May 2014

Two 308 Win. Match Rifles From Springfield and ArmaLite

In our ongoing testing of semi-auto rifles in this chambering, we now take a hard look at a Springfield M1A “Loaded” and an ArmaLite AR-10(T). With irons, one gun outshot the other one with a scope.

In the March 2014 issue, we tested a SIG Sauer 716 Patrol and a Rock River Arms LAR-8. We now take a look at two more semi-auto 308 Winchester Rifles, an ArmaLite AR-10(T), $1914, and a Springfield M1A “Loaded,” $1893. These two rifles serve a slightly different purpose from the two previously tested, being put together with serious target work in mind. Both had match-grade stainless barrels and black plastic stocks, and that’s about all the similarities. There were no iron sights with the ArmaLite, but the M1A had fine ones. We knew we’d be pitting a target scope against iron sights, but never expected the results we got. We tested with the same three ammo types used in our March 2014 report on the SIG and Rock River, Freedom Munitions 150-grain FMJs, Federal Match 168-grain Match Kings, and Hornady 155-grain JHPs. Let’s take a look at what you get with each of these target rifles.

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