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Browning BAR Safari .30-06

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The Browning BAR is a solid time-proven design that shot nearly as well as the Woodsmaster. We didn't like a few nits on it - the type of swivel stud, the light but mushy trigger, the high-gloss finish (which looked great, but which was too reflective for the field), and the slightly higher cost. For fewer dollars, why not pick the more-accurate Woodsmaster?

Browning BAR Safari .30-06

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The arrow points to the magazine release, which allowed the box to swing forward away from the trigger guard, but stay attached to the rifle. Pretty good idea for those of us who drop stuff, but not the handiest for popping in a fresh, already-loaded magazine.
The Safari is supposed to feature the best wood in the BAR line, and we were reasonably impressed with the French walnut figure. But in our view, the Remington and Benelli both had better wood quality, though hidden under a matte finish.
Make no mistake, the traditional placement of the sling swivel stud is fine, but there are two downsides. One, it requires that a hole be drilled in a nice piece of wood.
The forend caps on the Woodsmaster (shown at right) and the Benelli allowed more movement of the sling than on the forend location. Also note the round forend - we liked the 750's and the R1's grooved forend better.

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