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Over at the Savageshooters forum, we swap barrels about like the Handi, but the funny thing is, a used barrel ALWAYS goes for anywhere from half to two thirds of new price. Maybe a bit more if it's a custom barrel.

There are some factory barrels that are no longer made by the factory, like 220 Swift, that are drawing more, but they are rare. The thing is they ALWAYS fit.

Why are the Handi barrel prices new or higher, a lot of times? I know most can just be swapped without fitting, but it's still a guess, and there's the shipping/factory fitting charge, but still?
 

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The wait has a lot to do with it. Dale
 

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Switching barrels on a Savage is easy, but you need a special wrench and an action wrench and barrel vise are nice to have too. I have done it several times and am all set up for it. Then there is the hesitation of some to set the head space, thinking they will mess it up. Oh and there is taking the scope off and back on and re zeroing it after the swap. All you need to swap out a Handi barrel is a screw driver. If you have a scope mounted on each barrel you are already zeroed and ready to go. If you checked, I bet there five that switch barrels on a Handi for everyone that does one on a Savage, so it comes down to supply and demand as a factor. Like was said you have to send in to get a barrel fitted by the factory, you just can not order one so if you buy a used one and fit it your self, then you can have it right away or just a matter of days.
 

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Only about a year or two ago barrels were cheaper on this site, shotgun barrels were going for $30 to $40 or $50 and rifle barrels could be had for anywhere from $60 to $75, but the prices began to rise when they started to go for very high prices on E-bay. Most members here avoided those high priced barrels but the prices slowly crept up on this site also. E-bay of course no longer sells gun barrels but the damage has been done. I look at it as similar to gas prices, the rise very easily but it is very rare when the prices come down, and rarely is it with the speed, or in the same amount, as they have risen....<>,....:)
 

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We are a funny bunch!

Who else changes barrels with a multi tool screwdriver, and uses "O" rings and refrigerator magnets or caulk to float a barrel?

Just for the fun of it the other day I browsed the Encore rifle section, and realized why I have a Handi.

Yes everything fits snug and doesn't need fitting, but all that you pay for, so the cost is pretty steep.

I'm just glad we have a cheaper option where we can save some dollars, and with a little elbow grease and determination we can end up with a product that rivals the competition.

Handi's aren't ever going to be the gun for everyone, but it is the choice of a lot of us!
 

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Okay, thanks. I somehow found a site that said it was the forum, but the only post said it was a replacement forum for another. Maybe I just found it while they were working on it.

That Savage muzzle loader (smokeless capable) sounds interesting. Wakeman's comments are not.
 

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Only about a year or two ago barrels were cheaper on this site, shotgun barrels were going for $30 to $40 or $50 and rifle barrels could be had for anywhere from $60 to $75, but the prices began to rise when they started to go for very high prices on E-bay. Most members here avoided those high priced barrels but the prices slowly crept up on this site also. E-bay of course no longer sells gun barrels but the damage has been done. I look at it as similar to gas prices, the rise very easily but it is very rare when the prices come down, and rarely is it with the speed, or in the same amount, as they have risen....<>,....:)
My question is why folks have to heavily discount their barrels to make some happy...? If I pay $135 for one to be fitted & shipped to me..and never use it...Asking $110-$125 is only normal for an unmodified as new barrel...Add to that a price for good custom gun smithing up to $400-$500 or more...it's only normal to want to recoup what was invested..With the advent of these rifles becoming more main stream and getting better & better press..it only stands to reason their prices will continue to rise...new or used...IMHO....E-bay's exorbitant prices had very little to do with the prices going up here...I feel folks here realized they no longer have to give their barrels & rifles away to recoup any of their money..after all...Why should they...unless they want to ?

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Good old capitalism the price is determined by the market, you know that supply and demand thing, If Addams and Bennett made a handi barrel for about $100 or less that would probably bring the price down a bit.

.... hmm


Wait a minute ! I though holding resale value was a sign of a good product, at least that what the Remington guys hold over the savage shooters. :)
 

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I have sold several barrels on this site.I am a member of the "funny bunch" I try real hard to sell at a fair figure, and I was always told if some one buys at your price,. then it was not over priced, for the buyer. ::) Doug
 
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