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Old November 22, 2009, 10:42 PM   #1
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Browning BLR in .223?

Considering purchasing a BLR in 223. I understand these guns haven't been made in about 10 years. I love lever guns. First gun I ever shot was my dad's 39A. I now have one of those, a Henry in 22 mag, and a Marlin 336. What I started out to buy was just a nice bolt 223 mainly for punching holes in paper from a long way away, but maybe for some coyote hunting, varmit control, and just a general purpose rifle. Light recoil, good range, and relatively cheap ammo. I didn't really even consider getting a lever gun because I just didn't think there was such a thing. Then I stumbled upon the BLR in 223. Any opinions on this gun for just an all around general purpose rifle? How does the action compare to other lever guns? Will I like this as much as my more traditional tube mag rifles?
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Old November 23, 2009, 08:31 AM   #2
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In general, they are great guns. The takedown models were known for bad accuracy but the non takedown models are reportedly pretty good. There are two general styles. The model 81 has a straight grip and the other model has a pistol grip. The straight gripped model 81 also has a barrel band which some believes hurts accuracy. I
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Old November 23, 2009, 08:52 AM   #3
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I love the action of the BLR, but I can't say much about the accuracy in .223. Mine is the 450 Marlin takedown, and I'm happy when I can get 5 rounds on a 6" target at 100, the minute of elk thing.
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Old November 23, 2009, 06:35 PM   #4
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Yes the BLR has SMMOOOTH Action.... I have one in .308...

The Glossy Finish, is DELICATE.... My only complaint.

I like the Magazine Fed Lever...



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Old November 23, 2009, 06:59 PM   #5
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What I like the most is the fact that the trigger moves with the lever. A detachable mag is nice also, and allows for chambering in non-rimmed cartridges.
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Old November 23, 2009, 07:06 PM   #6
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BLR in .223?

I've personally never heard of such and I couldn't seem to find one on their website... Not trying to be Mr. Smarty Pants, just curious...
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Old November 23, 2009, 09:33 PM   #7
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To jgcoastie:

It was discontinued in 223 1998. I was surfing GB and searched "Browning 223" and saw one. Obviously I'd have to buy one used, which I'm OK with. Its been a couple months since I saw that one, and have only seen one since. BUT, I'm patient on this purchase as I have no real NEED for this gun, just purely a want. The first one I saw was scoped and the seller advertised "shoots like a laser". I was hoping someone not trying to sell one could validate that for me!
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Old November 24, 2009, 11:55 PM   #8
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Fair enough...

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Old November 25, 2009, 12:39 AM   #9
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I have also been keeping an eye out for one in .223 because I have had great results from my older .243 BLR- very accurate.
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