I've got the itch for a semi auto .308. I have an AR-15 (Colt LE6920) and a bolt action 30.06 for hunting (Browning X-Bolt). I'd like to have a versatile semi-auto .308 to the mix. My realistic uses are an alternate hunting rifle when I don't want to use my bolt 30.06, a target/fun rifle, and something that can throw .30 cal pills down range accurately and quickly when the zombie hordes arrive. I've always had a desire for a semi-auto rifle that is more powerful than 5.56 (I have no desire for an AK). That said, I don't want to drop $2k+ on something. I have $1400ish set aside right now, which could be supplemented in the coming months. My main requirements are reliability, accuracy, and retain value (in that order). Right now I'm looking at the following rifles:
Springfield M1A Scout Squad. 18" barrel, but does not include any National Match parts. Supposedly reliable, decently accurate out of the box, and mags are cheap. No clue on resale value. Older design, and heavy (9lbs +!) I can pick up either a synthetic stock or walnut stock for $1370 to $1480. Springfield is running a promo for an additional two mags and a scope mount if purchased in the next couple of months. Open sights are primary, although scope mount is possible.
Browning BAR MK3 Detachable Box Mag. 18" barrel, unknown accuracy and unknown resale value. Very light (sub 7lbs!). Proprietary mags that are $50-$60 each. Pretty much a slimmed down version of the FN FNAR rifle. It's hard to find many reviews of these rifles online. Going price seems to be $1200-$1400. Available in synthetic or walnut stock. No integrated sights, so a scope is required.
Aero Precision M5E1. Available in 16" or 18" barrel configurations. Currently sold out online, but it looks like I could piece one together in the $1600-1800 range. Unknown weight, cheap mags galore, and online reviews seem to show 1.5-2.5 MOA accuracy is expected with quality ammunition. AR style platform, so available modifications are plentiful.
So, TBS brain trust, thoughts, opinions, recommendations? What am I overlooking?
And yes, spending the money on a better scope for my 30.06, or stacking 10mm ammo deep for my Glock 20, etc. are all acceptable responses.