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Old 02-06-2008, 12:43 PM
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Default Browning Boss or No Boss

I am taking a poll who like the Boss system and who does not. The Boss is designed to give you better groups because it stops the barrel from vibrating and is ported so it reduces recoil.

The bad point is it also is very loud.

What is your opinion Boss or no Boss
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:47 PM
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no boss and a good trigger job....no worrries.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:52 PM
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BOSS system doesn't stop your barrel from vibrating; it allows/adjusts the Sine wave traveling along the vibrating barrel to be at the same point which result in better grouping.

I have it on a 308 and 7mag, and have only made minor adjustments. Did my groups get better? yep but it's was probably me getting use to the gun and trigger pull. Shooting about same groups with non-BOSS guns.
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Old 02-06-2008, 12:53 PM
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No boss for me either.

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Old 02-06-2008, 01:06 PM
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They used to make a non-ported BOSS. I don't know if they still do. If I was going to have one, it would be the non-ported variety.
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Old 02-06-2008, 01:24 PM
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Default Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System (BOSS)



http://www.browning.com/faq/detail.asp?ID=107

These guys are right, the non-ported BOSS-CR and the ported BOSS serve to allow the rifle shooter to 'tune' the harmonics, or vibrations, of the rifle barrel to find the sweet spot for the particular load being shot. The ported BOSS serves a dual function role, allowing tuning and reducing felt recoil also.

Limbsaver offers similar technology for the economy-minded rifle shooter with their Barrel De-resonator which results in similar effects on barrel harmonics.



http://www.limbsaver.com/Products/Fi...Resonator.aspx

As to opinions, well that is subjective to say the least. In theory, either of these ideas should improve accuracy. But when most factory rifles shoot sub moa, how much better accuracy do you need in a hunting rifle? Usually trying 2-3 different types of bullet weights/ammo brands result in finding a load that your rifle shoots well.

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Old 02-06-2008, 01:34 PM
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No BOSS.....It's not worth the hassle. I had one and it would continually become loose and have to be reset to it's "Sweet Spot" as Browning calls it. Also you don't need a brake with any round chambered in a BAR.......The recoil is very manageable even with the 338WM that I owned.

As everyone already knows the re-sale value of Brownings is pitiful and when you add the BOSS it's drops even further.

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Default It really depends on the shooter/hunter

1. Do you enjoy shooting more than one box of cartridges per year?

2. Do you reload?

3. Do you enjoy making adjustments?

If you answered no to the above questions, you probably would want the Browning, without the BOSS.


I bought a Browning in 30/06 with the BOSS, ten years ago. I had a ball, working up reloads for five different bullets and finding five different settings.
If I didn't enjoy time at the range and the reloading, it would be a waste of time. Reloaders love to make adjustments. Love to shoot a bunch of cartridges and love accuracy. Lots of accuracy!

But the hunter who spends an hour at the range every year, and is happy with a 2" group at 100 yards, it might be a waste of time to consider the BOSS.

In archery, I'd never spend $800 or more for the fastest of the bows. I shoot good enough with the closeout and less expensive bows. Doesn't make another shooter wrong for spending more, or me wrong for spending less.
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:11 PM
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:18 PM
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Exclamation Get the B.O.S.S. and use the CR (conventional recoil) attachment

The B.O.S.S. system definitely improves accuracy!

Get the B.O.S.S. and use the CR (conventional recoil) attachment instead of the ported version. This way, you will get the accuracy benefit of the B.O.S.S. system without having to deal with the extremely loud muzzle blast you get with the "ported" attachment.
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:00 PM
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Had a Model 70 with it. Will never have another.
NO BOSS gets my vote.
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:05 PM
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any small benefit in accuracy is negated by the effect of the overall feel for the balance of the gun. Sure if all you do is shoot off weight bags or gun vices, who cares but if you actually want to hunt with the thing, it is a consideration. The Boss makes those guns seem awfully front heavy plus the sound problem is a deal killer to me.
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:16 PM
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1. Do you enjoy shooting more than one box of cartridges per year?

2. Do you reload?

3. Do you enjoy making adjustments?

If you answered no to the above questions, you probably would want the Browning, without the BOSS.


I bought a Browning in 30/06 with the BOSS, ten years ago. I had a ball, working up reloads for five different bullets and finding five different settings.
If I didn't enjoy time at the range and the reloading, it would be a waste of time. Reloaders love to make adjustments. Love to shoot a bunch of cartridges and love accuracy. Lots of accuracy!

But the hunter who spends an hour at the range every year, and is happy with a 2" group at 100 yards, it might be a waste of time to consider the BOSS.

In archery, I'd never spend $800 or more for the fastest of the bows. I shoot good enough with the closeout and less expensive bows. Doesn't make another shooter wrong for spending more, or me wrong for spending less.
Whitworth,

As someone who does hand load and does enjoy tinkering with rifles I would disagree with you. There are many ways to tinker and get the best accuracy from a particular rifle which don't involve a BOSS type system. The 338WM I had would shoot sub-MOA with factory loads but so would my 300WSM and 30/06 BAR's without the BOSS system.

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Old 02-06-2008, 04:18 PM
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Whitworth,

As someone who does hand load and does enjoy tinkering with rifles I would disagree with you. There are many ways to tinker and get the best accuracy form a particular rifle which don't involve a BOSS type system. The 338WM I had would shoot sub-MOA with factory loads but so would my 300WSM and 30/06 BAR's without the BOSS system.

Robert
I ditto that comment from a BOSS owner. I've used a CR and it does require a readjustment on the range. I no longer reload but all my guns are sub MOA. Not just off the bench, prone, sitting and off hand. Practice proper technique of shooting. Not meaning to be disrespectful, but a gadget doesn't improve shooting prowess.

To head off the questions, both BOSS guns were purchased at a deal, otherwise, I would have never bought them.
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Old 02-06-2008, 04:33 PM
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Myself I vote NO BOSS, I hate muzzle breaks, If you need one to shoot a certain caliber (50 Cal Excluded) then go to a lighter caliber or learn to deal with recoil.
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Old 02-06-2008, 04:41 PM
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What is your opinion Boss or no Boss

What?!?! What?!?! Could you repeat the question....LOUDER?
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Old 02-06-2008, 04:42 PM
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Myself I vote NO BOSS, I hate muzzle breaks, If you need one to shoot a certain caliber (50 Cal Excluded) then go to a lighter caliber or learn to deal with recoil.
Agree, most folks are worried about .338 + calibers and recoil but would gladly purchase a 3.5 inch 12 GA and not complain. BTW, a 3.5" 12 GA recoil is almost equal to a 458 Win Mag.
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Old 02-06-2008, 05:36 PM
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I shot my uncles .270 with a ported BOSS system and had ringing in my ears for right at a week. So with that said I will never shoot another gun with one, but if I had to I would go with non-ported like the other guys are saying.
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Old 02-06-2008, 06:56 PM
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To each their own. Fool with it enough and you can see what it does. You do have to spend the time and boxes (money) of ammo to tune it to get the benefit. If your ears ring because of the ported boss, you are not using enough (or quality enough) ear protection, either for the boss or for other calibers too.

I have my '06 w/boss tuned so that at 100yds I can put shots on top of each other, consistently. When I am shooting at a deer I am not aiming "at the boiler room" I aim at the top part of the heart where the arteries attach. I hit it too. I can because I know that my rifle will do it every time if I do. Three deer this season. 75yds, 190-200yds and 226yds. All three top of the heart verified while dressing. first and third DRT. Second one even tho hit in the same place and the heart damaged ran approx 55 yds.

Like any tool, it's best when used appropriately and appreciated when it's use is understood. You can handload and get comparable results, so adding the boss may not be that helpful, to those folks.

However, if you use factory ammo and don't plan to get into loading your self. Then being able to tune your barrel to get the best group possible out of your choice of factory ammo, might be worth it to you. And it WILL give you a better group if you tune it for the load you are using.
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Agree, most folks are worried about .338 + calibers and recoil but would gladly purchase a 3.5 inch 12 GA and not complain. BTW, a 3.5" 12 GA recoil is almost equal to a 458 Win Mag.



I got a Browning 338 without boss and have no problems shooting it. The recoil is not that bad...i think Sweet Tea just makes alot of folks wimps or something!!
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got a 7 mag with the BOSS and love it had it for 12 yrs or so.
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Nope....never again.


I had a .270 Win with a BOSS. It was the Browning "Eurobolt" model (Schnaubel forend, low lustre stocke, matte finish, funny bolt handle) that I saw in a gun shop and fell in love with it....it was certainly something different, I liked that about it. The owner made me a sweet deal and I jumped on it.


Got her well glassed and dialed in. Gun shot wonderfully at the range (with hearing protection).

Hunting was another story. First deer I killed with was extremely unpleasant....my ears hurt & rang for days.

I shot my buddy's 460 S&W revolver (ported & braked)with earplugs and muffs on. It simply was no joy.


I never again want another muzzle brake on a gun.....period.......ever.............


















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Question Why didn't you simply use the "non-ported" B.O.S.S.

Dub,

If you really loved that rifle so much you should have simply gotten the CR (conventional recoil) attachment.

You still could have kept the excellent accuracy the rifle had without suffering from the excessive noise caused by using the "ported" attachment.
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Old 02-08-2008, 09:27 PM
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I bought and sold this gun about 10 years ago. At that time they had yet to come out with the CR piece.

I wish that I had of hung onto the gun. I would have simply rebarreled it.....maybe a .280 Ackley.
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I have a Browning A-bolt in 280 Remington with the boss system. Most accurate rifle I've ever shot. It had the ported system to start with. I sighted it in and them changed to the non ported system. It's been shooting great ever since.
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