The question was asked "what makes a BLR in 450 stand out over the marlin?" My opinion is that the Marlin, while a good rifle, major drawback is the tubular magazine. Thus requiring the use of flat nosed bullets for safety reasons. the Browning BLR has a detachable box magazine that lets you use spitzer, round nose as well as flat nosed bullets. The use of spitzer type bullets really lets you know what the .450 Marlin can do. Now if Browning would just bring it out with the option of a 22 or 24 inch barrel then they would have something. Lawdog
The BLR is a great concept, however I don't hunt with mine anymore. The reason is that it makes to much noise when you "CLICK" back the hammer to fire. In most cases this doesn't matter, in my case it did. For deep woods hunting I've switched to Remington 308 pump.
The BLR in 450 would have to me the ultimate bear gun in my book.At least for hound hunting bears .It would be easy to carry and the 450 is an excellent bear round. I love a heavy calibre when the dogs have one bayed up and the shot is at 10 yards or so!!
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