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Multi-Caliber H&R?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Modeler, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Hi all,

    I have an H&R "Buffalo Classic" in 45-70 that I plan to order multiple caliber options for. Apparently you can order most any caliber from the factory and switch them up at will. Has anyone done this to their H&R? Did it work out ok for you?

    Greg
     
  2. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    No one? No one has had this done?

    Here's a link to the page regarding the "Barrel Accessory Program":

    H&R 1871 - Barrel Accessory Program

    If nothing else, someone must have an opinion on calibers...

    I'm thinking .308, .500 S&W and 12 guage vent-rib 28" screw-in choke.

    Greg
     
  3. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Greg, the H&R concept is a good one for a man on a budget who wants to experiment with various calibers, as well as becoming intimately familiar with one action type along with caliber options. It is sort of the "beware the man who hunts with one gun, likely he knows how to use it" concept, with the added feature of different calibers.

    H&R has done a pretty good job of paring down to economy what other manufacturers have done with better quality: (Thompson Center, for one.)

    If you shoot factory loads, do not expect pinpoint accuracy and fine finish on your guns, but just want to kill game and shoot targets recreationally for a lot of fun, the H&R platform is probably perfect for you.

    What you would get with an upgrade to Thompson Center (for a break-barrel interchangeable cartridge system), would be better, more precision lock-up (better accuracy), better barrels (better accuracy), better trigger (better accuracy), better forearm bedding system (better accuracy), and better finish and styling on the exterior (none of which kill game any deader than an H&R in the hands of a man likely to know how to use it).

    Name your game/target shooting preferences for frequent use, and good suggestions for calibers will follow to fulfill. Right off, I'd question your .500 S&W choice. (Your .308 and 12ga will kill anything that walks or flies in our hemispheric neighborhood, and .45-70 at the outset of your experiments covers all else, including ANYTHING a .500 can do. If you want a pistol caliber, go .357 or .44).

    Were I in your shoes, having decided on the perfect economy and ruggedness and versatility of the H&R system, I would be right with you for .308 and 12ga. My third choice would be .223. I hear those heavy H&R barrels do some wonders with accuracy there.
     
  4. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    Thanks for the thoughts. A friend I we talking to suggested .223 as well.

    The .500 is more for the obscenity of the large caliber. It's the same reason I have the 45-70 in the first place ;-)
     
  5. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Obscenity is good. Go forth, obscene one. Prepare to open thy wallet for continued obscenity.

    But a 12 ga slug, (someone correct me on this) is about .68 caliber. Obscene as it gets, and Grizzly Bears write letters to Congressmen as a result of its obscenity.