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Browning BLR 308 Any reason I shouldn't buy one of these?

#1 User is offline   SwampDonkey Icon

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 01:01 PM

I'm coming back to hunting after a 20 year absense and I think the rifle I am going to buy is a Browning BLR stainless in 308.

I like the lever action, I like the "bolt like" locking mechanism and I like the stainless.

Is there any compelling reason I shouldn't buy this gun? Issues etc?

I orginaly wanted it in .243 but was convinced .308 was a better call. This will be strictly a deer gun.

Also any suggestions for a relativly low power, weather resistant scope for it?

Your thoughts?
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Posted 27 February 2010 - 06:14 AM

View PostSwampDonkey, on 26 February 2010 - 09:01 PM, said:

I'm coming back to hunting after a 20 year absense and I think the rifle I am going to buy is a Browning BLR stainless in 308.

I like the lever action, I like the "bolt like" locking mechanism and I like the stainless.

Is there any compelling reason I shouldn't buy this gun? Issues etc?

I orginaly wanted it in .243 but was convinced .308 was a better call. This will be strictly a deer gun.

Also any suggestions for a relativly low power, weather resistant scope for it?

Your thoughts?


The BLR series is decent, just stay away from the X-Bolts by Browning. Not a big fan of lever action but to each his own. Should be some good stopping power if you're using it strictly for deer. You could probably use that calibre for moose as well if you're so inclined.
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Posted 27 February 2010 - 09:44 AM

.308 would be great plenty for deer and the option to use it on moose or elk if you get a chance. the 243 is a good deer calibre but if you want to take a shot at that throphy buck out past 200 yards the 308 will hit with more energy. and it's good to have you back
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Posted 27 February 2010 - 11:28 AM

Ya, I wanted the BLR because I like that I can have a shell loaded and then just cock the hammer when I want to fire. My OCD makes me uncomfortable with normal safetys, I'm forever checking them and then I'm never really positive wether they are on or not. I like a hammer :)

I also like that I can buy cheap surpluss ammo for target practice with the .308
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 06:42 AM

View PostSwampDonkey, on 27 February 2010 - 07:28 PM, said:

Ya, I wanted the BLR because I like that I can have a shell loaded and then just cock the hammer when I want to fire. My OCD makes me uncomfortable with normal safetys, I'm forever checking them and then I'm never really positive wether they are on or not. I like a hammer :)

I also like that I can buy cheap surpluss ammo for target practice with the .308


Perhaps you should befriend someone who reloads. I did that about five years ago and home loads are way more consistent and predictable.
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 01:29 PM

John
what are your thoughts on the xbolts by browning I just ordered the new xbolt in 270 wsm
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Posted 03 March 2010 - 01:47 PM

View PostMike Mitchell, on 03 March 2010 - 09:29 PM, said:

John
what are your thoughts on the xbolts by browning I just ordered the new xbolt in 270 wsm
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Cheaply manufactured. Okay if you're gonna coddle it. I would send it back and get a Tikka for around the same money. If you're not a Tikka fan then spend the extra cash and get an A Bolt.

I do love your choice of calibres though. Great for Interior moose and big bucks!
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 05:14 PM

tikka is a hell of a good gun. I've had mine for 3 years now never failed me yet
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Posted 13 March 2010 - 05:08 PM

View Postjohnk, on 01 March 2010 - 06:42 AM, said:

Perhaps you should befriend someone who reloads. I did that about five years ago and home loads are way more consistent and predictable.

I'm not really a good enough shot for the difference to be apreciated. I just like the idea of the cheap military ammo so I can get a bunch of practice in without re-mortgaging the house ;)
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 06:13 AM

View PostSwampDonkey, on 13 March 2010 - 06:08 PM, said:

I'm not really a good enough shot for the difference to be apreciated. I just like the idea of the cheap military ammo so I can get a bunch of practice in without re-mortgaging the house ;)


You don't have to be a good shot to appreciate the difference. When you take a box of shells and sight your rifle in before hunting season and use a different box for actual hunting season, you will risk inaccuracy! I understand the costs associated with ammo which is why I trade flies for bullets!
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 10:32 AM

View PostSwampDonkey, on 26 February 2010 - 01:01 PM, said:

I'm coming back to hunting after a 20 year absense and I think the rifle I am going to buy is a Browning BLR stainless in 308.

I like the lever action, I like the "bolt like" locking mechanism and I like the stainless.

Is there any compelling reason I shouldn't buy this gun? Issues etc?

I orginaly wanted it in .243 but was convinced .308 was a better call. This will be strictly a deer gun.

Also any suggestions for a relativly low power, weather resistant scope for it?

Your thoughts?


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Posted 25 March 2010 - 07:47 PM

take a look at nikon ive had mine for a couple seasons and love it, and it didn't break the bank.
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 10:19 AM

View PostSwampDonkey, on 26 February 2010 - 09:01 PM, said:

I'm coming back to hunting after a 20 year absense and I think the rifle I am going to buy is a Browning BLR stainless in 308.

I like the lever action, I like the "bolt like" locking mechanism and I like the stainless.

Is there any compelling reason I shouldn't buy this gun? Issues etc?

I orginaly wanted it in .243 but was convinced .308 was a better call. This will be strictly a deer gun.

Also any suggestions for a relativly low power, weather resistant scope for it?

Your thoughts?



I own a BLR 81 in a 7mm-08 cal and I must say, It shoots unreal groups with Hornady 139gr sp. 3 shot group -3/8" inch.
I picked this rifle up with a 3x9x40 bushnell on it from a friend and I'm really impressed with it so far.. I own 2 other lever rifles and I like the way this one fits, feels and shoots the best.
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Posted 28 June 2010 - 03:41 PM

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 03:44 PM

View PostSwampDonkey, on 26 February 2010 - 01:01 PM, said:

I'm coming back to hunting after a 20 year absense and I think the rifle I am going to buy is a Browning BLR stainless in 308.

I like the lever action, I like the "bolt like" locking mechanism and I like the stainless.

Is there any compelling reason I shouldn't buy this gun? Issues etc?

I orginaly wanted it in .243 but was convinced .308 was a better call. This will be strictly a deer gun.

Also any suggestions for a relativly low power, weather resistant scope for it?

Your thoughts?


I bought a 243 BLR new in 1980. I have hunted most years with it and never missed a beat, Still in fine shape. Took some big muleys with it. 308 should be a good choice. BCKID
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Posted 20 July 2010 - 08:57 PM

I own a BLR pistol grip in .325wsm and I have no complaints at all. It shoots my handloads at or under MOA - and I`ve never had a cycling issue, even with those short, fat cartriges. They are a fairly light Gun so it may kick a bit more than you remember .308`s kicking way back when. I don`t think you`ll be dissapointed, good luck!
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Posted 23 July 2010 - 12:13 PM

Thanks folks, now I just need approval from "she who decides" ;)
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 12:16 AM

Maybe I'll just buy one of these and do a little duck hunting ;)
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Posted 21 February 2011 - 06:34 PM

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Maybe I'll just buy one of these and do a little duck hunting ;)
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That will get the job done just nicely. :lol:
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Posted 14 September 2011 - 08:46 PM

I have a .270 for all of my deer, moose, elk, etc. I love it. I wouldn't use anything bigger.

I just picked up a Tikka .338 for Bison. Tikka comes guaranteed sub-moa. you say you dont need the accuracy but, if it doesnt cost any more.... you get the target with the 3 holes they shot to prove it!

I also got a zeiss 3x9x40mm for just over $600. This is cheap for a zeiss but not necessarily cheap!
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