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Browning BLR Model 81

Ok, so I haven't found my dream gun, that'd be the Browning copy of the Winchester 1895 in 30-06. But I have found my dads dream gun, the Browning Model 81 in 308 win. My dad died a few years back, and never got to own one. I was talking to one of our local pawnshop owners the other day at the grocery store. He knows that I like Brownings, and told me to come by the shop. The next day or so I managed to get by, and what he had took me back a bit. It was the gun my dad had always wanted, in perfect condition. It's the older style with the straight stock. And looking at it, you couldn't tell it had ever been fired.

So here is my question. I hunt with a Remington 700 BDL now (308 win), I like the gun, and have only one issue with it. I don't like crrying it when I am stalk hunting. It is a longer gun, and of course a bolt action. I ussually carry a 30-30 lever gun when stalking, or hunting out of woods stands, using the 700 for field stands where the shots can be up to 500 yards. Would that Browning 81 serve both uses? If so my daughter may be about to inherit my 700. She is using a borrowed HR in 243 now, and really needs her own gun. I'd like a rifle that handles easy, and I like the feel of the Browning just handling it in the shop. But I would also like to have the accuracy to shoot 500 yards. My 700 is a 308 win also, so I know the balistics for the round well.

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I have always been told that

I have always been told that lever guns are inherently less accurate than bolt guns due to having a two piece stock rather than a solid one piece stock where the barrell can be free floated and influenced less by grip and rest pressure. I tend to shy away form that thinking that most people think of guns in calibers that were never meant for long range therefor making them difficult for the average joe to effectively shoot long range.

The Browning you  are looking at, most certainly doesnt fit that mold. A well built lever gun in .308 should allow a shooter to effectively engage targets at 500 yards provided the shooter takes the time to find out what load the rifle likes and takes the time to learn how to shoot it well.

My marlin 1895 will print cloverleafs at 100 yards if I do my part feeding it handloaded 405 gr soft points. I havent tried at 500 yards yet, but you may have just given me a fun idea.

I say go for it and if it wont work at 500 yards, i guess you'll just have to buy another rifle for your daughter.   

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308 ammo

I've spent 20 years perfecting a 308 load for my 700. Well, not really. I found one pretty early on, but have spent 20 years trying to improve it. I am using 150 gr Hornady's. I am thinking that I might like to try something a 165 gr for the new rifle. Any suggestions?

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I like 165's as a minimum for

I like 165's as a minimum for .30 caliber cartridges, but I base almost everything off hunting elk in Colorado. If deer is your primary or only quarry, I'd be comfortable with any bullet that shoots well. Matching twist rate to bullet weight is key. That BLR may have a different twist rate than most 308 bolt guns.

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