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Old 10-19-2013, 01:45 AM   #1
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I have a 308 Browning BLR. I am trying to find the year my rifle was made. The Browning site has incorrect info regarding the serial number and finding a year of production. My serial number 08410K57 made in Japan. With the Browning site the K stands for BLR and 57 stands for the year but this is not possible bec they were not produced until 1970. Anyone have idea about how to determine the yr. I tried to contact Browning but office was closed and I will try again on Monday. Thinking they will just refer me to their "Determine your rifle year" info which is incorrect. Thanks, Eugene



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Eugenelids,

This information migh help you!
According to Browning web site, the BLR was made in Belgium from 1969 to 1972 and in Japan from 1973 to present. K was the product code for the BLR. As yours is made in Japan, the 57 certainly means 75. For a reason I ignore, they sometime reverse the two digit representing the year of manufacture. So it would seem that yours would be manufactured in 1975 if that makes sense.
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Eugenelids,

This information migh help you!
According to Browning web site, the BLR was made in Belgium from 1969 to 1972 and in Japan from 1973 to present. K was the product code for the BLR. As yours is made in Japan, the 57 certainly means 75. For a reason I ignore, they sometime reverse the two digit representing the year of manufacture. So it would seem that yours would be manufactured in 1975 if that makes sense.
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Thanks for your reply, you are correct. I finally got through to Browning and talked to the Historian, he informed me that in fact the numbers are in reverse and it is a 1975. Quite confusing I might add if anyone is not aware of this method when trying to determine the manufacture year of their rifle. Hope this helps others.
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