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Posted: 2/25/2012 3:09:13 PM EST
Hey guys, when I was in Cabelas, I saw a very nice used, Browning BLR in .22. I think the price was $450 or $500. The wood was pristine to me and I saw no wear at all on the receiver, barrel, etc. The mag was a tube style like most lever guns and I noticed the gun said made in Japan on the barrel, which made me think it could be the same place that Winchesters are made now, but I'm not sure. I know the shop would barter with me, so I would check that, but what can yu tell me about the gun? Is the BLR a good gun? Is it reliable and accurate? Is it collector potential?
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Link Posted: 2/25/2012 6:12:27 PM EST
If its a .22 its a BL-22 and it should go for around $350-$400. I haven't priced one out in a few years so you might want a second opinion.
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Link Posted: 2/26/2012 8:54:29 AM EST
New at a shop not known for deals they are $410. I think that is a very high price for a used one.
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Link Posted: 2/26/2012 2:57:46 PM EST
Originally Posted By twistedcomrade:
New at a shop not known for deals they are $410. I think that is a very high price for a used one.


Wow! thanks
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Link Posted: 2/27/2012 4:03:31 PM EST
I own a BL22 (the BLR is centerfire). Mine is 100% reliable. It's a 1989-90 vintage. I still use it with iron sights, and its incredibly accurate. it feeds and fires everything. It likes to be operated with authority. The lever is also very short throw - it cycles FAST.

The downsides: The trigger disconnects and moves with the finger lever. This is good since you do not pinch a finger when you bring the lever back up. Its bad since the trigger is the heaviest trigger on a firearm I've ever encountered. It doesn't creep, and its not gritty, but I bet it takes a good 18-20 lbs of pressure to operate. And take down and cleaning isn;t easy. There is a damned little coil spring under the ejector that needs to be placed in with tweezers when reassembling the rifle. If you operate the lever very slowly, it will bind up.
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Link Posted: 2/28/2012 5:39:01 AM EST
I just paid 2 months ago $400 plus shipping and transfer ($450) for a late 80's as new in box BL-22. I think I got taken but love the gun. Sometimes it's hard to use your head when you really want something. Guns, Motorcycles and women... it amazes me I don't live in a card board box.
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Link Posted: 3/6/2012 8:06:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/7/2012 7:10:53 AM EST by ScottyPotty]
I have one, I bought it about 15 years ago used for $250.00 its been a great gun. Lots of fun!

Browning has been making their firearms in Japan since the mid 70's its probably not where they are making Winchesters.

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Link Posted: 3/6/2012 3:02:43 PM EST

Originally Posted By zx12rider:
I just paid 2 months ago $400 plus shipping and transfer ($450) for a late 80's as new in box BL-22. I think I got taken but love the gun. Sometimes it's hard to use your head when you really want something. Guns, Motorcycles and women... it amazes me I don't live in a card board box.

You did good, I've seen some used in excellent condition grade 1 going for north of $500. The new grade 1 go for $5-600 here.
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