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Interchangeable barrel's?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Agent_Iron, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. Agent_Iron

    Agent_Iron Active Member

    Can anyone suggest guns that have interchangeable barrel's that do not cost a mint. The TC Encore looks great but pricy. I would love one that could be a muzzle loader, and also a high power rifle, ie. 300 mag or something along that line. I would also be interested in one with a slug barrel shotgun, and a high power rifle caliber. Any suggestions would be great, and idea's of price would be very helpful.

  2. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    You might want to check the NEF / H&R sight as they have a host of barrel selections they can fit to a single frame. Try this link:


    To get an idea of what they can do for you.
  3. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 Well-Known Member

    Only bad thing i have heard about the nef is you have to send it in to have barrels fitted each time ya buy one..

    You dont on the encore .. I have a Encore myself... you could alos look for a use encore or contender to save some money .. or if you think you will get into the rifle calibers in a pistol go with TC
  4. Agent_Iron

    Agent_Iron Active Member

    How long does the process take to get a new barrel? I will have to spend some time looking at that site, thanks!

    I like the fact that the TC can use a Muzzle loader barrel, wish the Handi did as well.

    Any other thought appreciated.
  5. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    According to the NEF web site all shotgun and rifle frames except the 10ga. can be fitted with a muzzle loading barrel.

    That's true - you have to send the reciever and forearm ? to have the barrel fitted - if you buy the extra barrels at one time you could have everything fitted in one shot.

    I'm not familiar with the prices on the TC so you'll have to compare to see what the difference in cost , etc. will be.

    MAURICE Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine has one in .223. Looking at bbls he discovered he has to send it in to have new ones fitted, so he is going to send it in and have them all done at once. I like the gun myself. Very versatile rifle. Accurate, too. Shot it today with some Lake City and it did real well. Coke cans at 100 yards are toast.
  7. Agent_Iron

    Agent_Iron Active Member

    Sounds like a great setup. I wonder if I can somehow order one from the factory with my chosen barrels so it can all be done at once. That sounds best to me. Does the gun break back like a single shot shotgun to load? I was wondering how the muzzleloader might be cleaned and such in comparison to the TC Encore?

    Thanks again
  8. Ohen Cepel

    Ohen Cepel Well-Known Member

    I have an older NEF.

    Marlin bought the company and it's their policy that you have to send the gun back to them before they'll "fit" a barrel to it. I called them and told them that I didn't want the hassle of mailing it back. Could they tell me from the serial number which barrels will fit onto it, they did so over the phone.

    The issue is a liability deal. Many frames will not hold the high pressure barrels (mine for instance is shotgun only pretty much).

    Bottom line, there are NEF barrels floating around out there that can/will safely fit onto an NEF gun. That was what they were designed to do. Just be sure that if you pick up an older reciever you don't overload it.

    Hope that made sense. It's not a fit issue, it's a lawyer issue.
  9. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    From thier web site FAQ - Sounds like one needs to start with a rifle reciever for this project.

    I would call them at 978 - 630 - 8220 and find out. I didn't find an e-mail contact for them on their site, so phone or write.

    4 to 6 weeks according to the site.
  10. Majic

    Majic Well-Known Member

    You are asking alot for very little money. Remeber you get what you pay for. If the Encore is too expensive and the H&R won't be cheap after you have all the barrels fitted to the frame you will have exhausted your options.
    You really need to gather some more pennies because the word cheap in firearms usualy means disgust and frustrations in the long run.
  11. Zeke Menuar

    Zeke Menuar Well-Known Member

    Savage bolt actions can rebarelled in the same cartridge class at home if you have the proper tools.

  12. Agent_Iron

    Agent_Iron Active Member

    You fellas are awsome, I really appreciate all your input. I will give them a call on Monday, and ask more questions. I figure I will have to go through my local gun store to get an extra barrel, which means the same shipping stuff. Oh well, the gun will be used more next year anyway.


    I agree that nearly every time you get what you pay for. I would figure this applies to this gun as well, but from what I have been reading about it the past 24 hours folks seem very very happy with the Handi-Rifle's quality. If it were not for the masses, I would side with your opinion on this one.

    I could spend more money, but in my situation it does not seem a logical move given my circumstances, and the potential quality of the Handi-Rifle, or a similar product. Where I live I can only use shotgun, or Muzzleloader in a rifle configuration. I will have the opportunity to go to Northern Michigan for a week every year or so, and maybe a trip out west. I just hate to lay down huge dollars on a high power rifle for so little use. The TC Encore would be awsome, but with two barrels and scopes we are near 1000 dollars. If I can do a nice setup with the Handi, stay under $500 and still have a quality weapon, it seems like a wise move to me.

    In any event, I thank you all for your assistance.

  13. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Savage bolt actions can rebarelled in the same cartridge class at home if you have the proper tools.

    I assume by class, you refer to case length. You can change a Savage from a .308 to a .243 by changing and headspacing the new barrel.

    By changing the bolt head and magazine, you could also change it to .223 Remington.

    The cost of the first barrel change can be a good fraction of the cost of a new rifle, since you need all the tools, as well as parts (barrel, bolt head, magazine.) More barrels merely require the parts, plus a headspace gauge for the new cartridge.
  14. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    A rough estimate for a 4 barrel combo without optics is around $425 - $450

    That is starting with a handy rifle in say 30-06 , adding a muzzleloading barrel, a rifled slug barrel, and a regular shot barrel.

    I hope it all works out for you - I wouldn't worry about the quality too much. While not the top of the line, the design has been around a long time and has been proven reliable.

    The .223 handy rifle I owned shot 3/4 inch groups (center to center) of 5 at 100 yds and that is nothing to complain about for accuracy either. Much better than I originaly expected. I did do a trigger job on mine as factory trigger pull can be a bit high and creapy.

    Happy New Year !

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