HK recently discontinued importation of the SL8-6, so prices have come down quite a bit on these guns. I recently had the opportunity to do a long-term test on one. I’ve been trying to get the gun set up for testing (rails, optics, etc.) and have begun putting the rifle through its paces. Here are a few initial thoughts . . .
- If you really want a semi-auto G-36 assault rifle, you will be sadly disappointed with the configuration of the SL8-6. The rifle was designed during the dark days of the assault weapon ban and it’s severely neutered. While it’s possible to convert an SL8-6 to a G-36 configuration, that’s an expensive proposition and parts are drying up.
- If you’re looking for a semi-automatic varmint rifle, you will absolutely love the SL8-6.
- It’s very easy to clean.
- It’s very accurate: easily sub-MOA and probably sub ½ MOA with the right loads.
- The trigger is excellent — one of the best I’ve ever experienced on a non-AR platform semi-auto rifle.
- HK still hates you and you still suck.
Here’s a shot of Chris Dumm helping me with the testing. He really hates my now-discontinued IOR Valdada Super M2 scope because the eye relief leaves something to be desired on this model. Although the IOR’s optics are as bright and sharp as anything on the market, the fixed 6x magnification doesn’t quite cut it for my 45 year old Mark I eyeballs.
Frankly, I don’t have the gun dialed in yet. The 9×13 Harris bipod was too long for bench work and the thin reticle on the 6 power optic got lost in the black targets we were using at at 300 yards. Nonetheless, I was able to print one .96 inch group at 300 yards using Double Tap 77 grain match ammo.
Full review to follow. Watch this space.