View Full Version : Browning BAR Safari .308

May 17, 2010, 12:35 AM
Looking for info/opinions with those who have experience with this rifle. Would be for primary hunting rifle (deer, Boar, and the like) with Leupold glass! ..http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/images/031001l.jpg

May 17, 2010, 01:44 AM
You generally are not going to get bolt action like accuracy out of the rifle. Although if you are looking to get one with the BOSS brake, that should help you optimize your accuracy for good results.

They are not the lightest rifle to carry. So consider that if you are doing long and difficult hikes. But their recoil is quite light, even without the BOSS brake, due to the gas operated action. Certainly makes follow-up shots a lot easier to make, due to the lighter recoil, and no need to operate any action.

Hardest thing to adjust to is the location of the safety, compared to a bolt action. If you are used to the safety being next to the action, you will need to practice to adjust your habits.

May 17, 2010, 03:04 AM
I like the Brownings. I have one in .308. Its a really sweet gun, imo. They are a bit heavy, but it'll last forever.

May 17, 2010, 03:34 AM
I own a Belgium made BAR in .338 Win Mag. I think you'd be more than pleased with accuracy and reliability. While not made for target shooting the Browning BAR is an efficient hunting rifle and with the .308 recoil should be light and follow up shots easily made. Buy and enjoy.

May 17, 2010, 05:18 AM
While not made for target shooting the Browning BAR is an efficient hunting rifle

Yes. Its a reliable automatic & that speaks volumes in and of itself. My dad has hunted an Belgian BAR for a few decades now with nothing but great things to say about it. The deer don't like it though.

Bill Junior
May 17, 2010, 05:37 AM
I hunted deer with a BAR safari 270 before I switched to my current Steyr bolt action. Nice rifle, IMO.

Cousin Toad
May 17, 2010, 08:28 AM
I have one in .308 with no boss. Very well made rifle but it is a Browning after all. Rifle is a tad heavy but it is more accurate than a M77 ruger bolt action that I had in the mid '90s. If weight is a concern, Browning makes the lightweight BAR with open sights and composite stock. No issues or regrets with mine.