Originally Posted by Dillinger
Kent - After reading the links I have two thoughts....
1) 50 Yards?!?!? My Sister can shoot at 50 yards - with ANY long gun, that is not a measure of true "accuracy". I frequently shoot 50 yards outdoors with my 1911's at a 10 steel "gong" and ring it out....
2) That guy in the review is shooting handloads. I didn't read enough to see if he was shooting fire formed brass, but still, it's easy to handload better ammo than you can buy "off the shelf".
I don't know if this production rifle can shoot, or not, so you are kind of venturing into dark territory.
I can tell you this, using a 20" barrel to shoot 50 yards is like nailing a porn star - it's a sure thing & anyone can do it.
Good luck with whatever you decide, but I would definitely price shop the FN versus a "Standard" .308 AR.
the first review managed sub .5 moa at 100 yards .. that IS bolt action acuracy to break that you need to 1 be a good shooter and 2 have a good gun .. most factory bolt actions will not shoot that sure some will usualy more expensive models and or a bull barrel in a lower caliber but for a auto loader to shoot that out of the box is out standing.
he is shooting buffalo bore wich is a high quality redily available amunition you can purchase online not a personal hand load.
That said I have a heavy barel version of this rifle .. I am by no means a military sniper quality shooter I bought this gun to hunt with and have fun with and i can hold .5 to .6 moa at 100 yards on average with 5 shot groups with the hornay sst ammo that i use to hunt with..
for a scope i have a atn 4-12 80 mm day / night scope with balistic turret
.4 moa at 600 yards ? if your doing that GET ON A PRO SHOOTING TEAM with any gun
long rang shooting is more about knowing trajectory wind drift then anything else realy.
i would say the fn ar is on par with any 308 caliber AUTOLOADER out there for acuracy potential out of the box for sure and can hold its own with some of the purpose built lower end target ars...
i dont think it would match the bull barrel national match quality custom ar in 223 or maybe even a custom 308 due to those guns being custom deals wich cost 3-4 times the price of this gun etc but I can consistantly hit a target the size of a 1 litter soda bottle out to 500 yards as long as wind is still
< like i said im no sniper and corecting for drift is not my forte >
with mine and in the real world for hunting or urban use thats all you need .. anything else is just punching holes in paper for scoring.
my farthest shot so far was a feral hog at just a tick under 600 yards killed in one shot held dead on his heart and hit him and he droped dead right there.
if you are shooting farther then 500 yards you shouldnt be using a 308 anyway you should have a 300 win mag or a something bigger like a laupa for better terminal performance.
< i use a bolt action 300 wm for long rang hunts where i expect to shoot 400 + with any shot or larger game hunts >
lastly in my opinion after owning 5 different brand ars .. this gun will be dead nuts more reliable then any ar due to the very short gas piston and recoil operation system wich is totaly reliable.