For several years Iíve been interested in getting a really nice top-break rifle. Iíve looked at Blazer and Merkel in particular, but have not been able to get one. The reasons why are another story, which I will be happy to tell if asked.
Over this same period Iíve acquired several barrels for my H&R Ultra Hunter. The H&R is sufficiently accurate, and takes down for transport nicely. Iím very pleased with this rifle, especially now that a fellow in Virginia has built a smokeless muzzleloader barrel for me. But, I would like a nicer looking rifle, and one that is even more accurate.
Although I joined the Grey Beards group, so far I havenít found what I seek. Do you know of a reputable shop that restocks Handi-Rifles? Iíve seen articles by one fellow here who puts together ďbarrel stubbedĒ rifles, but who wonít do it for others. Do you know of anybody who offers this service? Are there aftermarket parts for the H&R, things like steel trigger guards (stock is plastic), and machined opening levers (the stock item is bent sheet stock, which doesnít look nice but works perfectly). A custom scope base is another item I seek, one that moves the scope forward about two inches (compared to the H&R base).
Before anybody accuses me of trying to make a silk purse from a sowís ear, I reject the premise. The H&R Handi-Rifle is an excellent platform on which to build a custom rifle.