Just want to thank those of you offer up your insights and feedback up front here. I am undecided on Caliber, brand and optics.
What I want - Reliable rifle that I can use for both pleasure shooting and hunting (White Tail being the largest game I would take with said rifle).
I have talked to quite a few people regarding caliber but not a lot of them have real world experience a lot of it has been theoretical. Now where I will be hunting a 400 - 600 yard shot is not THAT uncommon, some of the folks I have talked to have said that a .308 is the only way to go at those ranges and others say the 5.56 will be more accurate at that range and bullet technology has really made the heavier .308 not as effective as well. Anyone have real world experience that they could share on that topic?
As far as brands go I have been looking at an Olympic arms AR-15 and in 7.62 I have been looking at the RRA LAR-8. I would like to keep an AR-15 under 1k for the rifle itself and something in 7.62 under $1500 if I can. I know of the major brands, anyone have a suggestion that I might be overlooking? Not sure I am proficient enough to build my own.
Optics I was thinking I would have to go with a couple of them for what I am looking for. Something like an EO-Tech for pleasure shooting and something more suited for hunting as well. Is there a good all in one I am over looking, or another option that might be out there?
Thanks again for any insight you can offer up. This is going to be my first AR purchase and I just want to get it right, or as right as anyone can get it :).