8 Best AR-10s [2019]: 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. 

Pew Pew Upgraded AR-15s
Pew Pew 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!

Aero M5E1 with DPMS LR-308
Aero M5E1 with DPMS LR-308

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

I want to get this out of the way up front: I’m a big Aero Precision fan.  

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.

How much do I love these guys?  

Well, I have three rifles built on their lowers, including my favorite hunting rifle and one of my competition guns, and I have two of their upper and lower sets sitting on my bench begging to be turned into something awesome.

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

And I paid for all of them with my own money.  

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.

How Does it Shoot?

Well, it has to be said that the groups that Eric originally got out of the gun when he tested it a couple months ago were less than impressive.

But then he started using better 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.  

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 Bang-For-Buck
1400
at Aero Precision

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

2. DPMS Oracle .308

If you’ve done any real research into AR-10s, you’ve come across the name DPMS.  

DPMS has become one of the standards when it comes to AR-10s, to the point where there are two big “types” of AR-10 out there, Armalite (which is a bit proprietary and we’ll get to in a minute) and DPMS, which is more or less a scaled up AR-15.  

The big split can kind of be looked at like the difference between say, commercial and mil-spec parts.  Mostly, you just need to know which parts you have so many new parts you get work with what’s already sitting around (or strewn across your workbench).

Fortunately, because of the parts compatibility between the DPMS version of the AR-10 and more common AR-15’s, you won’t struggle as much to find parts, which is always a plus in my book.

Specs

  • Action Type: Direct Impingement
  • Barrel Length: 16″
  • Capacity: 10+1-Round
  • Cartridge: 308 Winchester
  • Finish: Black
  • Front Sight: None
  • Length: 36.5″
  • Magazine Included: 1 x 10-Round
  • Magazine Type: Removable
  • Muzzle: Flash Suppressor
  • Rear Sight: Fixed
  • Stock Material: Polymer
  • Weight: 8.3 lbs

How Does it Shoot?

So, I have a confession.  I’ve only shot a DPMS AR-10 once. HOWEVER, my good friend John Bern who has about 30 years more time on the AR platform than I do owns three of them and regularly harvests hogs, deer, bighorn sheep, and other larger game with it.  Take that for what it’s worth.

My own time behind the rifle was spent thinking that it cost about a grand more than it did, and it definitely punched above its weight class accuracy wise, with sub-moa groups at 400 yards with handloads.

Closest to Classic
750
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

3. Armalite AR-10

Eugene Stoner is known by many as the progenitor of the AR-15/M16/M4 design that has so captivated gun owners and militaries the world over.

Slightly less well-known is his first creation, the Armalite AR-10.  Like I said in the beginning, this was the original rifle that competed with what would become the m14 for a spot as the US military’s main battle rifle prior to the Vietnam War.  

It was this design that Stoner would eventually scale down to the AR-15 we know today, which was bought by the Air Force, and 10 bazillion or so ARs later, would go on to rival Kalashnikov’s creations for the title of “most popular rifle ever”.

If you will accept no imitations, no pretenders, and want only the purest, most original AR-10, you’re in luck.

Armalite still makes the AR-10 that put them on the map, and despite shutting down for a bit in the 80’s and being sold and bought out a few times here and there, they still make some awesome guns.

armalite ar10
A custom Armalite AR-10

Specs

  • .308 Win | 7.62×51
  • HB, Match Grade, Stainless Steel
  • 18″
  • 1:10RH twist
  • Armalite Tunable Competition Muzzle Brake
  • 2″ MIL-STD 1913 Rail Section
  • 12″ Free-Floating Competition
  • Key-Mod
  • MBA-1 Light Weight Precision, Adjustable Stock
  • Forged Flat-Top Upper with MIL-STD 1913 Rail, 7075-T6 Aluminum
  • Forged 7075-T6 Aluminum lower receiver
  • Ambidextrous safety
  • Timney 4-lb. Single-Stage Trigger
  • “Raptor” Ambidextrous charging handle
  • Hard Anodized Aluminum, Manganese Phosphated Steel
  • 40.3″ Collapsed | 41.5″ Extended Length
  • 8.9lbs
  • One 25-Round Magpul PMAG, Owner’s Manual
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

How Does It Shoot?

Well, I shot one of these over a long weekend at a friend’s ranch and had no problem hitting Coke cans full of Tannerite at well over a quarter of a mile.  Granted, that was with a very nice piece of glass (this one, if memory serves) and some handloads worked up by the gun’s owner, but still.

I put around one hundred rounds through the gun, and the only failure came from a piece of cheapo ammo that didn’t want to go off, even after being run through three different guns that had otherwise not seen any issues.

4. 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.

For me, the name is whatever.  I’ve carried Kimber 1911’s that were named by a marketing committee in the throes of a tense word-association game gone horribly wrong. I’ve carried the insanely inspirationally named Glock 19.  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

Specs

  • LWRCI™ Tunable Gas Block
  • Patented LWRCI™ short-stroke gas piston system offers unparalleled reliability and easy maintenance
  • Monoforge™ upper receiver with integrated rail-base is stronger than the standard-pattern upper
  • Black Nitride treated LWRCI™ heavy-profile barrel is precisely torqued in our factory to a consistent torque setting. Cold hammer forged 1:10 twist stabilizes a wide range of bullet types
  • Fully-ambidextrous lower receiver controls include the bolt catch and release, the magazine release, and the safety selector
  • LWRCI™ Advanced Trigger Guard is oversized to allow for easy operation with gloves
  • Geissele® SSA-E 2-Stage Precision Trigger
  • LWRCI™ Ambidextrous Charging Handle
  • LWRCI™ Skirmish™ Sights
  • ULTRA Muzzle Brake
  • Magpul® MOE+® Grip combines reinforced polymer body construction with comfortable wrap-around rubber overmolding for maximum weapon control in adverse environments
  • Magpul® PRS Adjustable Stock
  • Capable of Sub-MOA Accuracy

How Does it Shoot?

Oh, my sweet baby Jesus in a manger.  This is one of my favorite guns, and heaven help me (and hold me to this guys) I will own one.  I was very fortunate in that I got to shoot one at a range day event hosted by a local gun shop.

I was given five rounds of Federal Gold Medal Match 175gr.  I put those five rounds into a one-inch circle at 200 yards.  For those of you playing along at home, that’s a half MOA performance out of a gun I’d never shot before.

Honestly, I suspected shenanigans.  This was a media gun that had already been shot by others (who ended up doing similar things with it).  They wanted me to go away and tell people about this gun, so obviously it was going to be tuned and running like a champ, right?

Well, it turns out that every freaking one of these rifles shot that way.  Just ask the guys over at The Firearms Blog, who got very similar results out of the gun they tested.

So, I want this gun, but I don’t want you to want this gun because they might be sold out when I finally scrounged up the money for one.

Best AR-10
4045
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

5. Grey Ghost Precision Specter Heavy .308 Rifle-M-LOK

We recently told you guys how much we like the Glock slides from Grey Ghost Precision, and I, your humble gun blogger, neglected to tell you about the Grey Ghost Precision Specter Heavy .308 rifle.

This thing is made with all the same love, and care, and incredible engineering precision as Grey Ghost’s other offerings, and it shoots like a dream.  I got to shoot one, and I was struck by how much the rifle handled and felt like my 3-Gun rifle, which is a much smaller, lighter, softer recoiling 5.56 gun.

It comes with a number of high-end features like a nice bull barrel with a sweet target crown on it.

Specs

  •  Extended length (14″) M-Lok handguard
  • Grey Ghost Precision 7075-T651 billet upper receiver
  • True Black Type III Mil-Spec hard coat anodize
  • Mega Arms 16″ .308WIN match grade BBL. 1×10 twist, 11-degree target crown, 5/8-24 threaded muzzle with Gemtech muzzle break, Black Nitride coating in and out, Mid Length gas
  • Phosphate MPI tested .308 BCG
  • Carbine .308 buffer set
  • Grey Ghost Precision 7075-T651 billet ambi lower receiver
  • Mega Arms single stage trigger, 4 1/2 pound pull
  • Battle Arms Development BAD-CASS safety selector
  • MAGPUL pistol grip and ACS-L Stock
  • Scope not included
  • Made in the USA

How Does it Shoot?

Sub-MOA accuracy is expected out of guns like this, but what I did not expect was the overwhelming reliability that other authors and gun nuts like me have seen from the gun.

In particular, Nathan Murr got to shoot the gun when it was dirty, nasty, and filthy, and it still performed like a champ (he also echoed my impression of the gun shooting softly and handling like a smaller, lighter rifle).

2400
at Rainier Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

6. Daniel Defense DD5V2

I saved this one for last for a reason. I know many of you are going to see that price tag and your immediate thought is going to be swearing, probably some variation of “Hellllll no.”  If you’re one of those people just stay with me for a minute.

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.

I’ve been to their Georgia facility before to take a look at the engineering that goes into these guns, and I gained a whole new level of appreciation for the work that goes into building say, a $3000 AR.  

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

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.

Most Proven AR-10
2900
at Cabela's

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

7. 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

Specs

  • Heavy contoured barrel with aggressive fluting underneath the handguard
  • 3-Prong, Dutch style flash hider with nitride finish
  • Brown Retro furniture to mimic original fiberglass look
  • Weight: 9 lbs
  • Receivers designed by FM Products are machined from billet 7075-T6 aluminum
  • Trigger style charging handle underneath the carry handle is retained by internal detent system
  • 308 Winchester 20” QPQ 1-10 Rifle Length Barrel Assembly manufactured by Faxon
  • Brownells Retro Buttstock Assembly & Pistol Grip

I haven’t had the chance to shoot this bad boy yet but it felt great in-hand at SHOT show.  Love the trigger charging handle under the carry handle.

8. Palmetto State Armory AR-10

Best Entry Level AR-10
600
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Probably the most affordable one on this list…and that’s because from raw materials to final product…PSA does it all in-house.  Great reputation and my buddy swears by his.

PSA AR-10 .308
PSA AR-10 .308

There’s a couple of varieties but the one I have coming in has the following specs:

Specs

  • 18″ 416R Stainless Steel Barrel, 1 in 10″ twist
  • Mid-length gas system
  • Lightweight M-LOK 15″ free-float rail
  • Mil-spec fire control group and ACS-L buttstock

A lot of the times PSA’s complete rifles are out of stock.  But since AR-10’s are also pretty modular…you can buy a complete upper and complete lower.  It sometimes even saves you some money and give you more control over furniture options.

179
at PSA

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

449
at PSA

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

How Does It Shoot?

The mil-spec trigger will be a little gritty like all of them out there…and would be the first thing to swap out.  But otherwise, it will run reliably and shoot decent 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.

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 .308
PSA AR-10 .308

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

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.

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

4.89/5 (664)

Your Rating?

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.

Check out more of our favorite guns & gear in our Editor’s Picks…or how about the Best AR-15’s.

56 Leave a Reply

  • 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 second ago
  • Brian

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

    3 days ago
  • Gregg Cromeans

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

    4 weeks 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 month 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 month 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 month ago
  • anthony

    no kac but psa and dpms make the list.Lmfao

    2 months ago
  • Brian

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

    2 months ago
  • James S

    **Drooling...**

    2 months 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.

    3 months 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 month 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.

    4 months 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.

    4 months ago
  • Kevin

    Love the Rock River LAR 8

    4 months 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

    4 months 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.

      3 months 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.

      4 months 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.

    4 months 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.

      3 months 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.

    5 months 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.

    6 months 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?

    6 months 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!

    9 months 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

    9 months ago
    • Ben

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

      6 months 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 !!

      6 months ago
    • Matthew Collins

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

      9 months 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

    10 months 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.

    10 months 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.

      2 months 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.

      10 months ago
      • Keith

        Very Well Said!!!

        6 months ago
      • Eric Hung

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

        9 months 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.

    11 months 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.

      7 months 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

    11 months ago
  • Connor H

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

    1 year ago
    • Chad Wilkins

      yes they do.

      11 months 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

    1 year 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.

    1 year ago
    • David

      I can't speak for Matt but I would absolutely not place the POF Revolution on a list of "best of" anything. Gas piston system, proprietary parts, extreme price, and the one I handled had FTE issues about once a mag.

      1 year 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

        3 months 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 month ago
  • Stormie

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

    1 year 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.

    1 year 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"

    1 year 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.

      1 year ago
      • Aaron Avanzado

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

        1 year 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?

    1 year ago
    • Woody

      Or the Springfield M1A?

      1 year ago
      • Chad Wilkins

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

        11 months 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.

      1 year 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?

    1 year ago
  • Robert E Collins

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

    1 year 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!

    1 year 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?

    1 year ago
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