Originally Posted by LDBennett
My concern was you lumped all lever guns together and did not point out that that the BLR was completely different. I even gave you "Although the poster was only interested in pure accuracy (and your answer has the potential of being correct)....".
What is accurate to some is not for others. Without knowing the real interest of the poster we must assume his uses. You assumed bench rest accuracy (a reasonable assumption since he asked for the "Most accurate") and I assumed hunting or non-competitive target shooting (I guessed that was what he might really need ???). I wonder which the poster is after?
A MOA gun (which my BLR is) is adequate for most non-competitive shooting sports but would fail miserable in a competition shooting contest. But I sure would not like to carry around a bench rest gun on a hunt. I also wonder if a better shooter than me could get even better results than MOA out of a BLR? In addition I think a lot of people like the bragging rights of a sub-MOA gun when that is not really their need. In this case anyone asking to compare accuracy between any lever action and any bolt gun, I think is looking for MOA accuracy, not sub-MOA accuracy but of course I am only guessing.
I'll also give you that any two piece stocked gun like any lever is at a disadvantage for accuracy compared to good bolt gun with a single piece floated barrel stock. But the BLR is a sleeper since it is really a bolt gun that is lever operated with no receiver stretch as seen in other lever guns. That was my whole point.
Accurate is accurate whether it be Bench rest or off hand. The bolt action that can hold an inch or better fromt he bench leave more capability to the shooter firing offhand. I dont see your argument aside from just touting the merits of the BLR.. which again, I agree is the best of the leverguns, but again, will never be as good as a bolt action of comparable price.
'Lever operated bolt action' or not. the BLR is still a 2 piece stocked rifle and can not ever be what a bolt action can be. And Im not talking heavy bench guns. A bolt action in a good stock with a #3 sporter contour will still hold more accuracy potential than a BLR.
Heres where ill use your own words against you.. "We all get to choose".. Leveractions can be fantastic rifles and most are. the BLR is at the top among leverguns, with the Savage 99 right behind it IMO. But none of them will ever be bolt actions in the accuracy dept.