assumption. My Remington 700 is chambered in .300 magnum and its deadly @ 1000 yards so using that as a comparison I doubt theres a semi auto sniper rifle on Earth thats as accurate no matter who the manufacturer is.

      1 hour ago
  • S martin

    PWS..... all day

    1 month ago
  • Tim Johnson

    I realize that almost no one has heard of them, but I think at least 1 of Roam R-10's should make the list. The low weight of those rifles is just awesome. Their red river ultralight comes in 5.6 pounds with a 16" barrel.

    1 month ago
  • Chip

    PPT I appreciate your info on complete AR 15s & AR 10s. Never owned either but with your wisdom I have my gun shop looking for a BCM Recce AR 15 and a Aero Precision AR 10 for me. Under current times it may take awhile to obtain both but it will be worth the wait. I do not have the time or the skill set to build one Thank you PPT Respectfully submitted C O

    2 months ago
  • Richard Gehring

    Has anyone done an objective review on a ROAM 6.5 Creedmore Great Plains AR-10 platform rifle?

    2 months ago
    • Tim Johnson

      It's not a straight up gun review, but YouTube channel Texas JAGD, has 2 videos on the red river ultralight. In the first video he weighs it and it comes in 6.5 pounds.

      1 month ago
  • Joe Cebula

    Just a suggestion. Compare them all to the Original Armalite AR-10 (Super SASS)?

    3 months ago
  • Blayne Brymesser

    Lmt, kac, hk, gap, JP??

    3 months ago
    • Bull o' the Woods

      Larue?

      3 months ago
  • Taylor

    How is the Patriot Ordnance Factory Revolution not on this list? .308 in an AR-15 size and weight.

    3 months ago
  • RON

    HEY DAVID I DONT KNOW WHEN THE LAST TIME U CHECKED WITH PSA ABOUT ANY PA 10 UPPERS OR LOWERS. I HAVE BEEN ON A 3MO WAITING LIST. I AM DONE WITH PSA. I WILL PAY MORE TO GET MY PRODUCTS NOW AND ALWAYS. I AM SURE I AM NOT IN A CATEGORY BY MYSELF. I DONT SEE ANYTHING IN THE 10S FOR 600.00 AS U SAY.AS LONG AS THEY SELL THE HIGH DOLLAR ITEMS, THE BUDGET ITEMS WILL NEVER BE BACK IN STOCK.

    3 months ago
  • PCB

    POF Revolution not on the list? How's that possible?

    3 months ago
  • iGetitdone

    Any reason you don't review the HK versions along with other companies? Is it because they are piston action rather than direct impingement? (Sorry if you have already answered this)

    3 months ago
  • GregV

    You should have included the POF Revolution and the KAC SR-25.

    3 months ago
  • Mikey

    My Larue 308 OBR has been sub-MOA with 175gr Federal Gold Medal Match.....about $1400 if you build it.

    3 months ago
  • IlikeFreedom

    What is wrong with the Original Sig Sauer 716 DMR Piston driven.

    3 months ago
  • David B

    What? No HK MR762A1? Blasphemous!!

    3 months ago
  • Michael

    I love all your selections! The Sig Tread is one i have wanted since i spotted one in a video! Also like the Aero and Brownells and the PSA! I already own a few PSA complete rifles and an couple of extra BCGs and other parts.The very top end of my budget is about 1300.00 so it would be the Tread or maybe i could bump it up to one of those there Retro rifles i just love how them bad boys look! But PSa makes a great product for the money and ia great selection that can be upgraded later with triggers and barrels and other parts if you really want to go that route?The most i have done to my PSAs is add a new trigger upgrade and maybe a carrying handle.iron sight.They are tough,quality made rifles and as long as you get a chrome lined heavy barrel you will be passing it down to your kids or other family member no matter how old you are! The other brand i consider a quality rifles is Stag Arms AR15s and AR10s!I own one of their Minimalist AR15s chambered in .223/5.56 with a heavy Chrome lined heavy barrel and its the 1st AR i have ever had with a 1-7twist that shoots all three 55gr,62gr,and 77gr rounds quite well.The 77gr dose start to tumble about 200yrds though.My Del-Ton chambed in the same is a 1-9 and shoots those heavier bullets so much better! but also can shoot the 55gr out to 200 without issue.....I feel like i lucked out with both!!! P.S. the Del-Ton is one of the later Gen. rifles and quite better then those they 1st put out!!! :) One of my other PSas chambed in .224Valkrie is AWESOME!!!

    3 months ago
  • Andrevius

    Just built a custom AR-10 into a an Aero M5E frame all other components from other manufacturers for optimum performance for PRS and NRL gas gun competitions at my first match shots no problem from from 200 yards to a 1,050 yards with 3/5 hits on target at 1,050 beginning the day with only theoretical data. Love my build go my DOPE and calculator trued look forward to the next match and pushing out hits to 1,200 yards with 140gr ELDs.

    3 months ago
  • Glenn Crosby

    I see the picture of "A fully kitted R.E.P.R.," which shows an elevation adjustment on the buttstock. Could you describe that, and how to get one? Any reviews on that option?

    3 months ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      That is the Accu-Shot Monopod! It attaches to the bottom of the Magpul PRS stock that is being used on that rifle.

      3 months ago
      • Mikey

        I'm of fan of this and it can be a relatively quick adjustment with practice.

        3 months ago
  • JJ

    Can’t argue with any of your picks (haven’t shot any of them), but I do love my Springfield Armory Saint Victor. Less than half the price of several of these also!

    3 months ago
    • BAO

      I have the Saint Victor as well. Love it!

      3 months ago
  • Stewart Colley

    I'm quite surprised that Diamondback's DB10 didn't make your list.

    3 months ago
  • Robert Willis

    What about the SPRINGFIELD Saint????

    3 months ago
  • Dennis

    Two worth mention, POF Revolution and Savage MSR. Maybe or maybe not one of the best 5, but I'd be happy with either. As someone else mentioned, the RRA is another I'd be happy with.

    3 months ago
    • T. Barnes

      POF never makes any of the lists here. Not sure why. I have a P415 Edge that I would put up against any AR-15 on the the market. The Revolution is simply one of the finest AR platform 7.62 rifles on the planet.

      3 months ago
      • Ali

        I also have a 415 edge but I also have an LMT MARS H in 308. The Revolution is light but I wouldn’t trust one for an extended period. I know I’ve got a lifetime warranty with these caliber guns but a cracked bolt on a revolution or some other issue with the smaller frame might crop up after extended use. LMTs/KAK make better rifles with battle scars to match. There is a reason why AR10/SR25’s are the size they are, the pressure increases are much bigger.

        3 months ago
    • Glenn

      I own the POF and it is a nail driver! Very surprised it wasn't on this list.

      3 months ago
  • Dale Frahm

    I have an older DPMS LR308 that with hand loads, has shot 1/2 moa, this gun maybe the exception though. 24" stainless fluted barrel, magpul ps3 stock and a CMC trigger, which helps a lot over a stock trigger

    3 months ago
  • Deadparrothead

    What, no love for RRA? Have one lower and 2 uppers from them. One upper is a 26" bull barrel to be used on deer from a distance. Most accurate rifle I've ever had in my hands, have model 70 Winchesters that can't come close. 10 rnds at 100yds and one hole that you could cover with a nickel. And yes, heavier than a feed sack. So, I thought well I'll get a 16" to carry around, not nearly as heavy. Still able to put 10 rnds size of a quarter. Great rifles, extreme quality. 1 downside, have to use either their mags or Fal mags. Never had a malfunction. Great for down on the farm.

    5 months ago
  • Dude

    How could you not add Armalite to the list ?

    5 months ago
    • Valentin Carrillo

      This is the weakest comparison of an AR10 I have ever read.

      1 month ago
  • N8

    Could you please add Sig’s 716i and S&W M&P10 to your next round of AR-10 comparisons?

    6 months ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      Sig is on the list! We'd like to do the M&P 10 but we're not sure yet.

      6 months ago
      • yogi

        How about adding the CMMG as well?

        3 months ago
  • Patrick

    Has anyone heard of a lower available in .338 Lapua for a semi-auto build?

    6 months ago
  • Norm

    No Stag Arms Stag 10? Just ordered one. Comments?

    7 months ago
  • Tim

    No KAC M110 or SR-25??

    7 months ago
  • Zach L

    Where is number 5? It skips from #4 Brownells to #6 PSA...

    7 months ago
  • Don

    Might as well remove the Aero M5E1 from the list because they are never available. I've been on a waiting list for notification when available for probably close to a year now.

    7 months ago
    • Josh

      Bro I literally just ordered one. They're available

      7 months ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      Complete rifles are hard to find lately, but builder kits are fairly easy to pick up!

      7 months ago
  • Max JACKSON JR

    Thank u MATTHEW, I'VE BEEN LOOKING AT "AR-10s for months. Your help made up my mind for me. I'm a old Veteran ( Nam) ,I wish I had my M-16 I carried. It was 1of the good ones. Thank u & GOD BLESS YOU & YOUR. Rangers lead the WAY!

    8 months ago
  • Anthony

    If you really want to try a good at 10 then you need to shoot a jp Lrp large frame rifle they are second to none and out of the box will outshoot any of the rifles you have mentioned

    8 months ago
  • Scott

    I had /have a DPMS AR10. I can’t help but buy parts when they get to stupid sale price range. Long story short only thing DPMS is the lower. I’m a fan of the Ballistic Advantage barrels and caught one super cheap. Everything else premium parts with a larue trigger. July 4 sales are awesome every year. It’s a tank but shoots fantastic. A lot of gun for a reasonable price. Off topic but DPMS has an important role. Price and reliable. Good article. I enjoyed it and you can’t do a book on everyone’s favorite. My vote for complete rifle would be Larue but that’s some serious change. Do I own one? Nope. One day maybe.

    9 months ago
  • Tommy Rehbein

    Had really liked the Aero for quite a while. Just picked up a SA Saint Victor 308. Why did I go that route? 1. Under $1100 2. Love BCM furniture 3. Came w/NBT flat trigger, bus, muzzle brake 4. Low weight & recoil 5. Great balance I am very happy and regret free.

    9 months ago
  • Heath

    If you were going for quality and price, I would've thrown Larue's AR10 ultimate upper kit up there. It can be had in 7.62 Nato, .260 or 6.5 creedmoor with a matching Larue lower and all the needed parts to complete the build including Larue's MBT trigger for under $1400.

    9 months ago
  • Johnny C

    The DPMS Oracle LR308 isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either. I bought one, because it’s what was available at the time. It comes with a standard AR15 length receiver extension, which means they run that ridiculously small buffer. Because I already had the parts here, I put a Vltor A5 tube on it, which let me fit a regular size AR15 carbine buffer, i.e. a heavier buffer. That helped smooth out the gun tremendously. It also comes stock with a carbine length gas system. There is no reason on gods green earth to run that short of a gas system on any AR pattern gun if barrel length permits a longer one. I’ve got less than 500 rounds through this and I’m already looking at buying a different barrel with a longer gas port. But other than that, I can’t complain too much about this rifle. It’s not like you are going to run a carbine course with it. That’s not what a 7.62 NATO AR is made for

    9 months ago
    • Ruben Diaz

      I have a: DPMS NATO .308/7.62 To get my moneys worth for hunting boar or deer. What length barrel would best work for me?

      9 months ago
  • Donald Darsey

    I would like to know if you have planned on AR-10 in a 50 caliber design.

    9 months ago
  • NotOWNED

    You should check out the Sig Sauer 716

    9 months ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      We're working on that! It should be coming... soon... ish.

      9 months ago
  • KLH

    My savage msr 10 hunter (upgraded) is up for the Pepsi challenge of any of these offerings. Sadly they tend to get ignored.

    10 months ago
  • lrsimpson58

    What about Savage models?

    10 months ago
  • Chris Floyd

    LMT, PWS, S&W M&P10... all misses, especially compared to PSA or the other cheap models. Might have been better titled... starter AR10s

    10 months ago
  • md

    Agree on aero and none othe rest. How is lmt or kac not on this list?

    10 months ago
    • Bunkerdweller

      Was going to post exactly this.

      10 months ago
  • Abe Ratliff

    Love my Blackrain AR-10!

    11 months ago
  • T. Barnes

    POF Revolution.

    11 months ago
    • Shawn

      YUP ! Can't believe POF didn't make the list with their game changing E2 extraction , roller cam pin, among other things they have made a ar15 that shoots .308 . Also Can't beat their newer p308 edge going for 1300 to 1600 depending on small upgrades any case that's a steal for a POF .

      8 months ago
  • Madman

    LMT....nuff said! Because Lions don't eat mice.

    11 months ago
  • Tim

    You haven’t even scratched the surface of best AR10 the LWRC is a great gun, there extractors are top notch, reliable gun, I have put together some PSA and AERO rifles, AERO isn’t bad but not the best. DPMS and psa they are cheap and for many reasons! Definitely not a top 6 AR. I’d stick the Ruger SR10 in here before some of these just because it’s more reliable. Especially if you compare bcg.

    11 months ago
  • Tommy Marquez

    Nemo Arms... enough said!!

    1 year ago
  • Equestriancolt

    Do you not like Sig Sauers 716

    1 year ago
  • Scott Rickard

    The best one was left out. KAC SR-25.

    1 year ago
    • Kevin

      That and the LMT LM8 and their other sharpshooter rifles.

      1 year ago
  • Vietvet

    A number of years back, my wife...God Bless her, bought me a DPMS Oracle Panther. I was looking to buy a 7.62x51..so Christmas came. She paid about $640 for it. I didn't like the trigger Mech ( gritty and long pull) so it got a Timney 2#/2# 2 stage. I then bought a LUTH-AR M3 stock and a Miculek Compensator. I had some YHM sites and a few other optics from a 3-9 to red dot... on hand. Now it is the way I like it..with a little extra furniture and it didn't kill me. Accurate enough for me ...but with the compensator... I don't make friends at the range LOL. I don't intend to hunt with it, have other rifles for that. It is just something I enjoy and didn't eat a big hole in my budget at one bite. I reload so feeding it isn't much of a problem and ammo by the case isn't that cost prohibitive. I think DPMS is a good entry for those who want an AR type platform to play with. I did find one thing interesting.. Randy Luth was the head of DPMS before moving onto building the stocks. Enjoy what you buy and don't second guess your choice. Study them and then pick.

    1 year ago
  • Rob Frisch

    Why didn't you list a price for the Armalite?

    1 year ago
  • Just Craig

    I recently put together my first AR and opted for Aero Precision parts. I’m usually into precision and have stayed away from AR’s because the have not had the reputation of bolt guns with superb custom actions. For my build I elected to go with their M4 in 6.5 Creedmoor. My first group after zeroing at 350 yds was a freshly painted steel plate at 590 yds. It measured 3 1/2”. Thinking this to be a fluke, I fired another five rounds after a slight sight adjustment and printed a 3 5/8” group. After running a brush and tight patch through the bore and firing a fouling shot we fired two more groups. The first was a duplicate of the first and the second had a flyer that took the group to 4”. This was with hand loads and 142 gr Sierra MK bullets. I guessed on the load, but believe I can shave the groups by tinkering with the load a bit more. For a semi loader this has exceeded my expectation and I may build another for my son. I can’t see any reason to spend more that I did with Aero.

    1 year ago
  • Bull o' the Woods

    >> S&W M&P10 As an M&P10 owner, let me say this about that. The bolt lugs and barrel extension are proprietary. Nothing but another S&W BCG will fit. Some parts are interchangeable with DPMS-pattern rifles, but the important internal stuff that is likely to wear out or break is proprietary. Better yet, S&W does not sell spare parts for the M&P10. If you want your M&P10 repaired, you must send it back to the factory. But wait, there's more: the S&W repair shop will not work on an M&P10 if it has been modified in any way from the original factory configuration. That fancy aftermarket rail means they won't touch my rifle. I like the rifle, it shoots well, but I have no spare parts and cannot buy any.

    1 year ago
  • Angry Guy

    The question you should really be asking is: Will it send?

    1 year ago
  • N8

    *...don’t have unlimited funds.

    1 year ago
  • N8

    Could you possibly do a follow-up article comparing Best AR-10s under $2K and include the S&W M&P10? Most of us would love to go out and get a KAC SR25 but don’t have .

    1 year ago
    • Shawn

      Before the coronavirus hit and gun stores were emptied you could find great deals if you did your research. POF .308 rifles were going cheap as 1300 .

      8 months ago
  • Ron Turley

    Ar10 you ask about best accuracy i have found that the 308 realy works good up to 1200 yards thats where you seperate the men from the boys i have several 308s and all of them fall off accuracy at around 1 to 1250 yards i do have one that does reach out there but its an old shmit ruben roller bolt in 308 and ive been known to wack pop bottles with it at 1350.

    1 year ago
    • Keith

      and then you woke up.

      1 year ago
  • Jack Payne

    So when you get to building one look up Iconic Industries. BSF Barrels, Hyperfire triggers, JP Enterprise and phase 5 extended bolt release. I USED A Gibbz upper. I stacked a Athlon Cronus on top

    1 year ago
    • Jack Payne

      Wish I could post a picture

      1 year ago
  • Mike Eder

    I do own a LWRC "reaper" love the rifle [ and the name]. I waited months to get it, but definately worth it. No complaints at all with this one.

    1 year ago
  • Brian

    I enjoyed the article Matt. Look forward to seeing more.

    1 year ago
  • Gregg Cromeans

    Where would you place the SA Saint Victor in 308 in the AR-10 article you wrote?

    1 year ago
  • B.

    Doing a build. Aero recievers. Either a faxon 18" big gunner or a criterion 16" w/rifle length. SA adj. Gas block, bleed off, titanium BC, magpul fixed MOE(maybe) and a surefire warcomp. Trigger, either the 80ish dollar larue 2 stage or a cmc (i think) drop in 3lbs ss. Its for hogs and commies. Top it with P.A. acss dmr 308 and side mount irons. Suggestions?

    1 year ago
  • Rick S.

    .......thot I would mention something I'm gonna try, well, unless ya'll advise against it. I have a '64 Pro Street Corvette with a supercharged big block and I have been using these heat shield fabric "socks" to protect a couple of spark plug wires that are almost touching the headers. Absolutely no heat damage to the wires and the socks show no discoloration. Found a new package of two in the garage the other day and have couple AR builds in progress nearby and thot occurred to me that they are just the right size to slip over AR barrel. They're bout 5" long so you could use as few or as many as needed. Most of my hand guards don't have heat shields and since these things wouldn't be snug so wouldn't trap heat tight to the barrel so do you think it would be ok to try them. You can imagine how hot the headers are right out of the engine and I can touch the pipe with one of these on my finger and can feel some heat but not much. Just Google "plug wire heat shields". Guess I'll see if you try em. Or start marketing them and make millions. L8r

    1 year ago
  • Rick Stokes

    .....I realize there are gonna be lots of comments about AR-10s you didn't mention and since there are not as many 10's out there as 15's you could just about rate em all. Only because I have one, I was expecting to see the Sig 716 Patrol or at least the 716 DMR w/18" match barrel and trigger upgrade. I did drop in trigger upgrade on mine and made very noticeable difference. Comes in a bit heavy at over 9lbs......wait, I'm tryin to write a review and I already know this stuff. One thing I don't know if ya'll have rated are muzzle brakes. Put one of the highest rated ones on the 716 and not sure if it helped cause I was too busy goin deaf. Damn. Ear plugs AND electronic muffs. I thot the weapon had exploded. Maybe I was too close to my Suburban and a building but unless I'm up on the 50 I'll just deal with recoil. Shoulders heal, mostly, hearing don't. Thank goodness no one was with me. My thots for today. Oh yeah, re:Palmetto SA. I bought 10 or more stripped lowers b4 selection just in case and finally am gettin around to building bout 1 a month in different configurations. To match upper and lower finishes I'm using Krylon Rust Tough semi-flat black or semi gloss high heat engine paint. Clean with lacquer thinner or disc brake cleaner. Apply light coats and then hit it with heat gun. Hair dryer does ok. Stands up to wear and elements pretty good and easy to,touch up if shows wear or scratches. Redneck powder coating. That semi-flat is also great for making underhood & inner fenders look like new, or at least well maintained . Sorry, all my comments turn into novels. 64yrs old and got a lot to share and my time is short. Great site, keep up gd work. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". Edmund Burke.

    1 year ago
    • Jimbo

      Just keep talkin old man, those of us with lots of grey in our whiskers usually have a little extra life experience to share. I dont have a 10 yet, so. I'm all ears....eyes, it is a comment section after all...

      7 months ago
    • Will

      I too have a 716 G2 patrol I would have figured it would've been included hear. After breaking it in properly I dropped in a hiperfire trigger added a Jerry michilich muzzle break, spent the time to time it how I liked, and with hand loads it's a tack driver, under an inch, Federal premium match 165 grn outta the box is a close 2nd.

      9 months ago
  • anthony

    no kac but psa and dpms make the list.Lmfao

    1 year ago
  • Brian

    "I’ve put half a mag in a half inch hole at 100 yards. " I'd love to see that replicated

    1 year ago
  • James S

    **Drooling...**

    1 year ago
  • Dennis

    Really surprised that the POF (which is the same size as an AR15) didn’t make your list. I can accept that you can only do so many, but it’s really pretty unique.

    1 year ago
    • James

      +1 on getting a POF into the mix. I've converted several AR-10 owners (2k to 3k price range) with some time behind my POF P308 Edge Gen4 SPR (18.5"). EVERYONE loves the feel of the gas piston recoil impulse, and the .6 MOA accuracy with hand loads.

      1 year ago
      • Patriot 308

        I was able to get my new P.O.F. P308 edge for 1300 on Budsgunshop. I have seen they are up to 1400 now but it's still a great price for what you get.Only thing you need to add is triple port muzzle brake $60) And P.O.F. 3.5 lb drop in trigger for $160) Both from optics planet and your set!

        7 months ago
  • William Fonda

    What about the DPMS G2? Small frame and pretty good support. Mine shoots MOA and has been 100% reliable. I took my Hunter model and cut the barrel down to 16” and added a MI mlok rail, replacing the carbon fiber rail. I also replaced the Mapgul Rifle stock with an Mapgul SL buttstock and heavy buffer and added an adjustable gas block to tune to the Ammo I’m running. After adding a Vortex Viper PST 1-6 the gun hits the gong out to 600 yards very easily. It’s lightweight and sleek and I’m surprised it didn’t make the list as the next step in AR10 pattern rifles.

    1 year ago
  • Bellicose Basterd

    #1. LaRue Tactical OBR. The only rifle on your list that's even close is the LWRC...and it's only close.

    1 year ago
  • Kevin

    Love the Rock River LAR 8

    1 year ago
  • Craig

    Any opinion on a complete 308 in any of these brands? 2A Armament, Black Rain Ordnance, DiamondBack, Patriot Ordnance Factory, Wilson Combat, Christensen Arms

    1 year ago
    • Zbeeb

      I have a black rain bro10 and their ar15. The ar10 hasn’t given me one problem at all. I absolutely LOVE it but I don’t have anything to compare it to so take that as you will.

      1 year ago
    • David, PPT Editor

      If you're willing to spend the money, Wilson Combat will always be one of my top recommendations. Everything they make is very high quality.

      1 year ago
  • Steve Eisenberg

    I'm glad you didn't mention Stag Arms. I've had an order in with them since 12/4/2018. It is now 2/3/19. I don't care how good their stuff is if they won't ship it.

    1 year ago
    • Bob

      My inbox is always full with their products on sale. The only problem its not in stock. I called and got a run around when the parts will be in but they sent me a refund very quick on my request.

      1 year ago
  • Dan Alpert

    Great article but I agree with Mark. Should have had the M&P 10 in the article. Oh well... I'm in the middle of an AR-308 build and am using an AERO precision upper and lower. I managed to get each on sale from Brownells at different times for the build. A couple of parts left, including the bolt carrier group. I also have a DPMS LR-308 Sporticle I bought from Walmart a few years back when they still had the AR rifles. It's pretty much a direct copy of the Oracle without a forward assist or a dust cover. It shoots great, but a replacement trigger was the first upgrade I did. I made that decision after 1 shot. I've built a couple AR-15 and AR-15 pistols and am thinking about an AR-10 pistol as my next project, but am going to do a lot of research on that one before I start.

    1 year ago
  • Keith

    I bought an Armalite, AR-10, 308 a few yrs back and couldn’t have gotten a better weapon for daily carry and when hunting has the accuracy for shots out to 400yds if that’s your choice. I have a Leopold, H.A.M.R. for my bottom scope and a Leopold(?) red dot on top of it. Deadly combo. The action was very smooth from the box, the and worked like a fine watch. The controls were practically instinctive after a few minutes of going over it, the empty mags dropped with no problem( and after some practice locating the mag well while keeping my eyes watching, i could drop the mag and, if necessary, put another mag in with ease. The AR-10s recoil surprised me. Even the M-14 had some recoil, but the Armalite seems to recoil more straight back than up. I can’t afford any tools to do all those tedious number details and other really necessary numbers needed for precision shooting. I’m from back in the woods and learned to shoot when I was seven yrs. old( and received a Winchester .22LR, bolt action, single shot rifle) and was taught the fundamentals of shooting and the all important Kentucky windage. Not much of a review, but I wrote the rifle was reliable in all aspects I could judge and you don’t feel beat up if you shoot a lot of rounds. Wish I had bought one yrs ago.

    1 year ago
  • MARK LUISO

    Hey Matthew, first off I Love the article but no mention of the Smith either...granted it might not be perfect out of the box, but after a few personal mods (mine has prs stock, PACT drop in trigger, diamondhead handguard & gas block) gives my PSA a run for its money out to 720 yrds. What is your take on the M&P10?

    1 year ago
  • Jack Casey

    Great article! Very thorough and informative. I've purchased 3 firearms from PSA... My Springfield XD Mod 2 subcompact 40 Cal.. Got it brand new for $329 which is outstanding. I also have two rifles.. Both AR15 in .556, one with a magpul handguard, the other with a freefloat M Lok handguard. I love them. You are right, they can take a while to ship.. But my last upper I purchased online late Monday night... Processed Wednesday day and I received it Thursday afternoon! Was amazing wish it was always like that. They offer really reliable rifles for outstanding prices! Best part is everything they make they guarantee for life. If something breaks, they fix it.. Even if you aren't the original owner. Now that's a company you can trust. The key is just to check their website daily. Things come in stock and don't stay long, so keep checking and when you find a great deal jump on it!

    2 years ago
  • Phil

    I’d like to see “10 Best” lists comparing rifles by price range, say over and under $2000. The $600 PSA may make the bang-for-the-buck top ten, but there are many .308 ARs with better reps in the mid-price range. For example Midwest Industries

    2 years ago
    • Ben

      I absolutely agree with the Midwest Industries 308. An amazing rifle that does not get the recognition that it deserves.

      1 year ago
    • mr.mike

      Definitely, I have had great experience with Del-Ton and with DiamondBack (AR15s). My first custom build was purely sourced through Del-Ton and several ARs later I purchased a DiamondBack AR15 pistol. I now own a PSA AR15, a couple upper assemblies (7.72x39 & .300 Blackout and a 20" rifle kit. Another great budget AR15 not mentioned but in my opinion every bit as good as PSA and inline with their cost is BEAR CREEK Arsenal. As you stated we need a >$1000-1200 and <$1200-1500...Not everybody can afford the LWRC or DD. GREAT WRITE-UP !!

      1 year ago
    • Matthew Collins

      This is a good idea, Phil! I'll kick the idea up the chain of command and see what bossman says.

      2 years ago
  • Kris

    I have a savage msr 10 hunter in 308 .added a magpul grip,ruger elite trigger and stoner muzzle break.got the gas port adjusted and scope dialed in. Shoots like a dream

    2 years ago
  • Brian

    Where's the KAC? Larue ? or LMT? Your top ar10 lust is ridiculous. You left out the 3 best. Looks like a list of your top paid advertisers.

    2 years ago
    • Travis

      I have a question Brian, do you actually own the rifles on your list or did you just hear about them on some “sniper” forum you read? These guys say all the time they buy or borrow products they test. They don’t have sponsors. This is a good list of different budget rifles.

      1 year ago
    • Ryan

      Everyone's top 10 list is going to be different. It's easy to criticize and even more difficult to come up with readable content that people don't shit on.

      2 years ago
      • Keith

        Very Well Said!!!

        1 year ago
      • Eric Hung

        Thanks Ryan! We're working on trying out more high-end rifles all the time and will update when we do!

        2 years ago
  • Bill Weppelman

    I have DPMS Oracles in both 5.56 & 308. I have used PSA to make changes to my 5.56 & build one for my son. I am considering a PSA upper for my 308 and would like to know if there are any compatibility problems between the 308s.. Any advice would be appriciated.

    2 years ago
    • Dan

      I have read that the DPMS lowers are compatible with PA10's uppers. I have no personal experience with that combo, but HIGHLY recommend the PA10 using Palmettos upper and lower. Mine shoots any of the Russian steel ammo and all of the domestic stuff I have tried with not a single failure.

      2 years ago
  • John Cavanaugh

    I bought the Aero M5E1 and added pieces. I love shooting it each time I take it out to the range; So far I have not had a chance to take a varmint. I am a rehab left hand shooter and the rifle performs with a sling and scope. Shoot good ammo and it performs both bought or my reloads. Pat Cavanaugh Round Rock, TX

    2 years ago
  • Connor H

    Do AR-15 pattern drop in triggers work in DPMS pattern AR-10 lowers?

    2 years ago
    • Chad Wilkins

      yes they do.

      2 years ago
  • Andrew

    You forgot the PWS MK2 MOD-1's. Long stroke piston rather than DI, awesome flash suppressor (good enough for the SCAR's), accurate, and can now be had in a 6.5 Creed. All this for just under 2k. I would also consider the LaRue's and Barrett. At the end of the day it is probably your wallet that will make the ultimate decision

    2 years ago
  • David

    Why is there no mention of the POF Revolution? I have been doing a ton of research and the POF is the most commonly liked AR-10 rifle I have heard from quite a few sources. I know it is a smaller company but surely not so small that you haven't heard of it. It makes your claim that these are "the best AR-10s" seem more like "The Best AR-10s that I've heard of". A major blow to this website's credibility.

    2 years ago
    • Phil

      REPR has proprietary parts and an even higher price. I can't speak to the POF revolution, I'm skeptical of any 308 rifle that's scaled down to an AR15 size. That has almost always caused issues in my experience. However I have a P308 Edge and it's amazing. I'll stack it up against any AR10 on the market and there are plenty of reviews out there from customers and bloggers/journalists to back that up. Seems more and more that you list and review sponsored products. That's fine if that's the case, everyone needs to make a buck, but be up-front about it. If you'd ever care to review a POF P308 Edge, let me know. I'm in Utah and would be happy to let you test my rifle

      1 year ago
      • James

        +1. My P308 Edge Gen4 SPR (18.5') came out of the box shooting .6 MOA with hand loads, and running flawless!

        1 year ago
  • Stormie

    Wow no mention of Barrett or LMT?? I guess pewpewtactical has never handled the really good ones

    2 years ago
  • Adam

    When you going to get to the uppers and are you going to go through all the components barrels, trigger mechanisms, and any other parts that are performance related not personal preference ie stocks pistol grips and so on. I’d say go from most important/$$$ To lease.

    2 years ago
  • R.D.Strain

    This was a somewhat entertaining but useless article. "I can hit a coke can at a quarter of a mile" (440 yards) and so on doesn't tell me a thing about the accuracy of these weapons. Basically a waste of my time. A better title for this article might have been "What I Did Last Weekend"

    2 years ago
    • Matthew Collins

      Because I couldn't test each rifle with ideal ammo under ideal circumstances, I can't really give accuracy recommendations beyond what I've shot with them, or what folks I trust have shot with them. If I can find somebody that's got an Armalite AR-10 I can test, I'll run some rounds through it and get some slightly more scientific numbers out of it for you, but generally all of these rifles are going to be as accurate as the ammo and the shooter will allow them to be.

      2 years ago
      • Aaron Avanzado

        Contact me if u want to give a lmt mws a test ride

        2 years ago
  • Eli

    great article. Just because I am curious, why did the Christensen Arms CA-10 DMR not make this list? Just not main stream enough?

    2 years ago
    • Woody

      Or the Springfield M1A?

      2 years ago
      • Chad Wilkins

        because this article is "best ar10s", not "what does corporal cocksucker have in his closet"? seems simple enough.

        2 years ago
    • Matthew Collins

      Mostly because I've never shot it or seen it shot. Christensen is a great manufacturer though, I love their stuff. I've heard good things about their DMR.

      2 years ago
  • Thomas

    Funny you saved the DD5V2 for last and made a big fuss about the price, but said nothing about the LWRCi Reaper price even though it’s over $1100 more than the DD. Do you think the Reaper is that much better?

    2 years ago
  • Robert E Collins

    On the REPR MKII which muzzle shroud is shown on the fully kitted picture?

    2 years ago
  • Carl

    Great article Matthew. I just picked up (paid but pick up next week) a PSA AR-10 308 Win with Vulcan variable red dot. New $1K. Looks close to the same specs that you listed. I'm curious and looking forward to reading your results. Thanks!

    2 years ago
  • JAMES COOK

    I agree about the LWRCi and the Daniel Defense. However, I believe the LaRue Tactical OBR outperforms every rifle on this list. I know that the Seals made three simultaneous head shots on Somali pirates, in the dark, with waves capping at 10 feet in the ocean with three OBR's. So did you not think about it or is there something about the rifle you don't like?

    2 years ago
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