My current rifles are not very accurate. I knew my 90's mini-14 wasn't good at a distance and I've not gotten around to reloading for or tweaking my 91/30 as it's not at the house. I want an accurate semi auto for 300yds and beyond.
.308 seems to be the caliber I come back to after looking at 7.62x54 PSL and VEPR models. I'm leery of accuracy at those ranges with the FAL, PTR, and Saiga rifles I've read about. M-14 models seem expensive and I see alot for sale second hand which leads me to believe maybe the owners weren't quite satisfied. Please chime in if you have a differing opinion on those.
We save our money and don't buy the toys We'd like even though we could so value is very important and I'm not looking for a rifle that is better modified or barbie doll accessorized. I need a rifle between 1000-1500 and then plan to spend 200-300 on optics. Magazine costs differ and I know my budget is on the low end but that's what I feel comfortable spending minus ammo and supply of reloads.
It seems I can get an FN AR for about 1000 bucks and the AR variants...well vary alot. It's tough making the decision with not having shot any of them so please add you recommendations and why.