As the title says there is varying degrees of goodnes to aweful to not great in this rifle.
a little background as to what is driving my recent firearms purchases culminating in this one. for a while ive been fence sitting on just which 308 semi i really want. this has flopped from rra to larue to colt and a few others but the fnh scar17 wasnt really in that list.
recently the wife decided she wanted to go deer hunting and rooted through the gun safe and settled on my (now her's) savage model 10FCP-SR with nightforce 3.5-15x nxs f1. so there went my 308. i kinda settled my mind to get a colt 308 ad started the long wait. ran across one shortly before the election and missed it online by a few minutes. anyway i was content to wait a bit for a backorder until i went to midwest industries.
they had a scar17 on the wall. i decided i would go with that. if i didnt like it should be an easy trade for something else.
anyway its super light at 8 pounds empty for a 308 semi. i wont go over all its features but i will mention that the barrel is easily removed and it has suppressor friendly gas settings. the rest is just in the fnh sales material.
ok the bad. the only truly bad feature is the godsaweful pws muzzle brake. that thing is just punishingly brutal. DO NOT FIRE A SCAR17 WITH THAT BRAKE AND NO HEARING PROTECTION!!!!!!!!!! with that thing on its downright unpleasent bordering on painful even with hearing protection. soon as i got home i called surefire and ordered their fh762k-scar flash hider as a replacement. i will NOT be shooting it again until that PWS shoulda been called POS brake is gone. i dont care if i lose a bit quickness on follow ups i cannot use this for defense if i have to say "hold up a sec, let me put some ears on before i cap your ass...." thats really the only bad on this gun.
the ugly is the trigger. fnh did a bad job on the trigger. a better trigger will help and its on my agenda. thats the only real bad issue.
the good i should labeled GREAT!! this thing is crazy accurate. its recoil is super soft. the irons are very very usable. mags are easy to load and the spring tension doesnt stack much so the last round isnt much more difficult to get in than the first. the only failures to feed were caused by an ar15 556 brass catcher i adapted to the scar17. i see the flaws and will have a good working brass device soon. i was running it with the gas port set to suppressor use and it didnt seem to have any trouble cycling.
this is pretty much the rifle i have been looking for and once the trigger is better and the brake is gone it will be simply perfect. i had though about replacing the buttstock but the one it has fits right into my bench target shooting style.
i put my acog from the bcm middy on it for my upcoming hunting trip to texas but im rethinking that and will prolly steal the wife's vortex 3-9 (whats good for the goose :P ) for the trip until i can get a nightforce.
anyway this woulda been a one hole group if i was better at holding elevation with an acog
sorry for the blurrines my camera is on its last legs. but here are some images of me shooting a few rounds. you might be able to make out the brass catcher
i did replace the fnh A2 style grip with a magpul miad. it seems to fit fine. it has about a 1/16th gap around the edges you have to really stare hard to see and then only if i tell ya about in advance. i may get froggy on a boring afternoon and do some fitting at some point.