Any love for the Browning BLR?

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Any love for the Browning BLR?

#1 Post by EG73 » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:44 am

Anyone have any comments about them? I didn’t end up getting a Winchester 88. I’m on the wall about BLR’s as to whether they’re alright looking or just ugly..

Seeking a general hunting rifle, thinking a BLR in .30-06 may be the go. But as said, unsure if I like how they look still..

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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#2 Post by Old Savage » Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:00 pm

Very accurate, the 30-06 I handled was inordinately heavy. Might go with the .308 as it would be in the 88.
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#3 Post by fordwannabe » Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:12 pm

They do not please my eye and they feel “funny” when I lever them. OTOH I have buddy who is head over heels in love with them. So pretty much up to you.
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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#4 Post by Tycer » Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:56 pm

Not a fan of the long action ones. 308 is the cat’s meow. The bolt cams into the barrel lugs so no worries about the aluminium’s strength.
I’m a 35 cal fan so mine is a 358 Win. It wears a scope.
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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#5 Post by BlaineG » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:03 pm

Henry Long Ranger?
Just 7 pounds.
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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#6 Post by HawkCreek » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:05 pm

My buddy had a .243 that seemed to shoot well enough when it worked. But it went back to get the gears retimed at least twice that I know of. Seemed a bit heavy but nothing that seemed to terrible. I wouldn't mind having one but there are a lot of other guns I want to pick up first.

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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#7 Post by GunnyMack » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:59 pm

I know a guy that works for a bear guide, he has a BLR in 325 mag and wont leave home without it.
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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#8 Post by gundownunder » Tue Apr 09, 2019 6:17 pm

Very popular for lever action competition shooting here in Australia.
I had one in 222 and was silly enough to let it go, wish I hadn't.
All the ones I've seen here are in short action, mostly 222, 223, and some 308.
I've never heard anyone say they had a problem with accuracy. Mine would shoot sub - moa groups consistently with hand made ammo and a scope.
Once you get one running smoothly they are reliable, but if you Bubba with them you will have problems. If the guts needs cleaning take it to a gunsmith who understands the BLR.
If you think they are ugly, I'm guessing you have looked at the ones with pistol grip stocks, I find them ugly too.
A straight grip stock looks a heck of a lot better.
The preference over here is for the older Browning, and Miroku models with the steel receivers.
Triggers are a big complaining point on the BLR, and from the factory they are really bad, but a competent gunsmith who knows his way around a BLR can make them as smooth as glass, and very light.
They may lose some appeal as a hunting rifle because they are a bit fussy, drop one in the dirt and it may not come up smelling like roses, and you can't strip it down in the field to clean out the action.
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#9 Post by JB » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:05 pm

They're beautiful guns, but I think they're a bit too complex on the insides. I've seen more than one that wouldn't function correctly after the owners stripped them down then had troubles getting everything back together correctly.

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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#10 Post by 6pt-sika » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:15 pm

GunnyMack wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:59 pm
I know a guy that works for a bear guide, he has a BLR in 325 mag and wont leave home without it.
I was enamored with them for awhile and thought one in 270 WSM and a second in 325 WSM would cover all my earthly needs . Well I was enamored with them until I held one in my hands and that killed it for me . I didn’t care for the feel .
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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#11 Post by BenT » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:46 pm

The BLR in 308 with straight stock is closest thing to carrying a Win 94 or Marlin 336 in 30-30. The weight and balance is excellent. I have had many BLRs in magnum calibers and other long action claibers. The long actions feels like a full size rifle. But the short actions with 20 inch barrels feel like a 30-30. Mine all shot excellent and piled up plenty of deer. My BLR in 308 will be one of the last guns to go. It is an excellent tool for hunting whitetails.

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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#12 Post by Chuck 100 yd » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:02 pm

I have never owned one but have refinished the stock on one. I like the design and feel of them. Early steel frame guns would be what I would want.

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#13 Post by Tycer » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:05 pm

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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#14 Post by EG73 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:27 am

I was considering one in .30-06 as a reliable go to gun for pig and deer - something I currently don’t have.. plenty of guns but none I’m confident with to do the deed. Going to have a sell off and maybe convert to mostly lever actions. Trying to revamp an interest in firearms they nearly died after close to 10 years being interested.

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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#15 Post by model55 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 3:02 am

The early BLR magazines , pre 81 models , are hard to come by (hence expensive if you do ). I don't think that is a problem with later ones.IMO the long actions one are bulky defeating the purpose. Love mine in .308 but it does kind of puts a crimp in needs department for another rifle.

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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#16 Post by buckeyeshooter » Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:16 am

ugly! :shock:

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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#17 Post by Rusty » Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:05 am

From what I've seen the Henry LONG RANGER seem to look like one on the outside, not sure about the insides. I'd sure look at the Henry first. IMHO
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#18 Post by M. M. Wright » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:59 am

I have bought 15 or 16 of them so far as gifts for my Grandchildren. Only 1 boy wanted a 30-06 which, of course, takes the long action. I didn't care much for the feel of it but he has killed several whitetail with it. I really like the straight stocked short action guns but must admit they have not all been trouble free. A couple had rough chambers and would stick the action for a minute or so. Polishing the chambers fixed them.

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To me they handle like a 94 SRC but are truly good to 350 yards with a low, fixed power scope. I think the BLR in 308 could make you a one rifle man especially if you top it with a 2 1/2 X Redfield or Leupold.
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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#19 Post by Scrumbag » Thu Apr 11, 2019 10:39 am

Always thought a 358W or a 338 Federal BLR would be great for driven boar / pigs in the thick stuff

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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#20 Post by Rimfire McNutjob » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:16 am

Do they do a BLR with an aluminum receiver version these days like the lightweight BAR? I've only handled the regular straight grip short action version but they do seem nice. Are these Miroku guns?

Edit: I guess I should have gone over to the Browning site first. They ALL seem to be the lightweight version today. Yum, still available in 358 Win.
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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#21 Post by M. M. Wright » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:27 pm

Current offering is Miroku made and has aluminum receiver but the bolt locks into a barrel extension so the light metal takes none of the pressure. Newer ones have a flat bottom magazine that improves handling a little though I still really like my old Belgian made rifle. No blue left on barrel and the bore is worn but still shoots little bitty groups.

I recently bought one with a long magazine that holds 7 or 8 rounds. It's not marked with the maker's name though. I wish Magpul would make some just standard replacements at a decent price. I've seen the old shad belly ones bring over $300 at auction and that's just ridiculous!
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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#22 Post by EG73 » Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:58 pm

Thanks for the responses. I’ve had a look at those Henry Long Rangers. Look to be a nice rifle!

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Re: Any love for the Browning BLR?

#23 Post by Rimfire McNutjob » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:54 pm

M. M. Wright wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:27 pm
Current offering is Miroku made and has aluminum receiver but the bolt locks into a barrel extension so the light metal takes none of the pressure.
Yup, just like my Lightweight BAR ... except with a lever instead of a gas port, etc. I was always curious as to how many parts the BAR and BLR had in common due to the similarity of the bolt mechanism.
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