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Thinking of getting a Barrett, is it really worth it?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ckone, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. ckone

    ckone Well-Known Member

    so i've been thinking of getting rid of most of my handguns in order to start the fund for a Barrett, most likely the Model 99 because of price... wondering if anybody has any good advice on getting into shooting these beasts? like should i go .50 cal or .416 (based on price/performance)? where the hell am i going to shoot it, can i take it to a "normal" rifle range, or where will i need to go to shoot long distance? would it be a better idea to save for the mag fed models since they're all expensive anyhow? ...these are things that there just isn't very much info out there about.
    also, they have a new .338 model coming out called the 98Bravo, does anyone have any experience with .338's? should i wait long enough to see what the feedback on this new one is like? i can't find any pricing info on this model, so i'm not even sure it would be even a more economical proposition...? does anyone know of anywhere you can rent/try one? and finally, after all is said and done, is the high cost of these monsters really worth it, it sure seems like lots and lots o' fun...? thanks for any help.
  2. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    where do you live? if you only have a 1000yd range, buying a 2,500yd gun is stupid. if you can reload it, i would go with the .416, as the 50 may be banned in all of the states as has allready happeneed in CA.....

    if you want a powerful and past 1,000yd cartridge, but don't want a 2,500dy one, look at the .338 lapua mag. very accurate, and factory ammo. if you go with a propritary cartridge, the ammo may just dissipear. i dout it will with the lapua.
  3. ckone

    ckone Well-Known Member

    hmmm... very interesting... sounds like i should maybe do some more research on the 98Bravo model (.338 as you described). it'll take a little time to get the resources together so i guess i've got some homework to do. thanks.
  4. Marcus L.

    Marcus L. Well-Known Member

    Unless you are planning for some sort of conflict and ranges well beyond 1000m, I think your money might be better served on other things. You're talking about one expensive investment that you will likely not be able to use very often. If you are wanting a powerful rifle for long ranged shooting, the .338 is gaining more and more traction in the US military and militaries abroad. The .50cal is simply too heavy for most sniping needs and the .338 is a good middle ground between the 7.62 NATO and .50cal. This means that you will have more ammunition and platform options in the future. For me, that is still far more rifle than I will ever practically need and my money would be better served in other things. For me, a .308 Winchester offers plenty of power and is capable of taking any game in the Americas.
  5. Acera

    Acera Well-Known Member

    What do you want to do with it? Shoot it at targets, use it as an investment against a possible ban, hunt with it, collect it, or some other reason.

    If it is to be just an investment hedge against a 50 cal. ban, and owning something the majority of the public cannot get you need to look into you crystal ball to figure out if: Will the more expensive options double my money faster or slower than having a bunch of less expensive rifles. I personally feel that it will be easier to sell 5 $2K uppers for $4K than to sell one $10K Barret for $20K.

    You can get the upper receivers that fit on an AR platform for a lot less money. There are plenty of forums on them here, just do a search.

    What state do you live in? You know California does not allow new .50 BMG's.

    .50 BMG's are able to fed by military surplus ammo, cheaper than most of your listed alternatives. (except maybe the .338's) I've bought it for less than $2 a round, which compares favorably to just about any medium sized rifle round.

    For most shooting situations an average fellow is to encounter, I think the performance difference between the 50 and the 416 is marginal.

    Plus check with your local range about the big guns, some allow it. I can even shoot one at an indoor 25 yard range here in Houston if I want (and have enough ear protection). So even a modest 100 yard outdoor range could be used for practice.
  6. kasTX

    kasTX Well-Known Member


    Where in Houston can you shoot a 50 cal indoors?? Also, are you aware of any outdoor ranges around Houston where you can shoot a 50 cal?

  7. Acera

    Acera Well-Known Member


    Indoor, Pasadena Shooting Center off 225 allows it.

    Outdoors, Thunder Range off 1314, between the Woodlands and Porter, American Shooting Center off Westheimer, I think Texas City's public range is ok with em', I don't remember about Baileys though.
  8. Funderb

    Funderb Well-Known Member

    I vote lapua.
    A lot of ranges ban .50 cal because it is a magic bullet
    that turns corners and seeks people targets.
    Not really, they just say it is pretty hard on the berms.
  9. ckone

    ckone Well-Known Member

    well i'm not planning for a conflict, so don't worry... and it's not an investment either, i don't believe guns ever are unless it's some vintage/relic piece, it's for recreation, my main goal would be to do some long range hikes/climbs setting up long distance targets, hiking to a firing position, ...shooting/camping trips.
  10. Acera

    Acera Well-Known Member

    Funderb, that is a myth about them being hard on the berms. They don't do that much significant damage from the reports I have read.

    Here is a link to a test if you are interested.

    Part of the "cool factor" of the .50 is all the legends and myths that are out there. Listen to what people have to say that have never shot one, and you will be amazed about all the ninja things that round supposedly does.

    Wow ckone, you must be a stud if you want to backpack a .50 in for casual shooting. Have you seen how much these things weigh?
  11. gvnwst

    gvnwst Well-Known Member

    then get a lapua. with just "plinking" it will be cheaper, have less raciol, and be cheaper. accurate to a good 1,800yd with 300gr SMKs.
  12. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    acera, my friends and i shoot at steel targets a lot. most of the calibers incl 338 LM do nothing more than ring the steel and chip the paint off. super-fast calibers will pit the steel. but i have several plates with 50 cal projectiles stuck halfway through the plate.

    ckone, the barrett is awesome. however, you wouldn't want to hike anywhere with one.
  13. Acera

    Acera Well-Known Member

    taliv, I know it is hard on steel. But the question was about berms.
  14. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    maybe i'm not following you. we're talking about indoor backstops, right?
  15. Acera

    Acera Well-Known Member

    I never mentioned steel. The indoor range I spoke of is in an old movie theater, and has a dirt berm, with some other sort of backing. I haven't walked down there since I was a kid, when that was how you replaced targets, but I think is has a lot of dirt, then metal, then stone behind that.
  16. Acera

    Acera Well-Known Member

  17. JTW Jr.

    JTW Jr. Well-Known Member

    A friend has a M99 , we put about 40-50 rounds thru it right after he bought it , we haven't shot it since.

    To really get the most out of it , you need to reload , and you need glass , darn good glass to be able to see the target you are shooting at.

    Amazing how flex there is in recoil of the semi-auto 50 , http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=s5pVya7eask .
    Looks like a scope torture test :)

    Just curious , what your experience is with long range shooting.
    If you haven't shot LR before , and plan on shooting at 2K+ meters , you have many more variables to contend with than you do at 200-300 meters.
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2008
  18. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    acera, i don't think i've ever seen an indoor range with a dirt berm. interesting.

    more interesting would be the convergence of muzzle retort and movie theater accoustics :what::eek:

    ANDROTAZ Well-Known Member

    I could be wrong, but it sounds like he may mean an old drive-in outdoor theater...that would make a little more sense lol
  20. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    post #5 said indoor

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