old dog learning new trick

Discussion in 'tales of the hunt' started by Grumpy, Dec 31, 2015.

  1. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    One of my long term, friends in the hunt club, is Frank, we talked about this years hunt he went on, recently and a bit of a problem he had forcing him to swap rifles.
    Now for several decades he generally used a browning BLR lever action carbine (caliber 308 win) for both deer and elk hunting, hes generally used a hand load using a 200 grain speer hand load's and consistently had very satisfactory result's
    late last year he moved to Oklahoma, and some how found his old and well trusted browning BLR was non-functional , (later found to be a minor pin, linking the trigger, to a second component had come loose and fallen out)
    the end result was that he rather reluctantly, borrowed a bolt action ruger 25/06
    similar to this picture, below from a new neighbor.
    which he found to be a bit longer and heavier that the familiar browning BLR
    but after taking it to the range and getting used to it, Frank swears its one of the nicest shooting (accurate) and low recoil rifles he has found.
    Franks not hunting elk, this season, but deer this last year, and he said he felt the flatter shooting trajectory and lower 120 grain weight in the projectile he used might have reduced the effectiveness of the rifle he was using, and the deer he shot did react very differently than he was used too,in that the deer gave no visible reaction after being hit, and turned and ran as if it was never hit, but within 30 yards it piled up dead as a stump, so he was thrilled.
    In fact after 30 plus years using a lever action, he has found the bolt action just does not feel right too him, he said he felt a bit awkward, with the bolt action so hes thinking of finding a second BLR.
    the end result was that he found that he is now in the market...for a browning BLR in 270 win, a compromise that should give him close to the 25/06 flat trajectory and a bit more impact energy, for a bit more confidence with the real important familiarity gained from 30 plus years use with a browning BLR.
    the 308 win BLR was repaired for $5 in parts and $34 in labor from a local gunsmith, to replace the pin, after 30 plus years of using the BLR , with only a loose pin falling out in all that time Franks decided thats a good track record.
    having a back-up BLR seems like a good idea.

    Last edited: Jan 1, 2016
  2. rlphvac

    rlphvac reliable source of info

    I shot a deer with one 2 seasons ago its a nice caliber this one was a Tikka T-3 lite. I went across the valley to the next hill where I shot it & there were 2 dead deer It went right through both at about 150 yards. I watched the deer all the way down from the hilltop & never saw the 2nd deer
  3. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    one of my long term hunt clubs most dedicated members has a browning BLR in caliber 308, he's used for 3 decades to kill elk consistently with,
    the load he has used for decades is simply 47 grains of WW760 over a fed 215 primer and a speer 200 grain bullet seated to max length the magazine allows
    hes killed enough mule deer and elk to be very confident in his ability with that carbine.
    and in 30 plus years Ive never known him to need to shoot, exceeding about 250 yards to fill a tag,
    the expansion characteristics of the 200 grain speer bullet and 308 win velocity seem well matched.



    his BLR could be a clone of this picture I found posted else ware.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2019

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