So what's the conscensus on the newer Buffalo Classics? ..or the H&R's in general? I have read about, and seen some real junk come from from marlin since the Remington take over.. but what of H&R??
I have the chance to pick up a Buffalo Classic, new in box, with only a few pics to judge.. i have heard sooooo many good things of the Bufflo rifles, but terrible things about the 'new' Marlin. Are the Buffalos still a safe bet?
This one has the CBA- serial number prefix.
I picked up a survivor in 45 colt/410 and it was a pain in the butt to break open. I didn't own it for more than 8 hours before I sold it. I saw the REP stamp and it had to go! I would hold out and find a real H&R, just my opinion.
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my rep was a wreck when i got it, if i hadnt been a tinkerer by nature it would have had to go back. (new in box). i stayed with it and now it is my fav gun, and i have 40 or 50 to choose from. i filed a flat spot on the wood behind the receiver and mounted a tang sight. it is very accurate with all my bullet molds
I tried to go to H & R rifles for my main hunting guns based upon the success I had had with some older guns I had purchased. After burning up several hundred dollars in ammo trying to cope with several bad barrels and poor quality control I gave up. That is my experience. I have three built before the "change" and really like them. I just cannot afford another buget priced gun.
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Mine is a new one and it shoots true.
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fwiw, i LOVE my buff classic, real good quality materials and build, and she's a shooter.
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I have a new buffalo classic an she'll do sub moa while pushing and lbt 405 grainer in excess of 2k fps! These guns are quality and real shooters!
I have a 38-55 BC and I will say it was the first year marlin made the barrels,I will say this rifle is a tack driver .
My load is a 255 FP cast at .380 Dia: with 34 grains of IMR 3031 (no gas check) BHN of 10