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MINIsandpirate
11-17-2007, 11:24 AM
Anyone here own a Lever Action? Im looking into getting a Browning BLR 81 Lightweight in .300 WSM or 7mm WSM...any thoughts or reviews on these?

big jon
11-17-2007, 11:34 AM
Anyone here own a Lever Action? Im looking into getting a Browning BLR 81 Lightweight in .300 WSM or 7mm WSM...any thoughts or reviews on these?

I have a thing for any lever action but the Big "B" is a great way to got I`v got a few and they are great, I`ll be in the market for one in 270 next year. I was at Flowers the other day and got my fingerprints all over a few, great place to look but the $ is high but it`s high every where else too :rolleyes:

zaitcev
11-17-2007, 11:54 AM
Anyone here own a Lever Action? Im looking into getting a Browning BLR 81 Lightweight in .300 WSM or 7mm WSM...any thoughts or reviews on these?
I have a 1985 BLR in 5.56 (1:12 barrel). The most annoying issue with it is that you cannot clean it from the breech, and cleaning the chamber is a serious pain. No other problems. The gear assembly never was an issue. After reading the ancient report of binding, I cold-tested mine for -15C (by driving up into northern Nevada). Seems to work fine.

The trigger, of course, is not like my other guns. It has a relatively long pull. It makes disconcerning spring-rubbing sounds during the pull, but the sound seems to have no detrimental effect on accuracy.

Please keep in mind, this rifle was in production for a very long time, so Browning might be changing tooling, materials, and process. Mine was built by Miroku in Japan. Your new one may be nothing like mine except in appearance.

{Edit: You can see the barrel in my forum picture. It's my favourite gun, I take it everywhere I go.}

DJDace
11-17-2007, 3:06 PM
I have a Marlin 336W in 30-30. Great gun, very accurate with Hornady LeverEvolution Ammo.

I'm working on getting a Marlin Cowboy in .45LC for Cowboy Action Shooting which should round out my Old West collection ... for the time being :)

ar15barrels
11-17-2007, 5:47 PM
I have a Marlin 336W in 30-30. Great gun, very accurate with Hornady LeverEvolution Ammo.

I just sold my 336 in 30-30 because I got a Winchester 94 to replace it.
I can't believe how much better the 94 handles and points.

The only advantage of the 336 is that you can put a scope on it easier.
Of course with a lever gun, why would you do that?

I have a browning BLR22 and I love it.
Browning guns are top quality guns.

guimus
11-17-2007, 6:07 PM
I have lever actions in .22, .357, and .454
Two of the guns on my "next signing bonus" wish list are a BLR stainless w/ pistol grip in .308, and an Alaskan Co-Pilot from Wild West Guns.

accordingtoome
11-17-2007, 6:30 PM
I really love lever guns.. and their i think the most fun to shoot IMO. makes me want to buy a horse and chaise after bad guys :D

emc002
11-17-2007, 8:14 PM
Anyone here own a Lever Action? Im looking into getting a Browning BLR 81 Lightweight in .300 WSM or 7mm WSM...any thoughts or reviews on these?

Bought a .308 BLR (old style, 1986 mfg. date) from a fellow CalGunner about 6 months back.
Great gun, fun to shoot & accurate too. The detachable magazine was a big plus so I could keep all my rifles in .308

windrunner50
11-17-2007, 8:30 PM
Marlin Lever actions are the way to go, they are strong, and reliable. Don't get me wrong, I love my Winchester lever too!:D

MINIsandpirate
11-17-2007, 10:47 PM
the new BLR's are made in japan...id love to get one in cali but the mark up is too damn high...here they wanted 1k out of my ***...back home in indiana...650....hmm...though finding someone with a new BLR in the calibers i want would be awesome

MINIsandpirate
11-17-2007, 10:54 PM
oh and the new ones have an even more solid feel when you work the action

PJA
11-17-2007, 11:39 PM
I own two, a Marlin Cowboy in .357 and a Winchester Model 53 in 25-20 WCF. Both are a boot to shoot.
Pete

glockman19
11-18-2007, 9:36 AM
I have a Marlin 1894SS. It's a relly nice Stainless Steel .44 mag that partners nicely with my S&W 629 5". A Great Combo.

Millions-Knives
11-18-2007, 3:33 PM
I have a Marlin 1894cb .357 and it's sweet, love using it on the pistol gallery in Angeles. Looking into getting a peep tang on it. Just need to find a wheel gun to match.

UBFRAGD
11-18-2007, 4:05 PM
Lever-action guns are sure fun but if I want to add one to my collection it's gotta be black synthetic!:cool2:

cnyankee
11-18-2007, 6:47 PM
mine are
Marlin 1894(357)
Marlin 1894 ss limited (357)
Marlin 1895 guide 45-70
they turned out to be some of my favorite guns.
coming back from the cow palace sat. i stopped by kerrlys and handled a henry golden boy in 22lr. the action was so smooth i might be going back to pick it up.

rod
11-18-2007, 7:45 PM
My first deer rifle was a Winchester 94. Still sits in my safe and makes it to the range once in awhile. I want to get a Henry one of these days.

MINIsandpirate
11-19-2007, 1:07 PM
back home in indiana rifles arent allowed for hunting deer...we use shotguns or pistols(got a cure for the no rifle thing in the form of my dads Remington XP100 the .223 fireball
but the rifle i still have at home and love all the time is the Browning BL22...first gun ever given to me...while some kids started with BB guns...i started on 22s lol

JALLEN
11-19-2007, 1:26 PM
I really love lever guns.. and their i think the most fun to shoot IMO. makes me want to buy a horse and chaise after bad guys :D

You'll need more than one horse, these days! Probably more than one lever gun too.

I have a Win 94 in .357 magnum and love it. While not exactly a sniper rifle, it is small, light and yet packs a decent wallop.

DJDace
11-19-2007, 2:23 PM
I really can't wait to pick up a Marlin 1894 Cowboy in .45LC. With a pair of matching 1873 Single Actions and my 12g SxS shotgun I'll be in cowboy heaven :)

Once the last of my tools get here from Tandy I can finish putting together my gun belt and holsters and fit them to my pistols. I'd love to make my own leather sling for an 1894 Marlin for added stability on rifle stages.

FortCourageArmory
11-19-2007, 7:03 PM
Being a Cowboy Action Shooter, I have owned and/or shot many of the current types of lever gun. I have two Uberti clones of the Winchester 1873, a Rossi copy of the Winchester 1892, a Browning BL-22 and I've owned a Winchester 94 in 375 Winchester (nice caliber BTW!!) in the past. I've also shot Marlin 1894s and 336s. I really like the lever gun. All that being said, the Browning BLR in just about any calier is a sweet shooting rifle. The next lever gun I'm jonesing over is a Winchester 1985 Saddle Ring Carbine in either .30-40 Krag or .30-06. Just like the Texas Rangers carried.

ar15barrels
11-19-2007, 9:53 PM
The next lever gun I'm jonesing over is a Winchester 1985 Saddle Ring Carbine in either .30-40 Krag or .30-06. Just like the Texas Rangers carried.

:rofl2:

Were these the very last year of lever guns that the Texas Rangers carried before
they switched over to the mighty mini 14 after the A-Team glamorized it in 1986?

MedSpec65
11-19-2007, 9:59 PM
I'm just one in a million, but my Marlin 336 in 30-30 is MINE!

BaronW
11-20-2007, 12:00 AM
I'm itching to get a Henry in .22lr, just the simple blued model.

What's with the large lever loops? Why would someone want one?

DJDace
11-20-2007, 9:01 AM
I'm itching to get a Henry in .22lr, just the simple blued model.

What's with the large lever loops? Why would someone want one?

Easier/Faster to cycle the action, at least, that's the intention. Based on levers made popular by Old West movies (John Wayne, The Rifleman etc). Some of those movie large loop levers had a screw installed through the loop pointing in towards the trigger. When the lever was cycled this set screw would automatically engage the trigger, allowing for rapid firing of the rifle (often done from the hip for maximum Hollywoodization).