I saw one in person last Friday. It was very impressive, to be honest. It shouldered very easily, was surprisingly light in weight, the build quality was very good bordering on excellent, the rail on the upper was very slim and fit my support hand perfectly, the fit and finish were top notch, and I was, like I said, very impressed, and made a mental note to come back and check it out more closely.
I haven't seen .357 since something happened last November. .38 once in a while, but .357 is gold. However .308, .270 and .30-06 never went out of fashion where I am; the types of calibers available and not available vary dramatically by location.Be aware though, it's still darn difficult to find FMJ .308 right now and has been since something weird happened last November.
Before I start let me say this I'm a big H&K fan so I'm a little bias. I own several H&Ks the HK91, 93A1, 93A2 and MR556. You really get what you pay for IMO. Then again I didn't pay the outrageous prices they are asking for them today. If you are looking at piston driven AR be aware of carrier tilt. I've seen it in most piston driven ARs but not the H&K. Just Google carrier tilt and look what brands pop up? If you want the best piston drive AR or DI IMO on the market today it's the H&K. This is one of the reasons the Navy Seals replaced the M4 with the HK 416 and the Marines replaced the M249 with the HK M27.I saw one in person last Friday. It was very impressive, to be honest. It shouldered very easily, was surprisingly light in weight, the build quality was very good bordering on excellent, the rail on the upper was very slim and fit my support hand perfectly, the fit and finish were top notch, and I was, like I said, very impressed, and made a mental note to come back and check it out more closely.
At the time the LGS was having an anniversary sale, 10% off everything in the store, so I was really focused on the H&K MR762A1 I came to look at. The Ruger was noticeably lighter than the H&K, like grabbing an AR-15 after handling an AR-10 in weight and handling. But I have to say the SIG 716 and the Ruger SR762 made me hesitate about buying the H&K.
For the price of the H&K, I could buy two SIG 716s and a brand new EOTech XR308 MRDS to sit on top, plus it takes LR-308 P-Mags, and Magpul has announced that they will be selling 25 round P-Mags in 7.62 this year (or at least in the near future). The Ruger also made me think I needed to do some more research and comparison shopping first.
And that H&K is still singing its siren song to me, luring me closer, tugging on my wallet....
Smitty, I think you are on to something. I put it back because the siren had sucked me in, but I remembered that SR762 as worth a hard second look....
The H&K also had ten 20 round proprietary mags, which is a factor, because these are like hen's teeth to find, and with the 10% discount, I would have saved enough overall to be getting five mags free (compared to MSRP). I almost pulled the trigger, but then I stepped away, whipped out the calculator, and got far enough away I could not hear the siren song, and I left the 7.62s on the rack...all of them. Live to spend another day.
They had some nice weapon choices: H&K (best but OMG sticker price), SCAR 17 ($800 cheaper than the MR762 with the discount); SIG 716 ($1799); POF ($2249); SR762 (forgot the price, dang siren); and a new S&W M&P 10.
So, I exercised some financial self-discipline (easy because I am naturally cheap) and bought some 9mm ammo (normal price with the discount), a Benchmade APO II auto knife, and a VTAC flashlight mount. And then I left.
Almost went back yesterday before the sale ended...but I decided to wait.
That H&K is truly a dream rifle, but that is a lot of cake for a gun...especially when you look at owning two top quality rifles using the same amount of cash, with money left over for optics and ammo....
Worth a look, Smitty, but I still want to see that Colt LE901-16S first...just sayin'!
Find .308 Ammo in stock | WikiArms 308 Win 7.62 NATO Ammo availabilityBe aware though, it's still darn difficult to find FMJ .308 right now and has been since something weird happened last November.
Try looking at the LaRue Tac. OBR rifleTHE rifle platform for .308 is the venerable M14.
The rest are wannabe's, . . . and none has succeeded so far.
This high priced EBR I would suppose is simply that, . . . a high priced EBR, . . . nothing more.
May God bless,