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#6153481 - 01/25/16 09:32 AM First AR, looking for a .308
HDSILVER08 Offline
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Registered: 01/25/16
Posts: 7
Loc: McGregor, TX
This is my first AR style rifle and I want the .308 version so I can use it s as a long range hunting rifle. But, I also want the versatility to use it as a hog eradication device on my lease. Struggling to decide on barrel length, 16.5, 18 or 20 and MFG, looking at Windham Weaponry as they seem to be good quality at fair price. Thank for your input.

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#6153491 - 01/25/16 09:38 AM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: HDSILVER08]
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I worked up a load with 155 gr TMK and IMR 8208.

16" barreled DPMS Recon, and a Tiger Shark suppressor makes 2600 fps, MV. I ran it 200 to 800 yards, on steel, without a miss. I really like the 16" barrel, and the rifle is only 10 pounds without ammo and scope. That is significantly lighter and shorter than my bolt action rifles.
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#6153514 - 01/25/16 09:49 AM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
I worked up a load with 155 gr TMK and IMR 8208.

16" barreled DPMS Recon, and a Tiger Shark suppressor makes 2600 fps, MV. I ran it 200 to 800 yards, on steel, without a miss. I really like the 16" barrel, and the rifle is only 10 pounds without ammo and scope. That is significantly lighter and shorter than my bolt action rifles.


+1 on the 16" barreled LR308. Love mine. Like Jason I've ran mine from 200 out to 800 on steel although I did have several misses during this process LOL. I was running bulk 168AMAX at 2510FPS.
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#6153539 - 01/25/16 10:02 AM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: HDSILVER08]
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Registered: 01/11/09
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Loc: Germany
Agree with the 16" barrel. It's plenty. I also agree with the DPMS, but I would clarify that with the G2 models (I like the Recon). The G2 line opens up access to lots of AR15 accessories (trigger groups, etc.).

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#6155701 - 01/26/16 12:17 PM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: HDSILVER08]
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Registered: 12/23/14
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Loc: BANDERA TX
I too have a 16in barreled rifle. Rock River LAR-8. Also have a RR LAR-15 and have been very happy with the quality and accuracy although I havent shot either of them out more than 150 yrds +/-. No reason to think they couldnt go much further though, but my bolt guns fill that role...
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#6167223 - 02/02/16 10:30 PM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: HDSILVER08]
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Green Horn

Registered: 01/25/16
Posts: 7
Loc: McGregor, TX
I pulled the proverbial trigger today and came home with a PWS MK216. I can't wait to get to the range and try this puppy out. Anyone have experience with PWS or this specific model?

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#6167231 - 02/02/16 10:34 PM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: HDSILVER08]
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That is not a 2nd rate rifle, should do everything you will need.
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#6167403 - 02/03/16 07:40 AM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: HDSILVER08]
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Registered: 02/22/12
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Loc: MIDLAND
Had a PWS Mk116 in 300 Blackout. Loved it. The Mk216 was on my shortlist before I found a helluva deal on a CMMG CBR. Pics please. laugh

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#6167624 - 02/03/16 09:38 AM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: HDSILVER08]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
Dang, here's a 216 in FDE. Somebody hold me back!

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#6169862 - 02/04/16 05:11 PM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: HDSILVER08]
HDSILVER08 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/25/16
Posts: 7
Loc: McGregor, TX




Here are some pics...Standard Black gun, but it will be fun to start adding on. Thinking the first big purchase will be a nice optics for it. Likely hang a bipod and light on it. Down the road...suppressor. I'm happy, big purchase, no buyers remorse.

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#6170281 - 02/04/16 11:33 PM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: HDSILVER08]
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Registered: 01/20/11
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Loc: Justin, TX
I prefer 20" barrels but have no justification, l just like them.
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#6170352 - 02/05/16 06:52 AM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: BassCat'99]
HDSILVER08 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/25/16
Posts: 7
Loc: McGregor, TX
Pics posted

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#6170490 - 02/05/16 08:55 AM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: HDSILVER08]
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Registered: 02/22/12
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Loc: MIDLAND
Very nice! Congrats!

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#6203299 - 02/28/16 10:50 PM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: HDSILVER08]
HDSILVER08 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 01/25/16
Posts: 7
Loc: McGregor, TX
Anyone out there experience an issue where their rifle will not cycle a particular ammo. I'm still working with PWS on this issue, but as av relatively high end rifle I expected it to eat through anything. I have a couple battle packs of FNM 82-11 ammo that just jams on every round. Let me know.


Edited by HDSILVER08 (02/28/16 11:07 PM)

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#6203308 - 02/28/16 11:06 PM Re: First AR, looking for a .308 [Re: HDSILVER08]
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Registered: 02/01/11
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Buddy had a pws in 556 great gun and ran like a top.
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