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#2337139 - 07/28/08 11:11 AM Review of the new H&R Ultra Hunter in 45-70......
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I rescently purchased an H&R Ultra Hunter in 45-70 and must say it's a neat little rifle, more than I expected for the price. It has a 24" Stainless hvy bbl with a thumbhole laminate nutmeg stock. I was quite surprised that the stainless finish was not cheap looking in appearance, I expected it to have brush/polish lines similar to many cheap stainless rifles, but it has a very nice dull grey bead blasted finish. The trigger wasn't to shabby at all, it broke clean at 4lbs.

I bought this for a family member that wanted to use a 45-70 in our "Primitive Weapons" season, which now allows break action single shot rifles (Cal must be .38+) with a design prior to 1900.

I purchased the rifle, a Leupold 3-9x40 VX2, Rifleman Weaver style rings, and 3 boxes of Hornady Leverevolution 325grn for $796 total.

Here's a few pics:





I mounted the scope, cleaned the bbl, and fired 9 rounds at the range. I fired 3 to get it somewhat zeroed and the pic is of the first 3 shot group. I lowered 5 clicks and 2 clicks right, which gave one shot 2" high and touching the right side of the center line and the next shot touching that hole on the left side of the center line. I then fired 2 shots at 205 yards which were both 6" low.

Before I fired the rifle I was thinking it was going to recoil unpleasantly as I had heard the Handi 45-70s were hard kickers. I must say I was wrong, this thing is a breeze to shoot and has no more percieved recoil than your average 30-06. I could easily shoot this rig for hours.

If any of you are looking for a inexpensive and accurate 45-70, definitely give this rifle a look.

Reloader7RM

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#2337152 - 07/28/08 11:21 AM Re: Review of the new H&R Ultra Hunter in 45-70...... [Re: Reloader7RM]
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Registered: 02/04/05
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Loc: Kansas and Alaska
Yup, that 3X9 makes 'fer a real primative outfit, alright.
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#2337178 - 07/28/08 11:37 AM Re: Review of the new H&R Ultra Hunter in 45-70...... [Re: Uncas]
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Yup, that 3X9 makes 'fer a real primative outfit, alright.


If it's legal, I'm all for it. I don't make the rules, just try my best to follow them.

Like I said, this is for someone else and it should make them a darn fine venison slayer. I'm going to stick with my Savage ML10II for now.

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#2337275 - 07/28/08 12:30 PM Re: Review of the new H&R Ultra Hunter in 45-70...... [Re: Reloader7RM]
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Registered: 02/04/05
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Loc: Kansas and Alaska
Including everyone who wants to hunt is a good thing.

It seemed different when one had to master a set of skills to keep the spirit of fair chase. Now the appeal is to push every rule to the max, for a price, of course.

Additional opportunities to get away from the regular season crowds was a nice option as well.

Not knocking anyone, just an observation.
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#2337483 - 07/28/08 01:51 PM Re: Review of the new H&R Ultra Hunter in 45-70...... [Re: Uncas]
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Registered: 06/22/02
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Loc: Alaska
That'll do the trick.

I've never seen it in person, but that 45-70 cartridge must make a deer look silly dead.

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#2338009 - 07/28/08 05:26 PM Re: Review of the new H&R Ultra Hunter in 45-70...... [Re: bearstalker]
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Registered: 11/05/04
Posts: 15260
Loc: Kentucky
I don't have one in .45-70, but I do have a Handi-rifle in .22 Hornet, and I really like it. They are pretty slick little rifles!

Good for y'all!
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#2338081 - 07/28/08 05:54 PM Re: Review of the new H&R Ultra Hunter in 45-70...... [Re: CrimsonTide]
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Registered: 01/22/02
Posts: 1425
Loc: Simpsonville,SC
I had a Buffalo Classic and liked shooting it.Then I bought a Handi in 45/70 and got just as accurate shooting so I sold the Classic.I like my 45/70 Handi.These big bulets do their best moving relatively slow so that they will expand.Too many people try to load them "hot".
I also have a Marlin 1895 in 45/70.Love the big boolits.

Stan


Edited by Stan_in_SC (07/28/08 05:54 PM)
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#2343464 - 07/31/08 01:45 PM Re: Review of the new H&R Ultra Hunter in 45-70...... [Re: Stan_in_SC]
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Registered: 02/17/01
Posts: 81
Loc: Tupelo, Ms,USA
Mississippi was the first state to allow this type of firearm for the primative weapons season. The first two years the H&R was hard to come by, most stores had a waiting list. Though I hunted with a muzzleloader I did so only because it gave me another month of hunting time. I bought my H&R ASAP.
I frequently hunt with mine in the regualr season, it's short and handy.

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#2344249 - 07/31/08 08:55 PM Re: Review of the new H&R Ultra Hunter in 45-70...... [Re: JWC in MS]
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Registered: 07/17/08
Posts: 180
Loc: Great state of North Carolina
These Handi Rifles are great guns! I have one with three different barrels. I have a .223, .243 and a 45-70. They all shoot great and the 45-70 with Hornady LE ammo is a great deer rig. I use the .223 and the .243 for targets and varmints. For the money you can't beat these guns. I belive you can even get a muzzleloading barrel for them as well.

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#2344465 - 08/01/08 02:41 AM Re: Review of the new H&R Ultra Hunter in 45-70...... [Re: HuntBoykins]
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Registered: 01/22/02
Posts: 1425
Loc: Simpsonville,SC
The 45/70 Handi rifle is the absolute best one to have.

Stan
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