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mox-ct 12-18-2011 01:44 PM

Looking for suggestions for semi-auto in .308
Presently I'm considering getting a .308 for hunting and want a semi-auto. I have experience with the BAR in 30.06 but to me it seems too heavy. I'm looking used or new, and want to stay away from the 'assault weapon' type since my state has a ban on those. So far I have looked at the Winchester Model 100 and the Remington 7400 (none in .308). I looked at the Brunelli, but the price is way too high for those.

Other suggestions welcome.

Sonic82 12-18-2011 02:18 PM

This may do..remington 742 carbine 308 win Remington Rifles - Modern > Other for sale, gun classifieds or gun auction from Cameron Gustafson. Buy or bid on this remington 742 carbine 308 win in the category Remington Rifles - Modern > Other on GunsAmerica.

c3shooter 12-18-2011 04:06 PM

Well, I HAVE a Model 100 in .308. It has been out of production for a while, and some parts are getting scarce. It is one of the few rifles that you MUST detail strip and clean- if the gas piston rusts in the cylinder you will play hell getting it apart again. I am not recoil sensitive, but the stock on that rifle HURTS.

The BAR (civilian rifle, not the military full auto) is pricy, rifle a touch heavy, made like a Swiss watch.

mox-ct 12-18-2011 06:21 PM

Thanks guys, the Remington 742 (and 740 and 7400) is an interesting option and there seems to be plenty of them in the Auction scene.

Any other suggestions?

TLuker 12-19-2011 02:01 AM


Originally Posted by mox-ct (Post 654923)
Thanks guys, the Remington 742 (and 740 and 7400) is an interesting option and there seems to be plenty of them in the Auction scene.

Any other suggestions?

I've got a 742 in 30-06 and I have no complaints. That model has a bad reputation for jamming, but I don't know of anyone that actually has one that has ever had a problem. I'm sure some have had problems but again I don't personally know anyone that has. Mine has never jammed and it shoots really well. Recoil is very light and it doesn't even have a recoil pad (it never needed one). The five or six people that I know personally that have one give theirs similar reviews.

BodySnatcher 12-21-2011 09:00 AM

FNAR 20" heavy for all your .308 semi-auto needs in a "non-battle" look. FN also claims a BAR heritage for the design.

mox-ct 12-21-2011 07:50 PM

Thanks, I'll look them over also.

mox-ct 02-17-2012 09:48 PM

I ended up getting a Winchester Model 100. Apparently Winchester has a recall on the firing pin. I managed to get a firing pin replacement and gift card from Win Recall people. I also bought a new bolt gas tube, extractor and pins for he bolt too. Replaced everything and it seems to be working fine. The old bolt was damaging the brass, the new bolt is not damaging the brass. The used 10 round magazine I picked up on GunBroker works fine too. Its a Colyer Clip.

heavyliftn 02-19-2012 05:32 PM

I have a FNAR. 308 heavy barrel with bipod and 4-16x44 sight mark scope. Love the gun. Shoots well and comes with interchangeable cheek plate and butt stock. Can convert trigger from 5 lb to 3lb pull and wow what a difference. Also not a bad weight even with accessories and full 20 round clip

sputnik1988 02-19-2012 06:04 PM

If you are not dead set on 308, an M1 Garand is a great option, if you are dead set on it, then Garands can be rebarreled for 308. If the weight is an issue... There are synthetic stocks available for Garands. Lord, please forgive me for using "synthetic" and "Garand" in the same sentence. :)

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