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Thanks Rogue, that is one I am not familiar with? Looks interesting. I wonder if they were problematic. I like the look of if.


It's a high quality, well-made, John Browning design.

The main thing that is problematic is finding one in good condition at a reasonable price in a widely-available caliber. Wink

Otherwise, at ~8 pounds, they're not as lightweight as some of modern 7ish pound semiautos, but still less than something like a ~10+ pound AR10 or M1A. And scope mounting isn't as easy as the more modern semiautos.

But it'll be cheaper and classier than something like a new Browning BAR or FNAR, lighter than some semiauto options, and millions/billions of game animals have been killed with iron sights over the years.

Here's what looks like a nice one in .300 Savage on Gunbroker with a $750 starting bid: https://www.gunbroker.com/item/815595033

.300 Savage is a great, older .30 cal medium game hunting round that's ballistically a step up from rounds like .30-30 or 7.62x39, but a step down from .308 or .30-06. Despite its age, commercial .300 Savage ammo is still available.

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This Wisconsin gun shop has a pair of them in .300 Savage for $850 each. Your choice of standard leaf rear sight or peep sight. (Personally, I'd go with the peep.)

Standard:
https://www.hiwayxgunsandammol...-page/remington-81-1

Peep:
https://www.hiwayxgunsandammol...ct-page/remington-81
 
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A few of my votes would be a BAR in 243 or 308, I have a lightweight 20” 308. Another lightweight, quality gun is the VZ-58 in 7.62x39.

I had Browning BARs in 243 & 30-06, sold them during a consolidation attempt.
 
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I know the FNAR was noted as an option. I had one. With the advantage of being current production, warranty and mags you can find. But its the most miserable beast to maintain I have every encountered. May not bother you if you shoot it modestly, but bothered me to the point it is gone.


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Thanks guys, while the Remington Rogue mentioned is probably the most viable option. The price is some prohibitive. There just are not really any viable options to meet my needs that I can see. So onward.




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Sounds like your budget is going to be one of the primary limiting factor. The only non-AR semiauto hunting rifle in .308ish that you're likely to find for under ~$700 is something like a used Remington 742 or 7400. And those can have issues.

So it appears that we need more info.

1) What is your budget?
2) What are you hunting, and at what range?
3) Why semiauto?
4) Why not an AR?

There are a large number of affordable options for bolt or lever action hunting rifles.

Or, if it needs to be semiauto, but it's for shorter ranges, something like an SKS in 7.62x39 can be had for $400ish and would be plenty for medium game like hogs or deer out to 150 yards or so.

Another option for a short range semiauto hunting gun is a shotgun. You can get a decent used semiauto Beretta or Remington shotgun for $500ish. With the right slugs you can take medium game out to 100ish yards.

But if you're willing to go with an AR, you can get an AR-10 in .308 from Palmetto for ~$500 right now, which should be able to handle just about any of the usual hunting rifle needs.
 
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While not semi auto, savage 99 is classic.
 
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To be honest I have items to fit the niche. Just not a ARish semi. Have bolt, lever, and AR options. Just wanted something specific. If that Remington was $450-500 I would be really tempted. So I am good. Thanks to all who chimed in.




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Benelli R1
 
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Yeah, you're not going to find much for $450-$500 when it comes to quality non-AR semiauto hunting rifles, unless you just happen to stumble across an amazing deal by being in the right place at the right time.

That's used Remington 742/7400 territory, but those can be problematic.

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Benelli R1


Finding a Benelli R1 for $500ish would be quite a challenge.
 
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What about a Mini 30 Ruger? Seems to fit all of your needs and a folding stock or synthetic stock version should be fairly light.
 
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What about a Mini 30 Ruger?


He shot that down a third of the way through the 1st page:

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The Mini 30 does not interest me either.
 
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Mini 30's do not have a great history on accuracy. Also not a huge fan of the 7.62x39.

A lever action is probably a better option since little is available in something more along the lines of a 8 or 81. I like them but I have never felt like most lever guns fit me that well. They are a little short and compact for my liking.

I may post a wtb or trade for an 8 or 81 here to see if someone has one collecting dust Wink

Thanks again guys.




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Benelli R1 is an option, I looked at them a while back as a good pig rifle, you can find them used at a decent price.

https://www.benelliusa.com/r1-big-game-rifle
 
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Ruger XGI.

Oh, wait...

Never mind.
 
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Seems like the every impossible task.

Good luck.
 
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Around here, Grade 1 Browning BAR rifles are reasonably priced used, and .243 was one of the original calibers.



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I know the FNAR was noted as an option. I had one. With the advantage of being current production, warranty and mags you can find. But its the most miserable beast to maintain I have every encountered. May not bother you if you shoot it modestly, but bothered me to the point it is gone.



The accuracy and enjoyment of shooting my FNAR only marginally exceeds the PIA factor to clean and maintain it.


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LOVE that rifle.


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