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Which .308 semi-auto rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Modeler, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    I'm thinking that the next rifle for my collection should be a semi-auto in .308; looking for recommendations. Use is target shooting, potentially up to 400 yards. Also because I don't have anything in .308 yet.

    G3?
    FAL?
    M1A?
    AR10?
    SCAR 17S?
    M1 Garand in .308?
    Others?

    Bonus if you know of something I can get with my C&R!
     
  2. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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  3. roknHS

    roknHS Idaho Member

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    Early vintage BAR, Browning Semiauto made in Belgium. I think the earliest models were in the late 60's.
    Wouldn't that qualify for the C&R status?
     
  4. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    If you could only have one, It would be hard to go wrong with a HK PSG1 :)

    If you dont want to sell your truck to buy it though a regular old HK 91 would be a fine rifle.
     
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  5. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    That would be wonderful! A little more than I was expecting to spend, but whatever ;-)

    It would have to be on the list (which it isn't, unfortunately) or at least 50 years old. So maybe, but probably not.
     
  6. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    You left out one: Desert Tech MDR

    http://deserttech.com/mdr.php

    MDR_Intro.jpg

    Adaptable to different chamberings; 7.62x51, 5.56x45, 7.62x39

    Ambidextrous.

    MOA accuracy

    But expensive (street price TBD, MSRP ~$2500 depending on config) and you will have to wait some months before it goes into production.
     
  7. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    I am in the same boat. I want to add a .308 but can't make up my mind. I thought I was going M1A (and there are a few nice examples posted locally) but then I really like the AR platform and then also start getting pulled in by the FNAR as well. Decisions decisions.....:rolleyes:
     
  8. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    If you prefer a more conventional rifle, my preference would be a DSA FN-FAL, carbine config, folding stock.
     
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  9. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    I'm really leaning that way... I do like the FAL, a buddy has one and it was nice. Still keeping my options open though.
     
  10. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    .308 Galil FTW!! :s0094:

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  11. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I owned two Valmets in 7.62x51

    Very nice rifles. As is the Galil. The rolls Royces of Kalashnikovs.

    Problem was finding spare parts and mags for them.

    Not sure what the Galil takes, the but Valmets took an adaptation of an HK91 mag - hard to find, expensive. So I sold them and bought the FN-FAL, which has more variations, more easily found parts and mags, more mods. The FN-FAL also has an adjustable gas port.
     
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    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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  13. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    The other reason I'm leaning towards the FAL is that I just procured an FN-49, which is the immediate predecessor to the FAL. Seems like a logical progression. OTOH, there are FN-49's available in .308......
     
  14. Loptr

    Loptr Corvallis Member

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    I lean towards FALs, have 3 FALs, one with a 21" barrel, an 18", and this para beauty. :D

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  15. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Been through the roller lock game..
    IMO.. They are a PITA when they choose not to function right. Very fancy singleshot.

    M1A
    AR10/variants
    And an FAL are my top 3 choices.

    Im an M1A guy now.
     
  16. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Is it sad this got me a little aroused.
    Man, I sure wish these were common in the market as with their mags.
     
  17. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    I have a friend with one (.308 Galil), and he likes it... But he's always on the hunt for mags and when he finds them they're pretty expensive.
     
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  18. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    At one point, mags for the Valmets were $150

    I've owned an HK91, Valmets, M1A, and I prefer the FN-FAL.

    If the DT MDR turns out to be half as good as I think it will, then that will probably be the rifle I go with instead of the FN-FAL. I do like bullpups - they feel right in my hands and they usually shoot well. A bullpup that will shoot the three most popular military rifle calibers and do it with MOA accuracy, while using common mags, that would work well for me.
     
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    sealine Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'm with ZA....M1a gets my vote.
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  20. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    I have also been thinking of a VEPR in either .308 or the 7.62x54R. I do like the rugged, always goes bang reliability of the AK/RPK platform with good but not great accuracy. Love the price on the mil-surp ammo for the x54R but may get into reloading so the .308 wouldn't be much more expensive at that point. Also the limited mag capacity is a downfall of the x54R.