Semi-auto rifles have long been popular with big woods hunters for obvious reasons. The Remington line runs way back to the Model 8, which was the first successful semi-auto for hunters. Back then, hunters in the know picked the .35 Remington. The later Remington rifles, the Model 740, 742, and 7400 always had a big following with big woods hunters. Larry Benoit was best known for the pump-action rifle, but when he launched a whitetail revolution by appearing on the cover of Sports Afield in 1970, he had a Remington Model 742 in the photo.