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anotherone
12-18-2006, 4:33 PM
OK so I'm looking to get into a semi-auto to replace my ancient 1968 Sears Roebuck bolt action hunting rifle. I've looked at the Benelli R1 and the Browning BAR and both seem good. But what's the best semi-auto hunting rifle out there right now and what are some of the calibers I should be considering? I enjoy hunting medium sized varmints such as coyotes and foxes but would mostly be using this rifle to kill deer and pigs. It would be a HUGE plus if the rifle could also take out coyotes and foxes though without splattering them all over.

Hunter
12-18-2006, 5:21 PM
Can I ask why you want a semi-auto for a hunting rifle? Now don't get me wrong, I own/used a lot of the semi-autos but I always come back to the bolt action or single shot rifles. Now, both of the rifles you mention are good, but they are heavy and not as accurate in general as a good bolt. Plus semi-autos tend to me more finicky in bad conditions.

anotherone
12-18-2006, 5:51 PM
simply put: firepower. When I made the switch from a pump to an autoloading shotgun there was some serious butt kicking. Many more ducks dropped from the sky because my shotgun was lighter and could drop two ducks instead of just one. I started thinking "Wow if a semi-auto shotgun makes this much difference then a semi-auto rifle would be equally awesome."

I have noticed there are very few semi-auto hunting rifles on the market. If I did go for a bolt again it would probably be the Tikka T3 because it's light and handy in a variety of situations.

Heck at a time like this all I can think is, "What would Jimmy Buffet do?"

metalhead357
12-18-2006, 6:45 PM
Semi auto rifles....M1 Garand, M14/M1A...

But I'm also wondering WHAT you're hunting....there arnt too many critters you can can go hog-wild on and actually "need" a semi for. Pig, rabbit and graound squirrel are about the only ones that come to mind:confused:

SemiAutoSam
12-18-2006, 6:57 PM
Ive always found that a 10/22 was perfect for Rabbit but then so is My Homeland Defence Rifle chambered in .223 and the one chambered in .308 covers just about anything that the HDR223 doesn't.

Hunter
12-18-2006, 7:39 PM
simply put: firepower. When I made the switch from a pump to an autoloading shotgun there was some serious butt kicking. Many more ducks dropped from the sky because my shotgun was lighter and could drop two ducks instead of just one. I started thinking "Wow if a semi-auto shotgun makes this much difference then a semi-auto rifle would be equally awesome."

I have noticed there are very few semi-auto hunting rifles on the market. If I did go for a bolt again it would probably be the Tikka T3 because it's light and handy in a variety of situations.

Heck at a time like this all I can think is, "What would Jimmy Buffet do?"


Bird shooting is one thing, big game hunting is another. I could count on one hand (with fingers left over) the number of times I wanted/needed a second "rapid" shot that was faster than one can take with a bolt action rifle. It's just not the same as wing shooting.

If you feel you REALLY wanted a faster followup shot than what a bolt action can afford, then you need a double rifle and not a semi-auto:p

When you go after birds you are looking to get 5, 7, 10 depending on the limits. When you are after big game the limits are mostly 1. So I find the best approach is to just make that first shot count, winging birds is one thing,..."winging" a deer, pig, bear, elk....ect is not the way you want to go.

cnyankee
12-18-2006, 7:47 PM
Heck at a time like this all I can think is, "What would Jimmy Buffet do?"

jimmy buffet? id want to know what ted nugent would do?

tankerman
12-18-2006, 8:40 PM
If the main purpose is to kill hogs and deer what do you really need "more fire power" for, are you planning on killing multiple hogs with bursts of gun fire? Sounds like an Ak might fill your needs, with 3-4,30round mags.;)

Vepr62
12-18-2006, 8:49 PM
Semi autos are for fun and lack acuracy (except my OLL with 20 in fluted HB Bushmaster upper, under .5 MOA for warminting) For serious hunting I use bolt action guns.
Vasiliy

metalhead357
12-18-2006, 8:51 PM
Semi autos are for fun and lack acuracy

SOME lack accuracy......not all, so please dont lump them all together...the PSG comes to mind;)