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Old February 21, 2006, 09:36 PM   #1
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browning blr

i have been saving my pennies for a wile and am going to by a new gun. my dad said he would help me buy a browning blr in 358. i was wondering if you guys had any good or bad comments about it. any help would be great
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Old February 21, 2006, 09:41 PM   #2
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I think the BLR in 358 Winchester is one of the finest rifles ever produced for hunting Witetail deer in the Southern woods. It is a fine choice for all North American game, but it will limit your range somewhat. Not too much in my opinion.

Just don't put too much scope on it a 1.5-5 or 2-7 at most.

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Old February 21, 2006, 10:02 PM   #3
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I had a BLR in a 308. The trigger was not the best. The short barrel was rather loud. It was very accurate. The clip needed to have the lips adjusted or it would turn two loose at once. 308 ammo more available than 358. I wish I had kept the rifle. The 358 is on a list to get, or a 35 Whelen.
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Old February 22, 2006, 06:37 PM   #4
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make sure you buy dies and a load book.
winchester doesnt even produce stamped brass for the 358 anymore. wait till sept, when the BLR, steyr mountain, Tikka T3, Savage scout, Ruger 77RL remington 7 and Sako 75 come out in 338 Federal.
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Old February 22, 2006, 06:52 PM   #5
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The Browning BLRs are fine rifles. No question about it.
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Old February 22, 2006, 08:46 PM   #6
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I'll agree with most of the above.
The BLR is a fine rifle.
308 would be the caliber of choice.
Haven't shot a 338 Federal yet. Neither have most gun writers. Don't know enough about it to say one way or the other. 308 is still the caliber of choice.
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Old February 23, 2006, 09:06 AM   #7
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If the Browning name is on a gun you know you are getting quality. If the 358 Win name is on the box you know you have one of the best deer, bear and elk cartridges made
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Old February 23, 2006, 10:19 AM   #8
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I've used it in (.243? can't remember) to kill deer. It is accurate and reliable. Really fast follow-up shots! IIRC, it doesn't have a conventional safety; instead, it relies on a half-cocking hammer for a safety.
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Old February 26, 2006, 03:00 PM   #9
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A very fine rifle indeed.

DONT Take them to bits unless you have covered every surface in the room with white paper, and are wearing a sterile suit. Springs fly in all directions....
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Old February 26, 2006, 03:25 PM   #10
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Its a good looking rifle that should do a fine job. A friend of mine has one in 7MM08 and he loves it.
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Old February 26, 2006, 08:24 PM   #11
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Can someone enlighten me on what the ".338 Federal" is???
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Old February 27, 2006, 07:29 AM   #12
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It's a non-magnum 338-08. Here ya go

http://www.federalpremium.com/defaul...nd=5&year=2005
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Old February 27, 2006, 10:37 PM   #13
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Had one in .308 that would shoot the first three rounds into a 1 inch group from a cold barrel everytime. Amazing accuracy for a levergun.
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Old February 27, 2006, 11:44 PM   #14
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Hi all, Not new to forums but new to this one. Found it, have been taking a look around and it seems like a really good place to visit. A lot of good, knowledgeable folks in here to be sure.

I just couldn't resist putting in good word on the BLRs. I've owned two in .308 (one Belg. & one Japan) and thought they were excellent rifles. Short, quick and very accurate. There are times when I thought about getting one in .358 but now that the .338 is just around the corner...
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Old February 28, 2006, 06:16 PM   #15
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do any of you know where the browning blrs are being made right now
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Old February 28, 2006, 06:39 PM   #16
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Japan. That's why they shoot so good. Same with their bolt-guns and most of their sotguns.
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Old February 28, 2006, 06:51 PM   #17
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The real value in a BLR is in the fact that it is actually a "Bolt" action being operated with a lever.

It is stronger than other lever actions and I wish they would chamber it in .338 WinMag...
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Old February 28, 2006, 06:55 PM   #18
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For an online review check out:

http://www.gunblast.com/Browning-BLR358.htm

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Who would not feel naked with a .358 Browning BLR.
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Old February 28, 2006, 11:19 PM   #19
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A purely subjective opinion about the BLR: I hate the looks of them. That personal opinion aside, from everything I've heard and read, they're fine rifles. If it were me, I'd haunt the gun shows and pawn shops til I found a nice Savage 99 or a Winchester 88 chambered in .358. Unfortunately, the problem with that strategy is those two rifles are getting kind of pricey.
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