September 2007

Marlin’s 308MX Beats the New Browning Takedown BLR Gun

Marlin’s new .308 MX cartridge is a great ?t for a lever action. The Browning Takedown ri?e in .308 is also a good choice, but the Marlin had better accuracy, a better trigger, and cost less.

Lever-action rifles have stood the test of time, being as viable today as they were in the 1860s. They’ve been chambered for nearly every pistol round, and for rifle (and shotgun!) cartridges up to the potent .450 Alaskan and others of even more power. We take a look here at two new offerings in highly practical calibers, both with interesting features and high overall usefulness. The two rifles are Marlin’s .308 MX ($590) and Browning’s takedown BLR in .308 Winchester ($832).

[IMGCAP(1)]Marlin has once again come up with a new round for its lever-action line. However, unlike the .450 Marlin, this one makes a great deal of sense to us. The .308 MX is basically a semi-rimmed .308. Its one limitation, as of this writing, is that there is only one loading for it, by only one maker, Hornady. The round features a plastic-tipped bullet of 160 grains. On the other side of our balance sheet, Browning has just brought out a shiny new takedown rifle in a relatively light version with detachable and easily loaded box magazine. Its caliber is the time-proven .308, though the takedown is available in many calibers. How do the two stack up? Here’s what we found.

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