.308 Accuracy Rifle Showdown: A Hefty FN Takes on Howa Varmint

We test two tactical-ready .308s in a continuing shoot-off of rifles whose design maximizes accuracy and precision. Winner: FN's awesome new Special Police Rifle.

CZ-52 9mm Barrel Is A Winner; So Is Savages Long-Range Rifle

For less than $100, you can change out barrels in the .30 Tokarev pistol and shoot cheaper 9mm ammo. Also, Savage's Model 12VSS sets a new standard for .308 rifles.

Scouting Out Two Scout Rifles: Steyr, Savage Go Head To Head

Bottom line: Save your money and buy the utilitarian Savage unless you're bound and determined to own the very nice Steyr.

Precision Test: FN Puts Robar, Dakota, and Autauga To Shame

The Fulton Armory .308 was one-third to one-fourth the cost of other long-range rifles, but it shot as well, or better than, other guns we've tested in the category.

Trim .308 Hunting Carbines: We Pick Brownings A-Bolt II Stalker

For serious big-game pursuits, the fit and functionality of Browning's easy-to-carry rifle outdid the Remington Model Seven SS and Ruger M77RL MKII models, in our opinion.

Sako Model 75 Hunter Tops Steyr, Browning .308 Win. Rifles

Many sportsmen who have tired of hunting whitetail deer with over-the-counter assembly-line rifles are increasing turning to small-volume, high-end firearms in search of better craftsmanship, accuracy, performance and beauty. However, for the well-heeled sportsmen, there is a distinct downside to making this move: Will they wind up paying too much for such rifles?

We recently undertook to answer that question in a comparison three high-end bolt action rifles from Sako, Steyr and Browning, all of which list for over $900. Our test guns were the Sako Model 75 Hunter, the Steyr SBS Forester and the Browning A-Bolt II Eclipse.

Naturally, we were curious about how well this grade of rifle...

New Steyr Scout Rifle! An Interesting .308 Performer

After many years of soaking in the think tank, the Scout Rifle is here. If you know nothing about Jeff Cooper and his Scout Rifle, it means you probably haven't read anything he has written in the last few years. When two gun enthusiasts get together, sooner or later the age-old question will pop up, "If you could have only one firearm, which one would it be?" Jeff Cooper has taken his answer to the next level by developing what he thinks is the only rifle you will ever need.

So, what is a Scout Rifle? In Mr. Cooper's own words, "its a general-purpose weapon suitable for any use to which a rifle may be put, with the exception of the pachyderms and the buffalo." The rifle's manufacturer,...

Semiautomatic .308s: Pick L1A1s or M1As, not HK-91s

Shooters who have considered purchasing a semiautomatic rifle chambered for .308 (7.62 NATO) likely balk at the question of which rifle they should buy, bypassing completely the question of whether to buy such a gun. Unquestionably, self-loading .308s are coveted by nearly everybody, mainly because they can do so much. They can compete, they can plink, they can hunt, and, of course, they're made for self-defense, should such a situation arise.

Though there are many options if you care to search them out, there are basically three readily available rifle types in .308. They are the FAL, the M1A (M14 clone), and the HK-91. We did a several-years-long study of these three types, going to the...

Foreign vs. American .308 Rifles: Are Hunters Missing Something?

Tired of the same ol' hamburger in your rifle selections? Want to add something a little different to the gun menu, perhaps something exotically foreign to our jaded tastes? We thought it would be fun to sample a couple of foreign hunting rifles, one of them fairly common, the other seldom seen, and test them against typical U.S. offerings. Accordingly, we acquired a pair of European rifles, one from the Czech Republic and one from Germany, and two common U.S. makes, to find out if the foreign rifles offer desirable features or characteristics we might have overlooked.

Precision Rifle Test: One-Hole Marvels With Tactical Tags

[IMGCAP(1)] The problem of reliably driving one bullet into the center of a target at long range has plagued riflemen ever since the first rifled arm was created. In the quest for this holy grail, thousands of shooters have fired millions of groups over the years, and from time to time these groups have achieved incredibility. Still, after generations of riflemen, the problem is still with us.

A group of products, generically called tactical rifles in their use by law enforcement and military sharpshooters, purports to solve this problem. Instead of tactical rifle, we prefer the moniker "precision rifle," for such a firearm is built to put one or two shots—precisely—into a very small targ...

Hot Proprietary Cartridges: Are You Ready for a Big .30?

[IMGCAP(1)]When the .308 or .30-06 isn’t enough, most gunnies turn to the .300 Winchester Magnum, and that’s probably a mistake. While the .300 Winchester Mag is a step above the ballistics of the .30-06, it’s not a huge step. There’s not a lot of practical difference between the two, at least not enough to be more than a few minutes’ discussion among knowledgeable riflemen. We’re talking 200 fps difference with 180-grain bullets. This makes very little difference in trajectory, though it would make somewhat of a difference in bullet performance at long range.

Rifle power may be succinctly defined by the velocity at which a cartridge can propel a given weight of bullet, and that’s a simp...

.308 Semiauto Rifles Revisited: DSAs Shorty FAL Is a Winner

We get lots of questions and requests for information about .308 semiauto rifles, particularly about those we haven't tested. Back in April 1999 we tested the M1A and a similar custom M14S; a version of the FAL in the form of a British L1A1 built on an Entreprise receiver, and another from South America; and both Greek and German versions of the Heckler & Koch HK-91. The winners of that outcome were the two M14/M1A types and the two FAL types. We really liked the custom M14S with its Chinese-made forged receiver fitted with best-quality U.S. components by Fulton Armory, as well as the Entreprise-actioned L1A1/ FAL.

But this category seems to be rich in products, so we gathered three more and took a hard look at them. This time the three .308-caliber semiauto rifles were a U.S-made FAL with 16-inch barrel built by DS Arms, Inc., on its own receiver; an ArmaLite AR-10A4, and a Stoner SR-25 by Knight's Armament.

The three rifles in this test all accepted scopes on their top rails. The FAL came to us with a Leupold 3-9X Tactical scope already mounted and sighted-in. The AR-10A4 and SR-25 came with flat-top actions with the scope-mount rail integral with the rifle, and both had accessory handles with iron sights included. We looked forward to testing these rifles with both scopes and iron sights if time permitted, but decided to begin with iron sights on the AR-10 and SR-25. Here's what we found:

Gun-Rights Rino Rollover Candidates

Last issue, I asked for your thoughts about what gun legislation might be forthcoming from the Biden Administration, and some of your comments appear...