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I bought my Handi in .223 about fifteen years ago. I was looking for an inexpensive single shot for some long range shooting. After buying the rifle I ran a box of rounds through it and retired it to my closet. I had too many other guns that I found more interesting to shoot.

After watching my brother-in-law Nuttinbutchunks shoot his various Handis I decided it was time to recommission the .223. So the bore got cleaned out with a 50/50 mix of Shooters Choice and Kroil and the Mueller 8.5-25X Eraticator got moved over from my Savage .17 HMR. If this weather ever clears up around here I'm going to a range, sight this puppy in, and use it on varmits. I hope I haven't got started on an incurable disease.
 

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Too late....you're hooked now!!! :-D And welcome aboard!!! :D

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Range Report

I finally got out to a range - actually a nice level spot out in Hobble Creek Canyon- measured out 100 yards. I used a rest but had to shoot from a rickety old table. After three shots to see where I was hitting, I placed a nice sub one inch three-shot group close to center. Six shots later and I was lined up 1.5 inches high of the x-ring. Ammo was Winchester white box - really nice stuff. Thanks to those who advised resting on the hinge pin - it made for consistent groups.

This Saturday Nuttinbutchunks and I are headed out Vernal way looking for PDs. I'm sure one of us will report in our results.
 

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I just ordered a Bull Barrel Handi 243, sure hope it shoots better than my Synthetic stainless 243 does...........if it's like my hornet and 45-70 are, I'll be very happy..they have great triggers and accuracy!
 

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great rifle, :wink:

Say for the rest position, i got resting bags under the hinge but what about off hand? hand under the hinge as well.
 

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Winchester White Box Ammo

I agree 100%. That White Box ammo is great and the best support location is under the hinge pin. I came to this conclusion after trying multiple reloads and every manner of support other than under the hinge pin. As a matter of fact I would be still trying to figure out what was wrong had it not been for the excellent quality of the White Box ammo and the fine help I got from Quickdtoo of this forum.
 

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PD Report

We took the Handis out PD hunting this afternoon. Nuttinbutchunks had his usual high body count with some exceptional shooting despite a stiff 15-20 mph crosswind. I, on the other hand, had a lousy day when my Handi's transfer bar decided to break after only three shots. Nothing worse than having a PD no more than 25 yards away looking right at you and having your Handi go "click" instead of bang. Nuttin was nice enough to lend me his .243 but by then the herd had been thinned out enough that I only got one.

There is a silver lining to this bad day. I'll probably have another barrel fitted to the action when I send it back to NEF for repairs. Now if I can only decide on a caliber. . . .

6/20 Postscript. Got an email message back from NEF. Turns out my Handi is too old to have a high pressure barrel fitted. I guess this gives me a good reason to buy another one.
 
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