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Browning BLR Lightweight 81 .308 Win.

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The gloss stock, characteristic of Browning firearms, protects some fairly plain but solid walnut. The lines are either classic or homely, depending on your upbringing and personal tastes. The secrets here are the detachable magazine and the takedown feature, plus the useful .308 chambering in a rifle half a pound lighter than the Marlin.

Browning BLR Lightweight 81 .308 Win.

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Pull the lever down and pull on the barrel, and the gun comes apart . Reassembly was just as easy. Some will find the BLR's takedown feature to be priceless.
The checkering was very good, and useful too. The action is nicely blacked aluminum alloy. The static balance was near the front of the magazine, which makes for comfortable carry. The magazine held only four rounds, despite claims of five on the Browning website. The magazine fell out when clean, but we had fits getting it loose to clear a jam.
The trigger comes down with the lever, and you can see the gears if you look into the hold. The arrow points to the geared "rack" on the bottom of the bolt. Some of us have our doubts about this complex double-rack system, though it worked well enough for us.

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