TTAG recently tested the ArmaLite AR-10 using a wide variety of Remington 308 (7.62 NATO) rounds. In terms of practicality, the AR-10 only weighed a bit more than an AR-15 chambered (as you know) in .223 (5.56 NATO). So why not buy a slightly bigger gun that fires a bigger, more powerful, longer range bullet? It’s a question Bushmaster answers with a new 308 chambered carbine, “another step in the continuing evolution of the AR platform” . . .
The $1395 Bushmaster 308 ORC (Optics Ready Carbine) comes complete with two ½-inch scope riser blocks (for aftermarket optics), a midlength gas system and a milled gas block mounted to a heavy-profile, 16-inch 4150 Chrom-Moly Vanadium chrome lined barrel and chamber, capped by an A2 style birdcage flash hider. The heavy oval hand guards are heat-shielded and a six-position telescoping stock gives up to 4 inches of adjustment for the length of pull. For non-ARificianados, it’s all good.