Young man stopped my the house today and wanted to sale an H&R 357 mag. single shot. This rifle was in "used" condition but with no serious rust or pitting but with nicks and scratched in the stock. The plastic trigger guard is broke and has duct tape on it. I have zero experience with these rifles but it shot and ejected fine. He took $125.00 for it so I don't have much in it. Is the trigger guard replaceable? This has a BB prefix serial number if that can be used to date it. It does not have Handi-Rifle anywhere on the gun that I can find, so this must pre-date the Handi. It has three holes on top of the barrel where I guess a scope mount would fit. So, what have I gotten my self into here? Is the trigger guard replaceable? Any information would be appreciated.
Okay I have found that "Handi Rifle SB2" in found on the barrel. I did not see that earlier.
Last edited by Longfin; 01-14-2012 at 06:47 PM.
Zack . . I just replaced the plastic trigger guard on a H&R Topper 88 20ga . . don't think it would be much different . . Got it from Brownell's - less than $20 - easy enough installation.
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Thanks for the lead Gary. How is the trigger guard attached?
I got one of the .357 handi rifles that was rechambered to a .357 maximum at a wholesalers request. I use it as a rook rifle and fire light .38 spec. Small game getter. It shoots mag. and max. shells for deer and black bear. Light weight gun isn't it. Have fun and bangaway.
If the wholesaler told you he got the guns from the factory reamed to a 357 maximum then I believe he was puling your leg. H&R will add or change barrels at a fee but not rechamber existing barrels. I think H&R did chamber a few rifles in the 357 maximum years ago but it was a short run and they are rare and I believe the barrels are stamped 357 maximum. The chambers of the H&R rifles are so long that one can take Dan Wessen 360 loads and they will drop into the chamber and shoot just fine. Before I had my 357 magnum reamed to a 357 maximum I was taking 357 maximum brass and cutting them down to 1.448 inches, which is a little longer than DW 360 brass, loading and shooting them in my H&R 357 magnum. Those loads were almost up to the 357 maximum levels. There is another site that rents reamers for reaming your 357 magnum out to 357 maximum. Takes about 10 minutes to complete the job.....it's that easy.
Longfin, all present 357 magnum barrels are stamped SB2......doesn't mean anything. The frame on newer models is actually a SB1 frame. The only way to tell for sure is to remove the butt stock and look at the back of the action where the stock bolt screws in. If that area is solid then it is indeed a SB1 frame. If it is skeletonized then it is a SB2 action. You mentioned it ejected just fine......did it actually eject the case or extract the case? H&R switched from ejectors to extractors several years back. You might try these guys. H&R Centerfire Rifles Sponsored by 4-D Reamer Rentals All they do is play with H&R rifles and they have a wealth of information over there......far more than I can remember.
Last edited by Gohon; 01-15-2012 at 09:13 AM.
Thanks for the reply and I will check the link you gave. Yes, the rifle I have ejects the round. I have to put my hand over the breech to catch the round as it pops out. I have found out this is a 1985 receiver, but no way of knowing if the barrel originally came with it. The number on the barrel underlug does not match the last three digits of the serial number on the receiver. I suspect this is a SB1 receiver, but will pull the stock off to check. Fun little rifle so far. Got it sighted in with my 357 mag reloads and have tried 158 gr. 38 Specials as well as 38 Sp wadcutters.
There were no SB1(and SB2) frames until NEF started making them in Jan 1987, those H&R Inc frames made 1986 and before were cast iron tho similar to the cast iron SB1. Since the barrel is marked SB2, it was added some time later by someone other than H&R, NEF wouldn't fit barrels to any frame made prior to 1987 when they bought H&R.
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