.308 lever action ?


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stevek
January 18, 2013, 07:55 PM
Would like to add either another shotgun or rifle to the family. Long gun calibers currently consist of .22LR, .357, .45 LC, 5.56, 7.62 x 39, .308, and 12 ga. Would prefer to not add another caliber to stock. Any recommendations for a .308 lever action? Will be used for self-defense and possibly some hunting. Please keep discussion to lever action arms only...

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jeepnik
January 18, 2013, 08:24 PM
Take a look at the Browning BLR.

cal30_sniper
January 18, 2013, 08:28 PM
Savage 99.

BCCL
January 18, 2013, 08:48 PM
^Yep, I do not believe there are any other .308 lever guns but those mentioned above.

Reloadron
January 18, 2013, 08:50 PM
A Browning BLR or also as mentioned a Savage Model 99 or you could look for a Winchester Model 88. The latter two having been out of production for quite some time but both good rifles. Those are my guesses anyway.

Ron

BCCL
January 18, 2013, 08:52 PM
Thanks for mentioning the Winchester 88, did not know Winchester had made a lever action box magazine gun!

Reloadron
January 18, 2013, 09:00 PM
Thanks for mentioning the Winchester 88, did not know Winchester had made a lever action box magazine gun!
You are welcome.

Nice rifles too. :)

Lately I am seeing them getting pretty high priced. My brother snagged a nice minty one with two magazines for $600 and that was actually a pretty good deal around here in NE Ohio. The Savage 99 is another one I like as to a good older rifle.

Ron

wyohome
January 18, 2013, 09:28 PM
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y156/Deaver/a4780e5b.jpg

1st year 4 digit serial #

bjs1187
January 18, 2013, 09:31 PM
+1 blr. Awesome gun.

tahoe2
January 18, 2013, 10:03 PM
I already have a 99, so I would get the BLR in the lightweight version.

Greenmachin3
January 18, 2013, 10:10 PM
If you can find one and feel like being a little eccentric, the Sako Finnwolf came in both .308 and .243 if I recall correctly.

So that's yet one more .308 lever action option other than the Browning BLR, Savage 99, and Winchester Model 88.

newfalguy101
January 18, 2013, 10:13 PM
Another vote for the '99.

If I could find another for myself for a decent ( read that cheap ) price, I would jump on it!!

RainDodger
January 18, 2013, 10:33 PM
I had a pristine Winchester Model-88 for many years. It's a great hunting rifle and accurate enough for that use. It's not a target rifle in my opinion, but it shoots well. With the factory recoil pad (or lack thereof) it's not something you're going to want to shoot a lot at the range... it's a great rifle for hunting though, and handles well.

Edit: look for an older one if you go this way, as the newer ones have stamped, basket weave checkering. The older ones (mine had a 4-digit serial number) have traditional cut checkering.

BCCL
January 18, 2013, 10:35 PM
Man those are some fine rifles!

T.R.
January 19, 2013, 10:28 AM
As I recall, the Browning BLR rifle was introduced about 1970. That's 43 years of continuous production and sales. Over the years, there have been improvements and changes. BLR is a keeper!

TR

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