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Poll: AR- 15 in .308 or 5.56

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Posted over 4 years ago

 

Ok everyone, I am doing some research and just wanted to know whether you would get an AR-15 in .308 caliber or is it just way too cost effective to stick with the 5.56?


Thanks for all the responses!

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I don't think they make an AR 15 in 7.62, i think you will have to get an AR 10 and be prepared to shell out some big bucks for 7.62 caliber, but i will leave this for someone more knowledgable.

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The only AR-15 style rifle in 7.62 is the new SASS snyper system that the US Army uses. If you want to go with 7.62 look a an M1A or M-14 style. If you want to stick with Ar style then 5.56 is the way to go.


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It depends on what you need if for.


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Several companies make an AR platform in .308.  DPMS run from 1100-1500.  I would stick with the 5.56 due to the cheaper cost of ammo, but it depends Ion why you want one.  When you go to a training course and they want 800-1000 rounds you will really feel the pinch.  I do alot of training outside my agency and the thing that has been hurting the most is the round count.  When you look at $300-500 for the course, gas to get there, hotel, food and then the cost of ammo.  Whatever you buy make sure you practice and get comfortable with it.  I let my carbine work slide recently due to ammo cost and have starting hitting it hard again and forgot how much I enjoy it.

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I'm thinking of getting the Bushmaster ACR ... just change the barrel based on your mood in either the 5.56 or the 7.62. You can have your cake and eat it too!


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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

i agree with swany, ar 15 in 5.56, ammo weight and there will plenty lying around when the shit hits the fan, if ya want .308-get a nice M-14 battle rifle.

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I agree with the consensus of the others here.  The 5.56 ammo is plentiful and more economical.  Not knocking the 7.62 no way, and there is a big difference in knock-down power compared to the 5.56.  For the money and in the long run the ammo savings in 5.56 is more practical for most any type of shooting.  The AR styled rifle is available in 7.62 from a few gun builders.  I like DPMS personally, own one in 5.56, a Panther Classic 16 and I love that rifle.  DPMS has it in 7.62, called their LR series.  Cost difference of the two rifles is not that much but there is a diference in the ammo expense.  I've got a friend that hunts deer and hog with the M14.  He's old school Viet Nam vet.  He carried the M14 before the M16 made that scene.  Swears by it.  But, the M14 it is a large and heavy piece compared to the M16/AR15 styled rifles.  For home defense, that is a big concern also.  I like the M14, fired a couple but compared to the AR, the M14 is a, hogleg.  Never owned one.  It's a matter of personal preference really, and money.     

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Stick with the 5.56mm.


If you want the ultimate in long range precision accuracy, the bolt action rules the roost.

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Were you saying that the .308 Bolt action rules or the 5.56 bolt action rules? Just want to clarify.

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Destined4SWAT says ...



Were you saying that the .308 Bolt action rules or the 5.56 bolt action rules? Just want to clarify.



For accuracy purposes the bolt action is the better option, regardless of caliber.

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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

5.56mm all day long!

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5.56 or 6.8... Get a 1-9 twist if you wanna blast whatever.. 1-12 twist for 55 gr only, and a 1-7 twist for 62gr-77gr


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Just my .02 cents for the day,


If you want an entry/carry weapon for the car/duty...get the 5.56.  less overpenatration than the 308, cheaper ammo, and much lighter guns.  If you want a precision rifle get a bolt action .308.  You can't beat em for sniper applications.  That being said, there are lots of companys that make .308 AR-15's or more correctly the AR-10.  The down side is cost and weight, I built a fully dressed AR-15 to MY specs for about $1,100.  I priced out the .308 and it came out to be about $1,800 for a similar build, plus the AR-10 is much heavier than the AR-15.  My choice...for in town and close quarters work take the 5.56.  If I were a deputy in a rual setting, I would take the .308, however, I would rather have a M1A style rifle in a .308 rather than the .308 AR.  Catm2005 is also correct on the barrel twist for the 5.56.   Good luck and hope you enjoy your new toy...oops I mean partner...


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Its the 5.56 unless you are in rural LE, where the .308 would be more practical.  For an urban setting,  5.56 all the way, light, accurate, less overpenetration with  5.56, 55 grain SP than 9mm HP's in an MP-5.

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Rate This | Posted about 4 years ago

 

My personaly hog rifle is .308. But, if I ever get around to a patrol carbine situation, it will probably be 5.56. The 5.56 does a good job of fragmentation at close range, so that there is little issue with overpenetration. Also, I can't see me personally doing a quick double-tap with a .308. I'm just not that beefy. A 5.56 can be made so light and handy that it's almost like a .22 for maneuverability. You're just not going to get that with a .308.

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Gee, I guess I must be a Gonmer.   I love the 7.62 but in the Soviet round.  Yeah, I know, AK-47 or an SKS (which I have, in battle dress).  Not as pretty or as effecient as an AR platform, but sorry folks, they are around for a reason).  I would take the AR platform in .308.  I have no need for urban combat.  I  live in the country, and I imagine that is where I will make my last stand.  In fact, I would almost take an SKS over a lot (chrome lined bbl of course) of American options.  Sorry.  You want bullet-proof no fail...Awesome round.  I dislike the .223 although I do like a mini-ruger.  BUT...that round is just a monster .22.  I will take my 7.62 or .308.



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This involves more than just choosing a particular caliber. While yes the 5.56 will be more available in case of SHITF. The .308 will do more at greater distances. If you choose the 5.56 make Sure you get a 5.56 not .223... And yes there is a difference. The throat of a 5.56 is slightly larger acccepting both the 5.56 and .223, while the .223 will accept most 5.56 it causes issues with ammo perhaps to point of damaging weapon. Murphy's law, if it can happen it will when you need it most. As with all firearms proficiency is utmost importance. On range i have seen individuals i would not fear going against when armed with .50 and on other hand seen those i would not wanting to be shot at from any distance with a .22 short. My advice is if you are looking for a weapon for home/family security, long term protection, Take a look in most Bugout bags.. You will find a couple bricks of .22 along with a 12 gauge hanging close by. Hope this helps.

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Rate This | Posted over 1 year ago

 

 First I want to say hey to everyone at PL!!! It's been QUITE some time since I have visited the site. I feel the calling, calling again and this time I think it's stuck... Thank you to everyone who replied! I have definitely decided that the caliber I would use would definitely depend on the situation I am in. AR-10 for non-urban environments (when I'm expecting trouble) and AR-15 for standard urban envrionment with a fracturing round to prevent overpenetration. Then there's the 6.8. Totally a tactical round IMHO. Great for bad dudes wearing armor... Glad to be back!!!