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Browning BL-22 Owners...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by GZOh, Mar 29, 2012.

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  1. GZOh

    GZOh Member

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    Looking to purchase a BL-22 (have a Marlin 39A and 9422) and just looking for some owner comparisons and feedback.
    I know the BL is a quality Rifle just looking for some possible 'negatives' or major differences.
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  2. squarles67

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    The BL-22 is smaller than the two you mention. I have one and love it BTW:)
     
  3. Pat M

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    The trigger travels with the lever when you work the action. Mine is about 30 years old (got it when I was 14), made in Japan, topped with a 4X Weaver scope, and it has beautiful bluing and gloss walnut. I love my BL-22 :)
     
  4. mbopp

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    And the lever throw is something like 30 degrees. You can keep your thumb over the stock and "flick" the lever.
    Any scope looks big but a tube red dot looks good. The trigger is heavy but you can get used to it. Mine's 30+ years old.
     
  5. GZOh

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    What about the 'so called' difficulties with the take-down?...
    Again, my 39A and 9422 are zero problem in this area... how different is the BL?
     
  6. Pat M

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    I've never had a reason to take it apart. Run a couple of patches through it, parts brush in the ejection port if necessary.
     
  7. GZOh

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    Usually with my Marlin and Win, as I hit 1000+ rnds I do the take-down and do the usual thorough cleaning (w/ #9 and CLP) on the receiver 'internals'...
    After each range session (100-200 rnds) it's a bore-snake/patch worm cleanup for the barrel.
    If I'm understanding you, you've had the BL for alot of years... and you've NEVER opened it up and cleaned the internals?...
    Is that the normal factory recommendation?
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  8. Pat M

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    In all honesty, I can't answer your question. It looks clean to me and the action is smooth. I have not shot it very much in recent years, but I'd be afraid of buggering the screws. I'll look at the owners manual regarding extensive cleaning when I get home.
     
  9. GZOh

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    Thanks for all the responses... Will look to be getting one shortly.
     
  10. Davek1977

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    I too have a BL-22 that has never been torn apart and really scrubbed down....yet it keeps working, shot after shot, putting bullets where they are supposed to just as well as it did new. Barrel gets cleaned from time to time, and the actions "brushed out" occasionally, but it has never been detailed stripped, nor have I ever found a reason to do it
     
  11. Clipper

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    Can't emphasize this enough...Browning says NOT to disassemble the action yourself. Take it to a smith! That being said, I clean mine only when accuracy issues pop up, and I clean it with a light rag over the openings in the action. Never had a problem, but be careful not to go squirting lube in there, as cold weather can slow down an over-lubed firing pin.
     
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    I haven't had mine apart in a coupla years, but IIRC when you take it down the ejector can fall out and get lost if you aren't careful.
     
  13. Got_Lead?

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    OK, I'm gonna jump in. I've got one, and it is perhaps one of the highest quality .22's available, the steel is incredibly hard, and fit and finish are perfect. It also employs a locking lug on the bolt, which in my opinion is many times stronger than the way the marlin 39 uses only the lever to hold the bolt closed. I haven't benched it yet, but mine seems very accurate.

    Now for the downside, they can be a little difficult to disassemble, but not beyond the scope of the owner. If I recall, the side screw is removed, this allows the upper and lower receivers to separate by pulling them in opposite directions. The caveat here is the ejector, it balances delicately in a small recess cut in the upper receiver, and depends on a slot in the bolt to hold it in place. There is a small delicate spiral pancake spring under it which is very easy to damage upon re-assembly. But with a little care and foreknowledge, it's not too hard to strip it down for cleaning the internals, you don't have to take it apart very often, because it shoots so clean, you can go thousands and thousands of rounds between take-downs.

    I'll post some pictures on disassembling it tomorrow when there is more light to take pictures with.
     
  14. GZOh

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    Appreciate all the input... Looking forward to your pics. Tried to find some 'BL Disassembly Videos' but nothing.
    Consensus seems to be that other than a bore-snake and patches, you really don't have to detail-clean these very often... Great!!!
     
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