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The AAC Branded 300 Blackout Handi Rifle. I really like the thing! I have shot various loads out of this rifle, but there are only two different loads I normally use in it. First is the cast Lee 113 grain "soup can". I bit of Unique powder pushes this bullet out the barrel just a bit faster than a 22 long rifle travels. This was a favorite small game load for me back during the 22 long rifle drought. The second load is the Lee 155 grain cast bullet intended for the 7.62x29 cartridge. I load it to full velocity with IMR 4227 powder.

The only modification I have made to the rifle is one I gleaned from my days of silhouette shooting. BELLM T/Cís has their Whisp-R cartridge. Itís basically the 300 Whisper with a rim. I have had a rim but done on my 300 AAC Handi and use trimmed 357 Maximum brass to make my cartridges. I also have a lot of standard 357 magnum brass that I use. It has a short neck, but works well and the brass is much easier to come by.

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The AAC Branded 300 Blackout Handi Rifle. I really like the thing! I have shot various loads out of this rifle, but there are only two different loads I normally use in it. First is the cast Lee 113 grain "soup can". I bit of Unique powder pushes this bullet out the barrel just a bit faster than a 22 long rifle travels. This was a favorite small game load for me back during the 22 long rifle drought. The second load is the Lee 155 grain cast bullet intended for the 7.62x29 cartridge. I load it to full velocity with IMR 4227 powder.

The only modification I have made to the rifle is one I gleaned from my days of silhouette shooting. BELLM T/Cís has their Whisp-R cartridge. Itís basically the 300 Whisper with a rim. I have had a rim but done on my 300 AAC Handi and use trimmed 357 Maximum brass to make my cartridges. I also have a lot of standard 357 magnum brass that I use. It has a short neck, but works well and the brass is much easier to come by.
So what does the rim do for you, easier extraction? I have a Rem 700 AAC 300Blk, uses the same ammo as my ARs, haven't done cast in them yet, though I have a few molds that are supposed to be great for the 300Blk. Here are the ones I've aquired: Lee TL309-230-5R, Lee C312-155-2R, MP 311 410 HP DC, ACE 300 BLK DC .311 144gr 2 Cav, as you can see, these are on the heavier side, since I was considering getting a can when all the noise of the Hearing Protection Act was out. Guess now they will be noisy hog bullets. I do have a bunch of the 110 grain Barnes Blacktips, which are great on deer and hog, varmints too but I use the cheaper 110 grain Varmageddons on them.

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I couldnt make the 230-5ar shoot good for love or money!!

But I also had little luck with ANY cast in the BO.

If H&R was still producing they could have sone will with different chambering on the same “base” that was the 300 BO AAC. Heavier 16” threaded in Maxi, in 43 Mag, In 327 Federal!

I have three different platforms for the lil BO none shot cast well enough for me. But EVERY ONE, shot MOA or better with supper jacked bullets.

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I couldnt make the 230-5ar shoot good for love or money!!

But I also had little luck with ANY cast in the BO.

If H&R was still producing they could have sone will with different chambering on the same ďbaseĒ that was the 300 BO AAC. Heavier 16Ē threaded in Maxi, in 43 Mag, In 327 Federal!

I have three different platforms for the lil BO none shot cast well enough for me. But EVERY ONE, shot MOA or better with supper jacked bullets.

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I agree with this. I did get my 230 grain cast to shoot some better when I removed the boat tail from the mold, but it still was barely adequate. The C312-185-1R is better. As is the C312-155-1R. These will both shoot 2 - 3 MOA for me. The C309-113-F is minute of squirrel out to 40 yards or so. I donít like it much past that, it runs out of steam pretty fast.

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I have some experience with a 300BLK Handi or two. One of mine had a rim counterbore cut and I used 360 DW brass in it without trimming down Maxi brass. I found that I no longer had to wonder if the cut down 5.56/223 brass would fire and I found the larger case head easier to load and unload from the chamber with gloves on.

It shot 90gr cast RN bullets very well with Trail Boss. 165gr Ranch Dog bullets shot very well with IMR 4227.

It killed hogs with Hornady Black 208gr AMAX subs (to the brain), and Winchester 150gr Deer Season XPs. I killed one deer with the 130gr Barnes TSX loaded in Rem's Hog Hammer ammo.

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The best handling rifles are the .223, .243, 7-08 superlight barrels and the older topper 30-30 and .22 hornet barrels.

The .300 AAC Blackout is also made with the lightweight profile and is equally handy (but not if a long suppressor is mounted)

The .22 versapack and sportster barrels are light and handy.

The .45 colt barrel as well as the .357 and .44 mag talo barrels were fairly light and handy.

The standard profile barrels are a little heavy for my preference.

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I think the Handiest Handi Rifle I own is not even a H&R caliber. It's a Larry Trotter stubbed .303 Brit barrel in .32-20. I love it. Right now it's on home defense duty in our camper along with it's sister, .32-20 Uberti 1873 Cattleman revolver. It's a 22 inch barrel, and I often ponder chopping it to 16.5 or 18, but as is it delivers 100 gr. bullets at 2200+ fps. and I don't want to pare that too. Their partner is a Marlin 1894CL also in .32-20. I don't think I'd try a bear, or even a deer with them, but they work great on all else, carry easily and often. Very Handi.

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I'm with Petemi, only mine is a 9mm stubbed that has a welded flash hider to keep the barrel long enough to be legal.

The shotgun portion is fairly short, no front sight on the barrel to catch brush, composite black furniture with a sling. Its just plain handi.

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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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