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Old 05-23-2011, 01:01 PM
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I have a newer (6 years old or so) Browning BLR Lightweight in 7mm-08 w/20" barrel. I would like to do one of the following, but would like information about feasibility.

* Re-chamber to .284 Win and get a BLR clip specific to the .284 (I know the .284 doesn't fit in my 7mm-08 clip). Is this all there is to it? When Browning chambered for the .284, was it the same action, port size, etc. as all the other short action chamberings (e.g. .243, 7mm-08, .308)?

* Re-barrel my BLR with a longer (22") barrel, then chamber for .284, and get a clip. Since BLR bolt lugs lock up into the barrel, this may not be feasible without some expensive sleeving, but I am not sure.

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Old 05-23-2011, 02:23 PM
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Old 05-23-2011, 02:43 PM
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leave it the way it is. It's a dandy little set-up.

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Old 05-23-2011, 04:19 PM
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Me, I like the added performance the .284 has over the 7/08 and I do own both. BUT, BLRs are not easy to work on. Re-barreling might not be a good alternative, but re-chambering might. The .284 has a lot more capacity and it does matter in a smallish case.

My answer is then, no new barrel (lots of $$$$), but if you like the Short mag-like case of the .284., Go For It!!
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:01 PM
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I don't think you find gunsmith that will rebarrel the newer BLR's. You can get a barrel straight from Browning. It will come attatched to a receiver. All you have to do is swap over the internals. Which is a job in itself.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:30 PM
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why not look for a second hand BLR in 284. I saw a mint one last week.
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