The BAR is an excellent rifle.........As for the ones mentioned, the Rem 742 or Win 100 - I think the Win 100 is the better rifle, I have had and still have Win 100 and Win 88's ) - the Remington 742 is an OK gun- it is easier to take apart for cleaning and maintenance than a W-100 and the fact that parts are an issue for the W-100, gives the edge to the Rem 742 for the average rifleman --- by the way, the 742 (7400) and 760 (7600) points like an 870
I've had both the 742 in .280 Rem. An excellent rifle and caliber. I bought one 1n 1960 and I still have one in the safe.and the Win.100 in 6mm Win. Had firing pin probllems and jamming with the Win. Bought a BAR .243 and traded the Win in. Love the BAR. Now I have the BAR also in .280.
I like the browning but the way you have to load it leaves me cool plus placing the rifle down on a tree on a jacket for a quick long shot the magazine bottom is too exposed to be accidently pushed and opened. In my life anything that can happen will . Still undecided, even looking at lever action they are more fool proof, still undecided. Lee
If you are not married to the .308 case itself but want a .30 cal with very similar performance, in fact, almost duplicate performance, and are considering a lever gun, you might consider the Marlin 308 Express.
For a .308 in a lever gun, that leaves either the Browning BLR, or a good used Savage 99 or Winchester 88. The latter two are not seen very often. Most 99s around here are chambered in 300 Savage.
I'm not a big fan of the BLR, but a friend has one in 243 with a 4x scope, and it's a coyote killing machine.
I duck hunt with 2 guys that deer hunt in WY/MT both have 308's and they want me to go with them next year so I thought I would buy a 308,then all the amo would be the same. they both shoot bolt act but I have one hand, so the semi auto.this is one of those been there done that. will be a 5 or 6 shot deal.Thank you all for the help.
I have a blr in .308. A nice gun but a little slow on the second shot. Very accurate. I have friends  that have had problems with the 742, but they were both chambered in 30-06. Cycling problems. Bill
The problem is there is no problem, its me, the .308 auto is heavier than the BLR, the Browning auto is excellent for a auto.
Finding a Savage 99.308 is almost nil.
Brian- the marlin express cartridge leaves too much when they stop producing it, you will wind up having to load it yourself. Its also close to .300 savage why use.