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I had a BLR in .308...one of the best deer rifles I ever had. I never had any reliability problems with the BLR. The rotating bolt on the BLR does lock up solid and the rifle is quite accurate. With handloads I could shoot 1 inch or better groups at a hundred yards. Some of the factory ammo didn't work out that well as the overall length of the factory cartridge was a little short in my particular gun. The barrel on the BLR is not a heavy barrel and if you're looking for TIGHT groups after more than 5 shots, you probably won't get them. I think most folks take their game with 1 or 2 shots anyway and that's basically what the rifle is designed to do. If you want a bench gun, go get one, but the BLR is a real JOY to hunt with. The carbine length and at around 7 pounds loaded it fits most any hunting situation. I used a fixed 4 power scope on mine and felt comfortable taking game at ranges up to 200 yards (further than that, I need a rest for the rifle). The 30 '06 and 7mm Mag will be a little heavier as they're both long actions versus short action for the .308. If you really want a steel receiver, you may be able to find an older one in another caliber and purchase it (caveat emptor). The .308 cartridge is quite adequate up to medium size game and there is a wide range of bullets to choose from. Good luck and good hunting...
 
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