Skip to comments.Bushmaster .308 Rifle
Posted on 06/24/2005 12:27:42 PM PDT by 45Auto
The Bushmaster .308 differs from the typical AR in a few of its controls. While the forward assist and safety are normal AR type controls, the bolt release is at the bottom front of the trigger guard, and is ambidextrous, having a mirror-image release on each side. This is an excellent design for the bolt release, and it is easily reached with the trigger finger of either a right-handed or left-handed shooter. The magazine release is in the normal AR position, but also has an ambidextrous twin on the opposite side of the receiver. The upper and lower receivers are forged, and are well-fitted. The twenty inch barrel has a twist rate of one turn in ten inches. The gas block has attachment rails machined into the top and sides to accommodate sights and accessories.
One of the best features of the Bushmaster .308 is its magazine. Unlike most of their competition, Bushmaster is supplying its rifles with twenty-round magazines. They are able to do this because they designed the rifle to use the readily available, cheap, and reliable surplus FAL rifle magazines.
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The military has been ordering a lot of 6.8 x 43 ammunition. The round really packs a punch out to about 500 meters from a sixteen inch barrel. I have heard that they are going to make the switch from 5.56 x 45 to 6.8 x 43 within the next ten years. Phase it in eventually.
Until then I really hope they start issuing the 77 grain 5.56 x 45 to our troops. It has about 100 meters more effective range than the 62 grain 5.56 x 45 ammunition.
Yet, still, a very sweet piece...I gotta get one too!