Originally Posted by John_Deer
I believe a BAR is slightly more reliable than a modified M-1 Garrand. I have shot the BAR for close to 40 years. They are more reliable than a lot of highly touted weapons. I have to admit all the BARs I have owned are type II that were actually made in Belgium. The newer plastic BAR isn't that bad. I have seen many of them unloaded. I don't recall any problems.
The Remington Woodmaster is a horse of a different color. I have yet to actually see one that would unload without jamming. I have heard people say they own one that functions well but I haven't seen it. At one time I belonged to a hunting club that had over 100 members and owned around 200 deer hounds.
Back when the M1 was easily purchased for $100 a lot of Korean War veterans told me you couldn't give an M1 to them. I took their advice and I never bought one. That is one purchase I have no regret in not making. I regret not buying more AKs much more than I regret not buying an M1.
i think your missing out on the M1 they are great reliable accurate rifles chambered in a very powerful round. there was a gentleman until he recently passed away converting M1's to fire the 458 winmag!!
i will agree with you on the BAR in that the older ones work well. the newer ones are far more common and not very good at all
i think the op is really limiting himself with the 30-06 since it doesnt lend itself well to semiauto rifles. you pretty much have to source a gun that was built 30-60 years ago since no one has a modern recent manufacture semi for that i would trust to the task at hand.