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BLR

Can any one tell me if there is any difference between the Browning BLR PG and the BLR 81. I was looking at purchasing a new lever action and two of these rifles are appealing

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Re: BLR

Both rifles are the same except for the shape of the rear stock. The 81 has a straight stock whereas the PG has the "pistol grip" stock which really is the stock type most rifles have. With this the shape of the levers are different to accomodate the different stocks.

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I got a BLR 81 Lightning model and I think it's one of the best rifles I own. What caliber are you looking at?

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Re: BLR

I was thinking the 300 win mag or the 30-06 not sure yet

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Depends on what you will mostly be shooting. I'm not a big advocate of magnums in .30 cal for most biggame. Unless you plan on stricktly hunting brown bears, and polars. For general big game I think the .30-06 is the most versatile for just about all but the biggest biggame around the world. In fact the 06 is plenty of gun for most everything except rhinos and elephants, but would work for head shots on those giants.

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Elenor O'Conner killed her one and only elephant with a 30-06!

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I don't doubt it. In fact the 7x57mm Mauser was probabaly used by most European safari goers to take African game and elephant than any other cartridge. Teddy Roosevelt used the .30-06 pretty widely on his African hunts.

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My BLR is in 7mm Rem Mag and it shoots like a dream

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Chester is right. Browning also makes some of the BLR's in a take down action, which is sometimes useful for travel.