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What's Yer Idea Of A Good Semi-Auto Hunting Rifle?

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Glock&KimberLady, Jul 7, 2002.

  1. Glock&KimberLady

    Glock&KimberLady Morior Invictus

    Jul 3, 2001
    Hubby has got the itch - ;g - and is looking for a good semi-auto hunting rifle - i.e., similar to the Mini-14 but in a larger gauge (no bolt-actions, etc.)

    Seeing as you all LOVE to give advice, I figure this will be another patented "Glock&KimberLady WON'T DIE" thread. ;N
  2. Why won't this thread ever die??;e

    Have you looked into a Mini-30? M1 Garands are supposed to be really good, too.:)

  3. HAVOC

    HAVOC Remember Millennium Member CLM

    Jun 20, 1999
    Location: Location:
    Well aside from a .308 battle rifle like an FAL or AR-10, the selection is kinda limited.

    Remington still makes the 7400 in various trims and calibers. The one I have in .243 is a horrible shooter, but if it's an upgrade from a Mini-14, probably never notice...

    The only other big bore self loader I can think of is the Browning BAR. I've never even held one, but I've heard they are better shooters than the Remington. They are also pretty heavy.

    I guess if you're hunting close, a Ruger Deerfield Carbine counts as a hunting rifle. The original version was discontinued because of durability issues, and I have't heard about the new one yet. It's also going to be limited to about 150yds. tops. What and where is he looking to hunt?
  4. sailfish

    sailfish Bill Collector

    Mar 11, 2001
    Miami, FL
    Since you think the USP is ugly, maybe this has a bit more sex appeal:


    HK SLB2000, chambered in 30-06 with optional .308 barrel. Only costs 2 mortgage payments.
  5. rfb45colt

    rfb45colt safe-cracker

    Mar 1, 2002
    WI's Northwoods
    What's he going to hunt?, not that it matters.
    There's 3 that come to mind instantly... Remington 7400, Browning BAR (pricey), and the Ruger .44MAG carbine. I've got a Remington in .308 with the 18" carbine barrel. It's surprisingly accurate for a semi-auto as far as I'm concerned. 1 1/2 - 2" groups at 100 yards (with a peep sight, no scope) are the norm. More than adequate for deer hunting where I live. But... I've heard others claim the accuracy sucks on theirs (but I wonder if it's the gun, the ammo, or the shooter that sucks).

    The Brownings are great guns, and come in magnum calibers. The reason I prefer the Remington... it's lighter, it's cheaper but still good quality, magazine swaps are much quicker, magazines are also much cheaper, and you can get 10 rounders quite easily... just in case it's needed for something other than hunting. ;f

    If money is not a concern, and you're willing to part with at least $1,500, you can't beat a Springfield M1A. ;f
  6. Not very experienced at all but here's my .02$ worth.

    Browning makes it's BAR in just about any caliber Mr. G&KL might be interested in From .243 , .270, 308, 30-06, on and on for A suggested retail starting at $809 and going up but I have seen them in one store starting at $650.

    Similar to the Mini-14 suggests the Mini-30 in 7.62x39 (basically a 308 NATO I understand)

    Remington's 7400 model is about the same for caliber choice (a little more limited) as Browning. Suggested retail starts at $520.

    Trying to look into a Browning or a Remington myself and I definitely want a Ruger Mini-30 before they are banned. Those are so customizable they can be made to look like an assault rifle. A great way to piss off any gun hating nazis that manage to get into your home and see it.;f ;N Like I said, my two cents worth, take it or leave it.;c
  7. rfb45colt

    rfb45colt safe-cracker

    Mar 1, 2002
    WI's Northwoods
    Just curious... do they make a left-handed version?

    If I shot that thing, I'd be digging the brass out of my ear. ;P
  8. brass308


    Apr 17, 2001
    A Mile High
    Humm, so we want something like a mini-14, but in a larger caliber. That sounds a lot like this old gun I heard of called the M-14. Maybe it's just me, but that sounds like just the thing he'd be wanting.

    Now my personal fav. is the Walther WA2000
  9. rfb45colt

    rfb45colt safe-cracker

    Mar 1, 2002
    WI's Northwoods
  10. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon
    for small 30-30 sized game a nice full lenght Russian or Chinese threaded barrel SKS.
    get a full length hunting stock, RECIEVER mounted Weaver rail, 5 round fixed mag>>remove the front sight post and the other crap up front and you will have one of the finest semi-auto hunting rifles around!!.....for the caliber at least. Inexpensive too

    not much in the 'looks' dept though
  11. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon
    don't know about a 'post-ban' AUG (never seen one) but a real AUG can be converted from right to left hand by installng the bolt in either position and moving a 'blanking plate/dust cover' to the opposite side.

    I had one back in the day and while I found it had high points in the 'ohh-ahh' factor, I did not like the way it shot
  12. chevrofreak

    chevrofreak Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    Billings, Montana
  13. Ok i was mistaken might have been something else about the 7.62x39 being the same as a 308. As far as the banning of mini-30's it's only a matter of time before the "they look like an assault rifle so it must be an assualt rifle" gun grabbing crowd of air-headed fools get to them. Besides that every time I see one the seems to have gone up. Then again I keep looking at the price on a lot of stuff so I could have been mistaken there too. Cheers.;c
  14. trapfan

    trapfan Got Glock?

    Sep 19, 2001
    Michigan, U.S.A
    If your pockets are deep....I would get a Springfield M1A with a fiber syn. stock. in .308 cal. When proper bullets are used you can press this rifle in to a great hunting weapon on big game. He could put a Brookfield precision scope mount on it with a good Leupold 3.5X10 VeriX III and it will serve him well. This is the basic setup I have and it has taken a few Whitetail deer and many varmits. Pull the scope and mount off and he can shoot service rifle comp. with the same rifle...JMTCW;)
  15. I have two that qualify. One is a Remington 7400; mine is in .270 Win and is MagNaPorted. The other is a Browning BAR in .30-06. Both of these rifles were set up for hunting whitetail deer in the brush and thickets of the Northeastern US. Each is fitted with a 1.5x5 variable power scope.

    Both of them shoot accurately enough. The Rem is a little loud, but the barrel barely jumps at the shot; follow-up shots are quick! The BAR is easily the softest shooting 30-06 I have ever fired. The Rem is about $100 or so cheaper than the Browning; the Browning has a wider selection of calibers including magnum calibers.

    I also have M1 Garands and various other military style semi-autos, but don't truly consider them to be "hunting" rifles.

    Good luck with your choice! :)

  16. exmdshooter

    exmdshooter WWJMBD?

    Hey GKL;

    As some others have ponted out - a lot depends on what he wants to hunt. 7.62x39 is quite adequate for much North American game, which reminds me... did you ever make it to the range with that SKS you picked up... for him? If you did, and posted an eval, I must have missed it. Lots of folks hunt with these - scoped they can be sufficiently accurate out past 100 yards or so (about the max you'd ever need in this here eastern part of the US).

    Finally got mine (a '54 Russian) the other week. Been cleaning (and fondling) it but haven't made it out to the range as of yet. Can't wait - she's a beaut.

    Of course, if the motivation is to pick up another gun... well, that's always a good reason :cool:
  17. chevrofreak

    chevrofreak Senior Member

    Dec 27, 2001
    Billings, Montana
    i havent seen many hollow points in 7.62x39, but if you can find some it would probably be adequate to drop a deer to 200 yards.

    i would still rather use a .308 winchester (7.62x51NATO) they have more inherent accuracy, and more velocity.

    .308 winchester is just as powerful as .30-06 since they have nearly the same charges, and bullet design/weight.

    just ask the S.W.A.T. snipers.
  18. SteyrAUG


    Jul 5, 2002
    Actually yes. The AUG has ejection ports on both sides and the unused one is covered. You simply change the cover and instal a left hand eject bolt head.