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assessing a BAR for purchase

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by burningsquirrels, Nov 25, 2008.

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  1. burningsquirrels

    burningsquirrels Member

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    local shop has a browning bar in 30-06 that i'm interested in buying. some of the things i notice about it:

    - cosmetically, it's used. nothing wrong with that. no rust, just wear marks.
    - has a picatinny rail on top of the receiver.
    - the barrel is only 16" long and was recrowned.
    - the stock is a little loose, does this tighten up like my 11-87 with a nut inside the stock?
    - does the BAR have a self-regulating gas system, so i can shoot reduced power loads?
    - the serial begins with 137 PP 23XXX... how old do you think it is? i googled but didn't see any serial number history.

    the only thing i don't like about the bar is the small magazine capacity and the swing down floor plate, if something decides to come take a bite out of my leg lol. but that's what my .40 cal on my hip is for.

    what do you guys think? price is very reasonable, maybe 325. i figure i'll just toss on a scope and look for babmi and wilbur.

    thanks guys.
     
  2. browningguy

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    137 is the model number, PP means 1988.

    The gas system is not readily adjustable and probably will not cycle the low power loads. A loose stock should be easily tightened up unless there is damage, although the forends will often be just a little loose no matter what you do.

    That's a cheap price assuming it shoots, I have one in .270 and one in '06 and they have been very good rifles.
     
  3. burningsquirrels

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    thanks for the input.

    the foward furniture is tight, it's just the stock that's a little loose. maybe i'll go there later and take it to the bench and see if i can fix it.

    i'm concerned a little about the 16" barrel. i have never owned a real rifle. aren't they supposed to be 22, 24, and 26" barrels? i'm guessing someone chopped it down to make a brush gun?
     
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    Yep, those models were normally 22" barrels, probably cut down, hopefully recrowned right. If not recrowning is a pretty cheap thing to do. I wouldn't worry too much about the length, I also shoot a HK SLB2000K with a 19" barrel in '06 and it does fine.
     
  5. Blacksmoke

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    I have a Belgian made BAR (.30-06) and love it dearly. Like you indidcated I wish there was a high capacity magazine readily available for it. However, for hunting the four round capacity is fine.

    I have never tried low pressure ammo. However from shooting low pressure .44 mag in a Ruger Deerfield, one solution is to manually operate the bolt to cycle. Since it is a quick pull and push or release, actually. .It is fast enough. Just a suggestion.

    I agree that the barrel lenght should not be a major problem unless you are planning a lot of 500 yard shots.
     
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