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I have a Browning BAR in .243 Win. Serial #284XXM70 with Grade II engraving that only has 24 rounds fired. It has the elk on one side and antelope on the other. The engraving is gold filled, I cannot find a reference to the grade II having this gold engraved option. What do I have and what is the value?
Scope is the Leupold M8-6X. barrel is marked "Made In Belgium"

Other than very slight handling marks it looks like it just came from the factory
 

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It didn't come that dirty from the factory.

The BlueBook shows that grade and the same engraving.


BAR Grade II
blue receiver, engraved with big game heads. Mfg. 1967-74.

100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 60%
$1,175 $1,025 $875 $800 $650 $525 $415

Yours was made on 1970;
B.A.R.
Year
1967 “M7" suffix after Ser. No.
1968 “M8" suffix after Ser. No.
1969 “M69" suffix after Ser. No.
1970 “M70" suffix after Ser. No.
1971 “M71" suffix after Ser. No.
1972 “M72" suffix after Ser. No.
1973 “M73" suffix after Ser. No.
1974 “M74" suffix after Ser. No.
1975 “M75" suffix after Ser. No.
1976 “M76" suffix after Ser. No.
1976 to date New sequence with “RT”
appearing in middle of Ser. No.
 

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Your right on the dirty part. I just bought it last night and hadn't had a chance to clean it before the pics. I took it all apart today and cleaned it the way it should be, it looks much better tonight.I talked with Browning today and was told it was made on March 30,1970. Shipped to Brandon Sports in Brandon,WI MSR $275.00. Originally called Deluxe semi-auto. I was aware of the book pricing but the gold engraving threw me off, found out that is an aftermarket thing, some kind of gold wash.
 
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