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FNAR vs browning BAR vs Beneli R1 vs Remington 750 in 308

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by eou_edu, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. eou_edu

    eou_edu Active Member

    So I hear the browning BAR is the hands down winner here. The only think I don't like is the 1:12 twist rate. Beneli also claims you can change you the caliber simply by changing the bolt and barrel and their gas system will compensate for the different pressures. Is this possible with the browning?

    Does anyone own a newer remington 750? I've read they fixed their reliability problems but don't want to take it on remington's word. 've chased down their R25 only to find out their claimed weight of 7.75 was a gross lie! Remington apparently thinks I'm stupid. Makes me not want to believe anything they say.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  2. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    The FNAR and the commercial Browning BAR are two different rifles of course, although the FNAR is based on the BAR action. From everything I have read the FNAR is usally more accurate than a BAR, and I have two BARS. I'm assuming you are talking about the commercial BAR becasue a real military BAR is in a whole different price range. The main advantage to the FNAR is the ability to take large capacity magazines, I'm actually thinking about picking one up since the prices have come down to something reasonable.

    I've shot a Benelli R1 and I can't find anything bad to say about them, really nice rifles.

    I haven't shot a 750, in the old days the Remmy's were so poor in the accuracy department I never even considered one. The R25 is an AR10 platform made by DPMS isn't it?
  3. eou_edu

    eou_edu Active Member

    Yes the remington r25 is a DPMS with gross exaggerations about weight. As much as I want to like the remingtons, they turn around and give me a whole different reason not too everytime. Usually when I picked up a gun they made I hand it back to the guy behind the counter saying, "you've got to be kidding me!"

    From what I've read benelis are not very accurate at all. But they do look like nice rifles.

    As far as shooting several rounds how many rounds in a row out of a 308 can you shoot a normal "Pencil barreled" hunting rifle before you get it to hot enough to start warping the barrel? Of course there's a lot that depends on that, so just for arguments sake let's say, with 180 grain bullets. I'm going to take a stab in the dark and say, 5 rounds before accuracy starts dropping off, 10 rounds before you can do damage to yourself if you touch it, and 15 rounds before the barrel is warped? IS that anywhere close to correct? Is stainless better for that?
  4. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    i'd take the remington.cheaper,steel receiver.i think the newer bar's have gone to aluminum,unknown about the benelli.parts/accessories would be available more for the remington in the long run,and it's made in the usa
  5. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    Out of my standard BAR's (.270 and 30-06) 3-4 shots is it before the barrel starts moving around and accuracy goes off. Although I haven't tried it I think in the FNAR with the heavy fluted barrel you will be able to get 10-15 rounds out quickly with reasonable accuracy, but yes it would get hot.

    Here's one article on the FNAR, with the recent price drop to around $1000 I think I am going to get this instead of an AR10.

  6. eou_edu

    eou_edu Active Member

    I actually owned an fnar for about 3 weeks. I walked into a wholesale sports and they had a fire sale on it for $750. Without knowing anything about it or guns in general I snatched it up. Never even shot it and finally concluded it was too heavy to pack around hunting all day long. So I kept the nice hard case and sold the gun to a friend for $1000. Still thinking about going back to a the lighter barrel version but will probably just end up with the normal BAR. My problem is I'm wanting a gun to do just a few too many things. I have to figure out what sacrifices I'm willing to give up or just buy two guns.
  7. Bill_Rights

    Bill_Rights Well-Known Member


    Yes, I remember your story about the FNAR. You started a thread, not so much to celebrate your great good fortune at buying the cheapest FNAR ever sold, but to cogitate about making it into a sub-sonic .308 rifle. Here you go: FNAR 10 subsonic I guess we talked you out of that idea. :banghead:

    Since you were thinking about, or at least asking about, the Remington R-25, the AR-10 style .308 Win hunting rifle, please look at the Winchester SX-AR. The SX-AR is the FNAR style .308 Win hunting rifle. Here's a blog/review with a lot of commentary. http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2009/10/15/new-winchester-sx-ar-autoloading-centerfire-rifle/.

    I have not handled one of these SX-AR rifles, so I don't know, but hopefully FN has lightened it somewhat compared to the FNAR light barrel. (FN now owns Browning, Winchester and Colt - has also revamped, upgraded and geographically rearranged all the manuacturing plants.) But.... It looks like a dead ringer for an FNAR LB with a camo paint job. So you'll probably still think it is too heavy. But you'd think the Rem R-25 is too heavy too. All well-performing .308 Win semi-auto rifles must be heavy (~ 10 pounds), in order to tame the recoil, in order to enable rapid follow-up shots and avoid too much barrel heating. Else why have a semi-auto? [Well OK, OK, if you only need 1 or 2 rapid follow-up shots, then the Browning BAR hunting rifle will do.]

    So maybe you don't need quite the rapid-fire aspect of a full-up semi-auto .308? Then consider a lever action! A Hillbilly Assault Rifle (HAR). The best lever gun in .308 is unquestionably the Browning BLR. It's a little pricey, very glossy-but-classy wood furniture and no high-cap factory mags (last I checked). But a gorgeous, smooth, accurate, fast-firing rifle. It has quite a following. You can find threads here on it.
  8. Thefabulousfink

    Thefabulousfink Well-Known Member

    Eou, it sounds like you want a rifle that has a large caliber, high capacity, low weight and is accurate. You might be able to get most of those, but not all.

    As a FAL owner, I know that 20 rounds of .308 is heavy, and a barrel has to be pretty heavy to hold it's zero for .308. You could just come to terms with a 9 ot 10 lb rifle, or else consider reducing capacity, or pick a smaller round like th 6.5 grendel.

    Personally I would go the route of picking a new caliber. .308 is a great round, but it is old and heavy. There are a lot of new rounds like 6.5 that are smaller, lighter and perform better. You might be able to build a nice AR in 6.5 that suits your needs.

    Just food for thought.
  9. hogshead

    hogshead Well-Known Member

    No experience with the fnar but I do own a 308 LW BAR.I love it very accurate and reliable. The lightweight part is stretching a it little bit. I have 2 cousins who both bought Rem 750 308 carbines. Both guns have jammed multiple times with a wide range of ammo. Imho Rem has a little more work to do on these guns. They seem accurate enough for their intended use bear hunting with hounds. We have never even put them on paper at 100 yards.
  10. chas3stix

    chas3stix Active Member

    I owned an old Rem 742 in 308. It was finicky about handloads... even with small base dies. Factory stuff shot great. The BARs I've had anything to do with shot reloads just fine(30'06). I hope that Rem has improved their build with the model 750. My $.02 worth.
  11. ericnvegas

    ericnvegas Member

    I am a new owner to the FNAR mainly because of the big price drop FNH just had on the heavy model. Of the guns mentioned, I believe the only one that shots out of the box 1MOA or better is the FNAR. I can testifiy to that. The FNAR is a challange to take apart and clean, but is doable. I am happy with mine.

    Some people say its not a battle riffle... And now that I own one, I would agree. But lets face it, the chances of me going into battle with it are slim to none. But for hunting, Plinking, bench, 3Gun, etc.. its a very good dependable rifle for the price.
  12. eou_edu

    eou_edu Active Member

    Sorry about the double on my FNAR. When it all came down to it it's was just too heavy to carry around elk hunting all day for a week straight. So ended up selling it. Now looking at new options. I really just need to pull the trigger on something (no pun.) Story of my life I'm trying to get something I want to do way too many things at once. I'm a multi purpose kind of guy. There are rifles ballisticly better than the 308 for sure. But "better" is also a relative term. I'm definitely new to the world of ballistics but there is always something "better." The 3006 is better than the 308 because it shoots further, and the 300 win mag is better than the 3006, and the 338 is better than the 300 win mag, and the 378 is..........ect, ect. As I'm finding out now there is no magic gun caliber. For the most part guns follow the laws of physics, more power, means go further, but for every reaction there's and equal and opposite reaction, AKA kick. When you have a flinch as bad as I do (that's to my old 300 savage that the scope would knock me in the head everytime I shot), my need for a follow up shot, and want for a wide variety of ammo including 35 cents a round non corrosive surplus ammo, a semi auto 308 makes a lot of sense to me.

    Thanks for all the input and I promise I won't speak of an FNAR again.
  13. lovethosesooners

    lovethosesooners Well-Known Member

    Guess until I personally ever have bad luck with any Remington, I will feel comforatable in continuing to buy them.
    That faith has lead me to decide on a new 750 carbine (18.5") that I'm going to use for Hog Hunting.
    I have a nice AR and thought seriously about an AR10, but kept going back to the 750 after handling one at Cabela's.
    It points naturally, doesn't weight 10# like an AR10, easier handling with the short barrel, and well, it's just a whole lot prettier than an AR type rifle! :)
    Maybe I'm "old fashioned," but I still prefer a more traditional rifle-plus, 4 shots is PLENTY of capacity for hog hunting.
  14. adelbridge

    adelbridge Well-Known Member

    I have shot all of the above and own a remington R-25 and 750. For the money the Remington 750 will shoot as good or better than Benelli, BAR/FNAR R-25. The 750 is the cheapest of the bunch and tied for lightest of the bunch. The 750 might not be as durable as an R-25 and it doenst even come close to being a battle rifle. If you are going to hunt I would say the 750 is the best bet. The only nit pick I have about the 750 is you might as well go for .30-06 or .270 over the .308 because there is no short action version, LA/SA get the same receiver.
  15. lovethosesooners

    lovethosesooners Well-Known Member

    Adelbridge, 30-06 is what I'm picking up Friday-thinking a 180 grn ought to do the trick really well
  16. Bill_Rights

    Bill_Rights Well-Known Member


    Yes, the FNAR HB (heavy barrel) is heavy, particularly with a 20-round mag and scope. Did you heft a light barrel FNAR LB? It's only about 1 pound lighter, but with a 5-round mag for hunting, it may make the difference. But, any way you cut it, the FNAR is NOT intended as a mountian rifle for sport. It's a purpose-built LE Designated Marksman Rifle (DMR).

    I totally agree with you on selecting .308 Win as your all-around, go to cartridge. I have done so myself. I think a shooter ought to have a chambering that allows practice with a hundred rounds or so at the range or whatever, and not feel like he's/she's taken out a second mortgage. And no one will dispute you about the overall high capability and all-around versatility of the round.

    I do have a .308 mountain rifle, a Marlin X7 bolt gun. It weighs 6.5 pounds. I also have experienced scope bite with heavy hunting rounds. I found that I have to press the rifle butt into my shoulder pocket with about 10-15 pounds of force, then place my eye at the scope's eye relief point, then squeeze off the round. This way, all the "slack" is taken out of my posture and there is not enough rearward travel under recoil to allow the scope's occular rim to strike my facial occular rim, so to speak.

    You can probably pick up a used Rem 750 or Browing BAR in .308 Win for the $750 you originally paid for the FNAR. A good one. Very rarely shot.

    And you can talk about the FNAR any time you want. :)
  17. Ole Humpback

    Ole Humpback Well-Known Member

    I see two very distinct issues here, and a third ancillary one. First off, you're recoil sensitive. Sounds like even your current 30-06 is over your comfort level. An 30-06 has about 25% more recoil than a 300 Savage. Its no problem, every one has an upper limit to recoil. Second, you must have poor shooting posture because there is zero reason you should be getting hit with the scope unless it has an extremely short eye relief. Finally, limiting yourself to a semi-auto action is really cutting down on the number of avaliable chamberings you can choose from. Bigger isn't always better, there are quite a few good 6.5mm sized cartridges that are perfect for everything up to Elk, albeit at a reduced range as compared to larger cartridges.

    So, my three key pieces of advice for you are:

    1.) Get a gun that you like and fits you. If you don't like the gun, you won't shoot it. Also, if the gun doesn't fit you, you won't want to shoot it.

    2.) Look at cartridges that are more suited to your recoil tolerance. My go to rifle for any of the deer species and other "light game" is a BLR in 257 Roberts:


    There is virtually no recoil and with that scope, I'd feel comfy for a 400+ yd shot on gophers if I ever wanted to do so. Shooting 120 Nosler Partitions, I'd say it'd be good for Elk out to 200yds, Moose out to 150yds at most. Its a solid hitter, but its only .257" across and you must make perfect shots with a bullet that small on that large of game. If I want to go after bears, black or brown, its a 45-70. The 45-70 is a big slow cartridge chambered in heavier guns with little recoil as well (depends on cartridge loading & rifle weight), but is range limited to around 200yds.

    3.) Get a scope that fits you & the gun. You won't smacked in the face anymore and you'll enjoy shooting far more than you already do.

    Once you have a gun & scope you like, have a friend watch you shoot and give you posture pointers.
  18. DesertFox

    DesertFox Well-Known Member

    I'll take my SX-AR and M1A over AR-10 any day of the week. Accurate semi-auto 308 and a bit heavy but an excellent performer that has minimal recoil.

    I have no Remington in my stable nor Benelli.
  19. arizona98tj

    arizona98tj Well-Known Member

    Bill_Rights....I'm glad to see that someone here understands the intended purpose of the FNAR. While I would really respect a hunter that could lug one around a mountain all week in search of an elk, I wouldn't include the FNAR in a hunting rifle discussion unless it was used as a baseline of what not to get....unless the shooter just wants to build lots of upper body strength. :D

    I have a .308 Ithaca bolt gun (Sako action) that is pretty light....and I realize it very time I pull the trigger when compared to my Savage 10 FCP HS Precision or FNAR. Unless it is putting meat on the table, I'll take one of the heavy .308s any day. ;)
  20. eou_edu

    eou_edu Active Member

    I've been out of action for a few days so sorry for the late reply. I should add my flinch from my 300 savage came as one of the first guns I shot. The scope hit me in the head because it was a special "saddle version" with a short stock. Even with a stock extension pad on it, it still popped me in the head. But that is neither the hear nor the now. I've read somewhere 95% of shooters have a flinch of some sort. I found mine by accentually loading a dead shell and not knowing. When I pulled the trigger the flinch was very obvious. I'd rather get a smaller caliber and make a more accurate shot with a lighter recoil and also a faster follow up.

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