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So I know Ruger is not the first to do this. POF has 2 versions of AR15's chambered in .308, but their price point is out of reach for most people. Enter the Ruger SFAR at around $1200 currenty. So is it all hype? A fad? Or did Ruger actually make a good product at the price point? Here is my review after my first range day with it.

Unboxing:
Like many I saw plenty of reviews talking about how lightweight the SFAR is. 6.8 lbs before optics and ammo sounds great, but you really don't realize how light that is till you pick it up for the first time. I was amazed at the balance when I picked it up the first time.

Making my configuration:
So since the whole purpose behind this gun is a lightweight .308 I kept my furniture adds to a minimum. I added a Swampfox Tomahawk 1-8 and thier freedom mount, with a Strike industries short vertical grip. Weight in the configuration is 8.4 lbs
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Compatability with AR15 parts:
The lower reciever is proprietary (larger mag well and the fire control group is shifted back) obviously, as is the bolt and bolt carrier. Everything else is from the trigger to the stock compatible with an AR15 from what I can tell. The upper reciever is the same size. I.E. the image below of the upper on an AR15 vise block
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Funny features:

So there are a couple of funny items I noticed. First there are alot of vent holes to prevent over pressure! Not shown is the hole on the other side of the reciever and the 2 holes under the bolt carrier.
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The endplate is PLASTIC! So you cant stake the castle nut (that is changing ASAP)
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The charging handle is small, like the normal AR15 one
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Range day
For ammo I was using Aguila 150gr FMJ. I ran 80 rounds through to get a feel for the gun. I kept its AGB at setting 3, which is what they recommend for break in. I did play around with it at 2, but I didn't notice alot of difference in recoil between 2 and 3 with the ammo.

Sight in:
Since the scope came from another rifle, I was sighted in within the first 5 shots at 25 yards. I was a bit worried with the 2 chamber brake they call the "boomer" but I didn't get any complaints from the other shooters next to me.

Recoil:
Recoil is subjective to the shooter. I.E. when I first built my 6.8 SPC with no AGB and a 16" midlength the recoil from 100 rounds cause me pain in my shoulder for days. With that said the recoil on this was very manageable. It was more than my 5.56 and 6.8, but not by alot. I could easily see a 300-500 round day without any shoulder problems.

Trigger:
No changes needed here in my opinion. Its Rugers upgraded 2 stage trigger. A nice crisp break and fast reset. I was doing double taps so fast the range master thought I had a binary trigger and I had to prove it wasnt. It kept the rounds on an 8 inch target at 50 yards doing those standing.
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Accuracy:
Its fairly accurate. I think I am just out of practice 馃槱. 100 yard shots were a bit scattered in the 2 to 3 MOA range, but I think that was me more than the rifle, given the results I got at 50. I was only using a wood block and a single sandbag. Getting zeroed for 100 only took 5 rounds again (5th was the bullseye).
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So what are my final thoughts. I look forward to making this my primary SHTF gun. The low recoil, light weight combined with .308 is wonderful. I may play around with a few things to see if I can get the weight down a little more (barrel fluting, light optic, etc) but I would have no qualms using it as is. I do plan to change the brake to the Strike Industries King comp (my go to brake), add an H2 buffer, and to change that plastic end plate! The rest is all user preference and Im fine with the rest.
 

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I picked up a SFAR back in the fall and have had it out to the range a few times. Actually had it out today as I was shooting another 308 rifle, testing loads.
I am shooting it in gas position 2 with no issues. Position #1 will eject, but not pick up the next round. I am shooting it with a Hybrid-46 and it is soft shooting suppressed. I have around 150 rounds throught it so far, all suppressed, so I have no idea how the factory brake works.
Only issue I have had was with Nosler 125 gr Ballistic Tips. Those were piercing primers and had a velocity of 2980 out of the 16鈥 barrel.

Accuracy is actually quite good. I initially mounted a SWFA 10x And was shooting 155 gr Hornady American Gunner ammo in less than 1鈥 at 100 yards Consistently With 5 shot groups.

I have since mounted a SWFA 1-4 scope which suits the rifle fine.

Today, I was shooting one of my normal 308 loads of 168 BTHP over 42 gr H4895. 10 shots in under 1.5鈥 at 100 yards with the scope set on 4x. Not too shabby.

 

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Quick update. Got it out to shoot with the SI brake today. Im switching back to the brake it came with. The SI still did a good job with the recoil, but I definitely felt the factory brake was better. Which is saying something cause the SI brake is very good on my 6.8 and 5.56.
 

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Next to last update and this feed can go to zombi status. Had much better results today at 100 with the same ammo. So its just me needing practice with this rifle and trigger. I switched back to the factory break and added and H2 buffer. Aguila is weak on the gas. I have to run it on setting 3. Ill see how some other ammo does soon, but im 200 rounds in and its settling in nice. Next range trip I will break out the chrono and use a bunch of different ammo to compare.
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I have to ask, why the H2 buffer? If it was cycling fine without it, you add it then have to increase gas you really are not accomplishing anything are you? Put an H3 in and open the gas even more. Seems like you bought a gun for it's light weight then add weight for no reason. Not trying to be an ass, just don't understand why so many people think they need a heavier buffer when their gun functioned fine without it. If you didn't have adjustable gas and you were having cycling issues (over gassed) then I could see the reason for trying a heavier buffer but when I have adjustable gas, I use the lightest buffer and carrier I can find. My 6.8 currently has a JP silent captured buffer with lightest spring they make and a titanium BCG and it cycles fine and no more recoil than with a standard carrier and carbine buffer.
 

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I love my Revolution. But I want one of these too.

I would test 150gr Federal SP loads, which seems to be the most affordable hunting round in .308. I would also like to see what a nice hunting load, like the 178gr ELD does as far as accuracy. That's what I like to shoot in my Revolution for hunting.
 

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I have to ask, why the H2 buffer? If it was cycling fine without it, you add it then have to increase gas you really are not accomplishing anything are you? Put an H3 in and open the gas even more. Seems like you bought a gun for it's light weight then add weight for no reason. Not trying to be an ass, just don't understand why so many people think they need a heavier buffer when their gun functioned fine without it. If you didn't have adjustable gas and you were having cycling issues (over gassed) then I could see the reason for trying a heavier buffer but when I have adjustable gas, I use the lightest buffer and carrier I can find. My 6.8 currently has a JP silent captured buffer with lightest spring they make and a titanium BCG and it cycles fine and no more recoil than with a standard carrier and carbine buffer.
The AGB is a regulator style, so It only has 3 settings. I added the H2 to slow the cycle rate not for the gas.
 

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Ok got my chrono out today. So far it likes federal powershok 150. Thats been the only ammo that has cycled reliably on gas setting 2, everything cycles pn setting3, so I may just leave it there for now. I am going to polish my feed ramps later today.
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All rounds tracked well for accuracy. I was mostly out for the chrono data today, but even then it all tracked well. I was only generally aiming at the center target. On the second target thats 10 shots of Hornady Amax 168.
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I'm shooting old 150gr milsurp ammo and it runs perfectly on #1
1 barely turned the bolt for me. Probably just variance in rifles. Im sure I could look at the size of the gas port and such, but it runs fine on 3. Just short strokes on 2. I could also switch to a SLR AGB instead of the regulator style. For what I paid and the capability it offers Im happy.
 

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Ok got my chrono out today. So far it likes federal powershok 150. Thats been the only ammo that has cycled reliably on gas setting 2, everything cycles pn setting3, so I may just leave it there for now. I am going to polish my feed ramps later today.
ShotPowershok 150Non Typical 150Aguila 150Amax 168
12661264525552597
22656265426022522
32663267126712593
42657262725632554
52655264426412512
avg2658.42648.22606.42555.6
deviation3.43511280716.053037149.7875486439.19566303
min2655262725552512
max2663267126712597

All rounds tracked well for accuracy. I was mostly out for the chrono data today, but even then it all tracked well. I was only generally aiming at the center target. On the second target thats 10 shots of Hornady Amax 168.
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Awesome! Same with the revolution, the 150 powershock and the fusion are great.
 

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Been a 6.8 fanboy for many years, no complaints....that said, if I were starting over (and I'm not!) I would likely give the new Ruger serious consideration, it checks a lot of boxes.. Thanks for the reviews above.
 
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