Long about 15 years ago, I obtained a BLR in 257R for my younger sons first deer rifle. However, shortly after that, Remington came out with the 700 Mountain Rifle (short action) in 257R, so I went that route, and sold the BLR. While the Mountain Rifle is one great little rifle, I really regret selling the BLR!! I never did shoot the BLR, so can't really speak to how good a rifle it was. Recently, there was (and still may be) a BLR 257R, used, for sale in my local money pit. It actually is a beater, pretty rough condition, rode hard and put up wet, but they are still asking either $700 or $800 for it, my memory fades in and out!! If it was priced reasonable, I would get it anyway, but for that kind of money, I would expect one NIB.
As far as the BLR 257R being the perfect hunting rifle, well, I would have to admit it very well could be a candidate, particularly as a deer rifle, even more specifically as a deer rifle for shooters who either don't like recoil, or who are not very tolerant of recoil. The topic of a perfect hunting rifle covers a lot of ground, and there are a lot of differing interpretations!
Yup, I can accept that! FYI, do you want to know what I paid for that BLR 257R NIB? With a spare mag? $400!! Do you want to know what I sold it for? NIB, with a spare mag? Yup, $400!!! It's sickening, isn't it? ;D ;D
Yes things change, and prices go up and down. I believe the Internet gun sites has helped raise gun prices overall in the last 10 years or so. Some guns will bring more in certain regions of the country.
The first blr I bought was in 1970 and I paid 149.99 NIB for it. You can still find good solid specimens, in common calibers for reasonable prices. Haven't seen one for less than 400.00 in a while though. Regards, Byron
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