new lever action rifle

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by remington1990, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. pricedo

    pricedo Member

    Jan 11, 2009
    I have one in .308 Win that is the last of the BLR 81 Lightweights in the Takedown version.
    They still make the 81 with the barrel band but not in the Takedown version anymore.
    I like the barrel band.
    The barrel band reminds me of my old much beloved 1950's vintage Win 94 I lost in a house fire.
    My BLR is a "gold trigger" Miroku Japanese made gun.
    The only thing I hate about the gun is the trigger.
    I'm going to have Neil Jones tune the trigger up for me whenever I have a chance to get to PA.
    He's one of the few 'smiths that can tune a BLR trigger with a noticeable improvement.
    Others will "polish" the action and hand you a bill and the only thing lighter will be your wallet.........bin there, dun that.
    If you want to see your local gun smith turn colors and change the subject in a hurry ask him about tuning your BLRs trigger.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2012
  2. pricedo

    pricedo Member

    Jan 11, 2009
    My Rossi Rio Grande in .30 WCF is an excellent gun after I cleaned the brown Rossi GUNK out of the barrel, action and mag tube.
    It came in the box full of a mixture of cosmoline, rust, machining cuttings and dirt that I had to wash and purge out with dechlorinated brake parts cleaner.
    It seemed like the gun was warehoused in a mud puddle.
    Luckily the discoloration was superficial with no permanent pitting or corrosion.
    After lubing with Remoil the gun was as smooth as silk.
    Very accurate, smooth and the BEST trigger I've ever seen on a levergun.
    I had a Rossi Puma 92 that came in the box full of what I'll now call Rossi GUNK.....again superficial.......after cleaning & lubing the gun was fantastic.

  3. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    I have my eye on two BLR's:

    Both same price: £495 ($785).

    Is this a good price? Which one would be better? Other thoughts?

    For some reason the one in the UK Gunroom has been around for about a year, so the seller might give a price break.

  4. The_Rifleman

    The_Rifleman Active Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    I can only speak to that which I've handled and shot.

    My Winchester 30-30 has never jammed in the almost 30 years of use. It is as accurate as most bolt rifles. Unfortunately, the new ones are very expensive.

    I have shot Henry rifles in 45 colt and 22 mag. Both rifles had minor problems but were fixed after being sent back to the factory. The 45 long colt was a "Bigboy" which was pretty heavy. Both rifles were accurate, the 22mag being better with 1.25" groups at 100 yards.

    My brother had a Marlin 30-30 a while back, beautiful rifle! From what I remember it was reliable and accurate. It was a bit on the heavy side.

    Good luck!
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2012
  5. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    The majority of gallery rifles in our gun club are Marlin. Our club won a number of medals at last year's national competition at Bisley, and won our regional championship.

    I shoot in the competitions and make the others look good!! :)

    From benchrest, I can shoot the center out of the target with my Marlin lever action .357 at 25 yards.

    Many seasoned gallery rifle competitors don't clean their gun barrels between stages in the competition because, they say, the barrel needs to have some leading to maintain precison. One of the guys in the club said he cleaned in spring, but won't clean it again until November, after the competition season is over. He does clean the action, but not the bore.

    Hunting? Some of the club members have police permission to use their .44 magnum rifles to hunt deer, foxes, and rabbits (pest control). No long shots, most under 100 yards.
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