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Old 08-17-2012, 02:23 AM   #1
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I've looked at some older Browning BAR rifles and based on the prices they don't seem to be very popular with collectors. I was wondering if anyone had idea as to why?

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Old 08-17-2012, 02:27 AM   #2
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Ive seen some go at auction for 30-50k. Thats probably why

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I'm referring to the semi auto hunting rifles.

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I'm referring to the semi auto hunting rifles.
I can never get people to realize that I am talking about the semi-auto. All they hear is BAR and are like, "OMG WWII status I love that gun in [insert video game title here]!"
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Because most people dont refer to the modern semi autoloading .308 as a BAR on account of bar refers to an automatic rifle. Browning semi auto .308's are nice butttt...i'd buy an m1a over it every day of the week.

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Because Browning had a much smaller marketing department than Winchester.

I have a Grade 2 BAR in .243 that is the most accurate semi I have had. They are incredibly well designed and built- but the fan base is the people that are using them to shoot things, and not to put in a glass case.

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Because Browning had a much smaller marketing department than Winchester.

I have a Grade 2 BAR in .243 that is the most accurate semi I have had. They are incredibly well designed and built- but the fan base is the people that are using them to shoot things, and not to put in a glass case.

That's sort of what has got me puzzled. For as long as I can remember the Browning BAR as been in a class of its own among hunters. There really wasn't any need for marketing. Every other semi auto hunting rifle was what you got if you couldn't afford a BAR (and I'm one of the ones that couldn't afford a BAR). I'm fortunate enough to be able to add one to the gun cabinet now and I started looking at older Belgium BAR's. I was surprised at how little they were bringing considering how popular they are among hunters? I know what they say about assumptions, but I just assumed early BAR's would have been very collectible considering how popular they are, or were?

Oh well, that just means I can get a really nice early Belgium BAR for a great price.
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SHHHHHHH !!!!!

Not so loud, man! Your want prices to go up?
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I have one in .338 WinMag.

It's a joy to shoot, kicks like a bolt action .270, and 3/4 MOA with 225 grain bullets.

But these guns are users, not collectors.

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As said, BAR is the gun of a hunter or shooter, not gun of a collector. Why in the name of the Wide World of Sports would a Winchester 37 in .410 be worth $600? IT IS A FREAKIN' SINGLE SHOT 410 !!!!!

Answer- some collector will pay that.

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