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Offline Bob Riebe

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Rifle caliber semi-autos
« on: January 26, 2020, 09:35:36 AM »
Back in the day, Harrington & Richardson, Remington and Winchester made semi-auto rifles.
Not counting the the  military based rifles and pistol caliber rifles, who before the turn of the century when black-gun mania hit, if any one did , made rifle caliber semi-auto rifles?

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Re: Rifle caliber semi-autos
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2020, 11:54:51 AM »
Winchester made several in the SL serles, I think Remington had a limited run of them in the .30-.35 Remington chamberings. Those were the oldest I can remember at the moment.

I've owned the Remington 742 and Winchester 100.


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Re: Rifle caliber semi-autos
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2020, 03:12:23 PM »
While searching the net, which oddly is not as easy as it used to be about such things, I did come across a site that mention the Standard Semi-auto rifle, .
Hard to believe I forgot Browning.
FN made a version of the Remington  Model 8 call the FN 1900.
Here are two sites, both hard to search through which besides the military based, do have some very early commercial semi-autos.
https://www.forgottenweapons.com/category/rifles/semiauto-rifles/
http://vintagesemiautorifle.proboards.com/
It seems nowadays, the only firms making old school hunting semi-autos. wood stocks, no pistol grips, are Verney-Carron, Benelli and Browning.I do think Russia and the Fins makes some based on military rifles.Canada had one based on a Finish semi-auto modified to shoot the .303 decades back but only a few hundred were made.

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Re: Rifle caliber semi-autos
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2020, 08:17:17 PM »
I found another one no longer around, at least in the U.S.; the HK 940 in 30-06.
It was available from the eighties into the early nineties.

Here is one that is available now; the Sauer S 303

http://huntmag.eu/the-new-generation-sauer-303-is-on-fire/

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Re: Rifle caliber semi-autos
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2020, 10:24:37 PM »

Harrington richardson ultra automatic 308
ruger ranch (but that might be pushing the non military a bit)
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Re: Rifle caliber semi-autos
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2020, 10:14:10 AM »
Now I have absolutely zero need for one, but that H&R is one I came close to getting on-line a few years back.

I have two deer rifles I have not even shot, a Ross .303 and a Russian 7.62 x 54 as I may some day go deer hunting just to say I did, no love for venison and I ate a fair amount as a yout,  but that H&R intrigues me as it went against the then big two when no one else had one.
Oh yes, three weeks ago I came within a hairbreadth of buying a sporterized K-31 7.5 Swiss, till I discovered it had no magazine in it. :o