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Browning BLR Takedown

I bought a Browning BLR Takedown last week in 308 Win. I took it shooting over the weekend and was having a really difficult time shooting it accurately. Do any of you guys have a BLR?
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I got a 358win. Awful trigger.

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I know some one who has a Ruger 10/22 take down and it is horribly inaccurate. We put a decent scope on it and it prints a 4 inch group at 50 yards. Just awful. My Ruger 10/22 puts them right net to each other every time. I wonder it it has any thing to do with the take down aspect of the rifle. Have you tried other ammo?
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Thanks guys. I noticed a lot of creep in the trigger. I think I was flinching for some reason. I have not noticed that issue with my other rifles. It's a 20" barrel so maybe I am subconsciously reacting to muzzle blast. I am wishing I bought the 7mm-08 but that might have been no better.

I shot 2 boxes of ammo (40 shots). I was using cheap PMC 147 grain FMJ ammo. I wanted to shoot the cheap stuff for the initial sight in. That may have played some role. I will try other ammo and work on my flinch and see if that improves.

The breakdown nature of the gun is not supposed to affect the accuracy according to Browning but it very well may. I did not take it apart at the range.

Here is an example of the groups I was getting at 100 yards:

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I'd try some different ammo before making judgement. I have .223 that is a one holer with handloads. That thing shoots Federal American Eagle into 2.5 inch patterns.
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I'd try some different ammo before making judgement. I have .223 that is a one holer with handloads. That thing shoots Federal American Eagle into 2.5 inch patterns.
Thanks. I'll get some different ammo and give it a try.
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No experience with the takedown version but I do have a standard BLR in 7mm-08 that I inherited when my father passed away. As others have said, the triggers leave a lot to be desired. Haven't played with any reloads in mine, only factory ammo. Typically shoot 1 1/2"- 1 3/4" @ 100yds with Hornady ammo.
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I have a BLR in .308 and .300WSM. My son has a .308, .243, and a 7mm SM. None are takedowns. They shoot ok, but wouldn't classify any as a tack driver either. As someone else mentioned, they have stiff triggers.
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Thanks guys. I hope to improve the accuracy but I bought the rifle for backpack hunts in the Northeast woods (Adirondacks, Green Mountain National Forest). I probably wouldn't get a shot over 100 yards in these situations. Still, I would hope that the rifle would be capable of 200 yards if I do my part. I'll post an update when I get to shoot again. (Probably a couple weeks because I am going to be out of town).

I have never experienced problems with a new barrel but I have read that sometimes the barrels get better after shooting a few boxes of ammo. Also, I will bring a solid gun rest the next time so I can eliminate myself as the main problem.
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I used to be of the mindset that ammo can't have that much impact on groups, at the ranges you're talking about.

That is until I got my 35 Whelen. It shot groups like that with Rem ammo. I was about to sell it when someone suggested I try different ammo. The Fed Fusion was night and day. First group I shot a 3 shot ragged hole. When Gander went out of business I bought every box they had. That gun should be in ammo now for a few generations.

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