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Hello. I just bought a NEF Handi Rifle in 30-06. It is as new, "22 inch barrel. I suspect someone bought it, took it out and fired it full house with no muffs and brought it back. I plan to put a scope on (no choice anyway - no sights!) and use it for fun target shooting. I will try different cast loads, and as well I'll try out my auxiliary cartridge in .30 M1 with my trusty 93 gr Lee WW loads. Has anybody had any experience with these little rifles. I realize that they aren't in the Ruger class, so I don't need to be told that. I see I need med/high mounts to clear the hammer. Thanks.
 

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The Handi's are an excellent value for a utility/hunting type single-shot.

I have one in 280 Rem with the 26" bbl. The barrels themselves I've found to be of surprisingly good quality. Recessed crowns, excellent lockup, heavy profile.

You will enjoy the Handi and yes, you will need High rings to clear the scope especially with a variable power ring. The only beef I have with these rifles is that. They need to drop the hammer spur or re-engineer it's configuration.


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Love my ultra in .308. Bought it for my son but I take it more than he does. I would send it for the free trigger job if he shot it more.
 

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Chief, Check out Marlinfirearms.com and click onto H&R then spare barrel program. Spare barrels are not to expensive and you can also get shotgun barrels fitted on rifle receivers. Spare barrels go from $38 for youth shotgun to $100 for 223 bull barrels. Do you want a 450 Marlin for $78?
 

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NEF Handi-Rifle

I checked out the Marlin site, but because I live in Kanada, and guns are now evil, I can't even think about sending my rifle down to the States to have another barrel fitted. Another great pastime being slowly strangled by the ignorant laws passed in haste to get votes. I see trainloads of chemicals crossing our borders in both directions, and nobody bats an eye. Geez, let one single shot rifle slip through, boy!!! Oh well, I can still get lots of pleasure out of shooting this rifle. So, all the anti-gunners can go fly a kite!
 

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K, this are a realy underated firearm,I have about three now and am looking into having one of the barrels rechambered and bored to 33 Winchester
 

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Kjohn:

A friend of mine has one in 243 and he wouldn't trade it for anything. It is his primary gun for coyotes and this year his 300 Mag. was in the shop and he took a nice muley with it. I've shot it and it is accurate and reliable. What more could you ask from a rifle?
 

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A fellow shooter at my local gun club has one in a 22 Hornet. It will shoot a good deal better than most factory rifles of any kind that I have seen, once a load was found. Five shots easily covered by a dime with no tweaking of the firearm.
 

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NEF Scope Mounting

I have a SB1 shotgun that I'm thinking of having a 20 GA heavy bbl rifled shotgun barrel fitted. I don't want to have to change from a field stock to monte-carlo due to high scope mounts. It appears that with a 6" eye relief Simmons 2.5x shotgun scope the factory mount would allow low rings placing the eyepiece ahead of the hammer.

Has anyone actually done this?
 

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I've not done it with the firearm in question, but I can tell you it works wonderfully with my Savage Scout rifle. The logistics of it are very similar and it works very well. The Scout comes with a ghost ring peep and a forward Weaver style scope base, and is equally comfortable to fire in either mode. I would try to keep your scope rings as low as possble.
 

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I have had the NEF in 270, 30-06 and 223, and they are all outstanding. I used the Simmons high relief scope and forward mounting on all of them, and it is a very good solution.

All single shots mount scopes directly on the barrel, not a receiver, and this is advantageous from an accuracy perspective. From a functional perspective the NEF is better than the Encore T/C or even Ruger, because it reloads faster, and takes down very quickly.

Its no big deal to put a 5 round ammo belt on the stock and with very little practice you can actually reload and hit something in about 3 seconds.

My favorite was an NEF 30-30 I cut to a 19 inch bbl with a good crown and gave to my Dad for Xmas. He was loosing sight in his right eye and had to hunt left handed. I kept him supplied with handloaded 150 gr Nosler ballistc tips, seated to the lands, and he won our camp's iron sight 100 yard competition every year until he stopped hunting 8 years later. 12 PA deer were taken with 12 shots.

He also harvested a number of camp eating porcupines with the Remington 30-30 accelerators.
 

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NEF Handi-Rifle

The Handi-Rifle definitely sounds like an interesting project. I am going to contact NEF/Marlin and see if they have any ideas for people like myself who live behind the "iron curtain" in Kanada. It burns me that I can't send an action down to the States and have other barrels fitted. Maybe there is an agent in Kanada who is willing to do this for NEF? Anybody have any ideas? I can't wait 'til it warms up and I can take mine out and try it. Thanks for the input so far.
 

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Simmons shotgun scope on NEF

Loader,
Would you clarify. Was that a Simmons shotgun scope - 5.5 - 6 inches of eye relief, in low rings with the rear bell ahead of and not above the hammer? Note: we are not talking about Scout scopes (9-12" eye relief) or handgun scopes (10 - 24" eye relief).

Thanks.:confused:
 

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Ralph -

Sorry for the lack of detail.

Yes, it is a simmons Shotgun scope, 4X, and mounted in front of the hammer. Eye relief is about 5.5 inches. Its flush with the breech when you take it down, so it travels well.
 

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NEF Stocks and Scopes

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Will you elaborate on whether you use the monte-carlo or straight comb stocks with the Simmons shotgun scopes on your NEF rifles. I'm wondering if such a scope in low rings would allow a reasonable "cheek weld" with a standard stock?

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The NEF I currently have is a Survivor model in .223, and I use mid-rise rings, just because that's what I have. I think the best way to set one up is to go to a store and sight over the model you want. This will give you an idea concerning minimun ring height. I think this height is very much dependent on the shooter's hold and other preferances.
 

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I have three nef rifles. 223 ultra rifle 22 hornet and of course 45/70 . My 223 is probably one of the most accurate out of the box rifles Ive ever shot.It shoots 40 grn. to 55grn. bullets into the same point of impact out to 200 yds. The 45/70 is just plain fun to shoot
 

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My Handi Is a 45-70 and I love it. My best group with it is .800" @ 100 yds with open sights. Haven't shot any critters with it yet but I expect it will do the job.
 

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I got a NEF in .45-70 too. It has synthetic stock and shoots under 1" @ 100 yds, 3 shot groups. This is with 300 gr, JHP from Georgia Arms ammo. Nice deer brush gun!
 
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