Best All Around Rifle?

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    • #1916

      Just wondering what would be the best all around Rifle for a Tactical,Hunting and Long Range Targets shooting.What would be the best weight and set up for all three?Which caliber and brake or no brake?Tell me what you think……

    • #1922

      Surrell I asked that question to a life-long competitive shooter, Mr Don Geraci. Mr. Geraci was the IBS BR World Champ in 1976 I think. He was an invited participant in the “Secrets of the Houston Warehouse” project. This is what he told me:
      Now don’t shoot the messenger.
      He said, “Jim, trying to find one gun for 3 applications is a good way to insure mediocrity in all three.” I still think it’s a good question though. I just ain’t gonna ask him again.
      He’s probably right. He usually is.

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      Al Barr

      The non folding AICS comes pretty close to all around as you describe.

    • #1961

      Hmmm, tough question… Broad parameters…. Please define your idea of tactical. CQB, medium, or long range?
      Regardless, there will have to be some compromise on all fronts:
      Knockdown power vs firepower, firearm weight vs portability, accuracy vs capacity/rate of fire, etc…
      My choice would be around 10lbs, .308win, magazine fed semi-auto w/ optics & mbuis (sounds like the M1A I’m building {self-bias}).
      A proven caliber for deer, long range Target, & overall combat use. The M1A is rugged & dependable, and with proper tuning is VERY accurate for an autoloader. I’ve been cautioned by several combat veteran friends that the current wave of .30 cal AR platforms are indeed accurate, but fall woefully short in the reliability area under tactical/combat conditions. FAL & HK meet the tactical criteria but fall short in the accuracy dept at distance for target work when compared to the M1A.
      That’s some of my $.02 anyway. Always open-eared for other opinions though.

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