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The video seems to be, shall we say, somewhat biased. If you need a suppressor, bipod, flashlight, and 30x scope on an M14, you also need them on an AR-10 (or AR-15). So the weight difference is really around .5 lb, not the 5-6 lbs between a bare ass AR-15 and a ridiculously loaded up M1A. You gotta compare apples to apples. Compare a like equipped AR-10 to the M14, and the difference becomes much smaller (negligible IMO). The real issue is - what cartridge do you need to get the job done? Are you shooting 120 lb people, 200 lb people, prairie dogs, antelope, bear, elk? It's why there's more than one type of hammer at any hardware store. Different tools for different jobs. BTW, I didn't meet many recruits who would want to shoot a 7.5 lb.308 (or 6.5) more than 5-10 times a day. If you're flinching every time it goes pop, how effective is the weapon?
 

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Personally, I've never liked the 5.56 for much beyond shooting small critters. If I had to pick one gun forever, I think it would be a .308 . This is due to the fact that I can shoot just about anything in North America with it and get the job done. It's not TOO big for critter patrol, and not too small for bear (loaded heavy, in an emergency). Sure, there are better rounds for each job, but they can all be done effectively with a .308 (or 30-06). 308 fits any short action, uses space efficiently (in the mag or the backpack), and can be shot by anyone with a modicum of training. There are few other round that can claim all that, and they are usually based on, yes, the .308.
 
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