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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-12-2012, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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H&R Compact .243

Does anyone have a H&R Handi Rifle Compact .243? And if so what can you tell me about it. Looking at one for a young hunter.
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Re: H&R Compact .243

get the kid a bolt action.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-13-2012, 12:43 AM
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Re: H&R Compact .243

CVA scout is just as nice and better price


http://www.cva.com/Scout-Rifle-from-CVA.php
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Re: H&R Compact .243

I have one and its great. No recoil...fits him perfectly. Its great for a small kid...especially in the mentor program.

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Re: H&R Compact .243

I got a 7mm08 in a bolt but i'm concerned it's going to thump him a little too hard and scare him. The only thing that turned me against the CVA was the 13" length of pull on the compact model. The compact Handi Riffle has an 11.75" lenth of pull. The 7mm08 has a 12.5" length of pull that barely fits him.
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I like how the Handi-Rifles comes with open sites.I wouldn,t want a rifle in this style and type without open sites especially when trainin a youngin,
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Re: H&R Compact .243

I made the mistake of buying a handi-rifle in 2003 for my son to use at that time, it is in .243 win, and has the heavy barrel. WOW... This gun has excessive recoil !! I asssume the short barrel causes the extreme recoil. I wouldn't recommmend one for a kid, based on my own personal experience.
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Re: H&R Compact .243

The H&R has a poorly designed stock that does not provide any benefits in the recoil department, they are heavy for small guns and almost all of them need some tinkering to get them shooting to their potential. I've had a bunch of them, still have a few and a dozen or so extra barrels. Some calibers have a reputation for being more accurate than others. The 243 was one of the most problematic, not sure it that has changed since Remington bought H&R. The 30-30 and 44 tend to be more accurate out of the box and have less recoil. If you handload the 30-30 can be pretty fun using pointed bullets you wouldn't use in a tube magazine. I have a couple loads that I run through an H&R 30-30 using a 130gr hornady SSP bullet and a 125 NBT.
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Re: H&R Compact .243

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I made the mistake of buying a handi-rifle in 2003 for my son to use at that time, it is in .243 win, and has the heavy barrel. WOW... This gun has excessive recoil !! I asssume the short barrel causes the extreme recoil. I wouldn't recommmend one for a kid, based on my own personal experience.
I bought a rem model 7 compact in .243 for my 7 year old a few months ago.It has a pencil thin 18 inch barrel and probably weighs a little over 5 lbs naked.He's not a big kid but the recoil doesn't bother him a bit.I was concenred after I sighted it in the first day.It didn't seem bad at all to me but I didn't want him to shoot it until I loaded some rounds down a bit.He pressured me into letting him shoot the factory rounds and to my surprise,it didn't bother him at all.He's put well over 100 rounds through it since then.
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