I got My deer, but the Handi part of it was a failure. Last spring I found a good load for My 444 Marlin, and sighted it in from My deer stand. My deer came in this fall, I waited for the shot I wanted, squeezed the shot off, and when I recovered from the recoil, the deer was not there. I waited, then went to look. No deer, no blood, no hair, nothing. Searching, searching, searching, ah, a bullet hole in the base of a white pine tree. I found a straight branch, stuck it in the hole, and it pointed back to My deer stand. Back in the stand, looking through the scope at the hole, it was obvious I shot over the deer. How can this be. The next day, I was taking a hard look at the rifle. Something is moving. The Tupperware stock was loose on the receiver. When I set the forearm on the rest, with the loose stock, it canted the barrel up causing Me to shoot high. D*#m.
I have a Boyd's Thumbhole Laminate stock for the rifle. I knew some of these are lined up parallel with the bore, and some come canted down, which bothers Me. But I thought maybe I'll get the straight one, so I ordered it. Nope. I ended up with the one that cants down. I didn't like the way it shot, and it bothered Me so bad I took it off. In the meantime, the Tupperware stock narrowed down in width so much I couldn't get a thin wall socket in to install the bolt. I had to heat it up with boiling water to force the bolt and socket in and get it as tight as I could. Load developement and sightin must have loosened it up. Maybe the heat had something to do with it ?
I made a Thumbhole stock for a TC Contender, and I may have to consider making one for this Handi.
I was relegated to later get My deer with My 260 Remington. Booring :-((