I don’t have a battle rifle. I want to add one. Just looking at options. Heard a lot of bad about the AR-15’s. But the Socom is 80 year old technology isn’t it? A Garrand/M14 knock off right? I don’t’ want to break the bank on piston AR either.
I would go with the springfield if i was going to sit it out ........but two things One the 308 is a bit costly to shoot and two how much ammo can you carry ? Also the 308 has a strong report compaired to the 5.56 .......
You can carry less, that's right, but you will also need less, compared to a .223 More Damage always means less ammo to drop the target.
Sure, you have more recoil, but also, you have a system, that is 70+ years old, and is still used. That's more than only proof for it to work.
Why do they redesign ARs to the Piston Design? Because the current design isn't reliable enough, when you need it most. Take something with a simple and proven design, and it won't fail when you need it.
The M1A Design has served in WW II, Vietnam, Iraq, and it's still in service. There were almost no reports of fatal failures.
Oh, and yeah, the M1A is actually the M14 / M21, just in Semiauto only ;-)