"Best" AR-10?

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  1. Flashpoint

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    Last Christmas I posted asking for input selecting a scope my friend's mother could get him for Christmas. This year she wants to get him a rifle he wants, and he wants an AR-10 in 308. Budget is around $1K, up to say $1400. The recipient likes owning quality things, but will in all probability never come close to exploiting the difference between a $900 vs a $1600 rifle's capabilities. Not that he is not capable, he just never invests enough time to learn about long range shooting and I don't see that changing. He envisions shooting 600 to 700 yards.

    So although I think a DPMS would serve him well I'm leaning toward a S&W okr Armalite just due to the "bragging rights" factor.

    I admit I have no experience with any AR-10, my knowledge consists of only random comments I have read here. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
     
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    I think that Ruger Precision Rifle in .308 is an awesome "AR-style" firearm. It's certainly not semi-automatic but it's got my attention for my next long gun purchase.
     
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    image.jpeg I'm pretty satisfied with my RRA LAR X1. Sub $1600 off GB. I chose it over the Ruger, which is a fine rifle, because of the 18" barrel. I guess that makes me think it's more of a distance rifle. Who knows.
     
  5. Flashpoint

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    Yes I held one, they are very impressive. I think this needs to be semi auto though.
     
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    I waited quite a while for the new Barnes to come out, I guess it was last year, but had a reality check when I saw the price at basically 2x their .556 rifles.
    $2500 i think.
     
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    I love mine. Great shooter , very well built.
     
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    Is that street price?
     
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    give him pieces parts, and have him build his own. that way you can spend more here and less there.

    My 2 cents
     
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  11. charlie

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    I have a Sig and a S&W. Both have been flawless through several thousand rounds. The Sig is a piston drive while the S&W is a DI. The S&W is a good bit lighter, and I generally carry it deer hunting more than the Sig. Both use the same style magazines that are readily available.

    They may not be the "best", whatever that is, but they are accurate and they have functioned properly 100% of the time I have shot them. I am sure some other brands would do the same.
     
  12. chuckman

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    I would hardly call an Armalite, S&W, or a DPMS anything worthy of bragging rights. But for what he intends to do, any of those are fine choices. I like the DPMS SASS, but anything they make (or S&W or Armalite....) will do well with a decent scope and decent loads....
     
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    No doubt you are correct, but I just feel that DPMS has more of a negative connotation to some, not specifically to their AR-10s though.
     
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    You know, that name and "AR15" don't seem to mix well any longer. But they can build the hell of a .308 platform. I would never own a DPMS AR15. But I tried to trade my Daniel Defense M4 for a DMPS SASS if that says anything (other than I am crazy....).
     
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    Just spoke with a dude at PDHSC and he is recommending the Diamondback 308 AR. He has two at very good prices but says they are great rifles. Anyone here know anything about them?
     
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    The DPMS SASS is a great rifle. Not that my opinion counts but I've spent some time behind one. If I had the money I'd have one in my safe
     
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    I have the S&W and have been very happy with it. Accuracy is good and light weight is better. Oldest brother bought one after shooting mine. He had FTF issues - sent it back - and now has been happy with his also. Good service and timely turnaround.
     
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    I am not for telling others what to buy, so I will just say this. In the AR10 line I have owned and shot

    LMT
    POF
    FN Scar
    FN AR (like a Browning BAR)
    H$K
    Sig Sauer
    Larue OBR

    All that being said, define the use it is intended to suit and a price point you can afford. They are all expensive to buy and expensive to operate. If you are only hunting then almost any of them will suffice. If you want something that Military and LE have given their blessings then you are going to pay for it. Just my two cents.
     
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    I'm very happy with my Aero Precision
     
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    M&P 10 is an excellent choice. S&W has great customer service and their quality is very good as well. Rifle has a mid length gas system, weight is very good for a 308 platform. Ambi controls are a nice plus and it uses Magpul mags so that keeps magazine costs down. Take a look at the Nutn Fancy review of the M&P 10.
     
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    Reminds me when I used to get all the , "What's the best TV" questions.
    Answer, "One that Works."
     
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    I have or have had, Armalite, Bushmaster, Colt, Ruger, and Windham Weaponry AR10s. The Ruger and WW had to go back to the factory, but they were returned fixed in a timely manner and both were early production bugs. I would buy either one again except for the Bushmaster. I don't have a problem with it, but it is the older full length rifle that was discontinued years ago. There is absolutely no market for it these days.
     
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    I removed the A2 awhile back and went with a collapsible stock.

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    Yup, I have a DB in 5.56, 7.5 inch barrel. It's OK at best, go with something different.
     
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    ...and switched to a NF scope

    Great looking rig

    Makes me want to ditch my R700 and build an AR10
     
  27. davekeller

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    Yeah the NF scope is temporarily on there until my custom bolt gun is built. I couldn't let it sit in the safe and not be on a rifle!
     
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    Lol of course he recommends them... he's got 2 to sell that probably have been sitting there for months


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    Just a question a little off the main topic, but does a DI gas system need some alteration when a suppressor is used? Does the suppressor cause the system to be overgassed?
     
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    Did you replace the buffer tube with a standard AR-15 length and a short buffer, a long tube and standard AR-15 buffer, or something else?
     

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