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Here are some of the most often asked questions about NEF/H&R rifles. I hope this information is helpful.
1. Rifle twist rates
2. Barrel exchange program
3. Trigger job
4. Can I convert my ejector to an extractor?
5. Where can I ask someone questions about my NEF?
6. What weight and what style bullets work best in these rifles?
7. What powders seem to work best in them?
8. Can I buy barrels from an aftermarket source, like the TC rifles?
9. Once I have sent my rifle back for a new barrel, do they have to do the switch every time?
What calibers are available?
Are these rifles accurate?
Since they can be so accurate, why are they so cheaply priced?
What about service or repairs?
Mine seems to stick cases in the chamber after firing. Can this be cured?
Sometimes my barrel pops open after firing. What causes this?
Are the stocks interchangable?
What type of scope mounts do they use?
Are the scope mounts solid?
What should I do to get my NEF/H&R ready for the range?
How about barrel break-in?
Q. What is the twist rates for each caliber?
.17 HMR 1 in 9"
.22 LR 1 in 16"
.22 WMRF 1 in 16"
.204 Ruger 1 in 12"
.22 Hornet 1 n 12" (original H&R pre '87 1:16"?)(or 1:9" for late production)
.22 Jet 1:16" .221 bore
.223 1 in 12", late models are a mix of 1:9"/1:12", 2007 Marlin produced barrels are 1:9", use instructions below to determine the twist rate.
.22-250 1 in 14"
.25/06 1 in 10"
.243 1 in 10"
.270 1 in 10"
.280 1 in 10"
.308 1 in 10"
.357 Mag 1 in 18¾" or 1:15½"
.357 Maxi 1 in 18¾"
.35 Whelen 1 in 16"
7mm-08 1 in 10"
7.62x39 1 in 9¾"
7x57 1 in 10"
7x64 1 in 10"
7mm Rem Mag 1:9.5"
.30/30 1 in 10"
.30/06 1 in 10"
.300 Win Mag 1:10"
.38/55 1 in 18"
.44 Mag 1 in 38"
.444 Marlin 1 in 38" (original)
.444 Marlin 1:20" (2007 and later)
.45/70 1 in 20"
.450 Marlin 1 in 20"
.45 Colt Carbine 1:16"
.45 Colt/410 1 in 16"
.500 S&W 1 in 18¾"
20 ga. 1 in 28"
12 ga. 1 in 35"
.45 cal Muzzleloader 1:56"
.50 cal Muzzleloader 1:28"
.58 cal Muzzleloader 1:66"
Q. How can I tell if my receiver qualifies for the barrel exchange program listed ot the NEF website?
A. Look at the 2nd letter of the serial number.
You want N or later to order the barrels marked with an asterisk on the accessory barrel page.
Q. Can I do a trigger job myself, since I don't want to have wait for the factory job?
A. The answer is maybe, if you are familiar with gunsmithing and are willing to assume ALL the risk in case something goes wrong. There are complete details at this site www.perkloafm.com. Perklo is the handle of a very helpful individual from the Yahoo nef/singleshots group.
Q. Can I convert my ejector to an extractor? My Buffalo Classic would be better suited if it didn't kick the shells out so far.
A. Yes you can, again, Perklo has this information on his site. www.perkloafm.com
Q. Where can I ask someone questions about my NEF?
A. The best single site to get answers to all your NEF/H&R 's is www.graybeardoutdoors.com look in the forums section for H&R/NEF rifles.
Q. What weight and what style bullets work best in these rifles?
A. The best answer here is, it depends. Mostly on caliber (of course) but some on your individual rifle. As a general rule the NEF/H&R products prefer bullets on the lighter-for-caliber weights than some rifles do. For instance, the 223 caliber Handi rifles much prefer 55gr and under bullets to say a 60 to 70gr. Most of the time the heavier 224 bullets will in fact tumble. This is due to the twist rate being a 1 in 12 for the 223.
Q. What powders seem to work best in them?
A. These rifles are no more particular with powders than any others. Just start with the most popular powders for the caliber you are loading for.
Q. Can I buy barrels from an aftermarket source, like the TC rifles?
A. Unfortunately, not at this time. Other barrels are offered through NEF from their barrel accessory program and must be purchased and pre-fitted at the factory. This is not as convient as rifles like the TC, but these barrels are about one-half to one-third the price of a TC barrel. You could buy another Handirifle for the price of a TC barrel alone.
Q. Once I have sent my rifle back for a new barrel, do they have to do the switch every time?
A. No! Once the factory has fitted a new barrel to your receiver, you can change them back and forth on your own. It takes about two minutes. All you need is a phillips screwdriver. In addition, you can tell when the factory has fitted the barrel to your receiver, or one you're considering a purchase of, by noting that they have stamped the last three numbers of the receivers serial number on the hinge lug of the barrel. This is a standard factory practice, as it shows them whether or not THEY supplied you with the barrel.