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    Browning BLR 308

    Sorry for the titanic pics...........

    Minter condition 308- not perfect-has been used but not a lot.
    1994 or 1996 made.
    Steel reciever.
    Barrel shiny inside.
    Groups well for a lever at 50m-with 185g Lapua Megas- good enough to hammer anything in NZ.
    More than good enough for neckshooting deer at 8m.
    Long range- yes this is good as with 150 grainers to 2 to 300m if thats your thing tho its most effective inside 200.
    Have shortened the barrel, and added proper swivels for sling.
    Has the odd scratch on stock but otherwise great cond.
    Have original sights here.

    Have found another in SS that have eyes on.

    Rifle Bare, shortened and threaded $750
    Rifle with scope and Burris? mount $900
    Rifle with scope mount and ASE can $1200

    Prefer to keep the can if i can,,,, if keen PM me to talk.
    If in the Welly area most probably you can take it for a shoot first if needed.
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    bump. keen people PM me if needed.
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    Here ya go @ANTSMAN some BLR info so you can date it
    Nice rifle by the way and good luck with the sale.

    Copied from the hunting with Hobbie website seems to be the most accurate when trying to date your BLR.



    In 1969 Browning started using two digits for the date of manufacture:
    K=BLR Lever Action Rifle
    This was then followed by the serial number beginning with 1000.
    Example: 69M1000 = A 1969 BAR High Power rifle with a serial number of 1000.

    Actually, it is the reverse:

    A true example is: 1001K70= A 1970 BLR with a serial number of 1001

    The serial number comes first, followed by the model designator, then the year. After that (1975), they get it right. This one mistake has caused some buyers/sellers/ collectors a little problem, but you can trust me - they (Browning) have it wrong on their website!

    Just for your information, I have seen references that state that Browning started each yearís serial number sequence at the number 1000 for all models. I think that information is correct, and if so, the above BLR serial number would indicate that it was actually the first BLR produced in 1970.

    Models

    From my research, the main versions of the BLR's are:

    A) The BLR, mfg. 1970 to 1981. (70-73 in Belgium) - had the extended magazine.

    B) The BLR 81 Short Action, mfg. 1981-1995 (the flush magazine came in 1981)

    C) The BLR-81 Long Action, mfg. 1991-1995.

    (1991 saw the change in the new fluted bolt/receiver, a change in the lever/cam/pinion system and the folding hammer).

    D) The New Model Lightning BLR, mfg. 1995-2002. Alloy receiver.

    E) The BLR Lightweight 81, mfg. 2003- present.

    F) The BLR Lightweight Takedown, mfg. 2007- present.

    (Note - the difference between a Lightweight and a Lightweight 81 is the LW is a pistol gripped stock and the 81 is a straight gripped stock).

    G) The BLR Lt Wt Stainless and Stainless Takedown, mfg. 2008 - present.

    The DOB can be determined from the two numbers following the letter code (K) in 1975 and earlier models. The DOB can be determined on post 1975 models by the two letter code (ex. RT which is 1976) which are right before the last three numbers, which indicate the BLR type (LA, SA etc..)

    1991 also saw the introduction of the firing pin inertia system.

    All Browning BLR rifles produced between 1970 and 1980 are correctly referred to as Browning BLRís. All Browning BLR Rifles produced between 1981 and 1994 are correctly referred to as Browning BLR Model 81ís and could be purchased in either short action, or long action after 1991. All BLR Rifles produced from 1995 through 2002 are correctly referred to as the Browning BLR Lightning Model (Alloy receiver). All Browning BLR models produced after 2003 are correctly referred to as Browning BLR Model 81 Lightweights or BLR Lightweights.

    Keep in mind that the Browning BLR made changes on the receiver tops in 1995/96. The older receiver tops on pre-1996 BLR rifles were flat. The new BLR's made from 1995/96 on, have a semi-round top receiver. So make sure when your BLR was made. Older pre-1996 mounts from any other manufacturer can't be used on the newer BLR's either.

    The primary difference between the original BLR and the '81 BLR is in the receiver shape and, consequently, the magazine. The original BLR (1970 - 1980) has a concave-shaped receiver - it is wider at both ends (flared out), where it attached to the stocks, than it is in the middle. Consequently the magazine is narrower and thus had to be made longer in order to hold an adequate number of shells. The 81 BLR's receiver is straight-sided, which allows a wider and thus shorter magazine which is, more or less flush with the bottom of the receiver. The Lightning has a flare in at the front of the receiver. The Model 81 Lightweight has flare in at the front and rear of the receiver. The Lightweight Takedown has a flare in at the rear of the receiver.
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    Timelines

    May, 1969
    BL-22 Lever Action 22 rifle introduced.

    1970
    BLR Lever Action high-power rifle introduced in .243 Winchester and .308 Winchester.

    1976
    B-78 in 45-70 and 7mm, and BLR 358 introduced.

    1981
    Model 81 BLR lever rifle introduced with the flush magazine.

    1982
    The .22-250 was introduced into the BLR calibers.

    1983
    The .257 Roberts and 7mm-08 were introduced as BLR calibers.

    1985
    The .222Rem and the .223Rem were added for a total of 8 different BLR calibers.

    1989
    The .284 Winchester was added to the BLR calibers. It only lasted a short time.

    1990
    The BLR caliber .222-Rem was dropped.

    1991
    The BLR long action calibers were introduced (30-06, 7mm Rem Mag and .270 Win.).

    1993
    The .257 Roberts and the .358 were dropped from BLR production

    1995/96
    BLR Lightning (pistol gripped stock) with fold-down hammer introduced and the .284 Win. BLR caliber was discontinued. M-1885 BPCR in 45-70 and 40-65 calibers introduced.

    1997
    BPR (Browning Pump Rifle) in long and short action. Six calibers in long action 270, 30-06, 7mm Rem. Mag., 300 Win. Mag. and short action in 243 and 308. M-1885 Traditional Hunter in 30-30, 38-55 and 45-70 calibers introduced.

    2003
    The BLR 81 comes back out in a new straight-grip style stock.

    2005
    The BLR 81 is now available in a new Lightweight, short-action, long action pistol grip model. The BL-22 rifle has a new caliber: the 17 Mach 2. Called the new BL-17, it has new looks and an octagon barrel as an option. The 325 WSM caliber is added.

    2007
    The BLR 81 is offered in two takedown models, one with a pistol grip and one with a straight grip. New WSM calibers added.
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    thanks mate, yeh I think I had previously arrived at 1994.
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    Year there rather hard to date I have a Belgium made 1973. Would have loved to change out the barrel to a .358 but then I lose the Made in Belgium guess I'll have to live with it as .243
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    What thread is the muzzle?

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    Rifle Bare, shortened and threaded $550 that's 200 off
    Rifle with scope and Burris? mount $700 thats 200 off
    Rifle with scope mount and ASE can $1000 that's 200 off.

    not getting any cheaper/back into the safe it goes.
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    thats a great price . . . R
    without a picture . .. it never happened !

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