Gunfight Friday: .308 Semiauto vs. .308 Bolt Action

Today’s gunfight is a .308 showdown. The .308, developed in 1952, is hugely popular, both as a sporting and military cartridge. It’s accurate, recoils reasonably, and goes well with short-action and semiautomatic rifles. We have one of each today: an AR for deer hunting and a bolt action purchased by its owner as an all-around delivery system for anything that needs a bullet.

Nick's Ruger Hawkeye Predator FTW
I am more of a shotgun guy, but I figured I needed a solid do-everything rifle that could take care of everything I ever needed it to (two legs, four legs, and paper of all weight). I wanted a bolt-action rifle with an overall length of less than 42 inches. It had to be somewhat attractive to the eye, without being so pretty I would be afraid to get a ding in the stock. This Hawkeye Predator meets all of those requirements and, topped with a Nikon Prostaff 7 4-12 x 42, it shot .8125 inch out of the box at the bench. The new synthetic rifles will shoot, but I just can't stand how they feel in my hand. This laminate stock at least looks like wood-ish, but more importantly, it feels good in my hand, and equipped with a Viking Tactical VTAC padded sling, it can be packed out anywhere. And it can shoot.

Popaduck's PA10
This is my brand spanking new Palmetto State Armory SA PA10 .308. First target was a bit shaky, but on a 95-degree afternoon, with a 20-mph wind and 70-percent humidity, I think it did okay. I bought the upper completed but changed out the gas block. The lower is a "build." The scope is a Vortex Crossfire II with Dead Hold BDC. I hope to get it all tuned up for deer season. I'm excited about hunting with an AR, something I NEVER thought I'd do.

The cartridge is the same, so the choice is purely which rifle you like best today, the bolt action or the semiatuo. Vote and comment below, and keep the gun pictures coming. I’m getting just enough every week to keep the gunfights going.

Vote for the gun you like better...

Nick’s Ruger Hawkeye Predator FTW

Popaduck’s PA 10