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#3086029 - 12/18/12 08:55 PM Re: Question about Handi Rifle [Re: Deer Assassin]
AllOutdoors
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Registered: 11/03/08
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7-08.
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#3086103 - 12/18/12 09:30 PM Re: Question about Handi Rifle [Re: AllOutdoors]
rukiddin?
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Registered: 02/04/09
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Loc: E. Tenn

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I've had two. A 25-06 that was a killing machine and was scary accurate...The other was a 35 whelen. Headspace was too long and sent back. No bugs with'em. I'd own another one. Their customer service was great.
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#3086113 - 12/18/12 09:35 PM Re: Question about Handi Rifle [Re: rukiddin?]
WestTn Huntin'man
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Registered: 11/19/06
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Loc: Benton Co.

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My 270 shoots great. After shooting a lever action for many years there was a learning cruve. I could not shoot good groups for a while and thought it was the gun. After I shot a few boxes I can cover the shot holes with a 1/2 dollar now.
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#3091997 - 12/23/12 05:43 AM Re: Question about Handi Rifle [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
fishboy1
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Registered: 01/13/03
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Loc: Warren Co

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Handi in 7-08

They can be wonky out of the box. 3" groups was the best I could get. somebody suggested the handi forum on graybeards.

A little sanding of the stock to relieve the barrel pressure and a $.75 washer and it shoots .95" groups. Total cost to modify $1.75 and about 30 minutes of tinkering. Wish I still had it.
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#3094611 - 12/25/12 07:27 AM Re: Question about Handi Rifle [Re: fishboy1]
lpo1981
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Registered: 01/20/12
Posts: 609
Loc: Dickson, TN

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I have a 308 in the H&R single shot and love it, Nikon 3-9x40 on top and its a tack driver at a 100yds. Pretty much all I hunt with now other than my old 30-30.. I also have a NEF 243 handi rifle with a bill barrel and I had it shooting excellent groups out to 200yds... My opinion the single shot NEF's and H&R's are excellent little rifles at a good price.. For you though I'd go with a 308, excellent all around cartilage...
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#3095853 - 12/26/12 09:25 AM Re: Question about Handi Rifle [Re: lpo1981]
348Winchester
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Registered: 08/13/12
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Loc: Coon Creek

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I have had one in 270 for 16 years. Killed lots of deer, a few bears, bobcats, foxes, coyotes, dogs, and some groundhogs with it. It has been an excellent rifle. Bought another one in 45-70 and added the 50 cal. muzzleloader barrel to it. Have taken about three deer with the 45-70 and one bear. With the 50 cal I have killed a bunch of deer. Handi-Rifles are the best deal going for the money. The are simple, rugged, and accurate.

For a child's rifle, strongly consider one chambered in a pistol caliber like 44 magnum. There is very little recoil and 44's are deadly on deer. There is the added benefit of shooting 44 special ammo out of it for those who are extremely recoil sensitive. Also choose the wooden stock over the trendy black plastic for these reasons; wood is heavier and more dense so it absorbs more shock which further dampens recoil. Also, wood is much quieter. It will not make unnatural and loud noises when it is scraped by a branch or popped inadvertantly with some object such as a zipper. Finally, wood is simply more pleasing to the eye than those Mattel toy plastic stocks or, God forbid, the cheesy-[censored] camo stocks which are both terribly ugly and totally unnecessary.

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#3098633 - 12/28/12 07:15 AM Re: Question about Handi Rifle [Re: 348Winchester]
Hunter 257W
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Registered: 10/04/12
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Loc: Franklin County

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I agree with 348Winchester. A Handi Rifle in 44 MAgnum or even 357 MAgnum is the way to go for a kids gun. The Handi-Rifle is light weight and is going to kick in any of the real rifle chamberings. The 44 would be preferable but a 357 with heavy bullets fired froma rifle barrel is an acceptable deer round.

I have one with a 50cal muzzle loader barrel that I've killed a couple of deer with. It's reasonably accurate and has a pretty good trigger. A friend has about half a dozen handi rifles and loves them. They are a great value for a basic rifle.

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#3108893 - 01/04/13 09:27 AM Re: Question about Handi Rifle [Re: Hunter 257W]
rj112275
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Registered: 10/05/12
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Loc: Cordova, TN

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I had a 270 that killed deer just fine. I never spent much money on a good scope, and didn't need too.
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