Remember the first time you geared up for an excursion into places that don’t have a store on the corner of every block? If you’re like me, you took too much stuff, or the stuff you took was too damn heavy. Lesson learned: Dump what you don’t need and lighten what you take. Your rifle is a perfect example. A tactical rifle does not necessarily mean lightweight. In fact, long-range sniper rifles are easier and more comfortable to shoot when they have some heft. But our focus here is to look at some relatively lightweight bolt-action and AR-platform .308 rifles, because sometimes you feel like going manual and sometimes you don’t.

For more information about the .308 rifles featured in the gallery above, check out the following sites.

Bergara B-14 BMP

Daniel Defense DD5V1



Howa HCR

MasterPiece 308BA CSR

Mossberg MVP LR

POF-USA Revolution

Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle

Savage MSR 10 Hunter

Tikka T3x Compact Tactical

Windham Weaponry SRC-308

This article was originally published in “Tactical Weapons” August/September 2017. To order and subscribe, visit

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