Obviously, I’ve been quiet for the last couple of weeks. I’ve been occupied with family visiting, and an unexpected (but quite welcome) change of position at work. I have a range day scheduled for tomorrow, a sort of “back to basics” day that may or may not involve a lot of iron sights shooting (TBD on that front).
I’ve had a 308 AR project sitting unfinished in my safe for over two years now. My holdup has come down to barrel selection. From the beginning, I intended this rifle to be a more reliable and potentially more accurate semi auto 308 than my M1A. With experience and time, my thoughts have also trended towards keeping it lighter and handier rifle that would serve admirably in both everyday marksman shooting and hunting of medium sized game.
I find myself struggling with the choice of barrel, though. I thought I was settled on a Fulton 18″ lightweight chrome lined match. However, new offerings on the market have really piqued my interest. Particularly the offerings from Faxon firearms. I believe I’ve narrowed the field down to their 18″ medium taper 4150 barrel that has been nitrided. But I do keep considering their 18″ 416R fluted stainless option.