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minnesotashooter
01-31-2013, 04:46 PM
Anybody have an H&R Handi Rifle in .357 magnum. I found one at the LGS for $219 and passed on it but I am thinking I should go back and buy it. It had iron sights and scope mounts. What do the experts say??

bisley
01-31-2013, 05:23 PM
I'm not an expert, but I do own one in .25-06. I have only one complaint, but it's kind of a biggie. The trigger sucks bad enough to affect hunting accuracy at longer ranges (which is the reason for having a .25-06 in the first place), and fixing it is tricky enough that a gunsmith probably needs to do it.

A .357 is probably going to be a 100 yard rifle, though, so this might not be so much of a factor.

bullsi1911
01-31-2013, 05:38 PM
I have multiple NEF/ H&R rifles, and they are solid guns. At that price- BUY it!

I have a .44mag, a .45Colt, and a .308. The .308 has my longest kill on game- about 210 yards. The trigger can be heavy, but that can be fixed.

JLDickmon
01-31-2013, 07:25 PM
I had a heavy barrel in .223 that I used as a woodchuck rig for quite some time..

cpj
01-31-2013, 08:02 PM
Run don't walk, go get it.

alphasigmookie
01-31-2013, 08:19 PM
Tennmike has some sort of single shot .357 I played with at the SE shoot a couple years ago. Was a lot of fun as a plinker.

WheresMyGun
02-04-2013, 03:22 AM
My nef 357 handi ........ has had the barrel cut to 16.5 inches by wilson combat ....... who done most excellent work .......... peep sight installed and a taller 30-30 front sight installed ..................... cast bullets clover at 50yds ....... nice gun .... id buy one for that price

MileHighShooter
02-04-2013, 04:57 AM
You can send it back to marlin for a trigger job. The 357 is on the sb2 frame so you can get other pistol barrels and shotgun, but not the high pressure rifle barrels. Different receiver.

MileHighShooter
02-04-2013, 05:02 AM
Oh yea, go buy it!

Jermanator
02-04-2013, 05:08 AM
Tennmike has some sort of single shot .357 I played with at the SE shoot a couple years ago. Was a lot of fun as a plinker.

Yep. Recoil is next to nil. That gun is a hoot. For $200 and change, I would jump on it. I got a Ruger #1 in .460 S&W. We shot some 45 Colt cowboy loads in it....OMG!!! That is fun!!! It is the same concept with a .357 Handi-rifle. Get it!

Freezer
02-04-2013, 04:31 PM
First you can not get pistol barrels for it! That is against the law and will cause yo a lot of problems with the ATF. It's manufactured as a long gun and must stay that way.

That said I'd but it! Since I was a kid I wanted a NEF Topper. I finially bought a Handi rifle. All the barrels need some polishing as they were a little rough but I bought it with the thought of one gun that can do anything. I have .223, 243, 270, 25-06, 410/45LC, 12 guage rifled, 50 cal ML, 12 guage smooth w mod choke and full, 20 ga mod, 410 mod. barrels.

If you buy it PM me and I'll give you a web site that has a NEF Forum and instruction on how to touch up the trigger.

Go to the H&R 1871 website and check out the barrel exchange site.

ThatMattGuy
02-04-2013, 04:45 PM
First you can not get pistol barrels for it! That is against the law and will cause yo a lot of problems with the ATF. It's manufactured as a long gun and must stay that way.

That said I'd but it! Since I was a kid I wanted a NEF Topper. I finially bought a Handi rifle. All the barrels need some polishing as they were a little rough but I bought it with the thought of one gun that can do anything. I have .223, 243, 270, 25-06, 410/45LC, 12 guage rifled, 50 cal ML, 12 guage smooth w mod choke and full, 20 ga mod, 410 mod. barrels.

If you buy it PM me and I'll give you a web site that has a NEF Forum and instruction on how to touch up the trigger.

Go to the H&R 1871 website and check out the barrel exchange site.

What in the world are you talking about???? There are no "pistol" barrels for the H&R handi Rifle. Please come down from Expert mode we are not talking about the T/C Contender.

shush
02-04-2013, 07:37 PM
The 357 is on the sb2 frame so you can get other pistol barrels...





First you can not get pistol barrels for it! That is against the law and will cause yo a lot of problems with the ATF. It's manufactured as a long gun and must stay that way.


I believe ‘pistol calibre barrels’ was implied.
Barrels chambered for cartridges of a pistol persuasion.

tennmike
02-04-2013, 10:37 PM
Yep. Recoil is next to nil. That gun is a hoot. For $200 and change, I would jump on it. I got a Ruger #1 in .460 S&W. We shot some 45 Colt cowboy loads in it....OMG!!! That is fun!!! It is the same concept with a .357 Handi-rifle. Get it!

I got the scope back on it. Also have one in .44 Mag., .32 H&R Mag., and .38-55 Win. The .32 H&R Mag, .357 Mag., and ..38-55 Win. are on 20 gauge NEF shotgun frames. The .44 Mag is on a 12 gauge frame NEF. Built for nothing more than a 'can it be done' exercise. Here's the 'children'.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g201/tennmike/001-4.jpg

Win73
02-05-2013, 12:09 AM
Here is my .357 Handi Rifle. I also have a .50 caliber muzzle loader barrel for it. I have killed two deer with the muzzle loader barrel on it.

3116

I also have a .30-06 Handi Rifle. I have killed eleven deer with it at ranges from 25 to 125 yards. That is a Nikon Buckmasters 3-9x40 scope on it.

3115

snake284
02-05-2013, 12:22 AM
One handy rifle I want, the 45-70. I'd really love it in 45-90. I would guess it would handle high pressure loads where you could make it scream. A 45/90 isn't a long way off a 458 Win Mag.

Razorbacker
02-05-2013, 12:56 AM
One handy rifle I want, the 45-70. I'd really love it in 45-90. I would guess it would handle high pressure loads where you could make it scream. A 45/90 isn't a long way off a 458 Win Mag.

Here's a right nice 45 70: http://www.hr1871.com/Firearms/Rifles/buffalo.asp

That one is set up for long range matches but this one has camo stocks and well under $300 bucks to boot.:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=328524888

I have to wonder what impact these new bolt guns from Marlin, Savage, etc. will have on the Handi concept vis a vis market share. Especially when those hit the used market in significant numbers.
If anyone has an interest, do a google image search. There are some really, really nice Handi-s out there.

Edit: Nice buck Win73

WheresMyGun
02-05-2013, 04:49 AM
if memory serves me . it went like this ........ you had at 1st the sb1 for scatter guns and sb2 for all center fires ........... my pistol caliber sb2's will certainly take rifle calibers as i have them for it .... and then one day they came out with frames made for scatter guns or pistols calibers ....but not rifle calibers........ different sort of sb2 or something like that.
kind of just confused things a bit if you ask me

Freezer
02-05-2013, 04:36 PM
What in the world are you talking about???? There are no "pistol" barrels for the H&R handi Rifle. Please come down from Expert mode we are not talking about the T/C Contender.

Don't be rude! Though not an expert I know exactly what I'm talking about. You can get rifle barrels chambered in pistol calibers but you can not get a pistol barrel for Handi Rifle. To fit a Handi with a barrrel less than 16 inches is a violation of federal law. I believe there's an over all length requirement (Butt to muzzel) but I'm not sure what it is.

The Contender is manufactured and registered as a pistol. You can get low presure rifle barrels for it without violating the law. The Encore comes in two configurations with a serial #of P or R for pistol and riflle. The pistol can be fitted with rifle barrels without violating the law but the R (rifle) designation can not be fitted with a pistol barrel without a violation.

I'm not fully up on the laws (lack of interest) but I believe you can install a pistol barrel for a rifle action. There are a bunch of federal hoops to jump through to get a "Short Barreled Rifle Permit" and there are fees involved that make it almost not worth it.

Freezer
02-05-2013, 05:06 PM
If memory serves me correctly the basic design of the SB line goes way back. Harrington Richardson had a Buffalo disigned similar to the current SBs. My experience came in 1970 with the H&R Topper, I believe it was the model 51. It came with shotgun barrels and 30-30 Wincester barrels. Legal problems brought an end to the Topper and the introduction of New England Firearms with the SB1 and SB2 (a revamped Topper). The main difference between them is a heat treated reciever so the SB2 can handle higher pressures. The SB1 is shotgun only with the exception of a 410/45lc barrel. The SB2 wil take up to a 12 guage barrel, a wide variety of pistol and rifle cartridges and a couple muzzel loader barrels. Some Handiholics cut a barrel into a stub then thread a new barrel into it to get calibers and barrel lengths they want or better quality barrels. Others rechamber them an example being 357 mag to 357 max. This also makes a cheap way for wildcaters to test new cartridges.

There's a website with a NEF Forum on another website and everything you ever wanted to know about Handi Rifles. PM me if your interested.

MileHighShooter
02-06-2013, 08:05 AM
I believe ‘pistol calibre barrels’ was implied.
Barrels chambered for cartridges of a pistol persuasion.


Yea, this. Minn nor I, are dumb. He knows exactly what I meant .

Freezer
02-06-2013, 04:44 PM
Yea, this. Minn nor I, are dumb. He knows exactly what I meant .

You have to be specific!

One day a lady asked her husband to go to the store for her. She said, " Get a gallon of milk and if they have advacotos, get six"

He returned home with six gallons of milk. His wife asked "Why did you get six gallons of milk?"

He replied, "They had advacotos!"

CHIRO1989
02-06-2013, 04:54 PM
Anybody have an H&R Handi Rifle in .357 magnum. I found one at the LGS for $219 and passed on it but I am thinking I should go back and buy it. It had iron sights and scope mounts. What do the experts say??

So what did you do?