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break-open action single-shot rifle, what's the point?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by superpunchy, Apr 8, 2009.

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  1. superpunchy

    superpunchy Member

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    I notice that Harrington and Richardson sells an extensive line of break-open action single-shot rifles and shotguns. My question is; what's the advantages and disadvantages to a break-open style action single-shot rifle vs. a bolt-action rifle?
     
  2. jmr40

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    The break open rifles are lighter, less expensive to make and have a shorter overall length with the same barrel when compared with bolt rifles. With practice repeat shots can be surprisingly fast.

    While there are exceptions, and I am sure someone will post pictures to prove me wrong, they are generally so so on accuracy.
     
  3. ArmedBear

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    They're cheap.

    They're very simple.

    They're easy to clean.

    They're light.

    They're short for a given barrel length, so you can have better ballistics in an easier-to-tote rifle.

    They can be set up easily for all sorts of calibers, since they don't have a bolt face to worry about.
     
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  4. Jubjub

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    Low cost, light weight, capable of having multiple barrels fitted in different calibers.
     
  5. PT1911

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    all the above and I have heard the accuracy is pretty excellent as well.. a lot of aftermarket customizing options as well.. a friend of mine has one in .223 that he has added a bipod, 6 position collapsible stock, laser and tactical light all in the spirit of fun... gets more attention than any single shot should...
     
  6. CWL

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    Sometimes all you really need is one bullet.

    My deer huntin' friend only leaves home with 3 bullets. Helps him to wait for the best & right shot.
     
  7. gunnerh

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    The H&R single shots are easy to use to train young or new shooters. For knocking about in the outdoors they are hard to beat. They can take a lot use and abuse without so much as a hiccup. I have no problem take one out in a rain or sand strom, where a would not take a finer firearm.
     
  8. Zundfolge

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    Its all about the cost/accuracy ratio.

    There's single shot guns out that will out shoot bolt guns at a cost of pennies on the dollar.
     
  9. Hungry Seagull

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    I trained with a single barrel break with a friend. That thing you can do probably everything equal to if not faster than I do with the Rem 870 due to my overly cautious nature with the pump.

    Bust it open, drop old shell, flip a new one in and "Phoink!" it's ready.

    Poink, BOOM, clank,poink BOOM etc.

    Cleaning? Easy.
     
  10. Geno
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    jrm40 said:

    :) Thompson/Center's Contender pistol has held the world record for about 20 to 25 years. The group was fired at 500 yards, using iron sights. I believe the group measured .75" X 3.5". For what it's worth, ALL T/Cs come with an MOA guarantee...handguns, carbines and rifles.

    Re: the advantage of any single-shot, when you have one shot, and you know you have one shot, you practice, and build your confidence. Confidence. : ) That's the advantage. Patience. That's another.

    I have heard many good comments of H&Rs. I have not personally fired my own .30-30 that I bought LNIB. She's sure pretty. Nice classic lines and takes my mind back to days when I was 8 Y.O. and hunting with single-shots. Wow, those are some great memories.

    Geno
     
  11. P.B.Walsh

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    Well if I could I'd get my R700 to go ss only, but for now I only put one bullet in the gun and 2-5 in the stock pack.

    Wow I didn't know contenders were that accuate, but are they more accuate than an HS Precision pistol
     
  12. P.B.Walsh

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    Yay something else to google:)

    Let's see some pics of that "tactical single shot" am so curious it's just killing me.
     
  13. JWarren

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    The H&R handi-rifle in 45-70 sells like hotcakes down here in MS and LA. It is legal to use it as a primative weapon in primative weapons season here and effectively adds 4 weeks to deer season.

    I'll be picking up one before next November.


    -- John
     
  14. alemonkey

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    I owned a Handi Rifle in .223 but was not impressed. I never got it to shoot better than 2 MOA. A lot of people have good luck with them, though.

    That being said, I love single shots in general. I'm a big fan of the falling block action. It's strong and accurate. Shooting a single shot is relaxing and fun.
     
  15. DesmoDucRob

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    My NEF is topped with a fixed 4X Leupold and has seen more action than any one of the classier arms in my hunting collection. When I have to crawl through a briar patch with a rifle that I fired from a climbing stand that I had to hoist with a string, it helps to have something short and rock-solid. It's somewhat funny to see all the folks jumping on the "primitave arms" bandwagon in LA like Jwarren said; some of us have been ahead of that wagon for years.:neener:

    ...and by the way, I have yet to fire my rifle while hunting and wish I had more than a single shot.
     
  16. benzy2

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    What world record would that be? Just wondering what class you are talking here.
     
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    benzy2:

    Give T/C's customer service a call and ask them the details. They had it in their advertisements for years. I called them and confirmed it some years back. They'll have the detail.

    http://www.tcarms.com/
    603-332-2333

    Geno
     
  18. Charles S

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    Lol. Single actions tend to be very accurate, and are generally shorter and lighter than their repeater counterparts.

    Some of just like the challenge.
     
  19. ArmedBear

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    The H&R will save you a lot of coin, compared to a nice vintage Farquharson.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. gb6491

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    NEF used to catalog one; there is a picture of it in this other board's thread:
    http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=47321

    ATI can hook you up as well:cool:: http://atigunstocks.com/products.aspx?category=5

    I like mine a little more vanilla:
    [​IMG]

    If any are interested in this type of rifle, there is a lot of good info to be found here.

    Regards,
    Greg

    That Farquharson is a beauty:)
     
  21. fireman 9731

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    Hey gb6491, nice gun! I have been looking for a better rear sight for my Buffalo Classic... is that the same one as here?
    http://www.buffaloarms.com/browse.cfm/4,4191.html
    If it is, I like it but 200 bucks is a little steep for me! Do you have any other ideas for a similar type sight?
     
  22. BlackHand1917

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    I had one of the 45-70's and liked it. I ended up giving it to my wife's nephew as a gift, not because of the performance but because of the high cost of 45-70 ammo. The Handi-Rifles have a kind of elegant simplicity about them.
     
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  23. dmazur

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    Here's Ruger's version of a Fahrquarson action (the No. 1) -

    [​IMG]

    These both have 22" barrels, which is a good length for .30-06 and .243, and are just a little over 36" long overall.

    Very easy to carry and quick to point.
     
  24. Duke of Doubt

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    Many years ago I dated a very beautiful, extravagantly stupid girl. She lived in a remarkably sketchy neighborhood of a certain city where handguns were (are) prohibited. I bought an NEF Pardner 20 gauge at Kmart for, I think, $79 and left it and a box of shells at her place with my toothbrush in case an unanticipated 4th floor walk-up invasion occurred at a time while I was away from her place (not a frequent occurrence, but still).

    Try and name a more idiot-proof gun.
     
  25. dmazur

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    Absolutely. That's why they are commonly "issued" to kids as first hunting rifles.

    I have heard about recommendations of the break-action as self-defense weapons (in shotgun form) for the elderly, who may have trouble with more complex manuals-of-arms in semi-auto pistols, etc.

    It's true they offer only one shot, but that is better than something so complex or difficult to operate that it is ineffective.
     
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