Nope, I took the rod off after damn near shooting it down range several times.......it just would'nt stay put due to recoil. I changed to the schnable fore end a long time ago.
I had a B/C barrel fitted to a newer NEF frame and then refitted it to the Shikari frame and made a "Franken Classic" with a great trigger (no transfer bar). I also inletted the stock wrist and added a long range vernier sight. Works very well.
Guess I’ve had mine just a bit longer, paid $75.00 for it at the drug store. Is 28” barrel and have had no problems with the rod, still use it.
That gun fits just right, but I don’t like the new stocks on the NEF so good thing I’m happy with my old H&R & 45/70.