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post #21 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-17-2017, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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If I owned H&R,....... I've always thought the HANDI rifle needed a few improvements:
1) nicer wood option, a fair grade of walnut,
2) nicer metal finish, a finer metal polish,
3) interchangeable barrels. I realize this would have also raised the purchase price as it takes more machine time to guarantee 'factory fit' with any Handi barrel you could find and buy.


I think I'll enjoy this 444... BTW it's a 20" twist Ballard rifleing.
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Rolling on Floor laughing my @$$ off.

Yep, sounds familiar.

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Started with .223 Ultra Bull barrel. Added .357 Talo barrel. Added an action and stock set bought here, 7.62x39 barrel. Then bought complete guns .444 Marlin and .300 Blackout. Leaving me at 4 complete rifles plus a barrel. Plus a 9mm stub job bought here, and I have been finding and buying H&R shotguns at our local pawn shop where they seem to go cheap.
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I must be lucky, all the Handis I've had over the years have been accurate. The best was a Topper 30-30 that shot close to 0.5 MOA. Not bad for a gun I paid less than $200 for. My son saved up one summer working and bought himself a .300 Blackout. The first load we tried shot 1.25 MOA. We backed off the charge 1 grain and it's now an MOA shooter. My 16 gauge Topper is my favorite gun, period. I've taken all types of game with it.

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I'm a handi rifle man. The seed was planted as a youngster at the age of 6. It was a new 1963 4in1 topper with interchangeable barrels. 22 Jet,30-30,410,&20ga
For years that's all I needed to wreak havoc on game n critter population. Yes I have other types of guns. But people of that time didn't need a $1000 gun to think they had something. I have fun tinkering. Changing stocks, barrel calibers and even rechambers. My 22 hornet to 218 bee is my fun gun. Going to try a 219 zipper next or maybe a rebore for a 32-40. Just for the fun of it. I think handi shooters just walk to the beat of a different drum. Yes there will always be better straighter shooting guns out there and worse. I've seen people go on a pheasant hunt wearing $1000 worth of high end gear in clothing. Just not for me. I'm ok with simpler things in life. Not trying to impress anyone. TT


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I wouldn't want to imagine not having a H&R Handi rifle. There would be a hole that could only be filled by a custom European stalking rifle.
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I wouldn't want to imagine not having a H&R Handi rifle. There would be a hole that could only be filled by a custom European stalking rifle.
Or maybe by an American made Henry single shot.

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At least the Henry has some class...

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Were I 20 years younger, I'd start again with Henrys. I believe in their quality. I just might try one yet.

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Sometimes pick up that Versapack and think to myself... "Now, if I could find a nice short .357 or .44 mag barrel, I would have a nice, compact deer rifle".. Ahh those Henrys...

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Maybe some of you naysayers need to take a little advice from a knowledgeable and experience gunsmith and shooter, a quote from the Handi-Rifle section of ML McPherson's book, "Accurizing the Factory Rifle", his title of the section is The (Lack of!) Trouble with The New England Firearms Handi-Rifle(H&R Ultra).

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The New England Firearms
Handi-Rifle (and the equivalent H&R Ultra) are a
marvel of modern engineering. Price is in the bargain
basement; performance is in the clouds.
These rifles function and shoot better than most
hardened riflemen will believe. One acquaintance
tells of a tough old Texas rancher, a multi-millionaire,
who chose this rifle as his Alaska and Canada
hunting companion on world-class safaris. If that
were not surprising enough, he fitted his .30-06
Springfield chambered Handi-Rifle (about a $200
gun) with a top-of-the-line Schmidt & Bender
hunting riflescope. (For those who do not know,
Schmidt & Bender is to riflescopes what Rolls-
Royce is to automobiles.)
http://www.midwayusa.com/product/573...-m-l-mcpherson

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