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Which single shot rifle caliber?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Cpt. America, Jun 4, 2009.

?

which caliber

  1. .444 marlin

    5 vote(s)
    7.7%
  2. 45/70 gov

    51 vote(s)
    78.5%
  3. .500 S&W

    9 vote(s)
    13.8%
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  1. Cpt. America

    Cpt. America Member

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    I've decided that I want a single shot rifle from H&R, now comes the task of which caliber. I want knockdown drag out power so I've selected the following for this poll.
     
  2. Craigman

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    45-70 i would think would get the job done quite well and ammo is everywhere

    I just got on in 25-06 myself, but i already have a guide gun in 45-70, and the 25-06 intrigued me.
     
  3. Red Tornado

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    The Buffalo Classic from H&R in 45/70 has great sights, and more weight to help soak up a little recoil.
    RT
     
  4. gvnwst

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    I voted .45/70, just because of ammo, and if needed, you can load up some blackpowder cartridges for it. A single shot in .500 S&W sounds cool too though.
     
  5. Harve Curry

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    I picked the 45-70 because the ballistic coeffient is better then the 50, plus 45-70 components are plentiful. The 444 Marlin could be better if the rifling twist was faster and you were handloading bullets over 300gr.
     
  6. joshk-k

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    On some of their rifles, you can interchange calibers almost indefinitely, and for very reasonable prices. (http://www.hr1871.com/Firearms/Rifles/youth.asp For whatever reason, "Youth" is in the address, although all of this info is for full-sized guns.) I've got one, and it's great. You can get a new barrel, factory-fitted, for under $100 in essentially all common center-fire calibers.

    You should get something like that and then get additional barrels later as you want change or diversity.

    Josh
     
  7. MTMilitiaman

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    Personally, I am curious about what the .500 could do out of a carbine. I'd prefer a lever action but given its operating pressures, that might be difficult. If you can find a single shot so chambered, though, that I think would be fun. And for "knockdown power," half inch holes are a good start.

    Yeah, sounds like an awesome black bear set up.
     
  8. Maverick223

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    45-70 for the win!
     
  9. BHP FAN

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    H&R Trapdoor!I sure like mine...you see 'em on Gunbroker sometimes.
     
  10. federalfarmer

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    45-70 works for me and I find the recoil very mild.
     
  11. Uncle Mike

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    You know... we sell quite a few H&R/NEF Handi rifles in .500 S&W caliber.

    They make good close in deer and hog guns so I'm told by the clientel. :D
     
  12. FLNT4EVR

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    If you want knock down drag out power, the 45-70 is what you want.The NEF is strong enough very heavy 45-70 hand loads. Even loads used in the Ruger #1. But be forewarned,the recoil from such powerhouse loads in the light NEF rifle is fierce.
     
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