SKS, Hands down. Reliable, accurate, easy to handle, drop it in the sand or mud and it will still shoot. 10 round mag.When I was looking to see if anyone else asked this, the closest I could find were posts asking what the "Best Non AR" was.
My question is simple...what's the best semi-automatic rifle for both defense and general use? (Performance wise, not cost wise).
I'm not talking about popularity, availability, cost, or anything other than pure functionality... Meaning accuracy, dependability, endurance, etc.
I know the AR-15 is extremely popular, BUT is it the BEST? Or is it just really good for it's price?
If it's not, what's better?
FN Scar? Steyer Aug? Tavor X95? ACR? M1A? MCX?
The Mini-14 is reliable, but I've heard that the accuracy is inconsistent depending in what year it was made.
Also, I read an article about a recently declassified research project the Australian government did comparing the M16 to the Aug, and the Aug won hands down in nearly every category. Does that hold true of the Aug vs the AR15? What about piston AR15?
Don't buy aftermarket 20/30 round mags, stripper clips are your friend.