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#5457932 - 12/04/14 01:56 PM Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter
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I know they are very different rifles, but these are the two i'm trying to pick between. I love the lever action but want to make sure i'm also getting a very accurate rifle. I want to shoot 2-3" groups at 400 yards with good ammo. Will the browning BLR (specifically BLR Lightweight 308 w/ 20" barrel) compare to a tikka 308 Hunter (20" barrel)? I'm not too concerned with the other items tikka is better/worse at... trigger, weight, etc... I am familiar with tikka's accuracy but not the BLR.


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#5457989 - 12/04/14 02:25 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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From what I know of both rifles, the Tikka will most probably have a better trigger. It will also be easier to take apart to clean than the Browning. BLR's are a little tricky to get put back together once you get them apart. Inherently, I would assume the BLR would do worse in the accuracy department as they have a barrel band across the barrel and are not free floated. The Tikka generally is. I'm sure there are those out there with different experiences, but for your stated requirements, I'd go with a bolt action.

According to the Tikka website, the Tikka T3 Hunter barrel from the factory is 22-7/16" (570mm).
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#5457994 - 12/04/14 02:29 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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Hands down the Tikka. If 1/2 moa groups is the goal, a lever gun should not even be in the mix, especially for longer ranges. The factory Tikka's will shoot sub moa no problem. I have seen a few factory Tikka rifles with custom ammo shoot 1/2 moa. Honestly, it will be mainly down to the shooter. Can the shooter shoot 2" groups at 400 yards. But with good ammo, good shooter, decent scope, 2"-3" groups at 400 is possible with a factory Tikka.
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#5457997 - 12/04/14 02:30 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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I like bolt guns for most of my hunting.

Even among lever actions, I have never liked the look of BLRs compared to a Winchester or Marlin.

Tikka.
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#5458004 - 12/04/14 02:37 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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tikka.

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#5458015 - 12/04/14 02:43 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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Definitely the bolt action, and you better be a pretty good shot to get sub 3/4 MOA at 400 yds.
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#5458040 - 12/04/14 03:03 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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Bolt gun for hunting. I used to own a 30-30, it was great but accuracy past 200 yards was not very realistic. Lever guns a great if hunting in brush, but for 400 yard shots get a bolt action.
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#5458055 - 12/04/14 03:12 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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Chad-The ammo better be good. I get all my 308 from YOU!
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#5458057 - 12/04/14 03:12 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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The BLR is a nice rifle that locks up a lot like a boltaction and can be accurate but on average the Tikka will be more accurate.
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#5458143 - 12/04/14 04:04 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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I compact BLR with a straight grip is very handy rifle.

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#5458165 - 12/04/14 04:12 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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I shoot my tikka 22-250 with a leupold vxlll CDS out to 600 yards very accurately with the right wind. Excellent rifles.

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#5458179 - 12/04/14 04:19 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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I'd give the Browning a try if I were you. I mean why not?...it's only money. If it doesnt work then sell it and get the Tikka
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#5458230 - 12/04/14 04:51 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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The BLRs are great guns just hard to get use to the trigger if your mainly use to shooting bolt guns. Brother and dad have one in a .270 and longevity is a big thing with them... never fail at all
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#5458281 - 12/04/14 05:29 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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Since you said 2"-3" groups at 400 yards, Tikka.

A bolt action can be cycled as fast as a lever. Especially a Tikka.
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#5461516 - 12/06/14 03:53 PM Re: Browning BLR vs Tikka Hunter [Re: winner]
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