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Old 11-29-2009, 09:55 PM
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Going 308, which one?

I have decided on a 308 for my next gun. I just don't know which one. My budget will allow for the following I think:

1. Remington 5R MilSpec. Read a lot of positive reviews on these and apparently there is sub 0.5 MOA potential out of the box and easily upgraded to a DM system. High quality stock too.

2. DPMS 24" Bull AR-10. It looks like this has 0.5 MOA potential as well. The semi-auto "black rifle" has always appealed to me.

3. Semi-custom Savage build. Drop in Barrel from McGowan or Shilen, Duramaxx Stock, Donor Action and CDI precision DM magazine system potential.

What would be the best shooter out of the three? I am thinking 800 yards would be my max distance with 175 gr SMK's.

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:58 PM
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Re: Going 308, which one?

What use? If you're going to be packing it, I'd quickly rule out #2. And I don't know that you can expect .5 MOA with the standard DPMS barrel. Maybe you could with a custom barrel, but even then...
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:32 PM
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Re: Going 308, which one?

I really don't know what the long range potential is of the DPMS. Either the 5-R or the Savage should do the job. I've got the 5-R and I love it, one of the best purchases I ever made. I would say to find the one that fits you best.
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Old 11-30-2009, 12:23 AM
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Re: Going 308, which one?

Sub-MOA is very possible with a box-stock Savage. I have a 16FSS in .308 that will shoot so well now that the original bad barrel was replaced by Savage, I have no need to spend more money on an aftermarket barrel. Groups with ammo it likes average 5/8's inch. I doubt I could do much better with a custom barrel. Some seem to prefer longer target barrels to add velocity, my feelings are in this case, perhaps a .308 is not the ideal caliber if this is needed. I've sighted three Stevens model 200's for friends, all went under an inch for five shots with factory Remington Cor-Loks! I'd go with the Savage action!

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Old 11-30-2009, 02:19 AM
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Re: Going 308, which one?

I have a bunch of .308's most with 26" barrels. I recently got an ltr and I haven't used any of the others since. Yes you lose some fps but man is the gun light for packing and extremely accurate. You can now get the gun in stainless(i think its an xcr tactical or something). You can really whip this thing out of an elberestock pack and whip it around in the brush. Just a thought.
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Old 11-30-2009, 02:11 PM
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Re: Going 308, which one?

Out of all the 308's I have owned including one custom, the best shooting one was the factory 5R. It was a sad day when I put so many rounds down the barrel that it was no longer usefull. :(
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Old 11-30-2009, 04:59 PM
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Re: Going 308, which one?

i vote savage, theyre are prone to excellent accuracy out of the box

im doing a savage build very similar to yours very soon. i think im going with a manners T2 stock though, hope its not too heavy
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