Which .308 battle rifle has the most bang for the buck

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    LMT just got the contract from the British MOD for a 308 AR-platform for the Tommy's new designated marksman rifle. It even has a Britiish designation of L1..something. Familiar type weapon, American company and I would assume plenty of mags etc. will now be available. Just a thought brother!
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    Although I also just found the RRA LAR-8, so many choices, so little pay for an E-3.
    The Rock River has a much better trigger than the rest, one of the reasons that I chose it, as well as the fact that it takes the metric and inch FAL mags that you can still get pretty cheap.

    I have had mine on order for several months now. There is at least a 6 month wait just to get one. That could give you a bit of time to save up. I know about the E-3 pay. BTDT.
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    Well Buckeye who knows what might happen if you decide what you want or make the purchase and need an optic some old jarhead who was also a lowly E-3 at one time whom god has blessed might just be able to help a young jarhead out. Send me a PM.
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    It's probably not a 'battle rifle' by any stretch of the imagination...the new Kel Tec RFB (.308 Bullpup), takes FAL mags. I guess they're planning on other calibers too - 7.62x39, .223, 6.8 SPC. Weird looking, to say the least. Looks like it would be handy in a vehicle or indoors.

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    My pick would probably be the M1A in Squad Scout configuration. I have one with a synthetic stock, and I love it. It has an 18" barrel, which gets better ballistics than the 16" SOCOM, has a little longer sight radius, and is not as punishing to the ears. I have a full-size M1A, as well, with wood stock, and I like it, too. I like the fact that magazines are plentiful and, at least for now, inexpensive.

    I have a 16" AR10-T, also, and while it is a great little rifle and works well, the M1A is softer in recoil and just more pleasant to shoot, at least for me. I have both modified M14 mags and Armalite purpose-made mags, and it works with both, but the funky plunger that activates the bolt stop sometimes needs a little slickemup on a new magazine to reduce drag on the back of the magazine body. 400-grit paper does the trick.

    I had a lightweight DSA FAL-type 16" carbine for awhile, and while it was a nifty little gun, it didn't work for me. I didn't like the location of either the bolt handle or the mag catch. Enough use might have made me feel differently, but at the time, I was spending most of my rifle time with ARs of one kind or another, and it didn't translate. I did like the cheap magazines, though.

    I had a Bushmaster .308 for awhile, but it was an early one with the goofy detent on top to hold the charging handle in place, and they always got loose and wouldn't hold. That design has been changed, and I liked it otherwise. It used FAL mags. Sold it when I realized that sooner or later, the charging handle would start floating rearward on its own, which would be distracting.

    I've handled and shot HK-91s and full-size FALs, and dislike the ergonomics of both, especially the HKs. The HKs are heavy as two boat anchors, and still kick like mules.

    I like the looks of the Rock River and DPMS offerings, and have handled them, but not shot them. I have a couple of friends with DPMS guns, and they love them. My son-in-law has a DPMS in .260 Rem., and it has given him excellent service, despite his abusing it mercilessly.

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    This thread has been full of useful, and helpful information, thanks guys. I need to get to a gunstore, too bad the Brits stopped using the FAL years ago, or I'd go ask one to see his rifle, but I dislike their goofy bullpup they use now, the ergonomics just don't work for me.

    I'd say the DPMS is the front-runner right now, I can deal with the lack of an FA, and really a DM kind of rifle in .308 has been on my list for a while. But the others are still in the running, gotta see what i find a deal on.
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    Not all the DPMS's lack the Foward Assist.
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    Just looked on another local places webiste today and found this: DS Arms STG58 FAL .308 cal Rifle , anyone have any info on these rifles? is it hard to replace the flash hider, as that sucker is long, and I'd probably like something shorter. Also, it says metric buttstock and pistol grip, does that mean it will only take the metric magazines?
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    DS Arms makes great guns, and the STG58 is made from Austrian kits with new barrels and recievers. The flash hider should just screw off.

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    DS Arms STG58 FAL .308 cal Rifle

    Rifle for sell (I've bought from them before and had 0 issues)

    http://www.dsarms.com/STG58--Austria...info/STG58STD/

    And it only accepts metric mags
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    Metric mags are not a problem easy to find and cheap. Aim surplus has the rifles good deal and good rifle.
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    I too have been thinking about getting an AR-10. I currently have two Daniel Defense AR-15's (5.56) and I absolutely LOVE them. Unfortunately, DD only makes a 300 blackout or 6.5 and I would prefer a .308 due to the availability of ammo. So.....who makes the best .308's? FYI, I'm not interested in "clones". I'm only interested in the best name manufacturers.
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    Best bang for the BUCK is hands down the COLT 901. If you can find one. Comes standard as a .308 but also excepts 5.56 uppers. Before the rush I saw one for 1400 at a gun store.
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    I'm waiting on a FCG for my 16" Saiga .308-1. Once it's here I'll comment more. Except for the crappy "sporter" trigger, its a great shooter out to 200 yards with the iron sights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dnilson View Post
    I too have been thinking about getting an AR-10. I currently have two Daniel Defense AR-15's (5.56) and I absolutely LOVE them. Unfortunately, DD only makes a 300 blackout or 6.5 and I would prefer a .308 due to the availability of ammo. So.....who makes the best .308's? FYI, I'm not interested in "clones". I'm only interested in the best name manufacturers.
    You should start a new thread. This one is 2.5 years old and is asking if FAL/M1A/AR-10/PTR-91 is best.

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