The BLR's trigger comes away with the lever, making it fast cycling without risking a speared finger.

The Strongest Lever-Action


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The Browning BLR's multi-lug withstands workimng pressures of 60,000PSI and comes chambered in the powerful .300WSM.
The Browning BLR’s multi-lug bolt withstands working pressures of 60,000PSI and comes chambered in the powerful .300WSM.

Q: I’m looking to buy a lever-action rifle for hunting pigs and deer up to sambar, but it seems to me that most popular leverguns, with the exception of the Browning BLR are simply modern variations of designs that saw widespread use around the turn of the century. It looks as if I’ll buy a BLR in .300WSM What are your comments about my choice?
Roger Pearson

A: The Browning BLR is a unique gear-activated, front-locking, multiple-lug turnbolt rifle, strong enough to handle any high-pressure cartridge that fits the action – short and long. As a result it is available in chamberings that traditional tube- magazine leverguns are not. It is an efficient design with a flat-sided receiver, two-piece stock and exposed hammer. The short lever throw is faster to operate than on traditional leverguns as the trigger swings down with the lever so a shooter won’t spear his finger with the tip of the trigger as he swings the lever up. The BLR has the added advantage of a

The BLR's trigger comes away with the lever, making it fast cycling without risking a speared finger.
The BLR’s trigger comes away with the lever, making it fast cycling without risking a speared finger.

detachable box magazine which takes ammo loaded with spitzer bullets, side- ejection and a solid top receiver ideally suited for scope mounting. Your choice of a BLR in .300WSM will give you a versatile outfit for pigs and deer, and I’d suggest fitting a compact scope something like a 2.5-8×36 or 3-9×40.


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