10/8/12 - Edited to add. Sorry, I'm not a real effective writer. The 308 would basically be a range gun but it would also serve a 2nd role as a backup. I don't need a 308. I live in the suburbs, don't hunt and don't do long distance target shooting. But those Vepr 308s are so damn cheap that I have to keep slapping myself to stop looking at that dang Centerfire website. (I'm a member of GHA - gunho anonymous) IF (big if) I were to get a 308, I'd lean to the AK platform since they are cheap $599, easy to clean and I heard they are light. I assume the AK platform will be robust/reliable for 308 since the PSLs and Dragunovs are 7.62x54. But Saiga/Vepr mags are $$$ compared to other platforms. I also wonder about Saiga/Vepr spare parts availability. My friend has been talking about getting a DSA Fal. The PTRs look interesting too. I'm not that interested in A10s since I assume they are GI. I assume the Fal and PTR are piston. My buddy and I would probably only use a 308 for the range but it would be nice if it could serve a 2nd purpose if needed. Oh....your 308 doesn't have to be semi. I'm open minded and will listen to anything.