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#7058994 - 11/09/12 10:09 AM Browning BLR
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I'm not real good with the search function, so I'm sorry if this is beating a dead horse. I was ready to throw down the money on a Marlin 338MXLR, but we all know the deal there (I hadn't done my homework).

Now I'm onto the BLR. I like ammo availability of the '06, but people seem to like the short action better in this rifle. This leads me to the 358 or 300wsm. I already reload for the '06 and the WSM and would do so for the 358.

What say you?

Thanks,
Dan

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#7059177 - 11/09/12 11:01 AM Re: Browning BLR [Re: FNG]
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I started shooting a Savage 99 358 this season and like the caliber so far. Have not killed with it but recoil is nice, accuracy excellent. I don't like a hammer on a scoped rifle due to needing to flip open scope covers and cock hammer- too many thingy's to remember when it gets fast and furious. smile If unscoped, hammer guns are cool. Several Savage 99's for sale right now if you look around.
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#7059297 - 11/09/12 11:53 AM Re: Browning BLR [Re: Fireball2]
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Registered: 11/09/05
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Loc: johnstown, NY/Bloomfield CT
The 358 or a 308 win and the BLR are a good match. I have old steel framed model with a straight stock in 358

The 358 is easy to load cartridge thats good for 300 yds without much hair pulling.

I don't know how the pistol grip stocks are but I am not sure I would really want much more than a 30.06 or so in the straight stocked version. It doesn't have the greatest recoil pad and the rifle does come up a bit under recoil.

in the distant past my BLR wore a 1.75-5X burris, now a williams peep.
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#7059366 - 11/09/12 12:14 PM Re: Browning BLR [Re: noKnees]
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No experience with the BLR, but my Savage 99 .358 is death on anything I point it at. I don't reload so Im stuck with the lousy 200 grain silvertips. It shoots the 250's far better but at the range I kill deer, within 35 yards or so, its no issue. I can only suppose a 250 grain soft point would be the "cats behind." You'll love the .358 and Im sure the BLR is a fine rifle.
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#7059854 - 11/09/12 02:38 PM Re: Browning BLR [Re: 21]
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My sister-in-law is a lefty and hunts with a BLR in 7mm-08. She has taken elk, mountain mulies, and whitetails with this rifle.

Sherwood
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#7061830 - 11/10/12 07:41 AM Re: Browning BLR [Re: Sherwood]
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Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 912
Loc: Orange County, NY
My 358 BLR is one of my most accurate rifles with it's favorite handload. Where I hunt is pretty open so I don't bring it out much. I did take a doe one year at a little over 100 yds and she dropped dead within 5 or 6 steps.

Dan

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#7067287 - 11/12/12 03:17 AM Re: Browning BLR [Re: Dantheman]
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Registered: 04/20/08
Posts: 2251
Loc: Texas
I have a Lighting model in 30-06, I like it. I think you would be better served by the BLR, and I own 3 marlins. If you want an oddball chambering look at the 325wsm.
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#7068044 - 11/12/12 09:34 AM Re: Browning BLR [Re: viking]
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Registered: 07/19/11
Posts: 1789
Loc: South Arkansas
.358 and BLR all the way. I too have a steel receiver with straight stock and love it. The deer and hogs don't.
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#7068357 - 11/12/12 11:20 AM Re: Browning BLR [Re: magshooter1]
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Registered: 09/08/07
Posts: 400
Loc: tombstone az
My pard shoots a 270wsm and its great. I've got a 257 roberts and i really like it. Both pretty darn accurate[inch to 1 and 1/4 at 100 with 5 shots]. I had a long action in 7mm mag and i hated it. Long, unwieldy, had a 200 fps slow barrel and just felt clunky to me.

YMMV, Fred

P.S. I put a leather stick on cheekpiece from brownells on them all because browning puts more drop at the comb on the blr than even their shotguns. Guess your not supposed to scope them.
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#7070195 - 11/12/12 07:59 PM Re: Browning BLR [Re: 21]
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Registered: 01/16/06
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Loc: florida
Originally Posted By: 21
No experience with the BLR, but my Savage 99 .358 is death on anything I point it at. I don't reload so Im stuck with the lousy 200 grain silvertips. It shoots the 250's far better but at the range I kill deer, within 35 yards or so, its no issue. I can only suppose a 250 grain soft point would be the "cats behind." You'll love the .358 and Im sure the BLR is a fine rifle.
I've shot deer with that load...I like it!!!

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