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Picked up this beast a couple weeks ago. It had a nice Talley mount and rings, and a 4x scope like is sold for an SKS. First thing I did was toss the cheap scope and install a Redfield 2-7x34.

Took it to the range, and found out quickly that this thing is a hammer on both ends! Shot a few rounds and installed a LimbSaver slip on recoil pad that I brought along just in case. It still kicks like 3” 12 gauge turkey loads.

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I have one in .30-06 that kicks so hard I put it on the gun show table and tried to sell it. Paid $100 for it.
After 4 or 5 shows of no interest I took it back home and refinished the wood and installed a front sight to go with a Williams peep. It will go on the rack with the other 3 Handi's.
Probably never will use the irons but the front gives the rifle that "old school" look.
Next time I go to the range I'm going to try shooting off my back pack to see if being more upright might help.
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Shooting more upright definitely helps. A standing bench is even better. Porting will definitely help as well. I have a Browning BAR in .338 Win Mag that's MagPorted and the recoil is less than a bolt 30-06.
 

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jlsa!!
(Slaps forehead...) Porting! I never even considered porting! I did consider a brake, but gave that up not liking the look of a brake. Gotta talk to the Magna-Port folks!! THANKS!!
 

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I've had a Handi in .500 S&W that I bought when they came out. I put a walnut stock on it from one of the Handi carbines and Tim may remember that I had cut the barrel down to 16". It does literally leap off the bench when I shoot 440 gr. handloads from it. On another note I just today bought a pristine Handi in .243 for $250. It's the first Handi I've seen for sale locally in a number of years and given it's condition I couldn't pass it up.
 

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$250 in this neighborhood is very good money for any Handi-Rifle! You did good!
 
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Loaded some powder coated 400 grain hard cast with 38 grains H110, in Starline brass, with CCI 250 primers. This is a midrange load that I figured would be a little softer shooting than the few factory loads I had.

After firing a few rounds, then set up my chronograph. They averaged 1950 FPS from the 22” barrel, and were accurate, but they still kicked like the devil! This won’t be a rifle for extended range sessions.
 

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There is a reason why those buffalo guns all had monster barrels and weighed 10-12 pounds each.
My .45/70 Rem #1 Rolling Block has a 1/2" across the flats 28" barrel and weighs 10 pounds.
And you still won't spend much time banging away at the range with it!
 
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Gonna try some loads from my Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook that I just bought. They’re quite a bit lighter loads than I’ve loaded with the same bullet, but are still more than enough for any animal I’ll ever encounter.
 
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