The AR-15 has been the pinnacle of creativity in firearms for decadedIts platform has been expanded on allowing for different actions to be placed inside, and it has been shifted to chamber different rounds, effectively making it one of the most functionally diverse platforms ever. The .308 rifle is one such expansion. But just what is it? And how does it’s function differ from the standard AR-15.

Well first off, the major difference in the .308 rifle from the AR-15 is that it chambers a different round, the .308 winchester. This round was adopted from the  7.62×51mm NATO T65 as a predominant hunting round as the 5.56 NATO round is not optimal for hunting big game.

Essentially what you are getting with the .308 rifle is a lot more bulk. This translates into a lot of extra weight, as the rifle has to be able to withstand the high amount of pressure from  it’s chambered round. While advancements on these AR rifles continue, the rifle is becoming more lightweight, allowing better functionality and viability in the field. 

The.308 rifle is able to provide more power, and distance when on the hunt, although it is a round structured towards bigger game that the 5.56 is just not effective against.

The .308 round is a bit more expensive than the 5.56 which makes it more optimal to use with the purpose of hunting. However, you can use it for whatever you want. Just like the AR-15, AR-10 .308 rifle is just as customizable and modular. With any change, you will still have to account for what you are using it for, and its impact on the rifles performance. So nothing new there.

The AR-10 is a great rifle. And like all tools, it was developed with a purpose. And that purpose is whatever you define it as. Visit Thunder Tactical to bring freedom back to the table!