Originally Posted by Sgt_Skrb_25
I just want a long range platform. I really love the AR platform, and not really a bolt gun platform guy. I have other weapons for CQB and other purposes. I figure if I'm building another AR , I want to get some range. I comfortable shooting up to 500-600 meters now, but would like to go longer. Money is not that much of an issue, I expected to invest 3-4k. I guess it's just a personal challenge to build a rifle that can do that, and then learn to shoot that range. I have friends who were snipers and like to learn from them. I just don't have the rifle that can do that yet.
Two pieces of advice:
Bolts will generally serve you better for your dollar.
But if you prefer SA, and understand the higher investment required...do your research. In a lot of ways, I'm with you. I like both SA rifles and the AR platform. An AR-10 absolutely can be
an ultra-precise 1000yd gun. But it will
be an expensive venture. And you need to recognize that (especially if building) many 308 AR platforms/parts are not
compatible with the next brand. It's a little different from the "everything fits everything else" world of DI AR-15s.
As much as I like building, I would recommend buying a complete rifle that suits your needs and then purchasing the mags/accessories that fit it. This is why I mention that I may buy a DPMS Recon or M1A...I know that platforms suit my needs, and after that I'll simply worry about accessories...rather than parts/fit/conversion/compatability issues.
Figure out your budget and find a maker (that you'll really like, because you're going to have some $ tied up in the name recognition alone) that best offers what you're looking for. When it comes to 308, I really like Armalite, DPMS, FN, also like LMT, and dislike RRA. Just personal preferences. I have my own reasons and I'm not about to say that anyone is inferior. It's all about what specs you prefer.
I know DPMS has a somewhat cheapo rep when it comes to AR-15s. But my experience with them has generally been good. And I think it takes a significant step forward when it comes to the quality of their 308 platforms. YMMV.