i'm wanting to buy a rifle/shotgun for my granddaughter are these guns going to last for years of shooting?
is this a good combo 20ga./.243 ( small game/deer,predator).
is NEF or ROSSI(braztech) the best ? errol
I currently own a Pardner in 20 gauge and a Handi-Rifle in 270 caliber. Both have been extremely robust firearms handling several thousand rounds each with out a single problem. I would recommend them to any novice shooter starting out and for the seasoned veteran that just wants a good knock about firearm.
I've owned four NEF/H&R singleshots or Survivor guns. ALL had the SB1 receiver, so I'm very glad I got rid of them!
To be clear about this, I like the NEF line-up of guns and their barrel exchange program, but now that I understand how the barrels are exchanged, I realize I had the wrong receivers!
If I may suggest, get something in a good rifle caliber for your granddaughter like a .243 W, 7mm-08 R, or .30-30 (good starter calibers), and send that "SB2 type-receiver" gun back to NEF to have a shotgun barrel installed. The real key to NEF's barrel exchange program is using the stronger rifle-type SB2 receiver as the chasis of your NEF longgun, and then you can outfit every centerfire offering on it BUT NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND! The SB1 receiver can only be outfitted with other shotshell barrels, but no rifle barrels. So its imperative to start with the SB2 receiver to build a collection of barrels around.
Two exceptions; Only the Sportster rimfire action can be used for the .22 and .17 rimfire rounds - PERIOD! And only the 10-gauge receiver is used for the 10 gauge barrels. A shooter can get extra (smaller gauge) shotgun barrels for his 10 guage gun, but not visa versa (don't ask me why).
From what I've seen of the Rossi's, I'm NOT impressed - knowing the NEF's offer a much better looking and handling product, and a more diverse list of choices. Also, I'd trust the NEF's service reputation more too - being made in the USA.
If your granddaughter is older and has been shooting for a while, NEF also offers rifles in the .270 Win, .280 Rem, .308 Win and .30/06 as well as the others listed above amd many others.
Try looking around this site to answer any questions you might have; www.hr1871.com
Cougar has the right of it! Especially on the receiver types. I am not sure what receiver they include in their combo packages, but I would certainly check before I bought one. I currently own an SB-2 with a .243 Win barrel, Sporter with a .17 HMR heavy barrel, and an SB-1 receiver with a 20GA, 22" MOD barrel. We have had unseasonably hot weather the past month or more so I have let shooting slip to the back burner a bit. The shotgun has a few hundred rounds of anything from bird shot to slugs through it, and is as solid as ever, locking up tight, and popping to my shoulder like a part of me. The .17 HMR has close to 1000 rounds through it now, and it is still a pleasure to shoot. I mostly punch paper with it, and am able to consistently shoot sub-MOA with it now that the barrel has settled in. The .243 Win has a spiffy new 3.5-10x50mm BSA Catseye scope on it, and has not been fired since scoped I am thinking this Wednesday might be its time if the cool weather holds out for me. I jsut have not been willing to try sighting it in with the temp hovering around 100° F. Topping out around 70° F today though, so maybe it is time
All in all, I would certainly consider the H&R firearms as a cost effective option. As for youth models, you should consider the size of the Granddaughter Stock and forearm replacements are available from the factory as well, so the weapon can grow as she does at a minimal cost.
I started my son out with a NEF. I bought him a 30-06, then sent it back and had .223, and 20ga, barrels fitted. I also ordered a youth stock at that time. He started shooting the .223 and throughly loved it. He then wanted to go with me to the skeet range, and take his 20ga. Talk about a confidence builder. As he got older, his Mom sent the gun back for a 50cal muzzloading barrel. He is now 16 and shoots all the barrels. He is short (5'4") and still uses the youth stock. So far he has killed Caribou, Moose, Black Bears, and no one knows how many Grouse, with his singleshot. His goal now is a Bear with the Muzzleloader. This spring.
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