About 6 months ago I had one in .243. Loved it, and it was accurate as heck. As I had another rifle (BAR), I traded it in on my Beretta semi a12 ga.
I was so impressed with it that someday I will get one in a bigger caliber.
Fine lever action gun
has anyone had the chance to handle one of the new blr's witht he pistol grip stok i am in between the bar safari mark 2
or the blr with pistol grip.
the bar just fits so nice but i have not tried the new blr yet either
i don't tend to like bolt actions as i am uncomfortable with the lack of drop in the stock. so that is not an option for me.
i learned to hunt and love my old model 1894 lever action 32 with 10 shot feed tube. it was handed down by my father.
before you say it yes it should be hung up somewhere as a collecter due to its value but as my father said it was built to be used and still works like new. best darn gun i have ever shot for comfort and that is with a steel buttplate. with this in mind i respect his wishes to see it used (not abbused).
i do need something with a little more umph though as the 32 doesn't cut it on long shots so i am looking at a new browning.
Hi goose I own 2 BLR's at present,243 and 358,both shoot well and very accurate.I have owned a BAR and got rid of it due to inaccuracy,the factory after several attempts sent me a letter that said you bought this BAR and it is within specs,don't send it back to us again,it is your rifle.Since that I know of people that had problems with browning and browning bent over backwards to make sure they were satisfied,so I don't know about the BAR's now.My was in the mid to late 80's.With reloads I had a 3-3 1/2 inch gun at 100 yards,so I traded for another gun.My BLR's are great and will keep them forever.Drop-Shot
that is kind of what i am thinking drop shot. 2 things i really like about the blr over the bar.
it is lever actions and a number of states do not allow semi auto. it is much like my 1894 winchester 32 so i am going to be comfortable with it for sure as i love my old tank. I call it a tank becouse when you tote it around the mountains of pa at 15 you end up built like one cause that old octagon barrel weighs a ton. Its still very tride and true to this day though. Never had a single problem with it ever.
the only thing i do not like about the blr is it does not come with the boss. As far as the boss goes i am not looking at it for the fact it can be tuned. i am not a match shooter by any means. I like it for the fact it can reduce recoil a bit. i guess i could always have it magna ported or have an after market muzzlebreak put on it.
p.s. i am really interested in looking at one of the new blrs with the pistol grip stock.
The way the 81 lightweight has been set up is just like the old 32 lever action winchester i have. The new lightweight 81 is available that way still but they are also now offering the other stock wich to me looks alot more like that of the blr and make make it fit in just a little better on those snap shots in my opinion.
loard knows you don't want to have it up there sloppy when pulling the trigger on a 300 win mag
Thats a roger goose,over my shooting years I have made many mistakes,and not getting hold of a 300H&H well enough caused the scope to slightly cut me,it only took 6 little stiches.I have seen re-construction of eye socket due to a loosely handled 300 weatherby mag,not to mention the shoulder seperation or strain.It took years to shoot again,and the gentileman started to like the 257 roberts,6mm,never shot big guns again.Thats a good idea to keep reminding ourselves that it can happen to any one that looses focus.That 300 win mag would get your attention.Drop-Shot
one of the things i am leary of is the fact the new blrs and bars are made out of an aluminum alloy of some type and not case hardned steel.
being i, like my fater, am old fashioned in thinking gun wise we are use to the old aimsly foxes, winchesters, savage lever actions, mousers and so on. heavy duty guns ment to last a lifetime and i honestly am very leary of droping 8 hundered for a bar or 6 to 7 for a blr when it is not a good high quality steel. any opinions on this.
as far as the bar you had i think i know where one is sitting that may just have the same problem. it is a 30-06 older model with the light colored bulgium walnut stock. looks flawless and has nice bore, no bulges go guage and no go guage fit good and they only want 425 for it . now mind you this place sells all of their used guns for about 50 to 100 less than a new one. for that matter you can pick a new one up at wally world for what they want for used one as long as you know exactly what you want. Needless to say i am really leary of that gun.
funny story on wal-mart though . i went there and asked a guy who i had talked to before about some of the savages with acutrigger if he could give me the price on a browning bar with the boss and he looked at me and said are you crazy we don't sell machine guns. The idiot must of thought i was talking about the old millitary bars (laughing out loud) none the less without the boss its like 750 , with boss its like 860. the blr are running between 60 to a little over 7 depending on if it is a stalker or lightning...not sure what the difference is. but they are all alloy except the bar safari 2
Goose both my BLR's are older all steel but I have heard that the aluminum are forged and the rails and important things are steel,The bullet locks up in the chamber which is all steel and the bolt and carrier are all steel.I know folks that own the new ones and are very accurate.One person has a 270 and shot under 2 inches at 100 yards with the first 3 shots.He is a reloader and will get 1- 1 1/2 inch groups with right loads he is hoping.First a good cleaning and lapp the bore to shine like a mirror.Aluminum is ok,Kimber has used the aluminum frame for years and have had no problems that I am aware of.I like the ones I have but would get a new one if I could afford it,the aluminum reciever would not stop me.Drop-Shot
Got a .243 Blr back in "87 to hunt deer in La. My reloader (lee dies) dont like to full length size the brass. Just a hair short at a point near the base, ground a little off the top of the shell holder that fixed this problem. It is a good shooting rifle but now that i live in town it does not get used quite as much now.
I have owned a Belgium made BLR in 308 for more than 15 years. I liked it enough when I ran across a BLR 81 in 223 I snached it up also. Mags can be hard to find in the 223 but I have several NIB
I was very pleased with the accuracy of the 223