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Old 06-21-2007, 07:50 AM
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Question Browning BAR MK II 7mm Rem Mag Boss

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I have about decided to purchase a Browning BAR MK II 7mm Rem Mag Boss. This will be mainly used for hog and whitetail deer hunting in Texas. Shots could be from under 100 to 500+ yards. I also plan (wishing) that someday I get to go elk/mule deer hunting. Reason I'm wanting an semi-auto is because I do a lot of hog hunting and go through many hunts where rapid shooting is required.
I would appreciate any input, comments whether pro or con, suggestions concerning this rifle and caliber.


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Old 06-21-2007, 09:08 AM
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Welcome to the forum maffem. Rules are simple, be nice and join in.

As for the 7 mag my old hunting partner has been using it for elk and deer here in Idaho for over 20 years with great success. He shoots the Speer 175 grain bullets for elk and the 140 grain Sierra for deer.

We have places here where a 400 yard shot is available and the flat shooting 7 mag does a wonderful job.

As for the Browning auto I've never owned one, but often looked at them in the gun shops. They are nice looking guns and from what I hear very accurate.

MY experience is pretty much limited to bolt guns so that's about all I can tell you. Good luck with your purchase.
Bob from Idaho
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Old 06-21-2007, 04:57 PM
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Maffem, Glad you are here! I am also a bolt gun type, but I have had the privilege to shoot a 30.06 BarII w/ Boss. The only drawback for me Was the Boss system. It is just to loud! I mean deafening, worse than Any large bore, braked Military rifle. The 7mm Rem Mag is a great cartridge, one of my favorites, but I don't think the Boss will help all that much on follow up shots. I would also recommend a heavy 175 grain Bonded or partition bullet if you are that concerned w/ having a big charging Boar on your hands. Doesn't that rifle carry 3 rounds? As far as 500 yards, I am not sure about the rifle being up to it. 300 Yes, but it is no bolt! Jim
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Old 06-21-2007, 06:02 PM
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Semi-auto for hogs is not a bad idea. Till you have to clean them all!

I can't find any fault with your choice and wish you the best of luck. Definitely bring earplugs with you if you are hunting in a box blind with a ported rifle...

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Old 06-22-2007, 06:46 PM
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Smile 7mm Rem Mag

First of all I want to thank-you for the warm welcome, I really appreciate it.
Thanks for the advice and suggestions. And as far as the BAR, well, I said I had just about decided to buy it. I did buy the 7mm Rem Mag, but I bought it in a Tikka T3 Lite Stainless bolt action. I went on ahead and bought a LimbSaver recoil pad for it. I will be mounting an Alaskan Guide 6.5x20, 30mm tube with 52mm objective. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not new to hunting deer and hogs in Texas. What I will be new to is using what I consider a large caliber rifle. I just wanted to have a long range, flat shooting caliber with plenty of knockdown. Just in case someday I have the honor of hunting elk. From what I read and advice that I got from other hunters the 7mm Rem Mag seemed to be a good choice.
After a lot of thought and many times of picking it up and admiring it, the BAR seemed too nice of a rifle for me to be dragging it around in the type of hunting that I do. I wasn't so much worried about a charging boar as that I want to shoot as many as possible when we come up on them. I've been hunting hogs since early '60s. Largest caliber I've ever used was a .308. But I've shot the most with a .223 and a .44mag pistol when I hunted with dogs.
And being my son-in-law owns a Tikka .308 and that has proven to be a very accurate, dependable and a pleasure to use I decided to get one in the 7mm, being that I myself prefered a bolt. That is where I hope that I made the right choice. I am waiting on Tikka 30mm scope rings now. Looking forward to trying it out as soon as I put it together and sighted in. Wish me luck!


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