View Full Version : Browning BAR accuracy

September 8, 2009, 07:31 PM
I have a BAR Safari in 243 win that I use on boar and teach my kids to shoot on. On factory ammo (Win super x and remmy cor-lokt) it holds about 3" @100yds. I have heard that this can be a slightly over MOA rifle. My question is does anyone have experience with a BAR? Have you accurized it, or attempted to? I'm kind of a tinker at heart and cant seem to leave well enough alone, but I dont want to ruin my kids rifle. Any tips?

Also, I dont load for 243 as of yet, I'm only doing pistol.

September 8, 2009, 07:43 PM
If I was you I'd try some different (a larger variety) factory ammo if possible around the 100 grain mark. A BAR should be able to do ~2 MOA I think with out modifications, of which I don't know as you can't really do anything to it because of the semiautomatic action and gas tubes/whatnot under the fore end.

Make sure your action screws are tight and if possible I'd try shooting the rifle with a different scope. I think it should do better than 3 MOA out of the box.

September 8, 2009, 07:59 PM
My 338 is just shy of MOA with factory ammo. Handloading gets it down to MOA or a little less. It prefers 225g projectiles.

September 8, 2009, 09:56 PM
My BAR MkII Safari (with BOSS) in .30/06 repeatedly achieves .75" - 1" groups at 100yds. The best shooting factory load I've found is Winchester Ballistic Silvertips, 165gr.

Do you have a BOSS? If so, you can try adjusting it to improve your groups. I agree that you'll need to try several different loads though. Whichever one shoots best, buy a few boxes and adjust your BOSS to really dial it in.

September 8, 2009, 11:17 PM
its an older model I bought used so no BOSS. I thought 3" was a rather large group from a quality gun, but I'm a little surprised to hear under MOA. Was that with the BOSS? Is that an option Browning will install on an older rifle?

September 12, 2009, 03:17 AM
My Belgian made 270 WCF will do one and a half inches for three shots with Federal 150gr Noslers. I think all of the semi autos are touchy about their ammo. Mine will not shoot that well with everything. The Remington 150gr Roundnose Corelokt more often goes into three inches. All groups at 100 yds from a sandbag rest.

September 12, 2009, 05:53 AM
Working with handloads we finally got it down to MOA @ 100. We haven't found a factory load that will do less than 2MOA @ 100.

September 12, 2009, 07:37 AM
My Shortrac 308 with Hornady 165 BTSP will shoot .75 with ease. Cor Lokts are around 1.5. Great Gun !

September 12, 2009, 11:46 AM
I've got a BAR in .300 WinMag and havent done anything to it. It shoots MOA at 100 yards without any problems.

September 12, 2009, 11:23 PM
Was that with the BOSS? Is that an option Browning will install on an older rifle?

I'm sure they could, call them. If they don't just about any competent gunsmith could set you up.

September 13, 2009, 01:10 PM
I had older models, like yours, but in 7mm Rem Mag that would produce under 1.5" groups consistently and every once in the while, when the shooting gods were smiling, 1" groups...My .243 did about the same...

MOA no but certainly MOMoose or deer

September 13, 2009, 01:35 PM
+1 on trying different ammo.