I think the "case "hardened" recievers are shotgun frames, don't quote me on that though.
Just try them another call, I have found them very nice and helpful.
January 2, 2013, 10:50 PM
Thank you. I tried calling NEF today, but all circuits were busy. I read somewhere where they moved from Mass. to NC.
January 2, 2013, 11:11 PM
PB Walsh's link shows the best way to determine whether it's and SB1 or SB2 frame. Other than the Buffalo Classic, I don't believe they have done many CCH coloured (and they are only colored, not actually hardened) in recent years. In fact, I believe that the last of the case hardened ductile iron frames were with the 158 Topper pre-1987.
H&R 1871 (the successors to NEF and Harrington & Richardson) is now a brand owned by Remington and is manufactured at their Ilion NY plant. For further info on Handi Rifles, the best source is the H&R forum on GBO: