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Old February 5, 2011, 02:47 PM   #1
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Can the trigger pull of a Browning BLR be improved?

I'm looking at a Browning BLR .308 and like everything so far. Of course I haven'
t fired it since it on consignment at my LGS.

I've read about people being less than impressed with the trigger pull. I don't remember specific points though: too long? gritty? rough? rolling break? too much force needed?

I don't want a 2 pound trigger. However, it would be nice for it to be no heavier than 5 pounds, and preferrably in the 3.5-4 lb range.

MOST importantly though would be that it be smooth with a crisp break.

For those who have fired the BLR, how would you describe the trigger pull?

At the LGS it felt 'ok' to me, but I didn't have the time to really think and analyze. Also, I don't like to dry-fire firearms more than once or twice without a snap-cap in place. They didn't have any .308 snap caps to use.

Is there anything that can be done to smoothen it out? I have read it is a bear to work on yourself-can it even be smoothened out?

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Old February 5, 2011, 05:47 PM   #2
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A good Smith can make it tolerable , but don't get your hopes too high , it'll never be target grade .
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Old February 5, 2011, 08:15 PM   #3
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That's kind of a misleading statement oneoldsap...

The OP isn't asking for a target trigger job, just a good hunting trigger.

I haven't had an issue with the trigger on my BARs or my BLR. It's not as crisp/clean/light as the trigger on my Kimber 84M Select, but it is a perfectly fine tirgger out of the box for me.

However, if you are not impressed, your LGS should be able to point you towards a good gunsmith that can clean up any issues with the tirgger. They're good rifles and if it's a good deal, then I wouldn't pass it up for something that can be easily and relatively cheaply fixed.
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Old February 5, 2011, 10:03 PM   #4
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You don't need a snap cap for a BLR trigger test just catch the hammer with your offhand thumb.

If I thought gunsmiths that can fix a BLR trigger were easy to find I'd probably own the lightweight takedown in .325WSM.

My wife's BLR has about an 1/8" of freeplay, then another fat 1/16 of creep before you get to the heavy (6 lb ish) mushy release, followed by another small 1/8 of over travel. In short a textbook lousy trigger. That is fine for some but I can't abide it.
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Old February 6, 2011, 12:58 PM   #5
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Posts: 613 This guy does trigger jobs on BLRs. I have one in 7mm-08, and like you, didn't like the trigger. I had the gunsmith at the shop where I got the rifle work on it, but he didn't help it much. I am going to send my rifle to this guy and have him take care of it. Apparently they are tricky to work on.
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