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Old April 3, 2013, 07:00 AM   #13
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I'd buy a bolt-action like the Ruger American before getting a cheaper break-open rifle. Break-opens tend to shoot to different POIs, depending on rest or hold. The ones I've tried group around 1 1/2" and tend to string shots vertically.

My used .243 Win had an auto ejector (they don't anymore) and handloads would stick in the chamber and a real bitc_ to get out without a cleaning rod. Shooting one from the bench to sight-in, like all break-opens, is a pain.

The Handi-Rifles are quite heavy for their size, due to the 12-Gauge size of the receiver. Barrels are very meaty at the receiver. Scopes should be mounted with high rings to leave room to cock the hammer and to clear some variable power rings, even with the hammer extension.
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