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Old April 27, 2012, 09:06 AM   #1
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H&R Single Shots

Are the H&R single shots any good? Does anyone use it for clay shooting?
I kind of line the 32" full choke model. What are your thoughts on theses guns.
I thought one with a nice leather sling would look good.
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Old April 27, 2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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For backyard clays, you can shoot one target at a time and have some fun assuming the gun fits and doesn't beat your cheek up. You would not a sling on it during those outings
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Old April 27, 2012, 10:41 AM   #3
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I don't think anyone would argue that the H&R and NEF single barrels are any good. The things have been around forever are built like a tank and will keep going and going. I've had one since I was 12 and I cannot tell you how many shells have been through it. Great guns for the Money, One of the few instances I think you get More than you pay for.
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Old April 27, 2012, 11:56 AM   #4
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Useful for defense, too:
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Old April 27, 2012, 01:59 PM   #5
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I have a Bridge Black Prince, a renamed H&R, in .410 from the '30s and it's a great gun. Pretty nice little gun. It has a nickel plated receiver and the wood looks great. Just needs refinished. Best part is, they are cheap but good. So if you collect, it's neat to have a good selection of affordable guns.
I also have the .45-70 New England version. Pretty nice gun, just wish it had a wood stock. Wanting to buy a cheap 12 gauge and switch the stocks and sale the 12 gauge. My dad has a 30-06 and I can't remember what it says but it has a badge I guess you'd call it in the stock. Some kind of special addition and the forearm is different looking than others I've seen.
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Old April 27, 2012, 02:16 PM   #6
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Great guns. Shot my first quail with my Pardner single-shot 12 gauge.
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Old April 27, 2012, 02:24 PM   #7
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Excellent utility shotguns and great value for the money. But certainly not a good choice for skeet, trap, clays, or anything of that sort. Can they work for that? Of course...just not particularly well. Their niche is as inexpensive utility shotguns, and for that, I like them. BTW, in case you didn't know, H&R is owned by Marlin (which is in Remington's chain-of-command) these days and shares a catalog with them. H&R guns are now made in Ilion, N.Y. at what was the Remington plant for many, many the Remington connection sufaces there.

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Old April 27, 2012, 05:01 PM   #8
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i have bagged many dove and pheasant with my ancient H&R single shot. it was my dads gun, passed to older brother then to me.
but now it has developed a issue. the firing pin. it fell in or spring is kaput.
does anyone have a link on repairs with photos.
it is a 12 gauge mod# AN228813. an also stamped with name and location where made, but nothing more. please help
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Old April 27, 2012, 05:19 PM   #9
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I have a 20-gauge Pardner and Topper Deluxe Classic (TDC) with 20 and 12 gauge barrels. Both guns have always functioned well. I shoot better with the TDC because it fits me better and it has a vent rib that lines up with my eye better than the plain barrel of the Pardner. It also uses Invector screw-in chokes which adds some versatility. Of course, the TDC costs almost twice as much as the Pardner.

Another random footnote: the TDC with the 20 gauge barrel weighs about a pound more than it does with the 12 gauge barrel, because both barrels have the same outer dimensions, and are just bored out differently.
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Old April 28, 2012, 03:42 AM   #10
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Great gun, especially the screw in choke variant. I bought one as in my original set of three guns(P22, Marlin 981T, and a H&R 12ga). It gave me the ability to hunt any animal in north America for the price of $130.

I have shot one round of trap with it. Even with a slip on kick-eez buttpad and light sport loads the recoil was significantly more than my BT99 was. Pretty sure it has a single bead also.
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Old April 29, 2012, 06:18 AM   #11
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In 12 gauge with high base loads, the lightweight H & R has a vicious kick to it. But in 16 or 20 gauge, the recoil is not bad at all.

These shotguns will last at least a lifetime with just routine maintenance.

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Old April 29, 2012, 06:43 AM   #12
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Have had two NEF's for over 20 years (12ga & 20ga)...

I have not shot the 20ga in a while, as it has a tendency to 'pop' open upon recoil...

Just have been too lazy to send it back...
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Old April 29, 2012, 04:55 PM   #13
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Welcome, Duckie. Try Numrich for parts for your H&R.
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Old April 30, 2012, 12:13 PM   #14
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I personally own a H&R 1871 pardoner model thats been sawn down to 18 and 3/4th inches and fitted with a winchester limb saver recoil pad. I use it for HD And for a car gun for if needed heavy fire.
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Old May 3, 2012, 01:50 PM   #15
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your pop open problem may be due to oil on the latch and/or latch shelf, they both need to be DRY.

also check your release button, should be a bit loose when closed, and tight when the action is opened.

also it does take some time for those two to get acquainted, so, make sure you close the action with a little oomph, its not gonna hurt it, just they need a lil tough lovin to get them straight.

Good luck
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Old May 5, 2012, 10:12 PM   #16
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I have an old H&R single shot in 12 ga. Love the old gun. Have shot numerous pheasants, and lots of doves, and a goose or two. High power loads are memorable. The thing just keeps on working. Used it to shoot clay piegons for tune-up before dove season. It isn't a bad gun.
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