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    Help me pick a new rifle!

    OK, so ive decided that I want a new rifle for Christmas, but I'm not sure what I want. Here are my criteria:

    - .308 caliber
    - Purposes include: sport shooting, defense, maybe hunting
    - I expect to shoot out to about 500-600yds
    - Semi auto
    - Budget is $1,000 to $1,400

    I've been eying the SA M1A scout squad (because of the 18" barrel), but wanted to get some opinions. So, thoughts?

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    how about this only used to stay on your price point...FNAR 7.62x51mm Rifles go to SeattleGuns.NET • View topic - WTS used FN FNAR .308 20" barrel 4 mags, case $1250 obo for a example for sale..

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    Any particular reason for a .308 (other than it drips testosterone?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsnroses View Post
    Any particular reason for a .308 (other than it drips testosterone?)
    Its a common cartridge & therefore not overly expensive, and there are a lot of rifles that fire it. And I have a standard .223 AR15 already. If you have something else in mind that fits these criteria but fires a different cartridge, I'll take a look at it.

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    for sport shooting, hunting, and will drive tacks out to 600 yds....I suggest a ruger 22-250 bolt action.

    for CQB and semi auto, I suggest a M4 or maybe a beretta storm or something like that.

    its hard for me to think of something that meets all your criteria.....maybe a ruger mini 14 in 223?

    (Ha! can you tell that Ruger is my favorite long gun?)

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    I've been eyeing the SA scout rifle myself, dpms makes an awesome ar platform that shoot's .308/7.62x51mm, and if you buy right you'll only spend around $800 then you have left over money for extra goodies, you'll be doing some assembly tho
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    Quote Originally Posted by OperatorJ View Post
    - I expect to shoot out to about 500-600yds
    OK, but how big a target do you expect to hit out at that range - a barn door or the vitals of a deer?

    The only gun that comes to mind that fits your specs is a Springfield Armory National Match M1A, but that's about 50% over your max budget.

    And if you're hunting, I'd be looking at a good scope and mount which will drive your package price up by at least $500.
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    If you already have an AR15 then maybe you don't need another semi auto. You pay a hefty penalty in weight and in price for the semi auto option. A Remington 700 in .308 will do the job out to 1000 yds for you and not break the bank. It's just a suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    If you already have an AR15 then maybe you don't need another semi auto. You pay a hefty penalty in weight and in price for the semi auto option. A Remington 700 in .308 will do the job out to 1000 yds for you and not break the bank. It's just a suggestion.
    Better yet .300 win mag.
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    Your going to get a lot of different opinions and boils down to you. I hunt a lot and love my. 270. There is a lot of semi autos also in this caliber. If you like the ar platform buy an ar-10. Spikes tactical announced there's this year for sale and its sweet. If you want super accurate go with a bolt gun. 300 Mag is going to kick like a mule and that's my .02

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsnroses View Post
    for sport shooting, hunting, and will drive tacks out to 600 yds....I suggest a ruger 22-250 bolt action.

    for CQB and semi auto, I suggest a M4 or maybe a beretta storm or something like that.

    its hard for me to think of something that meets all your criteria.....maybe a ruger mini 14 in 223?

    (Ha! can you tell that Ruger is my favorite long gun?)
    For CQB I've got my AR15 & my trusty M&P 9c

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattmann View Post
    . 300 Mag is going to kick like a mule and that's my .02
    He was just busting my chops. I have a .300 Win mag I've been trying to sell for a while now.
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    I love my 270 bolt action scoped. One flat shooter ".......I like the 270 over the 30.06 or 308...but they will all knock down deer fast.

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    If you already has one AR type rifle, go with a Remington 700 in .308. Rifle and good scope can be had well within your budget amount. Just my .02 worth.
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