I want a rifle that can reach out and touch something..... out to long distance. I would love to be consistent at 1000yds....1200yds and I often wish I could join a long range shooting club and shoot competitions with them. I understand this means a bolt action rifle and also a starting point of about $1200 to have something decent....out to about $4000 for sub MOA. Other folks highly tout the entry level Savages and the Remy 700, Howa etc as great starter weapons. I do like the idea of $500-$700 or so. The thing is........a 5.56 AR-15 is limited in range....and I already have one of those. 7.62X51/.308 AR-10 fills that void, between what a 5.56 will do well.... and the need for something that can hit hard out to greater range. ( I want to avoid hard to find and expensive calibers like 6.5 Grendel, .300 Blackout etc) Also, the AR-10 and AR-15 are the same weapon really, so it's a familiar gun that won't take re-learning and range-wise will do fine out to 800yds or so.... quite nicely from what I read. But it's an auto loader so the velocity and range is not as great as a bolt action, which takes you out even further. But a bolt is a one trick pony in a sense. With a capacity of 4-5 rounds or so in most cases and a relatively slow follow up capability, slow reload......it is not the best general purpose weapon. Here the AR-10 shines I would say. Okay CA has a 10 round magazine limit and bullet buttons, but still. You are going to be able to reload faster and fire multiple shots as follow up, plus use it as a battle rifle. Great as a designated marksman rifle. If you could only afford one more rifle and accessories, 'scope, bipod etc....... would you go bolt action in .308 or AR-10? Does anyone here shoot long range competition with an AR style .308? What AR-15/AR-10 multi caliber lower, is great value for the money while being a rock solid build? Lastly, what barrel length would you go in a .308 AR or a bolt action rifle for tactical/long range use?