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#7058994 - 11/09/12 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 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 Re: Browning BLR [Re: Fireball2]
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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 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 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 Re: Browning BLR [Re: Sherwood]
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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 Re: Browning BLR [Re: Dantheman]
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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 Re: Browning BLR [Re: viking]
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.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 Re: Browning BLR [Re: magshooter1]
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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 - 11/13/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: 21]
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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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#7074554 - 11/14/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: 257 roberts]
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Hornady is now making 358 Win ammo, so if you don't reload you're not stuck with trying to find older factory Winchester Silvertips:

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/666957/...point-box-of-20

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#7074631 - 11/14/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: 257 roberts]
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I have newer model Browning 358 straight grip with leup. 2 X 7 scope.It will group my handloads into 1 to 1 1/2 at 100yds. 200 grain hornady interlock 48 grains h4895 wlr primers win brass. I taken a couple of deer and a hog. All one shot kills. The average range though was less than 50 yds. easy to carry and a quick second shot if needed.

358win

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#7093671 - 11/20/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: 358win]
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Originally Posted By: 358win
I have newer model Browning 358 straight grip with leup. 2 X 7 scope.It will group my handloads into 1 to 1 1/2 at 100yds. 200 grain hornady interlock 48 grains h4895 wlr primers win brass. I taken a couple of deer and a hog. All one shot kills. The average range though was less than 50 yds. easy to carry and a quick second shot if needed.

358win


Dang! 358win you and I think alike. Mine wears a 1st Gen. Monarch 2-7 and I also shoot 200g Horn. SP albeit with a different powder and primer.
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#7099583 - 11/22/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: 257 roberts]
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I have a soft spot for the older BLR 81 with the steel reciever. Had a couple in .243 but traded/sold them over the years. Just the other day I found another one and this time I'm keeping it. I make my living in remote areas of northern BC and pack a rifle for wolves during the winter. The .243 is a favorite for predators like coyote, wolf and wolverine (.22Mag for lynx) and the detachable mag on the BLR makes for a quick carbine to bring into action.

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#7101995 - 11/23/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: FNG]
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358 works for me....also considering a 300 WSM
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#7103404 - 11/23/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: garyb11s]
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The only BLR I had was in 257 Roberts. I bought it for my mom to use, but the hammer made her nervous for some reason so sold it. I really liked it, but for the trigger. Even with that it would still shoot to 1-1.5" for three shots.

I have a 358 Win in a Win M88. I have killed 2 MN whitetail bucks with it. One at 10 yards and the other at 180 yards. Both using 225g Nos. PT. It worked very well.

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#7103632 - 11/23/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: Just a Hunter]
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The 88 is a great rifle.

The BLR, not so much.......
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#7109010 - 11/25/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: 2muchgun]
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Glad this thread came up as I am also thinking of a BLR lightweight in 358. I'm likin' 35s and don't own a 358. Plan on keeping it open sights, for whatever time I got left (eyesight) to be able to use'em for up in Maine and here in PA during poor weather.
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#7109068 - 11/25/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: 2muchgun]
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Originally Posted By: 2muchgun
The 88 is a great rifle.

The BLR, not so much.......


Could you explain your reply in greater detail please?
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#7109413 - 11/25/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: MOGC]
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Originally Posted By: MOGC
Originally Posted By: 2muchgun
The 88 is a great rifle.

The BLR, not so much.......


Could you explain your reply in greater detail please?


Because some one on the internet said so!! No need to touch either rifle
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#7174790 - 12/12/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: 257 roberts]
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Registered: 11/26/03
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Loc: Louisiana-U.S.A.
I really like my first model .358 BLR. I also had a 99 Savage in .358 but, when I got the BLR, the 99 went away. Yeah, I wish now some 30 years later that I'd kept the 99.
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#7182995 - 12/14/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: Joe]
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I just blasted a yote @ 105 yards this am w/my 1975 vintage BLR 243 win. w/2.5-8 vx3 w/B&C reticles. Loading a 87 berger @ 2900 FPS. tested reticles the other day out to 400 yards & dead on. Cool little back up rifle as my 2 yote rifles are gathering dust @ my gunsmith's!
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#7183264 - 12/14/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: kimberyote]
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I have an early 70's steel receiver BLR in 358 that always seems to head out the door with me. Lots of other rifles, but none seem to carry as easy as the BLR. And the deer don't like em at all! Just my 2 cents.

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#7189451 - 12/16/12 Re: Browning BLR [Re: lightning]
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I love the BLR platform. For whatever reason, it seems that most folks associate lever operation with a 'carbine.' That draws them to the short actions. Personally, while I do appreciate the compactness and quick-handling of the short actions at times, I don't find it particularly different or more useful than a 'full-size' rifle for most of what I do. The BLR is still very quick and handy even in long-action chamberings (never handled a magnum-length BLR, though); quicker to operate than a bolt gun by quite a ways, IMO/E.

They're also super-strong of lock-up in their current form (lock up almost exactly like an AR), and the take-down models are super-cool. smile

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