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Old 08-26-2015, 08:34 PM
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Anybody use a Browning BLR? I thought it was a cool rifle. Kind of a crossover between a lever gun and a more modern magazine fed bolt gun. Was wondering if any forum members here used one and what they thought of it? Thanks guys.
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Old 08-27-2015, 04:18 AM
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I had one of the early alloy reciever rifles in 358W . It did not like shooting a box of Ammo in an afternoon at the range as it developed timing problems. Could not get things sorted out with being sent back three times in three years for repairs . Sold the rifle .
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Old 08-27-2015, 04:44 AM
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Trent12..... I have one in a 7mm-08 and I love it. You are correct, it is a modern day lever gun. The rifle is beautiful and accurate! The only draw back is the trigger. Mine is heavier than I like but it is a lever gun. I highly recommend one!
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Old 08-27-2015, 05:29 AM
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There are some who feel the BLR is not "really" a true lever gun as it's not what considered a "traditional" lever gun. I guess(?) they say the same things about the Win M95 & Savage M99 ??. Me, I'm a pretty big fan of lever guns and own over 15 at last count. Among them are Marlins, Winchesters and BLRs. I've owned 6 or 7 BLRs over the years from 7/08 to .450 Marlin and still own 3 of them; a .325 WSM, .358 Win and a .450 Marlin. As far as function, all three of mine are smoother to cycle than any Marlin I've ever owned and also smoother than the M88 I have and my SA BLRs also have a shorter lever throw as well.

I happen to be a big fan of the SA BLRs and quickly sold the only LA one I ever bought, a 7mm RM model as it was too long, heavy and the much longer lever throw felt quite odd to me after having owned so many SA BLRs. I can't say, of course, if others might really like their LA guns and I'm sure many do as they seem to sell a good number of them. I own a good number of rifles, but no hunting season passes without my using at least one of my BLRs. For the record, my .325 & .450 are both newer rifles (one straight stock, one pistol grip) and my favorite, the .358 is an older steel receiver gun with straight stock.
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Old 08-27-2015, 10:09 AM
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I am a levergun collector, but the BLR just has too many strikes against it for me. Lousy trigger, made in Japan (sorry, it chokes me), and the definition of ugly. YMMV
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My son has a SA BLR. It looks good, handles nice, function is flawless and accurate as the Abolts, which is saying something. If there is a strike against it, would be the trigger, which isn't all that bad.
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Old 08-27-2015, 05:39 PM
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I've got one in 30-06 and one in .243./ The older one in 30-06 is very accurate and has taken some nice game. The brand new .243 is giving me fits with accuracy and it may need to go back to Browning for a checkup.

I like them for the magazine feed. It is very convenient when hunting and there is a need to load and unload many times in a day.
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Old 08-27-2015, 06:18 PM
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I have a 243. I love lever actions, but want to shoot modern, high-power cartridges. I had a Savage 99 that I wanted so very badly to love, but never did. The BLR is wonderful because it locks up exactly like an AR-15/AR-10 (mine is the 'newer' style. The old ones lock up a bit differently), uses a box magazine so pointy bullets are no problem, and handles the highest pressure of modern cartridges with aplomb. The BLR is light, compact, quick-handling, and lovely.

I like it, can you tell?

The triggers can be not so great. Mine required cleaning to be decent. I wish I had a take-down model. Maybe someday...
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I've used short actioned BLR's since 1974 and own three at this time, all old enough to be steel actioned. When going hunting, one of these three will be with me. I have a .223, .257 and .308 and all will group under an inch at a hundred. I've had local gunsmiths work on a couple of the triggers and while not the best that I own, they are more than useable. I've tried a couple of long actions over the years, but they are too ungainly for my use. I own a '66, '92's, an '86, Marlin '94's, a .444, a Winchester '95, Savage '99 and 9422 and the BLR's are as much of a true leveraction as any of the others. Having been produced continuously for well over 40 years (far longer than some of others), I believe they have earned some respect.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:12 AM
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I had one built in Belgium and chambered in .308. I managed to kill a mulie with it, but it was not a very accurate rifle, it weighed a ton for what it was and I did not find it attractive or comfortable to carry or shoot. That all sounds pretty negative I guess, but then that's why I sold it and never looked back.

If it's what floats your boat, then by all means, go for it. They are strong and well built, just not what I wanted in the long run.
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Just found this forum and had to post here. I recently acquired a BLR in a 30-06 and was wondering what the gold plated trigger signifies? Is this a common feature of the BLR or model? Can't find anything about it. How can you tell what year the rifle was made?
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The gold trigger was started in 1948 by Browning and is featured on most of their guns, that's all. The gold trigger first signified 'Light Weight' in the A-5.
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Just found this forum and had to post here. I recently acquired a BLR in a 30-06 and was wondering what the gold plated trigger signifies? Is this a common feature of the BLR or model? Can't find anything about it. How can you tell what year the rifle was made?
The Long Action 30/06 is a fairly recent addition to the BLR line-up starting in the early '90s IIRC. This article below has a LOT of interesting information about the Browning BLR in it. I believe this article will also allow you to "date" your rifle as well.


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Thanks for that! It tells me it's from 1993, long action but what's the significance of the gold trigger?
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All my BLRs have had the same gold trigger. Mr Belk, above, said it's been a mainstay for Brownings for many, many years. I actually have an A5 Lightweight (like he mentioned) that also has a gold trigger.
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The original "Browning" A-5 was built by FN. John Browning imported 10,000 of them into the US beginning in 1905. Those guns have a straight grip.
In 1911, Remington came out with the cheapened Browning patent shotgun called the Model 11 'Sportsman'. Parts don't enterchange and the Remingtons were made with many shortcuts and very little heat-treating, BUT, they had a pistol grip and Americans like them, so when Browning started importing the A-5 in 1949, they had a pistol grip and the guns were heavy! FN changed the receivers, trigger group and magazine tube to a lighter weight gun (by drilling holes and milling slots) to reduce the amount of steel in them. Browning, at that time, wouldn't consider 'white metal' to lighten a gun. To delineate the new, Light Twelve A-5 model and the newly introduced Sweet Sixteen and Light Twenty shotguns, they all had gold triggers. Such a thing was a novelty at the time and became a Browning trade mark they didn't trade mark, so other companies made gold triggered rifles and shotguns as an attempt to say 'Deluxe'. Most were just an attempt.
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I've got the stainless take down 18"barreled .308 version. It's the same length and weight as a model 94 carbine. It's my go to lever when I need to shoot long range. 1st 2 shots touch at 100yards everytime.
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The Long Action 30/06 is a fairly recent addition to the BLR line-up starting in the early '90s IIRC. This article below has a LOT of interesting information about the Browning BLR in it. I believe this article will also allow you to "date" your rifle as well.


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The gold trigger was started in 1948 by Browning and is featured on most of their guns, that's all. The gold trigger first signified 'Light Weight' in the A-5.
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The original "Browning" A-5 was built by FN. John Browning imported 10,000 of them into the US beginning in 1905. Those guns have a straight grip.
In 1911, Remington came out with the cheapened Browning patent shotgun called the Model 11 'Sportsman'. Parts don't enterchange and the Remingtons were made with many shortcuts and very little heat-treating, BUT, they had a pistol grip and Americans like them, so when Browning started importing the A-5 in 1949, they had a pistol grip and the guns were heavy! FN changed the receivers, trigger group and magazine tube to a lighter weight gun (by drilling holes and milling slots) to reduce the amount of steel in them. Browning, at that time, wouldn't consider 'white metal' to lighten a gun. To delineate the new, Light Twelve A-5 model and the newly introduced Sweet Sixteen and Light Twenty shotguns, they all had gold triggers. Such a thing was a novelty at the time and became a Browning trade mark they didn't trade mark, so other companies made gold triggered rifles and shotguns as an attempt to say 'Deluxe'. Most were just an attempt.
Right on, thanks Guys! I didn't see JBelk's first post on the trigger so thanks for the explaination. Now I have to try to date my Marlin 336...
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PM me the first 4 numbers of the serial # and I can prolly tell you what year it was built.
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BLR is a handy and relatively affordable gun for those who lust for the 358. Mine carries very well and is well balanced. I prefer the lever size over the Marlins.

My trigger is heavy, even after attention from a gunsmith. However, accuracy is sufficient for my style of hunting. I would trade it in a heartbeat for a Savage 99 in 358, but doubt anyone will offer to swap. Meanwhile, I'll be happy toting the BLR
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