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Browning Lever Action Rifle Serial Number 11 K69

Old 05-12-2022, 10:36 PM
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Question Browning Lever Action Rifle Serial Number 11 K69

I inherited a Browning Lever Action Rifle (BLR) from a relative and I wanted to know more about the gun. The serial number stamped in the steel on the underneath side of the receiver, and just in front of the trigger guard and just behind the magazine is 11 K69. I know the K=BLR and 69=1969, but what does the number 11 mean? Number 11 BLR made in 1969? 11 as in the 11th month or November of 1969? Could this be a pre-production rifle prior to them be manufactured in Belgium? Anyone willing and able to give me advise on this rifle or where I can find more information?

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Old 05-13-2022, 03:51 AM
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those earlier BLR rifles , with the mag extending below the receiver
are in my experience very accurate with the correct handloads, one hunting partner owns one in cal 308 and my late hunting buddy owned one in cal 358 both would routinely group 5 shots off the bench at 100 yards in under 1.3" rather consistently with selected hand loads,
the best load we found for the 358 was a Speer 250 grain over 44 grains of IMR 4064 the 308 preferred a Speer 165 grain, and 45 grains of BLC-2 both preferred fed 215 primers.
btw many of my hunting buddies, were originally rather concerned with a BLR carbine , in 358 or even 308 ,having rather limited range, (back in the 1970s-1990s) this proved to be a non-issue as most of the areas we hunted are sparsely to heavily wooded and steep or rolling terrain and in 4 decades the opportunity to make any shot over 250 yards just rarely if ever presented itself

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Old 05-13-2022, 08:35 PM
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Thanks so much for the info!
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Old 05-15-2022, 05:45 PM
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keep in mind the BLR is basically a front locking bolt action, magazine fed repeater ,with a lever actuating the bolt ,
for a marginally faster repeat shot than most people can duplicate with a bolt action,
and the box magazine that allows pointed projectile designs
most other lever actions are rated for significantly lower cartridge pressure levels.
you can do FAR worse than hunt with a BLR,

Cartridges available in the Browning BLR:[6]
.22-250 Remington
.222 Remington
.223 Remington
.257 Roberts (Discontinued)
.25-06 Remington ( Limited Run of 150 for Kones Corner)
.243 Winchester
.270 Winchester
.270 Winchester Short Magnum
.284 Winchester (Discontinued)
.30-06 Springfield
.300 Winchester Magnum
.300 Winchester Short Magnum
.308 Winchester
.325 Winchester Short Magnum
.358 Winchester
.450 Marlin
6.5mm Creedmoor
7mm Remington Magnum
7mm Winchester Short Magnum
7mm-08 Remington
See also
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Old 06-07-2022, 10:26 PM
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I own a BLR 308 with a serial number 101K69. I sent you a pm I was going to see if you could please get ahold of me. I can tell you a lot about your gun.
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