The AR-10 is a staple in the realm of semi-automatic rifles chambered in .308.
It’s essentially an AR-15 that fires a beefier round. This is handy because some parts are interchangeable between an AR-15 and an AR-10—depending on the brand—and the ergonomics are virtually the same between the two rifles.
Since the platforms are fairly similar, there are nearly as many options to choose from in an AR-10 as there are in an AR-15. And the potential customizations and upgrades are nearly as limitless.
Therefore, an AR-10 is a natural addition to any AR-15 owner’s collection. And especially for those who need the added power of the .308 round for long range shots or hunting. An AR-10 fills the space between an AR-15 and a bolt action rifle.
The good news is that choosing an AR-10 is the same as choosing an AR-15. We’ve covered that pretty thoroughly in our post on the best AR-15s
So we’ll hop straight to talking about the rifles in this post.
But first, spoiler alert.
Top AR-10 Models on the Market Today
The 5 Best AR-10 Reviews (Updated 2020)
We’ll start with the best overall purchase, and move along to the rifles that shine in specific areas.
1. Wilson Combat Ranger - Best Overall AR-10
Wilson Combat is one of the most respected names in firearms. Their 1911 pistols are some of the best. So, it makes sense that the Wilson Combat AR-10 Ranger is a fine piece of equipment.
The overall theme of this rifle is ‘lightweight.’ It’s built around billet upper and lower receivers that are both rigid and lightweight.
Then, the barrel is a 16-inch Wilson Combat Ranger profile barrel, which includes a Q-Compto improve rapid fire control. They’ve made the barrel as light as possible, while maintaining match-grade precision. So, this rifle is accurate and easy to handle.
To go with the match-grade accuracy, this rifle is fitted with Wilson’s Tactical Trigger Unit. It’s tuned to be light and crisp enough for precision shooting. But, it’s heavy enough for safety in fast-paced environments.
Additionally, the gas block is adjustable.
So, you can tune your gas system to match your ammunition, whether that’s handloads or match-grade factory ammunition.
It comes standard with an M-LOK forend with attachment points where you need them most. And, you can add things like a sling swivel and Picatinny rail sections using the provided screws.
The stock is essentially a Magpul CTR, which is a good stock. But, it seems a bit pedestrian considering how awesome the rest of this rifle is.
Even so, this is an excellent rifle for tactical, competition, and even casual shooters who want an AR-10 they can always count on.
2. DPMS Oracle - Best on a Budget
The DPMS Oracle is one of the most common AR-10 rifles around. The main reason for this is the low price. There are very few AR-10 rifles that come in at a lower price point than the Oracle. It’s also carried by most gun shops and online gun stores, so you can find them just about anywhere.
Since there are no military specifications for AR-10s, many companies use their own parts and specs. However, DPMS uses standard AR-15 parts for as much of the Oracle as possible. So it’s an easy rifle to customize or repair yourself.
The lower receiver is milled from 7029 T6 billet aluminum. It’s not the highest grade aluminum on the market. But it definitely meets the military specifications.
DMPS fitted the Oracle with a 16 inch barrel, capped with a standard birdcage flash hider. This makes the Oracle very easy to handle. However, the shorter barrel means that this rifle is more of a carbine than a designated marksman rifle.
On the bright side, the shorter barrel reduces the weight a bit.
The upper receiver and gas block both have rails for iron sights or optics. But the handguard is basically a regular A2 handguard
without any modern attachment points.
This brings us to the furniture. The grip is standard mil spec, and the stock is an upgraded 4 position stock. However, the ergonomics of the stock aren’t any better than a standard M4 stock. It’s apparent that DPMS reduced the cost by skimping on the furniture.
Although the Oracle isn’t a high end, long range rifle, it’s a great option for those looking for a carbine length AR-10 at a great price. Remember to figure in sights or optics as part of your costs, as the Oracle comes with no sights.
3. Springfield Armory Saint Victor - Best for the Money
The Springfield Armory Saint Victor Rifle is designed to be a perfect tactical or defensive rifle right out of the box.
The stock trigger is a flat-face, nickel-boron coated trigger. There’s no grit or stickiness to the trigger press. And, the break is impressively clean. You could easily use this rifle for precision shooting, if you wanted. Though, it’s more of a tactical platform.
Then, this rifle is fitted with all the knicks and knacks that you might have to add to any other rifle.
There’s a full length, M-LOK handguard, with attachment points all over the place. And, it’s nice and narrow for those who like to use a thumb-over grip.
However, there’s no Picatinny rail on top of the handguard.
But, this rifle comes with spring-loaded flip-up sights. And, there’s a small Picatinny rail section at the front of the handguard, in case you want to add your own backup sights.
The grip and stock are BCMGunfighter furniture, which is some of the most ergonomic furniture on the market.
And, there’s a muzzle brake to take the edge off the recoil.
This may not be the best rifle for long range precision. But, it’s a complete package.
It will get the job done in long range situations.And, it’s ideal for anyone who wants an AR-10 that’s easy to handle for tactical shooting.
Also, this rifle comes in 5.56mm and .308. So, be sure to select the .308 model when you order. And while you're at it, add in a high-quality lower receiver perhaps.
4. Daniel Defense DD5 V2 308 - Best for Competition
Daniel Defense has become one of the most respected names in the AR-15 market. They’re known for building rock solid rifles that sport outstanding performance.
The Daniel Defense DD5 V2 308 is the .308 model of the company’s flagship rifle, the DDM4.
Daniel Defense built the DD5 to be a capable competitive rifle, right out of the box.
The DD5 features a handguard that does not contact the barrel nut. Instead, Daniel Defense attaches the handguard to the upper receiver with four bolts on the outside of the upper receiver.
This makes the upper receiver more rigid and eliminates any pressure on the barrel, which improves accuracy.
The handguard itself is a complete aluminum tube with KeyMod attachment points on all sides, and a rail on top. Attachments can be added virtually anywhere on this rifle.
Daniel Defense fitted the DD5 with an 18 inch, cold hammer forged barrel. The muzzle device is Daniel Defense’s proprietary Superior Suppression Device (SSD) which minimizes muzzle flash and reduces muzzle rise during rapid fire.
Since reliability is a big deal in the competition world, the bolt features enhanced extractor geometry and dual ejectors to reduce feeding and ejecting malfunctions.
The lower receiver is machined billet aluminum and features
completely ambidextrous controls. The trigger guard is oversized for shooters who wear gloves. And the magazine well is flared to make your reloads faster.
To top everything off, the DD5 is fitted with a Geissele 2-stage trigger with a 2.5 pound take up and a 2 pound break. This is really what pushes the DD5 toward being a competition rifle.
All the furniture is proprietary Daniel Defense hardware that has rubber molding for added comfort and ergonomics.
Overall, the DD5 will do well in almost any context. Hunters could easily use this as their go-to semi-auto game gun. However, the DD5 really is designed for high end tactical performance. Shooters who compete in 3 gun or tactical rifle competitions will get the most value out of the DD5.
5. J P Enterprises LRP-07 - Best for Long Range
J P Enterprises is one of the most revered AR manufacturers on the planet. And, the J P Enterprises LRP-07 brings the J P Enterprises legendary performance to the long range game.
This rifle is built around a 20-inch barrel that’s capped with a J P Enterprises muzzle brake. The remarkable muzzle brake works with the Low Mass Operating System (LMOS) to make the recoil downright pleasant.
And, the bolt is fitted with the J P Enterprises self-folding left-side charging handle that makes it easy to charge your rifle without removing it from your shoulder.
It’s a unique innovation that makes your weapon manipulations super fast.
This model is fitted with a flat-face, match-grade trigger that offers one of the smoothest and cleanest pulls on the market. The trigger makes it easy to get the most precision from this rifle.
Lastly, the stock offers all sorts of adjustments, so you can get a precise fit that maximizes precision.
The handguard is a proprietary handguard with Picatinny rail segments that can be added where you need them. It’s a nice freefloat handguard. But, a standard M-LOK or KeyMod handguard would be more convenient.
However, this rifle is an amazing firearm overall, handguard notwithstanding. It might be pricey. But, it will deliver utmost precision, right out of the box.
An AR-10 can be a bit tricky to place in the right position in your lineup.
They tend to be a bit too heavy for short range tactical use. And a bolt action rifle will perform better at extreme long ranges. So an AR-10 is usually best suited as a mid range rifle for contexts where you need fast follow up shots, with more power and range than you can get from your AR-15.
With this in mind, the best option for the majority of shooters is the Wilson Combat AR-10 Ranger.
It’s affordable enough that you’ll get good value from it, even if you only use it in a niche role.
No matter which AR-10 turns out to be the best for you, load up and get out there to pop off a few rounds.