Guys, I'm having a hard time deciding which rifle to save for. My choices so far are HK MR762, SCAR 17S, LMT MWS, LWRC Reper, and LaRue OBR.
You have a list of fine rifles. Look at the weights of them if you want to carry it around for hunting or field use. I have a Les Baer AR308 Sniper
- it weighs 11lbs, and with a 3.8-25 US Optics scope and a full magazine - close to 14lbs.
While it works fine for precision tactical rifle competition and like use - if I wanted a rifle for general field use, I'd probably be looking at the SCAR 17 because of the much lower weight.
I think I want a piston gun bc I've heard DI 7.62s get REALLY dirty really quick.
You're not going to be running the amount of rounds that you do through an AR15. If you want to shoot long distances, you have to use quality ammunition or reload it yourself. Either way - you're not going to be running 500 rounds in one session. If you use or make quality ammunition, the rifle should run at least 1,000 rounds without cleaning - in .308, that's a LOT of shooting.
Precision shooting is not rapid fire / ammunition intensive. When you're shooting over 600 yards, figuring out the doping by watching wind effects on trees, bushes, etc. between you and the target takes time. Learning the amount of bullet drop compensation to dial in is part of it, but you do compensation for wind drift with the reticle marks.
I shoot at a range with fixed distances at different points for competition, so that even when they add targets to stage (shooting 4 clay pigeons at 400 yards for example), you know it's 400 yards so you can use the verticle and horizontal reticle markings for holdover and wind drift - once you learn the rifle / scope / ammunition combination.
I wouldn't get hung up on a piston rifle because a DI will get dirty from shooting. Quality .308 / 7.62 runs fairly clean and you can duplicate that with your own loads. If I run 60-100 rounds in one session - that is a LOT of .308.
If you purchase .308 you're going to pay .90 cents to $1.25 per round for target grade ammunition even if you buy it in case quantities. That's $90 - $125 (or more) for one 100 round session.
If you reload, you can save some money - but, take a look at the cost of 168grain HPBT target bullets - then factor in the powder, primer, etc. You'll be around .55 cents a round not counting the brass. Shoot 100 rounds in a session - $55.
Carefully evaluate how you're going to be using the rifle, and you can sort through the features from each manufacturer - but, if the rifle is for field use - weight should be a prime consideration.