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Old September 10, 2020, 09:59 PM   #1
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H&R/NEF Handi Rifle spare barrel without frame fitting- can it work?

Since I got my light strike issues resolved on my Handi Rifle, I've been thinking of getting a barrel in .357 and .45-70. However, I know that when H&R/NEF was offering the accessory barrels the frames had to be sent to them to have the barrels fitted.

H&R is long gone now, but the barrels are still out there.

Has anyone ever bought or borrowed or in any way tried a barrel they knew was not fitted to their frame just to see if it would work? What all would need to be done to get a spare barrel to fit a frame?

I realize that the Handi Rifles are not like TC Contenders and Encores, but it seems that people can get lucky and get a barrel to fit a Handi frame without having any work done to them.
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Old September 11, 2020, 12:11 AM   #2
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If it's too tight, it can be filed.
If it's too loose, it can be shimmed (or welded and filed ... but that's work).

I have not fit to an SB1 or SB2. But I have fit barrels to 1903 and 1905 frames.
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Old September 11, 2020, 01:51 AM   #3
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I have fit several of them, not a simple task but not impossible.
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Old September 11, 2020, 02:22 AM   #4
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I have fit several of them, not a simple task but not impossible.
If it's filing/stoning and shimming, that's simple stuff to me. If it involved welding, that's not my bag. If it involves precision grinding and geometric dimensions and tolerances... that's challenging due to lack of materials available for me to work with.
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It's a firearm, you're always dealing with tolerances and proper dimensions.
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