View Full Version : Browning 30-06 "substitute"

08-01-2015, 12:00 PM
A buddy asked me to find him a Browning semi-auto in 30-06.
He wants to spend about $1500 total including glass.
A Browning is going to run him $1300 before a scope which $200 won't get him much.
Any suggestions on a less expensive rifle so he can afford decent optics?
Synthetic stock, semi-auto and 30-06 are his only real requirements.
I just don't know enough about hunting rifles to make a recommendation without help from you fine folks.

08-01-2015, 12:07 PM

Not sure the price tag, should be sub-$1000 also not sure how available they are.

Rory McCanuck
08-01-2015, 12:15 PM
The BAR is one heck of a rifle. Accurate as all get out with anything you feed it and will run almost forever.
I find they carry a bit like a railway tie, maybe the plastic stock would help with that?

I'd rather have a looked after used BAR than a new Remington, I think.

08-01-2015, 12:22 PM
I'd shop used and say to hell with the synthetic if he wants to keep it under budget. I haven't seen a new Remington semi auto for a bit, Cabela's is listing them as unavailable (rather than backorderable), and all Epps seems to have is a used 740 in .308 for $450. The Remington semis seem a good little rifle, the older ones I've shot at any rate. Accurate enough I suppose, the Browning or Benelli Argo are probably a tad better for about $300 more. (Benelli seems a touch cheaper than the Browning?)

08-01-2015, 12:23 PM
There isn't a lot of options out there for a semi-auto hunting rifle in a long action. Personally, I like the Benelli R1. A friend of mine has one in .300 WSM and has taken lots of game with it. I shot it a few times, and found it quite enjoyable to shoot. Only problem is that its comparable to the Browning in price.

If the semi-auto thing can be negotiated, Id also look at something like a Browning BLR - the lever can be almost as quick as a semi-auto. Either way, picking up a used BAR or BLR would be the best way to keep some budget for glass. Otherwise, you will probably have to increase the budget.

08-01-2015, 12:27 PM
Remington 7600 pumps abound in 30.06 as well. Good little guns, new version is 760? Is that right? They are pretty reasonable to buy used, and new $700-$800 I would imagine.

08-01-2015, 12:27 PM
Find a used BAR, when he has more money he can get the new rifle, until then he still has a Browning.

08-01-2015, 12:32 PM
Father uses a 7500, 30-06, gets the job done and it's far from new - got a 10pt last year, but I'd save for the BAR too.

08-01-2015, 12:40 PM
The Gun Dealer has stock #45103 in the used gun section as an example of a good starter set-up under $1500, it's $850 with a scope that's a Browning. I know it's a .270 not 30-06 and I would rather have wood than camo, but, a better choice imho than settling for another type of rifle. Heck that one you could probably dicker him down on the price of just the rifle or add a few bucks to upgrade the scope that is on it and have a great hunting package.

08-01-2015, 12:57 PM
if you really want to save some $,

I watch gagnon's used section like a hawk too. Sometimes you get almost bnib rifles for a steal

CLW .45
08-03-2015, 09:26 AM
Get the rifle he wants.

Save for the optics, buy when he has the money.

08-03-2015, 02:20 PM
if you really want to save some $,

I watch gagnon's used section like a hawk too. Sometimes you get almost bnib rifles for a steal

Crap...if I was looking for a knocking around the bush hunting gun, I'd be all over that like a dirty shirt !

I own a Browning BAR Safari II in 300 win mag and love it. It NEVER jams or fails to fire, and the thing is stupidly accurate. It shot a 5/16" group (with icehunter121 shooting it) at 100 yards, with a 3x9x40 Redfield scope. It's WAY up there on my never sell list.

08-03-2015, 02:53 PM
I've owned a few sa hunting cal rifles. The newest being the Rem 750 in 30 06.
From what I've seen I'd own a BAR, and am always shopping for one in 7mm, but wouldn't buy anything else sa again.

Laramie Longhorn
08-04-2015, 01:42 PM
I'd give up on the semi-auto. Get a Tikka or a Browning bolt, really good glass, and get the SA when funds are available. Keep said glass and put it on the BAR when he gets it. The bolt gun will be worth 80%. Then he hunts this year and it doesn't suck because he's got bad glass.