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handi rifle confusion

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Gunnerboy, Oct 15, 2012.

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  1. Gunnerboy

    Gunnerboy Member

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    So i just bought a 45-70 handi rifle and am a little confused on the recoil, my buddy has a marlin 45-70 and the loads he shoots out of it kick like crazy, but when i use the same load out of the handi rifle its like a 12ga? Anyone else experienced that also ?
     
  2. RPRNY

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    Have you got the Buffalo Classic or the regular Handi?

    If the BC, I would attribute it to barrel length and stock geometry. If a shorter barreled Plane Jane Handi, it can only be because you is manly.
     
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    I am not recoil sensitive so I don`t know what to tell you................My .30-06 kicks like a damn mule.
     
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    Its the standerd handi rifle, And i felt little to no recoil, but when i shoot my 06 im bruised and not wanting to use it any more.
     
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    It must be that the loads are different since the Handi weighs less than the Marlin. My Handi-rifle in .45-70 is a beast with 500 grain lead bullets at anything over 1200fps. The same gun with 300 grain bullets at 1500 fps is OK. Newton wasn't kidding when he said; "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."
     
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    Hello gunnerboy,
    I have a 45-70 H&R I cut down to an 18" barrel. I actually use it for plinking as it is a lot of fun. Plinking loads are 250 grain cast lead over Trailboss and less recoil, felt by me, than a 30-30. I use Buffalo Bore 350 grain in it for hunting and have no idea about recoil or sore shoulder. Then again when you are within 20 yds of Ladyelk recoil seems to be the last thing you think about.

    blindhari
     
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    Recoil is a very subjective thing. No two rifles feel the same and no two shooters experience it the same way.
     
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    I dunno, I always thought my buddy's Marlin 1895 was a soft shooter. I was really surprised by his Contender carbine. I was expecting 'the hurt', but that was a soft shooter too.
    By contrast my standard Handi kicks pretty good in 30-30, but my classic carbine with the low drooping comb is a soft shooter, even with the steel butt plate, so I'm thinking stock geometry combined with the shooters geometry is the key.
     
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