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I've decided to try and turn my BLR .308 into a varmint rifle this winter so I have been trying bullets of 125 and 110 grains. The rate of twist for a BLR is best suited for a 165-grain bullet so it seems the 125 grainer might work better than the 110. If anyone out there uses light bullets in their BLR I would appreciate knowing which bullet and load information. Thanks.
 

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I haven't shot a BLR but I've put quite a few 125gr. Ballistic Tips through my .30-06. Works great, very accurate, even though the 1-10" twist is more than you need. Good luck. I'd suggest Varget.
 

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I have shot the 110gr Hornady SP in 30-06 w/10" twist and 308 w/12" twist, as well as single loading them in the 30-30 (10" twist micro-groove). They have shot up to the accuracy potential of each rifle, and work well on groundhogs! Obviously, I shot these when I lived back east. I used IMR4064 or IMR3031 back then, would try Varget now, as Mike suggested.
 

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Thanks guys. I just loaded up 50 rounds using 125 grain Ballistic Tips and 51.0 grains of W748 and Winchester Magnum Rifle Primers. I have quite a few different powders I can try including Varget, 4895, 4064 and BLC-2.
 

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Speer 130 grain HP in 308 Win.

Blackhawk44 said:
Try 130gr Speer HP and BLC-2, 335, 748 or TAC to gain case capacity. Maybe even 322 or RL7.
Sunday Creek,

I agree with Balckhawk44 on his powder selections for the Speer .308" HP bullet. I scanned page 216 of the Speer Number 11 Reloading Manual and include it below.

The BLR is a very accurate rifle. I have one in 358 Winchester and it shoots better than I can hold.
 

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Sunday Creek,

I agree with Balckhawk44 on his powder selections for the Speer .308" HP bullet. I scanned page 216 of the Speer Number 11 Reloading Manual and include it below.

The BLR is a very accurate rifle. I have one in 358 Winchester and it shoots better than I can hold.
Blackhawk and Nitro - thanks for the imput. TAC, incidently, is distributed by Western Powders, also known as Ramshot, and they are located only a couple of miles from me. I have a friend who is a salesman for them.
Nitro, this perhaps should be on a different thread, but I would be interested in more comments from you on your BLR in .358. I looked at one the other day. What is the recoil like. I thought about buying one but also wondered if it wouldn't be a lot easier to convert a .35 to a .356.
 

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Don't hesitate to buy the 358 if its sound. They are very scarce and usually rather expensive in this part of the country. Why bother converting a 35 to 356 when you can load the 358 to all three levels and have brass forever? Besides, its a good excuse for another BLR.
 

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BLR .358 Win.

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Don't hesitate to buy the 358 if its sound. They are very scarce and usually rather expensive in this part of the country. Why bother converting a 35 to 356 when you can load the 358 to all three levels and have brass forever? Besides, its a good excuse for another BLR.
Again, I agree with Blackhawk44. If you can find a BLR in .358, get it. Converting a 35 Remington to .356 is for those who want a .356 and can't find one because Marlin only produced 2,441 in the mid-1980"s. Browning produced several thousand of BLR's in .358 then discontinued the chambering in the mid 90's. In 1996 Browning introduced a lightweight version of the BLR but no .358. This year they reintroduced it in .358. I already had one of the older ones in .358 but liked it so much that I bought one of new lightweights in the same caliber.

The older BLR's have a steel frame and the new lightweight has an aluminum alloy frame but it has a stronger lock-up. The lock-up is steel-to-steel because the steel bolt locks into the steel barrel extension like the M-16/AR-15. It is also available in 270 WSM, 7mm WSM, 300 WSM, and the 450 Marlin. That gives you an idea of the strength of the new BLR. Even more chamberings are available in the long action.
 
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