When Dr. Dave Dolbee and I discussed this article, the wheels in my mind were whirling. I have used each platform, find both to be great guns, and think everyone should own more than one of each. However, the how and why I came to this conclusion need to be explained.
Posts Tagged ‘.308’
When it comes to rifle shooting, fast hits are what counts in hunting and personal defense scenarios. When sighting in the rifle from the benchrest, we have all of the time in the world. Recently, I sighted my personal M1A1 with Leatherwood scope in from the rest and enjoyed 1 MOA groups with Federal MSR Fusion ammunition. I cannot expect a fraction of this accuracy when firing off hand at the 100-yard line.
When I first began shooting and realized the superiority of the bolt action—over lever action and self-loading rifles—for accuracy, I obtained affordable surplus rifles. I still own a stock Springfield 1903, and it is a fine rifle. However, sporting rifles were another matter and I eventually obtained a number of nice, scoped bolt-action rifles.
I have used Del Ton rifles over the years and found they have good build quality, good reliability, and more than acceptable accuracy. When I was looking for a quality AR-10-type rifle in .308 Winchester, I looked to the DTI rifle. While I was eager to jump into the .308 AR, I was well aware of the lack of standardization with the rifle.
Some time ago, I began upgrading my on duty gear by a great degree. During the war on terror, and the war on drugs, peace officers often faced heavily-armed felons willing to shoot it out with peace officers. Working in a rural environment, where every household it seemed had a scope-mounted rifle, also colored my choices. The primary focus was people passing through, and I worked a pipeline of drug smuggling.
Last week, The Shooter’s Log ran a throwback article on the Top 5 Combat Rifles of All Time. The debate was lively to say the least, but the one overarching theme was a feeling that the 5.56 simply did not have enough punch. The U.S. Army seems to agree. So, last August, the Army announced the Interim Combat Service Rifle (ICSR) program. The ICSR was tasked with replacing the Army’s M4 carbine with a 7.62 mm rifle. A month later, the program was cancelled.
MajorPandemic was fortunate to be one of the first to get its hands on the Galil ACE GAR1651 .308/7.62×51 NATO, and had a chance to wring it out pretty well. What I (Major Pandemic) will say is, this is my favorite among the .308 semi-auto rifles I own.
If you have a .308/7.62 caliber rifle and need a comprehensive compact packable cleaning kit for the field then the Otis 7.62mm MPSR Cleaning System is an obvious choice, however there is more to the Otis cleaning kit than just size.
One of the trends I am seeing in the market is the optics manufacturers really starting to push to deliver exponential jumps in quality. The Burris’ premier XTR II lineup is definitely one of the optic lines pushing the envelope of higher quality.
Bear with me! We’ll get started on the process of handloading next time when I talk about setting up a sizing die. But before that, it’s good to keep in mind what we’re dealing with, and that is a cartridge case, and also what happens to it during firing, which is what we’re setting out to remedy when we reuse it.
The history of the roller cam-operated rifle, from the CETME to the HK91, is a thrice-told tale. German engineers’ epic escape from Nazi Germany (just ahead of the Russians) and refuge in Spain led to
If you ask Liberty Ammunition, there is a new King of the Hill, and I am not hearing any complaints. People are looking for
For some of us the watchword is ‘sometimes you need a .308.’ The .223/5.56mm platform is a wonderful close-quarters combat
Depending on what you’re trying to put holes into, the venerable 5.56 isn’t always the right choice. Sometimes you need
The new Savage Arms Model 11 Scout Rifle, $794 MSRP, is patterned after Col. Jeff Cooper’s ideal of what a compact, bolt-action rifle should be—chambered for .308 Winchester, having a short barrel and handy overall length, and accepting a forward-mounted scope.
In my search for the ‘someday’ rifle that I will someday own, I have examined many and kept few. The latest is one
The .30-caliber battle rifle has a proud heritage. The M1 Garand and M14 rifles, not to mention the FN FAL
PTR’s story really became interesting last year. PTR’s operations and sales began taking off in the winter of 2012.