Whether you’re choosing to shoot with the high pressure .308 Winchester rounds or the 7.62×39 NATO cartridges, you’ll want a solid and reliable rifle choice, right?
Nowadays, some amazing semi-auto rifles will shoot either of these rounds with excellent accuracy. Plus, not all of them are priced highly.
But there are so many rifles to choose from, so which should you choose?
In this article, we will get to grips with the Best .308/7.62 Semi-Auto Rifles that we could find on the market today. We’ll review some which can comfortably target up to 800 yards with the .308, very effectively. Plus, we’ll discuss why owning a semi-auto rifle can be incredibly beneficial in hunting environments, as well as other applications.
So let’s run through the rifle choices…
Top 8 Best .308/7.62 Semi-Auto Rifles Reviews
1 Century International Arms – WASR-10 16.5in 7.62 x 39mm Blue 30+1RD
First up, we’re taking a look at this WASR-10 semi-automatic rifle from Century Arms, which shoots the 7.62 NATO rounds. It comes in a sleek blue finish and has a beautiful wooden finished stock and foregrip.
An affordable yet high-quality option…
We’ve reviewed this gun before in our “Top 6 Best AK-47 Of 2020 Reviews & Buying Guide”, and we had to revisit it again. This is because it looks great, performs well, and it’s very affordable.
It has a heritage…
It’s based on the Romanian built Pistol Mitralieră model 1963/1965, commonly known in the US as the “Romy G.” But one major difference is that this WASR-10 construction is a semi-automatic rifle.
Additionally, most gun enthusiasts will notice that this gun has a very reminiscent look of an original AK-47 – which was intended. So if you are an AK-47 purist, you’ll be pleased to know that this rifle is made to be a fully customizable Kalashnikov series rifle from Century Arms.
Lightweight and maneuverable…
It features a gas-operated action, and it has a full length of 37.25 inches, with the barrel length being a good 16.5 inches. Plus, this USA made rifle weighs only 8.05 pounds, making it lightweight and maneuverable for tactical use.
It has an excellent capacity of 30 plus one round, so you shouldn’t have any worries about running dry of ammo too soon. And if you do run through an entire magazine, you can just quickly replace it with a spare as it’s removable.
Keep on target…
With the good barrel length for accuracy, you also get a fixed front sight and an adjustable rear sight. The rear adjustable sight gives you that extra scope to ensure you hit your intended target.
- Affordable semi-auto rifle.
- AK-47 style design.
- Adjustable rear sight.
- Made in the USA.
- Lightweight construction.
- High capacity rifle.
- Removable magazine.
- Not a modern-looking rifle design.
2 Browning Bar MK 3 Mossy OAK Break-Up Country 308 4 Round Semi-Auto Rifle – 031049218
Next in our reviews of the Best .308/7.62 Semi-Auto Rifles, here is one for all you hunters out there, here is the BAR MK 3 Mossy Oak Break-Up Country. This is a four-round semi-automatic rifle, which features a smooth single-stage trigger.
The big game rifle…
Not only will this be more than suitable for general hunting, but it should be highly proficient at big game hunting too. Using the .308 Winchester rounds, this contemporary-looking BAR MK 3 is renowned for being reliable and incredibly accurate at range.
It only weighs a mere 7.5 pounds, and the 22-inch steel barrel with a twist rate of 1/12 inches aids massively for effective targeting. The Contour Sporter barrel is also hammer forged and thoroughly tested to give you high-quality results. Plus, it has a Mossy Oak Break-Up Country finish.
This is a very impressive semi-auto hunting rifle for the money. The gas piston designs effectively reduces perceived recoil and excess carbon residue that you normally expect with rifles of this type.
How is it constructed?
The receiver is made from an aircraft-grade alloy to give you great durability and strength, yet lightweight construction. The receiver can also be lightweight because of the multi-lug rotary bolt that’s used.
Plus, the stock is made from a tough and lightweight composite and features over-molded. It’s also been drilled and tapped so that you can put in scope mounts.
We also really like the swing swivel stud in place, which allows for bipods, QD swivel cups. Swivels are included in this set-up as well.
Lastly, other stand out features include the fluid functioning detachable box magazine and the hinged floor plate incorporated into the design.
- Very accurate.
- Ideal for hunting.
- Extremely lightweight.
- High-quality barrel.
- Great value for the money.
- Detachable box magazine.
- Low capacity rifle.
3 Noveske Rifle N6 SBR 12.5 Leonidas Lo Pro Gas Block NSR-11
Now, we’re taking a look at a serious piece of kit in the shape of the Noveske Rifle N6 SBR 12.5 Leonidas Lo Pro Gas Block NSR-11. This rifle can chamber both the 7.62 and .308 cartridges and comes with a 25 round magazine.
At 12.5 inches in length, this stainless steel barrel design should give you exceptional accuracy at almost any distance. It has a 1/10 twist to it, and there’s a barrel extension built-in with extended feed ramps as well.
The Lo Pro gas block is actually pinned to the barrel to give you some sturdy performance when shooting.
The upper receiver is machined from billet 7075-T6 aluminum, with extended feed ramps. Plus, there is an anti-rotation system built in too with a handguard.
Built to last…
The aluminum construction makes the receiver very light but extra strong and durable – more so than some polymer designs out there. In addition, the receiver has a Type III hard coat anodizing with a black Cerakote ceramic coating. This treatment should keep it functioning great and looking good for a very long time.
You also get a Noveske Marked Geissele Super Badass Charging Handle built-in to this set-up, for ultra-smooth functioning. Plus, there is a black nitride carrier group and an MP tested, shot-peened bolt as well.
The lower receiver is a precision machined Gen III billet 7075-T6 construction with an Ambi bolt release and a Norgon Ambi magazine release too. It also has a hard coat anodizing.
You do have a choice of either a Geissele SSA trigger or an SD-C Trigger. As well you get to choose a handguard that will best suit your needs – either a Keymod system or an M-LOK NSR-11 inch set-up.
The stock is a Magpul STR Carbine type, and you get a Miad pistol grip with this gun also.
And finally, we like that you get the Magpul MBUS Pro Folding Sights to accompany this purchase. Therefore, all-in-all, we really like this fairly compact, precision shooting all-rounder, packed with high-quality features, which makes it easily one of the Best .308/7.62 Semi-Auto Rifles currently available.
- Chambers 7.62 and .308.
- Exceptionally accurate.
- Billet 7075-T6 construction.
- Quality trigger options.
- Hard coat anodized finishes.
- Choice of mounting systems.
- Magpul STR Carbine stock.
- It’s quite an expensive option.
4 Christensen Arms CA-10 G2 SS .308 Win Match 18″ Kmod Bronze Rifle CA10292-1136431
Are you into competition shooting, or just love shooting at long-range targets? The Christensen Arms CA-10 G2 SS .308 Win Match rifle is a superbly made firearm made for match shooting in every way.
Plus, although it is available in plain black, we really liked the bronze finish that they’ve added to this version.
A soft and fluid trigger pull…
With the trigger breaking at just 3.5 to 4.5 pounds, you’ll have a very fluid match-grade trigger on your hands if you purchase this rifle.
We think this will be obviously great for competitions and target shooting, but will also will deliver you the stable shots you need for getting precise shots while hunting as well.
Christensen Arms also use their trademarked carbon fiber in the construction of some of the critical parts of the rifle. This reduces the overall weight of the gun – which looks like it should be heavier than it actually is.
Unique and lightweight contour barrel design…
A specially designed composite barrel has been button-rifled using 416R stainless steel, which is then wrapped with aero grade carbon fiber. This results in a target-contour barrel shape that weighs significantly less than much shorter all-steel barrels, or slimmer contour barrel types even.
And there is a match-reamed barrel chamber built into this set-up, for ultimate match performance.
You also get an adjustable and comfortable BCM Gunfighter stock and a slimline handguard. There are options of either Key-Mod or M-Lok mounting systems as well.
Superb for longer ranges…
Ultimately, this is an AR-10 type rifle that shoots .308 Winchester rounds, and it’s certainly one of the best we could find for long-range precision shooting. As well, it’s surprisingly lightweight given its size and powerful capabilities.
- Smooth and light trigger pull.
- Excellent long-range targeter.
- Unique barrel design.
- Reinforced with CA carbon fiber.
- Match-reamed barrel.
- Super lightweight design.
- Could be too large for your particular needs.
5 PTR-91 INC. – PTR-91 GIR 18in 308 Winchester Black 20+1RD
Next up on our rundown of the Best .308/7.62 Semi-Auto Rifles, if you’re looking for an HK style rifle, here is the PTR-91 GIR 18 inch Winchester in black. It comes with a healthy 20 plus one round and is actually made with HK tooling as well. It shoots .308 Winchester rounds, and it comes in a very favorable price range.
If you are searching for a military styled .308 semi-automatic rifle that functions flawlessly – the PTR-91 GIR is a safe bet. You most likely will not experience any malfunctions when shooting this rifle, probably due to its HK influenced design.
The action-type is a roller delayed roll back where the barrel is fixed in place and therefore does not give you recoil. However, you will experience some recoil from other aspects of the gun.
The magazine release is super easy to use with a paddle release option built-in for quick changes. There is also a standard mag release button as well.
The pistol housing is a tough and durable metal design, with the connecting stock made from a quality polymer. The furniture is a mixture of black and green coloring, and overall we think it looks great.
At 40.5 inches, this PTR construction adequately slots itself into battle rifle territory. The barrel length is a long 18.5 inches providing you with the necessary accuracy needed for combat scenarios. Although, we think it would be just as fitting for hunting purposes as well.
Interestingly the trigger pack can be moved into three positions. You have the standard position, semi-auto, and then it can be moved into what would be a full-auto position. Now, obviously, this is not going to be a full-auto weapon, but from a collectors perspective, it’s pretty cool!
Last of all, both the front and rear sights on this rifle are A4 adjustable. Therefore, you really have some scope in how you can conduct your targeting effectively. Plus, there is a welded-on rail mount for scopes and other desired accessories.
- HK style rifle.
- High capacity.
- Paddle release magazine.
- Strong metal pistol housing.
- Battle rifle sizing.
- Front/rear A4 adjustable sights.
- Not the most contemporary of designs out there.
6 Springfield Armory Rifle M1A Standard .308 Win 22″ MA9102
Moving on, next we’re viewing a true American classic in terms of rifle design from Springfield Armory. This is the M1A Standard rifle that chambers .308 Winchester rounds. And, it has an impressive capacity of ten rounds too.
This rifle is based on the M14 rifle that served the US military with distinction from 1959 to 1970. And the M1A is an updated civilian version of this well-renowned semi-automatic rifle.
However, not only is this a great collector’s item, but it will certainly serve you well down the range or on your next hunting trip. And of course, it will be fun to practice with for tactical use – as that’s what it was so effective at in a bygone era.
Windage and elevation…
The rear sight is constructed so that you can alter windage and elevation, allowing you to zero your rifle. This means you’ll have the capability to lock onto mid to long-range targets that you wish to acquire.
It also has a two-stage military trigger built-in, which gives you an added element of safety. As well, the rifle has an adjustable box magazine and an op-rod and roller cam bolt call – which were designed for the original M14. And now, these components still make the functionality of the M1A rifle very easy and incredibly reliable.
In the end…
You’re clearly getting two things with this rifle. First and foremost, this is a heavy-duty rifle that should stand up to various tests and tasks that you want to put it through. Second, it’s a very worthy collector’s item.
And not forgetting, it does look very beautiful with its New walnut stock and additional furniture.
- Based on the M14.
- Heavy-duty rifle.
- Appealing to collectors.
- Two-stage military trigger.
- Front/rear adjustable sights.
- Adjustable box mag.
- Ten round capacity.
- You might not like old-school style rifles.
7 Adams Arms P1 .308 Win Semi-Automatic AR-10 Rifle – FGAA-00242-R
We’re nearly at the end of our reviews list now, so we had to add the Adams Arms P1 .308 Win Semi-Automatic AR-10 Rifle into the equation. This is a mid-length rifle with well-considered ergonomics, and there’s a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty included with this package.
Make it compact…
One great aspect of this rifle is that it has a six-position collapsible stock with QD Mount. Therefore, not only is the stock adaptable to your particular body shape and size, but it can be collapsed down for easy carry.
Another adjustable part of the P1 rifle is the Picatinny rail piston system. With the rail in place, you’ll be able to mount your ideal accessories to customize your rifle just as you like it. Additionally, you get an enhanced trigger guard built-in. This is ideal for anyone who wants to shoot this AR-10 style rifle while wearing standard gloves or even the best heated gloves.
What about build quality?
The barrel is made from 4150 chrome Molybdenum Vanadium steel, making for some seriously impressive build quality. As well, you can choose between a QPQ Melonite or Black Nitride finish. We should also mention it has a 1/10 twist – excellent for accuracy.
The receiver is made from 7075-T6 Aluminum for lightweight durability and strength – the gun only weighs 8 pounds. Therefore, this rifle should be easy to maneuver with, but strong enough to deal with harsh conditions over time.
Other key features include the Hiperfire EDT, A2 Flash Hider muzzle, and Magpul MOE handguard.
Up close and personal…
Lastly, with the gun measuring 34.5 inches in length, and the collapsible stock, you’re getting a more compact AR-10 rifle, which should work best in tactical combat scenarios and close-range targeting and acquisitions.
- Vanadium steel barrel.
- Choices of quality finishes.
- 7075-T6 receiver.
- Hiperfire EDT trigger.
- Magpul MOE handguard.
- Lightweight and compact.
- Collapsible stock.
- You might not want a flat-top upper receiver.
8 Brownells – BRN-10® Retro Rifle 308/7.62 20in Barrel
Our last choice is a special one, ideal for collectors and anyone who wants a modern replica of the original Armalite AR-10. The original would cost a fortune. However, what’s on offer here is incredible for the price you pay. Plus, it can handle both .308 and 7.62 calibers.
Modern technology mixed with historical design…
The receiver is fully machined on the BR-10 from 7075-T6 billet aluminum. Therefore, you have the advantage of it being lightweight, but strong and resilient. Plus, the barrel is a good 20 inches long with a 1/10 twist – both features make for excellent accuracy.
A unique feature that you don’t often see is a trigger-styled charging handle on top of the receiver below the carrying handle. As well, there is a chrome-plated carrier group, which features proper details that you would see on the Armalite AR-10.
The makers have even gone as far as having the 9310 carbon steel bolt magnetic particle inspected. Therefore, you know that a lot of care and attention that’s gone into this design.
Then Brownells has added their own touches in the form of their pistol grip and retro buttstock assembly. You also get a standard AR-15 front sight type and rear sights that replicate the original AR-10’s that the gun is meant to replicate. Other features include a 20-round aluminum magazine, a chamber safety flag, a safety manual, and a USGI field manual.
So all-in-all, we think you’re getting a very special and uniquely considered semi-automatic rifle here, that replicates a well-respected rifle – for much less of the cost though.
Lastly, you can choose between a brown or black finish, and it is more advisable to chamber the .308 Winchester rounds. Although, if they are your preferred round, you can use 7.62 rounds as well.
- Modern replica of the Armalite AR-10.
- Machined 7075-T6 receiver.
- Very accurate.
- Good collector’s item.
- High capacity.
- Brownells retro buttstock.
- Chrome-plated carrier group.
- You might not be looking for a replica rifle.
So, what are the Best .308/7.62 Semi-Auto Rifles?
We’ve finally come to the end of our best .308/7.62 semi-auto rifles reviews, and we’ve included a balanced selection to suit various needs.
If you’re looking for an excellent semi-auto rifle that won’t break the bank, there are a solid number of choices on our list. These rifles should account for hunting purposes, tactical shooting through to proven all-rounders that will serve you well in multiple applications.
As to the ultimate winner…
It has been so hard to distinguish between them, and they are all such high-quality options that basically we are happy to recommend any of them. They are, after all, the very best of the Best .308/7.62 Semi-Auto Rifles currently available. So, whichever one you read through and liked the most is probably the best option for your needs.
We also included some premium choices in the article, which cost more. And these are also excellent choices if your budget can stretch that far. They are packed with modern technology and high-quality features that make them some of the best on the market to date.
Thanks for checking out the review, and good look in choosing the right rifle for your needs.