The MicPherson 358 Winchester BLR Lightning "Shot Show Special"

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The MicPherson 358 Winchester BLR Lightning "Shot Show Special"

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Well, I first came into contact with this rifle in 2008 according to my articles on GunBlast. I was sponsored that year by the lovely Esmeralda O'Sheehan, gun grip maker par excellence. We became friends as customer to professional dealer often happens. She made me a great set of hand-cut, custom grips with stabilized burled buckeye blanks from Carey at CLC grips for my 1911 Kimber Custom Eclipse in 10 mm. She is still in business and you can read about her and Jeff' Quinn's first meeting here:

https://gunblast.com/Esmeralda.htm

After I got home and after seeing the beautiful "SHOT SHOW" special BLR in 358 Winchester, which was a predecessor to the stainless take-down versions that for a time, and after my limited production run of my rifle, would come later. They are now discontinued.

Once I had possession of said rifle, I immediately sent it off to McPherson for the same work, more or less, that he did on my Puma. Special thanks to Jeff Quinn here as it was he that put me onto what a great cartridge the 358 Win is if you handload. Some of the best advice Jeff Quinn ever gave me. So off it went to McPherson for the upgrades I could afford. As you will see in the PDF file below, BLR's are notorious for poor triggers. Mine breaks at 2 1/2 lbs give or take and historically it has always been an agonizing decision for me, for which trigger is the better, my McPherson Puma, or his BLR? You can see what he did to it in the file below. This is the only BLR he ever did with NP3 plating on the internals and all the stock and forearm bedding techniques.

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Re: The MicPherson 358 Winchester BLR Lightning "Shot Show Special"

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Sad to see Browning discontinue the "take down" versions of this rifle, based upon my "Shot Show Special" version that came out earlier. The triggers are a monumental problem in the BLR. Not sure who can do them now. Once upon a time "Z-Hat" maybe, not sure now. Not hearing good things.

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Re: The MicPherson 358 Winchester BLR Lightning "Shot Show Special"

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Always thought the takedown BLRs were pretty neat package, but like you said the triggers were awful. I had a very nice Belgian BLR in .308 Win. that was very accurate, even that trigger was horrendous.

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Re: The MicPherson 358 Winchester BLR Lightning "Shot Show Special"

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Yeah, probably be hard to get a hood group with that BLR trigger. ;-)
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Re: The MicPherson 358 Winchester BLR Lightning "Shot Show Special"

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Didn't say it did not shoot well. All I said was the trigger sucked.
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