Back I go with high expectations. I no longer have so much wind, a better scope is on the gun, the sun is now at my back, so it has to come
And come together it did. I was getting use to the heavy trigger and I could clearly see the target. The little rifle was starting to get the groups down to the ODHA maximum acceptable group size of 3 shots under 1" at 100 yards. We prefer 5 shots in .5" at 100 yards, but remember, this rifle only cost $159! Most $500 rifles won't do any better, especially on the first trip to the range with factory ammo. Click here to see a couple of the groups.
The rifle seems to shoot better and better. The more groups I shot, the tighter the groups became, and the more fun I had shooting the Sportster. I
started picking out small targets of opportunity (pine cones and wood chips) on the back stop. I could send small chips of wood flying as I picked them off at 125 yards.
I think the little Sportster will fit right in with my Cooper and Kimber rifles. It seems to hold it's own up against rifles costing ten times as much. Next trip to the range will be to record groups to post so you can see exactly how well it shoots.
The Handy-Rifle has even more going for it than just great accuracy and low cost. You can buy barrels in about a dozen calibers, shotgun
barrels and even a muzzleloader barrel for the little rifle. New England Arms ( www.hr1871.com/barrelAcc/index.htm ) sells extra barrels for around $50-100 each, depending on type and caliber. The barrels must be
fitted at the factory and requires you to send the stock and action back for the work. You can not simply buy an extra barrel and snap it on like a Thompson Contender. I
have read that the service department will also lighten up the trigger pull for you to about 3 pounds, if you ask,
when you send it back to get the extra barrels fitted. The barrels come in great calibers like 22LR, 22Mag, 22 Hornet, .280, .357mag, .308. .25'06, 4570 and a host of others. Not all barrels can be fitted to all frames. Because of the firing pin locations, only rimfire barrels can be fitted to the Sportster, so check the web site out for details and call customer service before sending your frame off for additional barrels.
The Handi-Rifle is a winner!