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Default Handi barrels done 3 ways

I have been working on 3 separate Handi Rifle barrels off and on for the last several years. Each uses a totally different approach. Maybe posting about them will shame me into finishing them!

First up, 25-20 Winchester. This is being built on a 20ga stub using a take off Winchester lever action barrel. Pretty straightforward stub job. The barrel will be turned down in the lathe to fit into the reamed out stub. If all works right, I will set the depth so that no chamber reaming is necessary. The barrel will be glued into the stub.

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Next up, I want one of the royalty of medium bore Handi's, a 356 Winchester. I have extra 357 barrels, so one of them is getting reamed to 358 Winchester, and I will turn a rim recess into the chamber on the lathe. The difficulty I ran into is that the reamer I bought does not have an interchangeable pilot and the pilot does not reach the barrel lands. I am going to have to machine a bit of the chamber out prior to starting the reaming process. I have made a fixture for the lathe to square up the barrel in the lathe, and have done quite a bit of work on getting the tail stock lined up with the head stock so that the chamber will wind up straight.

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Last up, and most ambitious, a 45 Colt, .410, 450 Mongo. This is being built on a fully home made 1020 steel stub. The stub is built and ready for the barrel. I just machined a forearm lug, and need to make a fixture to align and hold the lug for soldering. I just found out that the barrel has a bit of a bend in it, so I need to deal with that prior to mounting it in the stub. There is not a ton of work needed to finish these, so hopefully I will be able to post progress reports before too long!

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I got the Mongo barrel straightened and mounted to the stub. I found a way of locking the forearm lug to the barrel for soldering, and it seems well attached. Next up, machining a slot in the barrel for the extractor.

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Very interesting!



Handi Rifles: 35 Whelen, 45-70 UH SS, 22-250 UV, 25-06 UH, 30-30, 7-08, 223, 308 Survivor
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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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My scheme to get this project going again is apparently working. This morning I machined the extractor slot and fit the extractor to the barrel. Next up for this barrel will be a proof load, but I need to find a few pieces of 444 Marlin brass. My plan is to proof test with a 444 Marlin level load, and if all is fine, limit the Mongo to fairly hot 45 Colt level loads.

I still need to find some sights and mount them, I'm open to suggestions. I would prefer to stay with open sights on this. I wouldn't mind going with standard H&R sights, but they are kind of pricey by the time you buy all the parts. Maybe some muzzleloader sights? I will also need to blue or parkerize it. I haven't decided on that.....

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Next up I think will be starting the lathe work on the 356 Win barrel......

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