17 Best .308 Win Rifles For Sale in 2018

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The .308 Winchester has dealt with an onslaught of competition from the likes of 6.5 Creedmoor and even 7mm Rem Mag that turned hunting into a weird long-distance sniper warzone for a while. If you weren’t dropping Elk at 1000 yards with a bolt-action rifle this season, then you were basically doing hunting wrong.

The old guard just watched and nodded politely, before packing their trusty .308 Winchester in the truck. This is a round that has been with us since 1952 and it’s the most popular big game cartridge in the world.

.308 Win is going nowhere and this is going to be a big list by the time we’re done.

There are a lot of cool rifles in the 7.62x51mm class and even if you’re a Creedmoor fan, you should have a good .308 for closer range shooting. We love the new long-distance sniper thing, but we still don’t want to forget the classics.

Why Are .308 Win Rifles So Expensive?

It’s a beefy round and that means the rifles have to be ready to take it. They’re stronger by design, which generally translates to a higher entry price. The payoff in the best .308 Win rifles for sale is durability, reliability and dependability. These are all good things.

There are a few diamonds in the rough when it comes to the price, too, and we’re going to dig those out for you shortly.

But if you just want a cheap hunting rifle and you’re not stuck on the caliber, check out this list of the 7 best cheap hunting rifles for sale in 2018. There are cheaper options.

Simply put, some of the best hunting rifles, target shooters and yes even short-range sniper rifles for sale in 2018 are chambered for 308 Win. It’s a step up from the rank and file AR-15 round, the 5.56 NATO.

The .308 can handle anything from humane varmint hunting through to much bigger prey if you place your shot.

The .308 Winchester is a proper rifle. It has served in the hands of military snipers, it has taken down hundreds of thousands of animals of all shapes and sizes around the world and it has achieved success in the US through to India.

In the real world it’s limited to hundreds of yards, ideally less than 400, but you can stretch it out to 600 yards and even 800 yard target shooting if you’re prepared to work at it and do a little math. That generally depends how much gun you have hanging out front, though, and these barrels range from 16 inches through to a vaguely ridiculous 26 inches.

If you’re hunting White Tail, hogs, caribou or even black bears at closer distances, then the best .308 Win rifle in the world will do you just peachy. Compensate with your feet and get closer to your harvest.

It’s a purer form of hunting in its own way, and you can leave the others to their long-range scopes and luxury ‘hides’. Get out their, get dirty and take your .308 Win.

Here are the best .308 Winchester rifles for sale in 2018. We think anyway…

Daniel Defense DD5V2 is the best .308 riifle for sale in 2018

1. Daniel Defense DD5V2 308

  • Price: $2.892
  • Barrel Length: 18 inch
  • Total Length: 35.3-39 inch
  • Weight: 8.6lb

Edgy huh? Yeah we just couldn’t really argue with everybody else, the new Daniel Defense DD5V2 is the best .308 rifle on the open market. It’s really new, but the DD5V1 was already the best rifle and this one is just better.

Daniel Defense DD5V2 is the best .308 riifle for sale in 2018

It’s an all-rounder, rather than a specialist. You’ll see that from the semi-automatic AR platform, the 18-inch barrel and the very AR-15 esque layout. You have seen this rifle a million times in various forms. It’s just that this one is better than the vast majority of them.

The truth is Daniel Defense rifles are among the best in the world and the military would happily carry them into battle if their country could pay for it.

This .308 Winchester rifle is that well screwed together. Seriously it’s an heirloom gun. If you don’t pass this down to the next generation, then you were the problem.

Now the whole idea for this AR-10 was to get the .308 off the bench and into the real world. This is a hunting rifle that isn’t meant to be set up on a bipod. It’s meant to be shot from the shoulder, which means you don’t really want a 26 inch barrel hanging out front.

It’s more or less a duty weapon. A $2,900 duty weapon, with a flourish of finishing touches that include that intricate buttstock and pistol grip. That’s proprietary stuff right there. This is no Magpul strap-on kit, and the tech highlights keep coming with a two-stage Geissele SSA trigger, DD Superior Suppression Device and Mil-spec and beyond receivers.

The barrel is cold-hammer forged, the four-bolt connection system does away with the barrel nut and contributes to a streamlined, sleek design.

It’s a lightweight, beautifully engineered rifle that will stay with you for the rest of your days. You might want a Creedmoor rifle, too, we’re not going to lie, but we woudln’t mind betting that this becomes your faithful servant and the first rifle you pick up when you head out the door.

Savage Arms 11 Long Range Hunter for sale

2. Savage Arms 11 Long Range Hunter

  • Price: $995
  • Barrel Length: 26 inch
  • Total Length: 46.5 inch
  • Capacity: 3+1
  • Weight: 8.4lb

This is an oddball weapon, but I just love it.

I’m not sure I would hunt with it. You could, but the long barrel that has become one of the industry benchmarks is enough of a reason to own one in itself.

If you have some land to play with, then accounting for the drop-off of a .308 Winchester can become an addictive and maddening sport as you purposefully taunt yourself with targets that are right on the cusp of impossible. Simply owning this gun, and having some room to play, will turn you into a better long-distance sniper.

So treat this as a training gun on 800 yard shots, a bigger version of your 22 LR, and a tack driver extraordinaire for shorter distances. If you can master the vagaries of the .308, then that alone will give you enough satisfaction to justify this oddball purchase.

People do use them to hunt on the wide open plains where you can’t always get up close and personal with your dinner. But that’s a niche application that you don’t actually need to enjoy to buy one of these. It’s an edge of the envelope, unusual gun that comes with its own inherent challenges and rewards.

That sounds like good hobby shooting to me…

Knights Armament SR-25 .308 Win For Sale

3. Knights Armament SR-25 E2 APC .308 Win

  • Price: $4,900
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 35.75-39.5 inch
  • Weight: 9lb
  • Capacity: 20+1

Is the Knights Armament SR-25 worth the money? It’s a question that crops up time and again on the forums and the answers are always interesting and pretty clearly divided. There’s a dude with a PSA that could outshoot that ‘overpriced hunka crap’ any day of the week, and then there are the people that own them…

This is a rifle that keeps getting mentioned in the same sentence as ‘Special Forces’. If a team hasn’t already adopted it, they’re testing it.

Of course you get to foot the bill for Uncle Sam’s Knights Armament, as well as your own, but military budgets are famously pressured and if they’re finding the money for Knights Armament rifles then you better believe there is a reason. Similarly, if the world’s elite fighting teams consistently ask for one very expensive rifle, you know it’s got to have that X-Factor.

Rounded locking lugs that are part of a patented design to ensure longevity, but that’s not it. The Direct Impingement system looks fairly straightforward and the 16 inch barrel, well yeah. The flip-up iron sights don’t quite explain it either, although they are nice. So is the 7.62 QDC Flash Suppressor.

But it’s the engineering and the attention to detail that mark the Knights Armament apart. The user reviews online rave about the complete rifle, with every part engineered to the nth degree.

You don’t really need any of this. When it comes to the consumer, the Knights Armament is a designer rifle.

Don’t kid yourself it’s a logical purchase. It doesn’t need to be. People buy expensive shiz for emotional reasons all the time. Without that hot button inside us, Ferrari wouldn’t be here and no other luxury brand would get through the inner bullshit test either.

So why doesn’t that matter? Why is it to hold a Knights Armament SR-25 is to start conning your own brain into buying one right there, right then. To hold this rifle is to need it on some sort of core level.

You can’t really justify the price of the Knights Armament on a technical level, but that money shines through in the details and the finishing touches. You can see it, you can feel it, and for some people that’s enough. They simply want the best, and are prepared to pay top dollar for it.

Mossberg Patriot .308 Win 22 inch barrel for sale

4. Mossberg Patriot

  • Price: $343.99
  • Barrel Length: 22 inch
  • Total Length: 42.75 inch
  • Capacity: 5+1
  • Weight: 7lb

There are some truly clever guns on this list that all have one thing in common. One way or another, the designers have engineered around the inherent limitations of the round. The Mossberg Patriot simply embraces them, doesn’t try to get too smart and the end result is a light, cheap .308 Win hunting rifle.

That’s all some people want.

The great thing about this gun is that it’s so cheap you could effectively pair it with a 6.5 Creedmoor rifle for long range hunting and target shooting. You could buy one of each and still have a huge pile of change left over if you go this route.

Honestly, the military haver to work with .308 Win and I understand why we have this plethora of high-end and expensive rifles, and I love them too.

But if it was my money sat there on the table and I could either have the best 308 Win or a combo deal, I would take the Mossberg Patriot .308 rifle for sale and then place my order for a Smith & Wesson M&P10 in 6.5 Creedmoor for the sniper shiz.

This is a 7lb rifle and it’s one of the few on this list that you could comfortably shoulder all day. It’s a simple rifle, it won’t give you any real surprises and it is really limited to about 500 yards, unless you’re something truly special.

Stay in its comfort zone, though, and this Mossberg Patriot will serve you well. What more can you really ask from a gun that costs a fraction of its supposed betters here?

FN_SCAR_17_Standard For Sale

5. FN SCAR 17S

  • Price: $3,099
  • Barrel Length: 17 inch
  • Total Length: 28.5- inch
  • Capacity: 20+1
  • Weight: 8lb

Forget Mil-spec, this is military. The semi-automatic version of SOCOM’s service weapon. You have to admit, that’s kind of badass in itself.

There have been a few grumblings about the weight and some other small issues with the stock, but that’s from the elite fighting forces. For you and me, this weapon is better than us in every conceivable way.

This is a short-stroke, gas piston operated rifle and the 17S comes in .308 Win, while the 16S offers a 5.56 NATO option that is cheaper and lighter. But the .308 Win kicks harder.

As a self-defense rifle, you’d be hard-pressed to make a case against a weapon that some of America’s most fearsome fighting men have on a sling. It’s a versatile weapon and you could easily take it hunting or range shooting if that’s your thing.

FN SCARs tend to turn into an addiction, is the only problem. There’s no real quantifiable reason why, I mean it’s perfectly engineered, but then lots of guns are these days. No, you just have to shoot an FN SCAR to really get it.

If you do, you’re probably already hooked and you can forget about nice cars and kids’ college funds.

It’s aircraft-grade aluminum (isn’t it always?) on the lower receiver, with a hard anodized finish. The barrel is cold hammer forged, it’s a chrome-lined barrel and it’s a free floating barrel too. So it was built with accuracy in mind, and the sturdy furniture and signature stock simply protect those oh so reliable and accurate inner workings.

Everything’s adjustable, it’s amazing and you probably don’t need us to tell you that.

You just need us to tell you where to buy an FN SCAR, and we did that a while back.

Ruger American predator 308 Win For Sale

6. Ruger American Predator 308

  • Price: $464.99
  • Barrel Length: 18 inch
  • Total Length: 38 inch
  • Weight: 6.2lb
  • Capacity: 3+1

This is another cost-effective rifle that has won the favor of the American public. it’s super lightweight, it’s simple and it might be the best all-rounder if you’re on a budget.

You can haul this rifle round with you all day, the 18 inch barrel means it’s pretty easy to deal with on a hike and it’s a solid rifle with simple, proven technology.

Ruger American predator 308 Win For Sale

The bolt isn’t coated in space dust, the simple synthetic stock is cheap lightweight plastic and there really aren’t any clever surprises.

Basically this rifle is going to shoot straight and true up to and including 400 yards. You know full well if that covers your general needs. If it does, then you just freed up money to buy another gun, like an AR-15 or a 6.5 Creedmoor.

Smith & Wesson M&P10 308 for sale

7. Smith & Wesson M&P10 Sport .308

  • Price: $939.99
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 34 inch
  • Capacity: 20+1
  • Weight: 8lb

This was a tough one. The strength in depth in the .308 Winchester class is absurd and you could make a case for five different winners. The Smith & Wesson, though, seems a solid compromise of price, weight, ease of use and bone-chilling accuracy.

It’s an AR-10 platform, based on Eugene Stoner’s iconic 1950s effort, that has been slimmed down to the point that you can shoulder it all day. It comes with 5R rifling and a 1:10 twist, together with a whole host of finishing touches from the legendary Smith & Wesson Performance Center.

This isn’t a full Performance Center firearm, which is why it comes in at a price tag that we think is pretty phenomenal in this company.

When we stack this rifle up against those costing three or four times as much, we think it holds its own. That’s why it’s the winner. Ultimately there are better rifles here, but you will pay dearly for their privileges and this is a workhorse, an all-rounder..

The Smith & Wesson M&P10 Sport .308 for sale comes with an Armornite barrel coating, which is supposedly more effective than a chrome lined barrel when it comes to accuracy and durability. You also get a chromed firing pin, a 9130 steel bolt and Smith & Wesson’s patented flash suppressor on the 4140 steel barrel.

This AR platform with an 18 inch barrel gives you complete flexibility and you can set it up as a sniper rifle or as a home defense monster that makes an AR-15 look a little on the lightweight side.

Either way it’s a supremely rigid platform that you can add to as you like and it offers way more freedom than the traditional hunting rifles.

The semi-automatic, direct impingement might be aimed at the professional market, as M&P actually stands for Military & Police, but the Smith & Wesson MP10 Sport rifles tend to be more popular with consumers.

It’s easy to see why as the AR platform is familiar, a lot of your existing accessories can slot straight on and it’s a rifle you don’t really have to adjust to. It’s also right in the price range that most of us can just about cope with.

The buttstock alone comes with six separate positions, it’s optics ready and you can set the Smith & Wesson M&P10 up how you want, within reason. There really isn’t much recoil protection, for instance, which is something you’ll probably want to deal with yourself.

It turns the hard-hitting round into a real possibility for home defense, especially if you have a perimeter to defend. The .308 Win has forged a fearsome reputation taking down four-legged critters way bigger than us, so with the right set-up then it leaves a standard AR-15 trailing in its wake.

What is that set-up?  It depends on you, but a bi-pod, or even a simple red dot and pistol grip up front, could transform this weapon.

The lower is forged from 7075-T6 aluminum while the hammer and sear are the result of intensive work from the company on metal injection molding. There’s an 8.3 inch Picatinny rail up top that can take any kind of optic, from a lightweight red dot through to a proper sniper optic that you can buy for less than $1000 these days.

It looks like a beefed up AR-15 because that’s essentially what it is. That familiarity and consistency wins the Smith & Wesson M&P10 points in my book. It is a previous winner with us in the 6.5 Creedmoor class, although it has been knocked off its perch now, so at least we’re logically consistent…

All the strengths that made the Creedmoor version of this gun stand out as the best hunting rifle in the world hold true here with the 308 version. It’s a much more competitive class, but we still say that the Smith & Wesson M&P10 Sport is the best budget .308 Win rifle for sale in 2018.

It’s a Jack of All Trades and a master of none, so don’t expect it to hang with the sniper rifles here.

It is just a dependable, short-range, lightweight .308 Win rifle for sale. Sometimes that’s all you want…

Remington 700 SPS Tactical For Sale, the best .308 Win bolt action rifle for sale?

8. Remington 700 SPS Tactical

  • Price: $649.99 (On Sale)
  • Barrel Length: 16.5 inch
  • Total Length: 36.25 inch
  • Weight: 7.5lb
  • Capacity: 4+1

Remington came so close to the gold it could touch it, and if you prefer the simplicity of a bolt-action rifle then this is your winner right here. At this price, the Remington Special Purpose Synthetic Tactical rifle is a total bargain.

It’s on sale right now, this is normally an $800 gun and you can easily spend North of $1,200 on a Remington 700 chambered for .308 Winchester. So this is a steal.

You can get any flavor of Remington 700 you want, from a 26 inch barrel long distance shooter through to the military chassis that makes the legendary 700 action a different animal altogether.

This is the no-frills, entry-level Remington 700, but it comes with the iconic ‘three rings of steel’ enclosing the cartridge that has earned the company a legendary reputation for reliability and consistency. You also get a Hogue overmolded grip with a semi-beavertail to help you hold on with gloves, in all conditions.

It’s drilled and tapped for a scope, the barrel is coated with a tough oxide, it’s threaded and suppressor ready and you get Remington’s awesome patented SuperCell recoil pad.  You can also adjust the trigger to your personal preference and get a clean break at your desired weight.

Honestly Remington is so deeply intertwined with this range that you can’t really leave it out of any discussion. It’s that important, the basic rifle is that good and it makes sense to have the basic rifle because you really don’t need frills in a short-range medium-big game hunting gun.

No, you need a gun that can take a beating. You need a weapon you can drop in the river, mud, sleet and snow. You need a gun that has been proven time and again in the most inhospitable places known to man. You hear the odd complaint about Remington’s QC these days, but for the most part the Remington 700 is basic, tried and trusted engineering that doesn’t really go wrong.

You really do need a Remington SPS Tactical, when you think about it…

The price won’t be here for long, so pull the trigger while you can.

NEMO ARMS XO .308 Win for sale

9. NEMO Arms XO Steel .308 Winchester

  • Price:  $3,610
  • Barrel length: 20 inch
  • Total Length: 38.5 inches (Collapsed)
  • Weight: 9.3lb

Simply put, I love gunporn and the NEMO Arms XO .308 Win certainly fits the bill.

NEMO Arms is based in the unlikely space age backdrop of Idaho and works with the Special Forces and Law Enforcement agencies to create custom SBRs, duty rifles and sniper rifles that go that extra mile, so to speak.

One look at the guns and you’re going to want them. If you can do the mental gymnastics required to buy guns with this kind of price tag then you already know they are the best of the best and they will put a smile on your face for years to come.

With four inches more premium barrel and a whole host of slicker components than the Daniel Defense, it might actually be the best value premium rifle here too. That part is closer than you think.

This isn’t fashionable tat aimed at the clueless gangster with money.

NEMO Arms owners have a Porsche, a mechanical watch, a fascination with the beauty of perfection and are willing to pay to indulge it.

In terms of bang for buck, this is still way better value than a wife or a girlfriend as well.

It’s still a seriously expensive rifle, which is quite severely limited in terms of range. So what do you get for your money? Take a seat, we’re gonna be here a while…

The receivers are billet 7075-T6 aluminum that dropped Mil-spec off at the side of the road a while back and just kept going. The barrel is a Bartlein special, supplied as a blank and machine in-house with a 1:8 twist.

Bartlein, the Stradivarius of barrels, probably offered to do that bit for them as part of the service. Nemo wanted to do it themselves.

This wasn’t cutting costs, it made the whole thing more expensive and they did it anyway because they thought the most accurate barrel rifling company in the world wasn’t quite up to their standards.

Digest that level of attention to detail and the belief in their own ability for a second…

It’s part of the company narrative that I have to say is pretty seductive.

There’s a heat dissipating barrel nut from the same aluminum in there, a 9130 Steel bolt coated with Nickel Boron and the whole Bolt Carrier Group is coated in space dust and unicorn’s tears, or more MPI Nickel Boron to be precise.

No normal trigger would do, so NEMO Arms went for the legendary Geissele Super Dynamic Enhanced (SD-E_ two stage trigger with a first stage of 2.3lb and a second of 1.2lb.

The details are intense, including the chrome silicon recoil spring, a titanium dual chamber muzzle device, quick switch .875 gas block.

The buffer is steel-faced, even the takedown pins are Titanium and there just isn’t a cut-price component anywhere on this gun. Will you feel that? Probably not to this extent, the gun is better than you are.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate and enjoy that fact. In fact, that’s pretty much the best reason to buy this gun online right now!

FN SPR A5M for sale

10. FN SPR A5M 24

  • Price: $2,692.99
  • Barrel Length: 24 inch
  • Total Length: 43-45 inch
  • Capacity: 4+1
  • Weight: 12.2lb

This lesser known .308 Special Police Rifle sniper rifle is still in active service with law enforcement and military snipers, but it’s also a salutary lesson in just how far you have to engineer the .308 rifle for serious long distance accuracy.

This is a 12.2lb Blunderbuss with a massive barrel and you can’t exactly throw it on your shoulder and hike out to your favorite hunting zone. Well you can, but you’d have to be all kinds of committed, especially with a suppressor on the end of that 24 inch snout.

As it turns out, a lot of competitive target shooters with a .308 class to enter are exactly that level of committed and this rifle has found a home in shooting competitions all round the world.

If you’re not a police sniper, or entering your FN in competition, there isn’t much of a reason to buy it, we’re going to be honest with you. Evolution has basically passed this specific incarnation of the .308 Win by.

This is still one of the best .308 Win rifles in the world. It’s just there are better bullets for this job and the round in the chamber has a fundamental impact on the rifle you can carry.

Here’s the issue with the .308, and the dedication that turned it into one of the finest rounds there is, illustrated in one rifle that you might just want to own for the sheer audacity of the FN designers.

The Belgian manufacturer has created a .308 that can take an 800-yard shot with a skilled marksman at the helm. Again, the only problem with that is that basically any of these Creedmoor rifles will do the same job, with about 5lb less curbweight, four inches less barrel and $1,500 off the sticker price.

Even some of our cheapest hunting rifles will knock it out the park in terms of long-distance shooting, but police snipers don’t often work at 1500 yards, or even 800. They earn their keep beneath 100 meters for the most part. The trusty .308 Win is still good for that, especially in this eerily precise package.

It is crazy you can get better long distance performance than a $2,692.99 police sniper rifle with $300, directions to Dick’s Sporting Goods and a picture of a Mossberg Patriot 7mm.

How did it get like this? Well the military and police move slowly, really slowly, and official approval processes are just glacial.

So while everybody is testing the Creedmoor and I wouldn’t mind betting that snipers are already packing their own personal alternatives to the trusty .308 Win, official clearance won’t come until the 6.5 Creedmoor, 7mm Rem and a few other options have all been tested, costed and tested again. Even then, unless it’s a long shot, the police might opt for the pinpoint close-up accuracy of this .308 Win.

FN also has another AR-style sniper rifle hybrid chambered in .308 Win in the FN MK 20 Sniper Support Rifle that is aimed at the military. They don’t get to pick and choose their distances like police snipers and there is a growing murmur of discontent about the 5.56 NATO and the .308 Win’s effective range among the US troops.

This might be the .308’s swansong in this capacity, then. So let’s not pick holes in the drop-off past 800 yards, let’s celebrate a magnificent, simple and devastating rifle.

The Belgian company makes some of the most seductive sniper rifles and full assault rifles on the open market. This one is different, like a modern recreation of an old world competition shooter.

This is a 1 MOA rifle, which is basically pin-sharp. The tolerances are basically zero and the chrome-lined and hammer-forged barrel has forged a reputation for excellence. It’s the benchmark, basically.

The design is clever. It’s a flat bottom design so that you can find a stable resting place, which you need with a rifle this heavy. So in a way it’s fixing its own mess there. You can make a .308 Win rifle much lighter than this. Others have. FN chose to engineer weight into this gun, though, at the behest of the shooters.

Portability comes a distant second to stability for a sniper, funnily enough.

There is a three position safety, the oversized bolt handle is easy to manipulate while your eye is fixed to the scope and the bolt action is absolutely butter smooth.

At the end of the day it’s a hugely expensive, heavy and cumbersome sniper rifle. And yet still it’s in law enforcement’s locker. It’s a great gun for a short-range sniper, which is actually a pretty weird job when you think about it…

Armalite AR31 is a great target shooting .308 Rifle

11. Armalite AR-31

  • Price: $3,119
  • Action: Bolt Action
  • Barrel Length: 24 inch
  • Total Length: 45.4-47.4 inch
  • Weight: 14.1lb
  • Capacity: 10+1

Like Ron Burgundy, Armalite used to be a pretty big deal around here…

The company behind the first true AR-15 still makes some pretty awesome rifles, and this one claims to offer the accuracy of the acclaimed AR-30A1 line in a .308 Win.

Now you can get a significantly cheaper gun with an 18 inch barrel, but don’t. If you’re going this way, go for the longer barrel and the true sniper rifle.

Armalite AR-31 a target shooter and a sniper rifle
Armalite AR-31 Buttstock is infinitely adjustable
Armalite AR-31 sniper rifle and competitive target rifle
Armalite AR-31 sniper rifle and competitive target rifle
Armalite AR-31 sniper rifle and competitive target rifle
Armalite AR-31 sniper rifle and competition rifle
Armalite AR31 is a great target shooting .308 Rifle
Armalite AR-31 sniper rifle and competition rifle

It’s a minimalist weapon that is aimed at target shooters, but professional hitmen and military snipers call this weapon their own too. It’s a solid, long-distance 308 rifle you can rely on. Better men and women than you and me already have.

The rifle is infinitely adjustable, within the obvious limits, and you get the rail up top for the scope of your choosing.

It isn’t a cheap rifle, but then this is precision engineering at its best. It’s a specialist firearm and doesn’t really need to justify the sticker price.

You get a limited lifetime warranty on this short action version of the iconic AR-30A1, It comes with a sexy PSR muzzle brake, a 1:10 twist in the barrel and a hard anodized coating on the aircraft-grade aluminum receiver.

The steel components are coated in Manganese Phosphate and the attention to detail has to be seen to be believed.

If you’re a target shooter, you’ll never regret your Armalite AR-31 purchase. If you’re a hunter, this might be a bit too much of a specialist rifle for you.

Colt M4 Carbine .308 Win for sale

12. Colt M4 Carbine LE901

  • Price: $2,000
  • Barrel Length: 16.1 inch
  • Total Length: 32-35.5 inch
  • Weight: 6.44lb
  • Capacity: 20+1

The Stoner AR-15 basically morphed into the Colt M16 machine gun that countless troops have taken into battle. This is the original Mil-spec semi-automatic 308, then, but authenticity comes at a cost.

It’s more than a gun. It’s a modular multi-caliber rifle platform that you can turn into anything you want with genuine Colt parts that are designed to fit together in minutes, in the field.

It’s military tech that went up for evaluation with the FN SCAR and other big name rifles for a US SOCOM contract and the tricks are pretty cool. You can turn it into a 5.56 NATO with a complete new upper, without tools, in less than a minute.

All the controls are ambidextrous, the front and rear iron sights fold down to make way for something more serious and the barrel is free floating and accurate.

This is a kickass rifle you would love to own, but the Colt M4 parts and accessories would soon start to mount up. Just know that going in…

This is an expensive rifle, it’s still relatively short range and that got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be better to use a cheaper, $1000 Colt AR-15, with much better ammunition, rather than this 308 with standard stuff? Equations like this keep me up at night, but maybe I’m weird…

The Colt is expensive in .308 Win spec, but you can see the whole platform is like an AR-15 on steroids. There’s real engineering here and it’s a minor miracle the gun weighs in at 6.44lb.

That part is impressive and it’s one of the lightest weapons here, in fact it’s basically the same as the AR-15, with stronger parts. How? Witchcraft is the only logical answer.

Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM For Sale

13. Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM

  • Price: $1,734.99
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 37.25 inch
  • Weight: 8.8lb
  • Capacity: 10+1

Yes it looks like the love child of an M1 Garand and an AR-15. That’s exactly the aesthetic that Springfield Armory was going for with this particular variant of its almighty M1A.

Would SOCOM take this into battle? Well no, of course they wouldn’t. Really it’s a futuristic mash-up of an old design. It’s a steampunk rifle, but it has character by the bucketful and you have to admit you want one.

You can buy all kinds of M14 M1 Garand based goodies from Springfield Armory. It’s how the company started all the way back in 1974, piecing together rifles from military surplus. Now it pays homage to the legendary M1 Garand with a series of modern rifles that offer everything from luxury wood finishes through to this high-tech offering.

The Springfield Armory M1A SOCOM launched in 2004 and it’s still with us today, which speaks volumes for this left-field and slightly bizarre hunting rifle.

If you like to admire your rifle and shoot when the sun is out, get a wood one. If this is a shooting rifle, then the SOCOM has a lot to like about it. The adjustable buttstock means you can get comfortable on your rifle. The iron sights obviously come with the package, but there’s a Picatinny rail for a scope as well.

The barrel is match grade, although you can push the boat out even further if you want to invest in an M14 M1 Garand based competition .308 Win rifle.

CZ 750 Sniper Rifle for sale. best .308 Win rifle.

14. CZ 750 Sniper

  • Price: $1,874.99
  • Barrel Length: 26 inch
  • Total Length: 48.03 inch
  • Weight: 11.9lb
  • Capacity: 10+1

Remember the FNP90? Pepperidge Farm remembers… So does CZ, it turns out, as this sniper rifle owes more than cursory nod to the Belgian icon that is still talked about in hushed tones in the special forces, FBI and other law enforcement agencies around the world.

Like all CZ weapons, this one is good enough for elite special forces teams, anti-terrorist squads and law enforcement officers around the world. It goes beyond the standard all-purpose rifle, this is a specialist sniper rifle for sale.

That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense with the .308 Winchester cartridge, but that 26 inch barrel gives a lot more velocity and distance. CZ claims an effective range of 800 meters, although they are also assuming that the person with their finger on the trigger has a certain level of training.

This tactical rifle is loosely based on the CZ 550 Sporting rifle and it’s a pretty classic .308 bolt action rifle at its core. Some people insist the bolt action is a more accurate and reliable way to go and they do have a point. This is a gun that could basically mix it with 6.5 Creedmoor, although you will have to think about your shots a little more and that might be part of the fun for you.

It certainly looks different thanks to the thumbhole synthetic stock. It’s not quite as madcap as the old-school FN P90, but it’s certainly pretty special.

As always, the CZ offers top tier performance for a price most of us can live with. The Eastern European sniper loses out to the absolute best from the likes of FN, Sako and Smith & Wesson, but these are largely slight differences you will only notice on paper targets in long-distance shooting contests.

If you want to take a wild and unusual gun into the field then this is all the .308 rifle for sale that you would likely ever need.

The barrel is suppressor ready and the thread comes protected with a screw-on cap. You get a mirage shield up top and it comes with four grooves and a 1:10 twist. It’s accurate enough for law enforcement agencies around the world. It’s accurate enough for us.

Barrett M98B Tactical heavy chassis 308 for sale

15. Barrett M98B Tactical 308

  • Price: $3,529.99
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 35.75-39.5 inch
  • Weight: 9lb
  • Capacity: 10+1

The Barrett M98B goes beyond the average hobby shooter. It’s military tech, and the MRAD platform means you can switch out calibers in less than a minute and have everything from the humble .308 Win through to a 338 Lapua in under a minute.

That means this is an effective sniper rifle from 100 yards through to 2 miles and more and all you need to do is carry a lightweight conversion kit. For special forces and military in the field that’s a very big deal and it could also turn this into a cost effective weapon for you at home.

Now the conversion kits for each caliber cost $1,300-$2,000 and slightly beyond. So this is not a cheap system, but it is absolutely devastating and it basically means you could slim an entire gun safe down to one main body and a selection of barrels and mags.

It also means you could have a .338 Lapua or 7mm Rem Mag firing through a 26 inch barrel right down to a much more mobile 17 inch barrel firing .308 win.

The Barrett isn’t quite a match for the likes of Sako and Accuracy International when it comes to long-distance shooting competitions. But it’s Mil-spec hardware, basically the same shiz that soldiers take to war. It is heavy artillery for your home, then, and it’s also a versatile hunting platform.

Its heavy, so this is not a gun you’ll enjoy shouldering all day and shooting from the shoulder. It’s a methodical weapon, where you’ll set up and pick your targets. They can be 250 yards away, or 2 miles, providing you’ve got the conversion kit with you.

So taking a white tail at 250 yards, an Elk at 1200 or the enemy at two miles away. With the Barrett M98B MRAD platform, that very weird little choice is suddenly yours.

Kel-Tec RFB .308 Winchester bullpup for sale

16. Kel Tec RFB Carbine

  • Price: $1299.90
  • Barrel Length: 18 inch
  • Total Length: 26 inch
  • Weight: 8.1lb
  • Capacity: 10+1

Kel-Tec has a smash hit on its hands with the RFB and has basically stormed to the top of the bullpup charts. At one point, this was the best-selling rifle in America this year and its compact form brings the more powerful .308 Winchester round into the home for self-defense.

It’s just 26 inches, in total, which means you can swing it round your house. You definitely want some ear protection if you’re going to fire this round off inside, but hey that’s probably the last thing on your mind if you’re staring at your own stairs through a red dot.

RFB stands for Rifle Forward-ejecting Bullpup and the Kel-Tec comes with a clever system  that pops spent casings out the front, above the barrel. The Kel-Tec RFB is also supremely safe and has two layers of steel between the breech and your face. In the event of a failure, the force is directed down and away from you by design. That’s a neat touch.

The barrel is chrome-lined and threaded for a suppressor, you get a Kel-Tec A2 flash hider and a Picatinny rail for a scope or reflex sight. The Kel-Tec RFB bullpup is undoubtedly one of the best assault rifles here, thanks to its compact size and purity of purpose.

It’s no sniper, it’s a hard hitting skirmish gun that should also be as accurate as any other .308 Win if you can find the right position. It’s a shoot from the shoulder type of weapon, for sure, but that actually makes it kinda different in this company.

Palmetto State Armory Gen2 PA10

17. Palmetto State Armory Gen2 PA10 Stainless Steel

  • Price: $799.99
  • Barrel Length: 20 inch
  • Total Length: 36 inch
  • Weight: 8lb
  • Capacity: 20+1

We’re always going to have the Palmetto State Armory debate and they divide people like politics, but I’m just gonna say this. If this spec sheet was attached to a $3,000 Sig Sauer, people would be queuing round the block to throw the money at them.

This is the range-topping Gen2 with the 416R stainless steel barrel with a 1:10 twist that isn’t quite as hardcore as the 1:5, 1:7 and 1:8 that seem to be the trend right now. The lower and upper receivers are forged 7075-T6 Aluminum.

The bolt carrier group is Nitride-coated 8620 steel and the bolt is 9310 with more Nitride coating, while the two-stage trigger is coated in Nickel Teflon. Apart from a billet lower receiver, which would be a pipe dream in this sector, a Crack pipe, the spec is pretty hot.

Magpul furniture and a hardcoat anodized finish complete the look and this is a ludicrous rifle for the money.

You either love Palmetto State Armory or you hate them. Like Neo, you have already made your decision, maybe now you just need to understand why. Or not. Your call.

DPMS Panther Oracle .308 Win

18. DPMS Panther Oracle

  • Price: $718.98
  • Barrel Length: 16 inch
  • Total Length: 32.5-36.5 inch
  • Weight: 8.3lb
  • Capacity: 20+1

DPMS made its name with budget friendly AR-15 rifles for sale that delivered a lot of bang for your buck. It has stuck with the same basic recipe for the .308 Winchester.

It’s not the best .308 rifle for sale in 2018. But it might just be the best cheap .308 rifle for sale.

It’s simply a fat AR-15, weighing in a couple of pounds heavier at 8.3lb. And it’s easy to see where the weight has gone.

The lower receiver is Mil-spec +. It is made from billet 7029 T6 aluminum and that is normally the start of a much more expensive gun. The difference in price with the designer labels between a forged and billet receiver could often buy a couple of these guns outright.

The upper receiver is made from the same aluminum and you get an A3 flat top and A2 flash hider.

It’s a testament to DPMS that they are prepared to offer such craftsmanship at this price. Once again, the DPMS Panther Oracle .308 punches well above its weight.

The barrel is 4140 Chromemoly steel and this isn’t just a solid rifle for the money, it’s a great rifle. It won’t be the last .308 rifle you buy, but if it’s the first then you’ve got a good .308 Winchester starter pack! Now go and enjoy!

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