November 2002

Semi-Auto .30-06s: Browning’s BAR Outshines the HK SLB

Which .30-06 was a better semi-auto hunting rifle? HK’s SLB 2000, $1,399, was a smooth shooter, but Browning’s $809 BAR costs less and has all its details worked out.

According to Gun Digest 2002, there are at least 42 semi-automatic rifles chambered for centerfire calibers available today. But how many of them are classified or readily identifiable as hunting rifles? By this we mean a non-military appearance, available with barrel length of approximately 20 inches or more, and a two-piece stock with receiver drilled and tapped for mounting a scope. The answer is seven. (Eight, if you are willing to include the Ruger Deerfield 99/44 carbine, based solely upon its name.) Among this short list are the Browning BAR, or Browning Automatic Rifle, and the HK SLB 2000, both of which are available chambered in .30-06 Springfield.

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