Browning BLR Question


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TexasEd
July 16, 2009, 12:19 AM
Has anyone had any time on the range or in the field with the Browning BLR in 308 or 358. I am leaning toward the straight grip. Is there a big differnce between the Older steel model vs the newer alloy model. Thanks

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Speedo66
July 16, 2009, 10:52 AM
I've got an older Belgian BLR in .308, but no experience with the newer model.

The one I have is very accurate, light, and a great woods rifle. It feels very solid and well made. One negative on my rifle is the current price of magazines, extremely high priced.

It's not something you want to spend much time on the range with though, at that point the lightness is a limiting factor because of recoil.

avan47
July 16, 2009, 01:49 PM
I have a BLR in .308, all steel with straight grip. It's a very good hunting rifle, light, easy to carry, and accurate. It would be nice if it came with two magazines, as they are very expensive. Mine has a Leupold 1 - 4 varix 2 scope, which is about all you need for hunting with a 308. Recoil is less than with my Rem 700 30 - 06. If you put a scope on one, be sure to put on a hammer extension. I did have an AD when my thumb slipped off the hammer when I was trying to put it back in the half cock position. The half cock is the only safety, it's either that, or keep the chamber empty until you are ready to shoot. The trigger pull is a bit heavy, about 6 pounds, and I don't know if a gun smith could adjust that. I have had mine for about 25 years now. I don't know anything about the newer aluminum models.

VA27
July 16, 2009, 03:08 PM
I've had two, a 22-250 and a 358, both the lightweight versions. Both were 'bolt-action' accurate.

The BLR is light and handy and even thought the 358 had 'brisk' recoil, I'd still like to try the one in 450Marlin.

The only downside to the BLR is the bolt is gear-driven and you need to be mechanically gifted to do a total stripdown. Get a boresnake and call it good.

686+
July 16, 2009, 04:28 PM
My friends BLR was a straight gripped 308. For field use the stocks were refinished to mate, and a pad was added to tame the recoil. Great handling little rifle, and capable of surviving a 800-1000 ft drop inside of a pickup truck, without loosing precision. :neener: (The guy attempted to teach someone to drive a stick while in the mountains....:banghead:)
The only thing to watch for is the magazine as it may fall out if not properly seated. Overall a wonderfull rifle.

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