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    Posted: 02 October 2017 at 08:49
Like it say's anyone have any experience with Browning BAR's .I know the Remington 7400's don't get many likes,seems ya either love them or don't love em.

Edited by Tikkabuck - 02 October 2017 at 08:50
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My dad has BAR in 7mag, he got it 20+yrs ago, when recoil from 300wm became too much. He liked it, he's 84 and had to give up hunting few years ago. It's always ran flawless and been accurate enough, his only complaint is it's weight, he said "At least it's not as heavy as first BAR, he used in 50/51"

My mom used 740 in /06 for years, she's lost chances at several deer and elk, because of functioning issues. Most often from not letting bolt slam, when loading, she's had to have broken bolt replaced couple/three times. My daughter has 742 in 243, it's fairly accurate, bolt broke once, it was used, so it could've had much use. I have 740 in 308, it's hunting accurate, but I haven't shot it much.

Having shot both the BAR and several 740/742/7400s. If I had to do much walking, in cover, I'd choose 740 series, because of weight. Otherwise BAR is much better rifle and recoil is much less, than 740 series, likely it's the weight, but action also feels smoother.

If it was me, I'd go with 7mm/08 BAR over 308, having shot both, 7mm/08 has slightly less recoil and 7mm bullet selection is at least as good as 308s. 243 would be lowest recoiling, but I find it hard to feel difference between 243 100gr and 7mm/08 120gr, for the extra performance, slightly more recoil is worth it.
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I have a BAR in 06. I have not shot it much but so far it has been fine. Like Robert said it is not a tack driver but more than accurate for hunting at any reasonable range.
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My complaint about all of the above is the weight. I had a 742 in -06 for a while and hated every minute of the walk in and out from the stand. Too heavy for still hunting. IMHO, 788.
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I don't think, it's the actual weight difference, that makes semi's seem heavy, between std 700 and 740, there's less than 1/2lb of difference, it's got to be difference in balance.

I think the newer BARs are lighter, than the 70s Belgian one, my dad has, but his feels more than 1/2lb heavier than 740.
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I had the older/heavier model BAR in 30-06.

Never failed to function.

Experimented with different bullets and weights and
got it shooting under an inch at 100yds with
of all things - 180 Rem CLs.
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I have heard that they like commercial loads better for some reason, on a different site .
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While todays factory loads are very good, if you take into type of rifle you load for, it can be easier to find good handload. Semis need a powder, that's keeps pressure, near design pressure at gas port and to be sized to feed correctly in action. Sometimes a rifle has drastic preference of one brand of factory ammo or handload over others, other aren't as picky. My Dad's BAR shoots best with Federal blue box and hates Remington green and yellow, Mom's 740 in /06 is the opposite. My daughter's 742 .243 likes blue box or IMR4350 100gr reloads, slower powder, accuracy goes away and it's action is hammered.
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Originally posted by Tikkabuck Tikkabuck wrote:

I have heard that they like commercial loads better for some reason, on a different site .



Tikka,

There very well could be something to that.
Mine like the full powered max reloads.
Factory loads are mostly close to full power.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BEAR Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 October 2017 at 12:03
Never quite understood the 'need' for a semi-auto in hunting? First shot is the one that counts, never heard of any auto that could out shoot a bolt in the same cartridge.

Often wondered why more M1s were not sporterized for hunting. It certainly has the reliability issue solved.
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