I had a visit from a friend today who had just bought a used Browning Automatic Rifle in 30-06. I told hom that I'd always admired the BAR as a trim, light weight hunting rifle but had never owned one. I commented that he had made a good purchase. We then got into technical talk.
After explaining that the B.A.R. isn't tolerant of heavy (pushing maximum) loadings, and that he probably would need a small base die set for reloading, he left to go about the chores that brought him to town in the first place.
About 30 minutes later he walked in the back door of my house and handed me the B.A.R. saying, "Here. Trade me out of it someday." When I asked hm if he still pined over my Ruger Model 96 Lever action 22WMR with the custom barrel he said he did, so I swapped him for the B.A.R. on the spot. I mounted a Burris 4X on the existing Leupold rings and bases after he left.
I have never loaded for a BAR nor have I hunted with a semi auto rifle bigger than 30 MI Carbine. This should be an interesting experience. I'll post my results when I decide what components to utilize and get to the range. ~Muir