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Old 11-04-2011, 11:58 PM   #1
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I was in a well stocked & helpful gun shop today (independent - not box store) and was checking out a rifle. Just for the heck of it shouldered a new Browning BLR Lightweight in same caliber - .223. It fit beautifully. Eye went right down the iron sights. Felt great.

Shop owner said - I'll sell it to you but its not what you want. Went on to say I don't want a lever rifle for target. I had to step away and think about what to do.

Why not? Anyone?

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Old 11-05-2011, 12:11 AM   #2
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I was in a well stocked & helpful gun shop today (independent - not box store) and was checking out a rifle. Just for the heck of it shouldered a new Browning BLR Lightweight in same caliber - .223. It fit beautifully. Eye went right down the iron sights. Felt great.

Shop owner said - I'll sell it to you but its not what you want. Went on to say I don't want a lever rifle for target. I had to step away and think about what to do.

Why not? Anyone?
You have a dumass shop owner
Only answer I can think of-
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hmmm no ya dont want to give me your money for that gun. cause that would be just ignant... levers are great. buy it if the price is right. shoot it till your hearts content

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Love my lever actions. For pure, benchrest target work, you have a longer lock time whe you have an external, swinging hammer, and they may be less accurate than a bolt action. But we ARE speaking of fractions of an inch at 100 yards.

Lock time- the period between the trigger releasing the sear, and the rifle firing.

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Why would a .223 Browning BLR not be a good target rifle? Is the shop keeper saying Browning builds crap gun's?
may be hard sandbagging a lever but for off hand shooting there very good.

all that stuff about inaccurate levers is generated by most old stuff, newer guns I wouldent bet against them for accuracy.
there are some the old guns (not many) that were very accurate, one the most accurat .22's I had was a Winchester 9422, the most accurate lever centerfire I had was a Winchester model 64 in 30-30.
I was in the gunshop when the shopkeeper unboxed a new Browning BLR in .338Win Mag.

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I was in a well stocked & helpful gun shop today (independent - not box store) and was checking out a rifle. Just for the heck of it shouldered a new Browning BLR Lightweight in same caliber - .223. It fit beautifully. Eye went right down the iron sights. Felt great.

Shop owner said - I'll sell it to you but its not what you want. Went on to say I don't want a lever rifle for target. I had to step away and think about what to do.

Why not? Anyone?
Sounds like he was discussing his personal preference, and not much more. Rifles are a lot like pistols in that your personal taste has to come into account.
Lever's are fun and really carry a flair, in my opinion. Had an old 336Cl and I loved it. A good lever action is a joy to use, and something that you yourself have to decide if you want it.
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I loved my old Savage 99 in .308. The lever feels a lot more friendly than a bolt for a follow up. Then there was the Marlin in 35 rem and the 45-70 and the 44 mag. Out of the 3 Marlins I liked the 35 Rem the best.

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I loved my .308 BLR, but it was nasty to shoot. I'm not small, nore am I afraid of recoil, but that gun w/ the strait stock was a handful. If you like the rifle, and it shoulders/ points well, get it if funds permit.

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I like lever actions. I have two.





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Maybe it was the length of the barrel on the lever action you were looking at? A shorter carbine length barrel would not be as good a target gun as a longer barreled gun.

If your shooting rest is low to the bench top, a lever would cause a problem shooting it if you had to lift the gun up everytime to operate the lever. That is where a bolt gun would have an advantage.

Levers are just plain cool. I have two currently, Marlin 336 .30-30 and Henry Frontier .22, and will be purchasing another when the right gun crosses my path. BTW, I would love to find a lever 12/20 gauge shotgun.

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