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Old July 13, 2018, 12:26 PM   #26
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I agree with the Remington pump rifles, 7600. They appear as a typical non-threatening hunting rifle and are rapid fire if necessary with reliability and detachable box magazines. I got a great deal on one on Gunbroker in .30-06.
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Old July 13, 2018, 09:55 PM   #27
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Have owned two M100 & M88 Winchesters,

Never had a problems.

When first bought, I stripped and detailed the actions, didnot need to replace extractors, but they are cheap.

The gas piston just needs to be cleaned with a fine polishing 3M auto pad.
use a brass brush to polish the chamber.

Reconsider those rifles.
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Old July 13, 2018, 09:57 PM   #28
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The Remington 7400/742’s guns are designed to be hunting rifles, not military rifles. If you plan on buying a gun, and just hunting with it,You will be fine. If you want a range toy that you are going to shoot a lot of rounds of ammo through, and also hunt with it. You’re going to be better off with something else.

My father has a 7400 in 30-06 that is at least 30 years old and the only time it has ever failed was when the magazine spring got so weak that the gun failed to feed. But he probably gets two or three years out of a box of 20 rounds.
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Old July 14, 2018, 08:10 PM   #29
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I shot my first deer on November 15, 1964 in Iosco County, Michigan with a Winchester Model 100 semi-auto rifle, chambered in .308. The rifle was reliable and accurate and I've always regretted trading it for a '57 oil-burning Chevy-a wagon and not a Nomad .

If you want a semi-auto rifle for deer hunting chambered in .308, you could do a lot worse than a Model 100 Winchester (also chambered in .284 and .243). Drawbacks include limited parts for repair and pricey spare magazines. Also, the Model 100 had a recall issued for a firing pin problem which, the last time I heard, Winchester was still fixing for free.
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Old July 14, 2018, 10:37 PM   #30
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I have owned quite a few deer rifles in 308 Win. I don't do AR type rifles. The
first new semi auto I bought was a 742c Rem, just had to have one. The worst
excuse for a rifle I have ever owned, no contest and this was 1966 not the new
junk. I have had several Win 100s in 308 and didn't have any issues with them
at all. Dependable & accurate. The Browning BAR was my favorite, not better
than the 100Win they just seem familiar to me because I hunt with A5s and
vintage Rem 8 & 81 rifles. I'm not a big fan of semi loaders except 22s.

I've only bought one 742 new but have got several on trade over the years
and they never let me down, they are all junk. They are 100yd meat guns
on average. Good enough to shoot deer at 100yds. Had them in 308-3006
and 270. Jam o Matic rattle traps. I've had BAR in several cals including mags
not target rifles either but will shoot rings around Rems with no function
problems. The Win 100 is about the same as Brn for accuracy and function.
I like its one piece stock and they seem to be better at shooting light bullets
like 110gr. I've only owned one in 243 and 3 in 308win.
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Old July 14, 2018, 11:13 PM   #31
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Not a .308, but an SKS is a relatively inexpensive alternative that might suit your purpose.
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Old July 15, 2018, 10:06 AM   #32
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You might want to check the laws in your state. When I left N.J. 15 years ago, couldn't hunt in the state with a rifle. I'd be surprised if it changed.
That being said, I once had a Saiga AK in .308 that was surprisingly accurate.
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Old July 15, 2018, 12:58 PM   #33
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You might want to check the laws in your state. When I left N.J. 15 years ago, couldn't hunt in the state with a rifle. I'd be surprised if it changed.
Good point ...

So in N.J., can you hunt with a centerfire rifle at all?

And if so, can you hunt with a semi-auto rifle? ... Or are you restricted to bolt-, lever-, and pump-actions?
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