I couldn't resist it... (H&R CR-45LC carbine)


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MacTech
November 16, 2010, 11:51 PM
I had been contemplating trading out of a couple of my lesser-used firearms, an H&R Topper 12G and a Savage Mark II-G .22lr....

I have plenty of other shotguns, especially 12 gauges (Parker VH SxS, original iron frame NEF 12-gauge single, Rem 870 Exp. Supermag, H&R TDC 20G), so I wouldn't miss the 12-G Topper

I have a couple .22's I'm very happy with, a Marlin 25 bolt action, and Ruger 10/22, I've never been completely happy with the Savage Mark II-G, I bought it due to it's affordability, when what I *really* wanted was the BTVS model...

I can replace the Savage at any time, with the BTVS that I wanted in the first place

I was in KTP on Sunday, and discovered that H&R is making a Buffalo Classic rifle with a 20" carbine barrel chambered for the .45 Colt cartridge, so that got me to thinking

Today, I discovered they had an *unfired* used one in the gun racks , it had a little surface rust from handling on the barrel and receiver, that would clean off with some 000 steel wool and some CLP, the wood was in perfect shape, cut-checkered American Black Walnut, nice grain, marbling and depth, and a nice case-colored crescent steel buttplate

It was love at first sight

And the best bet is it was a straight-across trade, yes I gave up two (redundant) long guns, but they were dupes of what I already own, and I was missing a hunting rifle in the collection, now that hole has been filled, and since it shoots a cartridge I already shoot, and more importantly, *RELOAD* for, it's not going to cost me anything more to feed, as I already have the ammo for it

I love the .45 Colt cartridge, I have a 7.5" Ruger New Model Blackhawk Convertible that takes the cartridge, and I love it's combination of big , heavy bullet and soft, rolling recoil, controllable, comfortable gun to shoot, and the 45 Colt is an incredibly versatile cartridge, able to be loaded from ultralight powderpuffs all the way up to .44 Mag+ levels, 45 Colt is a great cartridge

Now I have a rifle to keep my Blackhawk company, and this rifle will fill the role of range toy/hunting rifle/and potentially a HD gun, yes it's a single shot, but we live out in the country, and we stand more a risk of getting overrun by stampeding livestock, lobsters, or hermit crabs, not the two-legged variety of predators, so the single-shot is not a drawback...

besides, any two-legged goblin finding itself staring down that imposing cavernous muzzle had best start rethinking it's current career choice

I've always loved the H&R singles, pure simplicity, functionality, and reliability, this is the first centerfire rifle I've had from them, and I'm sure it won't be the last

Anyone know if the CR-45LC is built on the stronger rifle frame (SB2?) I remember reading somewhere that it was...

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BrocLuno
November 17, 2010, 12:02 PM
Nice get, some pictures would be nice? Can't answer question.

VA27
November 17, 2010, 01:04 PM
Yes, the Classic Carbine is built on the SB2 frame. They are a fun gun.

kludge
November 17, 2010, 02:49 PM
I've almost bought one two or three times.

MacTech
November 17, 2010, 10:53 PM
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I love the classic lines of this rifle, the curved buttstock, the fluted fore-end, and this is my first rifle with "buckhorn" style sights, not bad, certainly better than the standard iron sights

It cleaned up nicely, and the layer of RIG grease is doing a nice job protecting against further surface corrosion

And out of curiosity, I performed a temporary fore-end swap, moving the fore-end from my H&R TDC 20GA onto the Carbine, it fit, and didn't look half bad, the fore-end from the Carbine *almost* fit the TDC, with a little woodworking, it would fit

It also got me thinking, I called H&R, and they have the fore-grip from the 45-70 Buffalo Classic in stock, it's a bit longer than the Carbine's foregrip, and I think it'd give the carbine a sort of "Mannlicher" look to it, I think it'd look pretty darned nice with the longer fore-end...

I just might do it, the longer fore-end is only about $30...

And looking at the peep sights on the Buffalo Classic....now I want to put peeps on it!...

....and I now want a 45-70 Buffalo Classic to go with it, even though it's overkill for where I live

Hmm, or I *COULD* send the Carbine to H&R and have them fit a 45-70 barrel to it, as the receiver and buttstock are the same..

Handiholihism, it's contagious!

ExAgoradzo
April 5, 2011, 01:14 AM
MacTech
If you ever feel like selling this gun...

This is my next purchase, alas, they are hard to find.

Love the 45-70 idea you've got. I have the OM Ruger (love it!), but don't have anything with the gov 45, yet.

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