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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-14-2012, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for H&R in handgun caliber

I would like to come up with a 357, 45 LC, or even 44 Mag, (prefer one of the first two). Anybody got one or know a good place to buy used?
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Re: Looking for H&R in handgun caliber

Good luck with that. I've been looking for those three for the last decade.

It seems that those get bought up by folks in pistol cartridge only hunting states very quick.

If you have to track your game, then you aren't using a big enuff gun.
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Re: Looking for H&R in handgun caliber

I have been looking for that as well.
Lots of rifle cartridges, saw one in 50 s&w in the past month but don't remember where
I already have two single shot in 357. A small martini and a win. Low-wall
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Re: Looking for H&R in handgun caliber

My oldest boy turns 8 this winter, and if he's ready he might get to do a little deer hunting. I have an H&R in 30-30, but that's too much recoil for him. We have started a lot of kids with that gun, but that was when they had to be 12. Recoil wasn't such an issue, cause they were alot bigger by then. I think the 357 would be perfect for him, and spitting a 158 gr. out of a rifle length barrel will make a heck of a deer killer out of the little 357. That's what I'm hoping to find, but I would settle for one of the other two, either a 44 or 45, for the right price, and load it down a little to get the recoil under control for my little guy. His brother is 2 years younger, and his sister 2 years younger yet, so when I get my hands on one, it's going to get a good work-out for about the next ten years.
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Re: Looking for H&R in handgun caliber

gallery of guns has 33 of them in .357 in stock right now.

.357 H&R

and these in .45 lc but I think they are smoothbore

H&R Survivor .45 lc
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Re: Looking for H&R in handgun caliber

Thanks, but their price is 80 bucks higher than I can get a new one for locally. Appreciate the help, though.
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Re: Looking for H&R in handgun caliber

was the 80 higher the MSRP or did you check the instant quote for local ffl dealers to ship to? Ive found that if you increase the distance from your zip and are willing to drive some there is a major difference in price. best deal closest to me is 286 out the door. To me thats within range that Ive been seeing handi's
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but if you have a place that has handi's in the 200$ range please let me know where that is
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Re: Looking for H&R in handgun caliber

Why not load down the 30-30 for him. I have a bunch of H&R's including a 44 and a 30-30 barrel. I have some loads with lighter bullets (a 125 NBT and a hornady 130ssp bullet) that are pretty light in the recoil department despite being a rather hot load for that bullet weight. Reducing the charge a bit with the lighter bullet would likely get the recoil down and still be a good deer set up. I've taken deer with that 125 nbt load out to 200 yards and they dropped on the spot. If you do find a 44 be aware that the early production barrels were overbored and to get any real accuracy out of them you need to load bullets that are .430 at a minimum .431 oe .432 are usually much better. The .429 bullets usually don't do well, recent production 44's are running a bit tighter in the bore. I don't use cast bullets often so the only bullet I load right now for my 44 is the .430 hornady xtp (in 240 and 300gr). Mine is about 10 years old and suffers from the over sized bore common back then.
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Re: Looking for H&R in handgun caliber

I`ve got one of the newer H&R Talo Trapper .44 Mags. The Talo was a special run with an 18 3/4" barrel and it shoots really well with the .429 bullets. 240 grain Hornady XTP bullets. I shoot it open sights.

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