Best semi-auto 30-06 rifle


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clarence222
October 25, 2010, 05:31 PM
My dad was telling me the other day that he would like to have a 30-06, or 308 in semi auto or lever action. With Christmas just around the corner my brothers and I have decided to find him one. This rifle would be used for deer hunting occasionally, but more because he just wants one.

I know there are lever actions in 30-06 and 308 but we would rather get the semi.

In your opinions what is the best semi rifle in 30-06?

We will be looking at both new and used rifles

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bpl
October 25, 2010, 05:33 PM
M1 Garand! :neener:

clarence222
October 25, 2010, 05:41 PM
I agree the M1 is an excellent rifle, however not what we are thinking for a 68 year old man to carry around the woods all day

essayons21
October 25, 2010, 05:41 PM
BAR (http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/family.asp?webflag_=002B&catalog_=B&content=autoloading-rifle-hunting-accurate-longtrac-shorttrac-long-short-track)

IMO the new ones are ugly as sin, I like the older models better.

Abel
October 25, 2010, 05:46 PM
The new BAR is still offered in its old configuration. Its the Safari II model.

Captcurt
October 25, 2010, 06:05 PM
The new BAR is still offered in its old configuration. Its the Safari II model.
I'm with Abel. A Browning would be my pick, BAR or BLR. I have had a couple of Remington semi's and have had issues.

Or you could look for an old classic, a Savage 99.

1KPerDay
October 25, 2010, 06:57 PM
I agree the M1 is an excellent rifle, however not what we are thinking for a 68 year old man to carry around the woods all day
How about a Mini-G? ;)

http://www.shuffsparkerizing.com/Conversion_Tanker_Sniper.php

brettrow
October 25, 2010, 07:00 PM
A BAR would be my choice if I bought a semi auto. Semi autos are not quite as accurate as bolt actions, and can malfunction in cold weather. They do, however, have less felt recoil.

d2wing
October 25, 2010, 10:02 PM
I saw Winchester SXR 30-06's on sale for $499.00. They looked nice and are the same
as the BAR. Nothing against the Remington though.

clarence222
October 25, 2010, 10:59 PM
One thing that I should have mentioned earlier, I have a Remington 7400 that I don't use. I've thought about just putting a good scope on it and giving it to him. I've talked about it with the wife and would spend 1k or more on a good rifle and scope set up for him. The problem is I don't think my brothers will want to spend that much.

brettrow
October 26, 2010, 10:27 AM
If you do go with a semi auto, the 308 is the way to go. It functions better than a 30.06 in the semi auto per the research Ive done. If I was a 68 year old man (im 29) I would prefer a .270 over a 30.06 because its just as deadly (virtually the same round) but kicks less. Its what I shoot now and my .06 rarely leaves the gun safe.

browningguy
October 26, 2010, 07:12 PM
If you can find a HK SLB 2000 they are about the most accurate semi hunting rifle you can buy. Mine is the carbine model and shooting factory Hornady SST ammo it puts 3 shots inside 1/2" every time, also has the short barrel so reasonably handy to carry around, and it came with 2, 5 and 10 round mags. But I also like my BAR's in 30-06 and .270.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/jcm9371/Rifles/slb2000-2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/jcm9371/Rifles/270BAR.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v11/jcm9371/Rifles/3006BAR.jpg

briansmithwins
October 26, 2010, 07:29 PM
There are a lot more semi-automatic rifles in .308 Win than .30-06. You get a slightly shorter action with almost the ballistics of .30-06 that way.

BSW

groundhog34
October 26, 2010, 08:29 PM
A BAR, but I am left handed and that is the only left handed semi that I know of.

briansmithwins
October 26, 2010, 08:48 PM
A BAR, but I am left handed and that is the only left handed semi that I know of.

Have you looked at the RFB? I went shooting with a guy that had one, he's a lefty and it's laid out very well.

BSW

ol' scratch
October 26, 2010, 10:22 PM
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robctwo
October 26, 2010, 10:52 PM
I am hunting in Montana right now with my BAR .308 and .300 WSM Lightwieght stalkers. No luck yet, but both are very nice to carry all day. I get exceptional accuracy with the 300 with the BOSS. Good hunting accuracy with the .308. Accurate, light weight, reliable, black....

BrocLuno
October 26, 2010, 11:03 PM
BAR for auto and Savage 99 in 308 for lever.

I REALLY like my 99 in 308 with weaver bases that are made to fit the 99 contour. I have a Nikon scope on mine and it shoots very well. But, it will be used so it may not be spiffy enough for a real fine Christmas present - most of these 99's in 308 have been hunted pretty hard. More likely you can find a BAR in very nice shape with a lovely stock that will present well :)

Another choice is a Winchester Model 100. They have issues, but there is a recall update back to the factory to get them sorted - so once that's done they are pretty decent. They come up on AuctioArms all the time :)

UltraMag1981
October 26, 2010, 11:45 PM
BENELLI R1 is what I shoot! Hardly any recoil with the comfortec stock, its lighter than the Brownings that I have shot, and in my experiences...more accurate than the others aswell!!! plus the stock feels really cool, kind of like rubber. I love mine :D For some reason on some other forums people dont like them... it seems to me from what people say it is because its made somewhere other than the USA, its Italian:rolleyes:

rjrivero
October 27, 2010, 08:30 AM
My father shoots a Benelli R1 in 30-06. It is a great rifle. Smooth action, good accuracy, and the recoil is quite manageable. (He's pushing 80 years old this year.)

Glocked-N-Loaded
October 27, 2010, 08:32 AM
BAR would do just fine, Benelli would also be a consideration.

brettrow
October 27, 2010, 01:56 PM
I have read mixed reviews on the Binelli

snowbird
October 27, 2010, 04:34 PM
BAR, all the way. Owned 2, a '06 and a 300.

d2wing
October 27, 2010, 05:27 PM
I have not seen any SA hunting rifles locally in .308. Most are 30-06. I have seen an AR-10 in 308 but the OP wants a hunting rifle in 30-06.

CoRoMo
October 27, 2010, 05:37 PM
The best semi auto .30-06 rifle, bar none IMO, would be the OOW 1918A3-SLR. (http://www.ohioordnanceworks.com/Firearms/OOWExclusiveFirearms/1918A3_SLR.rif)
http://www.ohioordnanceworks.com/Images/PhotoGallery/1918A3-02.jpg.thumb?width=580&height=425

d2wing
October 27, 2010, 09:29 PM
I like that, a big BAR. I'd have to put wheels and a motor on it for hunting.

rjrivero
October 27, 2010, 09:40 PM
I like that, a big BAR. I'd have to put wheels and a motor on it for hunting.

You say that like it's a problem......;)

jerkface11
October 27, 2010, 10:03 PM
There was a company named cobb making an upsized AR15 in 30-06 that took BAR ( the machine gun not the semi auto rifle) mags.

soloban
October 28, 2010, 08:21 PM
How about an M1 with a fiberglass stock? That would shave off a pound or two ;)

Lakedaemonian
October 29, 2010, 12:58 AM
Browning BAR... not the WW2 BAR... Modern hunting BARs

Onmilo
October 29, 2010, 09:36 AM
I had a Grade ll Browning BAR.
Wonderful rifle, accurate and reliable with all loads tried.
I sold it because I just didn't need it since I mainly rifle hunt deer with an M1A, M1 Garand or 1886 Winchester .45/70.

You won't go wrong choosing a BAR.

ETA, I could actually reload mine by replacing the magazine box on the floorplate, I had three total.
Some of the rifles are nearly impossible to remove the box magazine from the floorplate, check before you plunk your money down.HTH

SwampWolf
October 29, 2010, 03:11 PM
I also recommend the Browning. And, like others have opined, I much prefer the looks of the older BARs and prefer the .308 over the 30-06 in semi-auto rifles for reasons already stated.

clarence222
November 7, 2010, 10:32 PM
Well thanks for eveyones opinion, I agree with the .308 over the 06 but he wanted the 06. I just finished an auction on gunbroker for a Belgium BAR in 06. Now what would be a good scope to put on this

Hatterasguy
November 7, 2010, 10:56 PM
M1 Garand or FN49, if .308 than I would recommend the FN Fal, G3, M1A, or possible a high end AR10 like the LWRC Repr or Knights Armament SR25. I have no interest in none military rifles so I couldn't recommend a dedicated hunting rifle, maybe an FN FNAR or whatever they are called, they seem cool.

BudW
November 7, 2010, 11:06 PM
How much?

BrocLuno
November 7, 2010, 11:15 PM
What sorts of distances are we talking? Hunt late and very early?

pikid89
November 7, 2010, 11:16 PM
I would go with a Bushnell 3200 or 4200 or perhaps one of the new redfields

I have a 3200 on a super lightweight ruger 270 (read hard kicker) and its as solid as a rock

788Ham
November 8, 2010, 12:37 AM
I'm with you Captcurt, get the Savage .99 in .300 !!!!!!!

clarence222
November 8, 2010, 09:42 PM
I got the BAR for under 500 delivered in excellent shape.

It probably won't be used much for hunting, mainly looking for a decent all around scope.

PurpleProwess
November 8, 2010, 10:58 PM
I would lean towards the BAR.

I have a Remington 750, don't get me wrong great gun, but the trigger is horrible.

The BAR from what i have seen and experienced is a lot better.

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