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Old March 2, 2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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Best semi auto 7.62x51 .308?

I've been wanting to get a new semi auto rifle in .308 but not in an AR platform and the price tag on an M1 is a tad high for me at the time. When I heard the mini 14 came in 7.62 I was excited untill I saw it was x39.

I would like to stay around 800. Any thoughts? Maybe used M1?

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Old March 2, 2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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I think you mean an M1A



This is an M1 rifle; some were in .308 but it's predominant chambering is 30-06:



Not at all to be confused with M1A1 in .30 carbine

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Old March 2, 2012, 07:43 PM   #3
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I'd probably get Larue Tacticals 7.62 AR Platform, i belive its the "predator" line, but don't quote me on that
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Old March 2, 2012, 07:46 PM   #4
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He's not interested in an AR platform rifle though
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Old March 2, 2012, 08:57 PM   #5
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for 308 semi autos you got ar's m1a's or like me i just bought a russian saiga 308 for $500. It is crudely made, rather cheap i suppose. It is not an m1a or an ar but for the money hell with it. i think vepr also makes a 308 might want to check them too.
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Old March 2, 2012, 10:40 PM   #6
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oh sorry didnt see that part
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Old March 2, 2012, 10:55 PM   #7
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M1a it is then
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Old March 2, 2012, 11:19 PM   #8
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FNH FNAR (and no, it is not an AR platform style rifle)
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Old March 2, 2012, 11:25 PM   #9
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for 308 semi autos you got ar's m1a's or like me i just bought a russian saiga 308 for $500. It is crudely made, rather cheap i suppose. It is not an m1a or an ar but for the money hell with it. i think vepr also makes a 308 might want to check them too.
I've seen people squeeze some amazing accuracy out of those Saiga .308s.

The M1A/M14 is my favorite though.


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Old March 3, 2012, 12:19 AM   #10
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or like me i just bought a russian saiga 308 for $500. It is crudely made, rather cheap i suppose. It is not an m1a or an ar but for the money hell with it. i think vepr also makes a 308 might want to check them too.
Now now... let's not confuse "crude" with "simple."
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Old March 3, 2012, 12:51 AM   #11
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I'd say M1A


Just recently I was shooting a friend's CETME, and, I gotta admit, it was a great shooting and great feeling gun. Less felt recoil than the M1A, though the rear sight aperture is larger and makes it less precise at longer ranges.
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Old March 3, 2012, 11:53 AM   #12
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Chris- yeah meant M1A however I doubt that would have stopped the M1A suggestions.

I do like that FN even tho it's pricey. Im not a huge fan of Springfield Marketing Ploy Armory. Seeing that the real SA closed in the 60s and a guy in San Antonio decided to buy the rights to the name. That and the rebadged Croatian XD and Brazilian 1911s (my friends SA 1911 has performed well)

Thanks for the replies so far.

Edit: def not knocking their custom shop esp when les Baer was the director.
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Old March 3, 2012, 01:20 PM   #13
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FN FAL... HK91... PLR91, CETME .308... All good options as well
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Old March 3, 2012, 01:42 PM   #14
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Most any commercial M14 or even the M1A from Springfield Armory, Inc. will do.

$800.00 and some diligent shopping will land you a nice Norinco or Poly Tech M14 and that ain't bad.
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Old March 3, 2012, 03:59 PM   #15
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How about a VEPR .308 for $729? Here is the link http://www.k-var.com/shop/home.php?cat=443 Plus you can get 20 round mags for it here http://stores.csspecs.com/-strse-Vep...Categories.bok
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Old March 3, 2012, 04:01 PM   #16
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I dream about M1As. I mean honestly , in my dreams I finally get money to buy M1As.


The problem is I need me at least two , a Loaded and a Scout Squad , and maybe also a SOCOM. oh yeah I need the M21-M25 sniper version too. Thanks.
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Old March 3, 2012, 07:04 PM   #17
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I heard some good things about the Kel-tec SU-16 series. In your price range and you can check the out a Kel-tec's website. Also google for multiple reviews.

The accept M16 mags if you dig hi-caps.
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Old March 3, 2012, 07:10 PM   #18
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Aren't those only in 5.56?
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Old March 3, 2012, 07:20 PM   #19
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Polinese- yes, you are correct. Sorry, the Kel-tec shoots 5.56/.223.
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Old March 4, 2012, 07:14 AM   #20
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With patience and money in hand, you can get a Scout or Standard M1A for less than a grand. Got mine watching the PX on the M14TFL site and the classified section here. Way more fun when you dont pay full price too.
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Old March 4, 2012, 01:28 PM   #21
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Polinese- yes, you are correct. Sorry, the Kel-tec shoots 5.56/.223.
Kel-Tec does however make a .308 semi-auto, the RFB.
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Old March 4, 2012, 02:24 PM   #22
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^^^From what I understand, only a very small number have made it into the wild.
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Old March 4, 2012, 02:32 PM   #23
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WHich one is better?

I have had my H&K 91 since 1981 and have never even thought about selling it or trading it. But, I would love to own a M1A full rifle and a SOCOM version as well. The Socom is a little easier to manuever than the full size.

I think what we all need here is for the Rifle companies to send us a couple hundred of each model to test (with a LOT of ammo!) and we could let them know which ones we preferred!

Anybody know a Springfield rep thats easily persuaded?
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Old March 4, 2012, 02:34 PM   #24
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by the way!

Hey I forgot to tell you.

If you run into a Garrad that someone is trying to sell you cheap, get it. I think that would be a great addition to anyones home defense fund.
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Old March 5, 2012, 10:43 PM   #25
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This Cetme is a nice rifle in your price range.



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