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Question by davycrockettfv. Uploaded on September 07, 2011
I have had 3 handirifles and haven't had very good luck with them. I have had friends that have had good luck with them. Maybe it just depends on which one you get.
I have a Handi-Rifle which with 3 barrels. 30/30, .223, and 45/70. All are acceptably accurate with the 30/30 being a one inch gun at 100. About the best the .223 will get is .75 inch at 100. Not a
p-dog gun but good enough for Eastern varmints. The 45/70 with full house loads is brutal in the little rifle. Carefully crafted hand loads with 300 grain bullets deliver good accuracy and don't loosen your fillings.
I've only fired 11 rounds with my .45/70 Handi. The first 7 were to sight in. The next three went into one ragged hole at 100 yards. The 11th shot was the following week when I dropped a nine point whitetail. Seems accurate enough for me. My wife uses a .243 Handi and it also provides sufficient accuracy for deer hunting. The quality is good for the price and I consider them superior to the other break open single shots on the market.
I'm a real Handi-Rifle advocate, I have two in my closet.
The Hornet is tempermental but provides accuracy good enough to take a 23 pound tom at 150 yards.
The .270 is sufficiently accurate at 100 yards that I use it at one specific stand that's best with a short rifle.
Unfortunately, all Handi-Rifle's aren't "accurate". They aren't "bench rest" material, but with a little TLC, can be inexpensive guns for beginners and as "knock-around's".
I'd say quality and accuracy on the Handi-Rifle is pretty much average. Just like anything else in life, some are diamonds, some are stones. LOL!!!
Let's be honest. You get what you pay for. A Handi-Rifle isn't expensive, don't "expect" cloverleaf accuracy.
Sufficient accuracy to kill a deer? YEP!
I've got one in .223, with the heavy bull barrel, and it makes a very nice coyote gun. Haven't had any problems with it.
Quality is good. Function/reliability is nearly perfect. Accuracy varies from easily Sub-MOA to acceptable for hunting, but a slow lock time and a not exactly "match-grade bolt action" trigger can make them seem less accurate than they are. The pulls are usually pretty crisp (a lot more than plenty of more expensive rifles can say), but can be a bit heavy.
Fit and finish are so-so. Don't expect perfect wood to metal fit or anything, but as far as function goes, fit is better than a lot out there. The wood usually beats most other low priced guns (870 Express ehemm...) easily, and the bluing is actual bluing, not some insta-rust cheapo finish, and again, better than plenty of guns with higher priced tags.
I've got one in 45/70. I'd say it shoots as well as the cartridge does, if that makes any sense. I've killed 4 deer with it from 10-120 yards, and all were one shot drops. It's not the most accurate rifle out there, but I think you get more rifle than you pay for, all things considered. I'd get a synthetic stock, though. Those wood-stocked Handi-Rifles are like toting a cinder block around.
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