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    H&R in .44 Magnum?

    I'm looking for a .44 Mag rifle that doesn't break the bank, has H&R ever made one with synthetic stock and iron sights? Just looking for a simple gun to throw in the truck.

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    See if you can find an old H&R SHIKARI. They were made in 45-70 and 44 Mag. These are not fancy guns they have the cast receivers and hardwood stocks. I have had one in 45-70 for many years and it cost me $65.00 new. The 45-70 's have 28" barrels and the 44 magnum's have 24". They are a lot of gun for the money. I hope this helps.
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    Travlin,

    Thanks for the info. I may have to go with an alternate like the .30-30 or .45-70 if I can't find one of those.

    Rick

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    I built my 22 inch .44 Mag Handi several years ago. I bought a barrel and put it together with a SB2 (high pressure) frame, black synthetic stock, scope mount, and no open sights. It has since been reamed to .445 Super Magnum and cut to 16.75 inches. It is a shooter and was as a .44 Mag. A friend, and ex-Army sniper, rang the 300 yard gong with it yesterday offhand, on the very first shot, and all five shots afterward. I'm not telling you it is a 300 yard deer rifle. I'm saying it shoots Minute of Angle that far. It was one of the older "over bored" barrels, but it shoots Hornady LE ammo and my Montana .433 cast just fine. It's one of my favorite Handis.......I have fourteen of them and have a lot of trouble figuring out which ones are the favorites. I wouldn't part with any of them. It seems my .30 calibers don't get used as much as the smaller .22 CFs and larger .32s+.

    If you want a "Handi" truck gun, get the .44 and cut it to 16+ inches. It stores and swings around in a pick-up cab just fine. You're not going to loose any accuracy or velocity with the shorter barrel. It's a pistol caliber and a 16 inch barrel will easily burn all your powder.

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    As I recall, the 44 mag handi rifle initially had iron sights... The ones they produce today do not... A "short run" of "Trappers" were made a while back with either 16.25 or 18.5 inch barrels and iron sights... I'd love to find one of those (and I'm always looking!)... I plan on sending one of my handis in and getting it fitted with a 44 barrel, lopping the barrel (again in the 16.25 to 18.5 range) and putting irons on it...

    Best of luck in your quest!

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    From 1987-2007 44 mags came with sights on an SB2 frame, starting in 2008 scope rail only(not drilled and tapped for sights) on cast iron SB1 frames, synthetic stock, the Talo Trapper 357 and 44 mags had sights(drilled and tapped for scope rail) on an 18" barrel, SB1 frame, palletwood stock.

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    I few months ago, I found a 2000 made .44 mag handi for a really good price. I got it, had it cut to 18.5 inches and Remington open sights installed. I prefer the Remington sights to the factory sights, not that I can't see 'em, but they used just one screw in each sight, which I didn't trust. Hence, the Remington sights with two 6x48 screws each which I feel is much more rugged. Also, with the Remington sights, I have many more sighting options if I choose. This rifle is not a tack driver, but I can easily keep it in "minute-of-deer" at 100 yards with WWB 240 grainers. For an expensive rifle, it's a good "truck" gun or hunt saver, and works well.

    Oh yeah, I forgot.....it's an SB-2

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    L Pete, ream it to .445 and don't look back. It'll still shoot the .44s just fine and you have the SB2 frame to handle hotter loads. It's a "Handi" Rifle. You'll like it.

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    I thought about that.......but the Mag serves my purposes, and does the job. I may do it later on, but right now, I'll leave it as is, and save the cost to buy bullets with........

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    Quote Originally Posted by petemi View Post
    L Pete, ream it to .445 and don't look back. It'll still shoot the .44s just fine and you have the SB2 frame to handle hotter loads. It's a "Handi" Rifle. You'll like it.

    Pete
    Pete, I read a warning that states .445 is a shortened .444 case and therefore it's not safe to fire .44mag in .445 chamber.

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