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Elk Rifle Workup: Browning’s BAR Safari in 338 Win. Mag.

This well-appointed big-game rifle was nicely made and executed. We really could not find much wrong with it. Also, Bushmaster has packaged one of our favorite rust protectants in a kit.

We had the loan of a Browning Safari BAR semiauto rifle in 338 Win. Mag. and had a chance to try it out in very cold weather here in Idaho. The Browning BAR sporting rifle has been in production since 1967. Originally made for Browning by FN in Belgium, they are now made in Belgium, but — as our test rifle indicated — are assembled in Portugal. Our first inspection of the big rifle showed it to be well made, with great attention to detail, excellent bluing on well-polished and flat metal, and with attractive, though pseudo, engraving on the sides of the action. The wood was decent, though certainly…

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