Rescoped and oldie but a goodie for use this Fall.

bman940

Member
One of my favorite classic hunting rifles, 1971 Belgium Browning BLR .308 Win. My Father-In-Law stumbled on this rifle decades ago at a garage sale, still wrapped in butcher paper and cosmoline. He picked it up for a few hundred dollars (gave them more than they were asking) and gifted it to me. Little did I know, he did that, so I'd scope it and dial it in for him to use when we hunted together. This rifle shoots 1.25 MOA with good hunting ammo and is an absolute pleasure to shoot. My FIL took several deer with it when we hunted KS. Little did we know the rifle is only a shooter as long as the temp is over 30 deg! I did everything you would think of to fix the problem, even sent it back to Browning for a look after another failure to ignite a round happened again. We finally decided it was a warm weather rifle, not frigid winter weather. I swapped a fixed 6X for my Riton 1 Primal 4-12X50 Illuminated reticle and parallax adjustment. Just like using my .375 H&H for pigs, this rifle has proven to be an excellent predator rig. I considered and may still go with the low profile 5 Tactix 1-10x24. It would be a lot cleaner look, but having that big exit pupil is more important to me.

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Jim Boyd

Senior Member
Very nice!!!!!!!!
 

bfriendly

Bigfoot friendly
It shore is purdy! I think he scope looks great too! Strange about the cold weather though. Was it hitting primers too soft?
 

bman940

Member
It shore is purdy! I think he scope looks great too! Strange about the cold weather though. Was it hitting primers too soft?
Yes. I cleaned it thoroughly and dry-lubed it. Same issue. Hard to test it in cold weather down south! Then I had a gunsmith I know look at it. He found no problems. I sent it back to have Browning evaluate it, and they said it worked fine in a heated environment, no doubt. Anyway, when it's warm, all good. Another funny story, my FIL and I were bidding against each other on eBay for an extra mag! We drove the price up to over $100. I won, kind of! I helped a friend dial in his BLR .243, it shoots 3-4 inch groups on a good day!
 
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