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Old 10-26-2008, 01:58 PM
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Hey all,

Im in the market for a lever gun finally. Im a browning man, always have been, so naturally i will be going for a BLR. I just have a few questions for you guys.
1. Should i go with the pistol grip or straight stocked '81?
2. Take down model or regular? pros/cons
3. Any other info you have that might be helpful?

Just as a little background it will be used on WI whitetails, ranges from 20-200yards. I am probably going to keep it open sighted unless problems arise. Also im leaning towards the 7mm-08, any opinions on that?

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Old 10-26-2008, 02:11 PM
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The 7mm-08 is a good deer cartridge. I'd get the one that feels the best when you put it up to your shoulder. Most folks that buy a takedown gun don't really take it down, but it's a good advertising point.
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Old 10-26-2008, 02:21 PM
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I have four BLR's. It seems as if I have a hard time passing them up. By far, I prefer the straight stock earlier models with steel receivers. This is a fast handling rifle. The first BLR, the "pre 81", has a magazine that protrudes below the receiver. The 81 model has a slightly thicker receiver with the magazine flush with the bottom. The present models have an aluminum alloy receiver that I don't particularilly care for.

While I don't have a 7-08, I do have one in the rare 284 Win. caliber. The 154 grain Hornady spire point bullet is very effective on deer. With this being said, perhaps the best all around BLR for Wisconsin hunting, (I hunt just a little further North in the U.P.) is the 358 Winchester.
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Old 10-26-2008, 02:42 PM
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Funny you should ask. I have had two BLR's, 308 and 358. My son is deer hunting in Montana as we speak with his BLR 81 in 7mm-08. I want a 81 in 7mm-08 so bad I can taste it!
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I think this is one of the best deer/pig combo, with my 1 3/4x6 Leupold on it, in the world. I don't see a need for the take down unless you are going to be traveling a lot with it.
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I have the pistol grip take down in .308, and it was a tossup between the 7-08 and the .308. I personally like the looks of the pistol grip with the schnable forend. I haven't extensively tested accuracy, but I was shooting 1.5" or less with the .308 in the takedown. Mine's topped with a 2-7x32 Nikon Monarch UCC - mounted on the receiver, not the barrel. The only thing I see is that when I broke the rifle down and put it back together, the groups didn't change, but the zero did by about an inch. Not a big deal in my neck of the woods, but something to consider if you're going to constantly break it down and put it back together. Best advice I can give you is if you break it down, when you get to your hunting location put it together, shoot it, and leave it together until you finish your hunt. Best of luck. Here's a picture of mine (I stripped and refinished the stock before I fired the first round out of it).


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Old 10-27-2008, 10:06 AM
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Jim,

How does your son like that rifle? Also, what kind of accuracy does he get from it?
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Well I ended up going with the .308 in a straight grip model. Just got home from picking it up. All I have to do now is wipe her down and wait for the weekend to go shoot. I went with the .308 because it just seems like it will be a bit more versitle especially with heavier bullets I like to shoot.
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A nice 3X to 4X fixed scope would be about right for that rig. Even good iron sights get lost in the later hours in those woods. I mounted a 4X Leupold on my .308 BLR in 1974 and haven't thought about changing it yet. Anything inside 300 yards is in severe danger from this rig.
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A nice 3X to 4X fixed scope would be about right for that rig. Even good iron sights get lost in the later hours in those woods. I mounted a 4X Leupold on my .308 BLR in 1974 and haven't thought about changing it yet. Anything inside 300 yards is in severe danger from this rig.
I picked up a Monarch UCC in 2-7x for mine. They're discontinued, and I got mine for less than $200. It's absolutely perfect for my .308 pistol grip. IF you can find one, it's a great combo. Nikon doesn't make the UCC anymore, but the scope is perfect for the range the BLR will give you for hunting.
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Thank you guys for the scope suggestions. I may scope it in the future but as of right now I intend to keep it open sighted. Part of the reason I bought it was I love the sights on it...IMHO they are some of the best sights around on a factory gun.

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I have the pistol gripped BLR in 358 and haven't put a scope on it yet. I have shot with iron sights at a 100 meters with my handloads (225gr Sierra and 220gr Speer) and I was able to keep them under 2". I think it is going to be a great rifle with a scope. Leupold makes a 2x7LR that may be nice with the longer shots and it still a relatively compact scope. Scotty
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DCAMM94,

I've been looking everywhere for someone who has stripped the gloss finish off a BLR. Yours looks gorgeous. I have a new BLR straight stock takedown, and while I can't say that I stripped it before I fired it, I WANTED to strip it before I fired it! Can you tell me how you did it? Did you have to remove the stock and forearm?

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Old 01-15-2009, 09:11 AM
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Im new to the board, but growing up I shot my dads BLR .243 straight stock. I love that gun and still use it for shooting coyotes. I don't know what rings he had on his scope but you could still see the sights underneath it. He has a 6X redfield on it. I do have a model 700 7mm-08 and it is a great gun. My next purchase I want a BLR in .270 WSM or .300 WSM to use on larger game. I would rather get the stainless model.
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Jim,

How does your son like that rifle? Also, what kind of accuracy does he get from it?
Sorry for not getting back to you, I have been off the puter for awhile.
He has two BLR's. A 243 and the 7-08. He says he gets the best accuracy with the 140 gr Federal fusions. He had some scope problems early on and got them resolved. I don't have the numbers (group sizes) for you but he said it dialed right in and he is use to MOA with the 06 I built him so it must have been quite accurate.
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This last deer season I became a first time BLR owner in 308. I wanted a rifle that was fast, light, and accurate and looked to Browning for the solution. What a nice rifle for a lever, or is it a bolt? I decided to hunt with only the sights mounted on the rifle and found the front sight difficult to bring up in the field, so opted for a scope for this next season.

I got a tip about a company that makes a scope 20 miles from me with Japanese glass and Phillipine assembly soon to be assembled in Wisconsin. Stopped in to make a comparison and wow. Clear, bright glass with ballistic recticle in tiny dots like I wanted - on the horizontal plane also. $189 with the governor's portion for a 2-7x35 Diamondback that comes with see through lens covers, a shirt, and a cap. Had enough to carry walking out of their corporate headquarters. Will be getting a 4-12x40 for my predator rifle when Browning makes BLRs again in 223. Take a look at these Vortex scopes: http://www.vortexoptics.com/riflescopes and the testing an independent did on them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r5338s9eLs

Any hand loaders out there know if you should full size these cases for the BLR? This is not your typical lever, so was wondering.

Ahh ... the Great 358! I've been lusting over this cartridge also. I would believe this caliber knocks your game down for good at POI (Point of Impact). Another BLR on my wish list. Another great caliber is the 325WSM - I believe it is the one solution capable of any Medium to Big game in a short action.

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Ah, always full length size, but adjust carefully. Start where the case won't enter the chamber and screw the die in a quarter turn at a time until the case finally just slips fully into the chamber without finger pressure. No need for excessive sizing, but the BLR's extraction is not very forgiving of wedging oversize rounds into the chamber. After loading hunting rounds, go to the range and run every one through BEFORE leaving for the hunt. Experience loading for three BLRs for over 30 years prompts the advice. Take care.
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