what semi-automatic 308 rifle would you guys recommend?
for what purpose?
much more likely to be used to hunt than any kind of self-defense scenario but I still want it to be able to take bigger mags than a browning automatic rifle. a general use rifle really
Gotcha. Well a lot will depend on your budget but I'll give you a few options, low to high:
On the lower cost end I'd look at the Palmetto State offerings. They'll generally run around $1k and even with lower end parts build a pretty solid rifle for the money. If you've got more to spend I'd have a look at the Daniel Defense or Lewis Machine & Tool offerings. Both are very solid firearms and getting into one will run you in the mid to high $2k range. If you're a true OGer and you've got more money than Scrooge McDuck then I'd order up a LaRue PredatOBR and be done with it. It'll run about double what a DD will cost you but they're guaranteed to be more accurate than the guy holding it.
Personally I'd stick with an 18" barrel on any .30 AR rifle but you can usually find 16 and 20" offerings if longer or shorter really floats your boat; also, when you say 'hunting' that could mean a lot of different things so weight or additional FPS or accuracy at longer distances may or may not be a critical factor.
Would be foolish to have a hunting rifle with a 16 inch barrel.
22 or 24 inch is far more realistic for hunting purposes.
Unless you are a tree-stand type hunter.
My damn bow may out-shoot your 16 inch barreled rifle at 100 yards.
Either you have no experience with long guns or archery or you're just out of your mind altogether. The very best Olympic archers in the world (of which you are most assuredly not) would have a difficult time holding groups that my AK will hold at 100 yards and it's not a particularly accurate rifle. Before you can make any statements on what would, or would not, be foolish you ought to know what you're talking about. An average carbine length AR10 would be mechanically effective enough to hunt plenty of North American game in 'average' circumstances.
I'm not saying it would be my preferred firearm for the task but there's nothing foolish about it if he's buying it just to have around and maybe thinks he might go shoot some pigs or a whitetail with it sometime.
I may have spent as many days in my life bow-hunting, as you have in months being alive for.
Don't know your age but it is possible.
If you think a 16 inch barrel makes a "hunting" gun...you are a damn fool. Why are folks lugging around far longer barrels, if 16 inches will do it, just for fun?
If you count all hunting. I have almost certainly hunted for far longer than you have lived.
A. You're obviously fairly challenged with your reading comprehension skills. If you'll actually look at the post I was replying to you'll understand that he was specifically asking about higher capacity semis, not a hunting rifle. There's no 22" to 24" barrel choices in AR rifles so try to use whatever reading comprehension skills you do posses to follow the basic premise of what's being discussed; or just keep your mouth shut so you don't sound like a dolt. He's not asking about hunting rifles. He's asking for advice on MSRs chambered for the .308. Does that clear things up for you?
B. Ignoring the fact that you dove into a topic you didn't really understand, you really don't know what you're talking about anyway. I've been hunting, both archery and firearms, for well over 40 years, so unless you're pushing 60, you're out of luck on that particular bit of grandstanding... You're a fucking idiot if you actually think a carbine rifle can't kill a fucking whitetail at 100 yards because the barrel is only 16". That's literally one of the most moronic proclamations I've ever heard. Some people don't lug them around hunting for any number of reasons but it isn't because the firearm isn't mechanically accurate enough at minimal distances and plenty of people do use them for hunting when wildlife code doesn't prohibit it... You should probably go out and shoot more because it sounds like you probably need to work on some shooting fundamentals if you can't hold a 5" group with a carbine at 100...
Dont take Dryfly seriously. He talks out of his ass half the time in these topics. I provided a video about bushcrafting/long term wilderness survival that was about an hour long.
Not only did he not watch the video but he made comments about the person in the video being a moron and cited him (the video) making claims that he never made.
For example the guy in the video talked about using handcrank radio rather then a battery fed radio. Dryfly then comes out of left field and says something along the lines of "that guy in the video is a moron if he thinks batteries are good for anything long term". Proving that Dryfly either does not have good comprehension skills or just likes to talk down to people.
I provided a time stamp for the video proving the guy in the video didnt say what Dryfly claimed he said. Did Dryfly admit fault? No...he went on a rant about the guy again in the video. This time taking issue with the guy using a camp saw to process wood, saying camp saws were not good long term and will be done within a few days.
I then provide another time stamp of the man in the video saying the camp saw was for processing wood quickly if you needed it due to harsh weather and that he had an axe aswell when speed and calorie burning is not so much you are worried about.
Again, did Dryfly admit fault and not actually watching the video? No...just made a claim about living in the mountains forever if need be and how hes and expert.
Closing, he either does not read what you actually say or his comprehension skills have degraded after spending so much time in the mountains but mostly just likes to talk down to people.