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Poink88 05-08-2010 06:42 PM

Need advise/help choosing my AR (or something else).
I am on the fence whether to get a .223/5.56 AR15 or a .308/7.62 AR. Budget limit (for the rifle only) is $1,300.

If I go with AR15, I am almost set on DDM4v3 but want my AR to share ammo with my hunting rifle if possible. Having a more "potent" .308 AR doesn't hurt either and if it proves accurate enough, I might end up going hunting with it too (if it is legal).

I am also considering PTR91 but want to hear if there are better options out there. I am aware of the extra (4 lbs) weight & ammo cost difference. Just want to see my choices before really finalizing my purchase.

Oh...this is supposed to be my all purpose, SHTF go to rifle so I want to really make sure it is a reliable weapon.

Thank you.

Quentin 05-08-2010 08:45 PM

I would say when in doubt about an AR & caliber to go with 5.56 and go with a standard AR not a clone or piston version. That way you have access to the vast supply of parts and accessories out there for the AR-15. Now of course you can break this rule if you're 100% sure you want something else but BE sure.

The DDM4v3 is a fine choice, Daniel Defense is a tier 1 manufacturer and it's a middy on top of that.

Poink88 05-09-2010 01:23 PM

Just found potential AR candidates from RRA.

Rock River Arms: RRA LAR-8 Mid-Length A4

308A1239X RRA LAR-8 Mid-Length A4 Rifle ----- $1,265.00

Planning on adding these options;
RRA Quad Rail Free float +$150.00
Smith AWB Muzzle brake +$65.00
ERGO grip Ambi black +$0.00 ------------- for $1,480.00 total

or these:
Rock River Arms: RRA LAR-8 Varmint A4

Rock River Arms: NEW! RRA LAR-8 Predator HP

Comments please.

BTW, I have a lead where to get these RRA a bit cheaper...just wondering which is the best option. Thanks.

JonM 05-10-2010 12:53 AM

if you hunt with an AR or other high capacity weapon most states require fixed capacity magazines for hunting. the max capacity varies state to state.

NPD5946TSW 05-10-2010 01:15 AM

If you already have a huntin' rifle, I'd stick with the 556. Quentin is right, there are more ways to deck out a 556 AR. Plus, if you get the AR in 556, and decide down the road you REALLY want to hunt with it, you can pick up a 6.8 upper to slap on there to kill some fuzzies with.

Poink88 05-10-2010 02:43 AM

Another good .308 contender came up during my research...FN FAL. So many to choose from, the more I research the more confused I get (sigh).

I will most likely end up buying the DDM4v3 for now and buy a FAL later :D

Thanks for the help guys!

FCross7 05-10-2010 02:46 AM

I have both an AR-15, and an AR-10. The AR-10 definitely has that "cool" factor, and is a lot of fun to shoot, plus it gets looks every time I take it to the range.

A few other members and I have the DPMS LR-308b, and have all been happy with it. I shoot factory ammo, but some of the handloaders have been able to get their groups down to less than 1/2 MOA at 100 yards.

As to which one I like better, it's hard to say, they both have their place and I enjoy both very much.


89Bronc 05-24-2010 10:12 PM

I've been in love with the AR-10 platform for years. If I was going to buy one, though, it wouldn't be on a budget. I'd get a Rock River LAR-8. However, SHTF and you're going to want the AR-15 platform. Like everybody said, the parts are easy to find, ammo is cheaper and you'll find it everywhere. I'm partial to Rock River personally, maybe because they're made 3 hours from where I live, but DD isn't a bad way to go. As for the FAL, not a bad choice, but I say you stick with the AR-10 platform; imo, you get more for your money.

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