Harrington & Richardson Handi-Rifle/Buffalo Classic

Harrington & Richardson Handi-Rifle/Buffalo Classic

Come learn about the Harrington & Richardson (H&R) Handi-Rifle. In my opinion it is a great single-shot break open that has an affordable price tag. Lots of “bang for the buck” with this one! Sadly discontinued. If you can help support my channel, please see the following links:
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50 Comments

  1. betchalife on November 27, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Another great video my friend!
    Always wanted a h&r handi in 357!
    Very hard to find for a reasonable price (now that they have been discontinued) so I’ve been looking for a Thompson contender/g2 in 357.
    Great rifles!
    Once seen one in a gun shop that was maybe called a slugger or something. Was 12 gauge and had a 20" rifled barrel for slugs only. Came with a little 3-9x cheap scope. I regret to this day for not buying it as that gun store burned down a few months later! (Apprently most of the guns and ammo survived but had to be destroyed by the RCMP)



  2. Daniel on November 27, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Hi. Can someone tell me what is exactly the "washer trick", to float the forearms on these? Thanks



  3. Tbj Tbj on November 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    I hate yes hate that h@r in 500 s@w that is the only gun I have had to really hurt me. The first time I shot mine it riped my rotater cuff. It was with the 500 gr hornday load.
    I have shot 45-70, 338,375,10 ga 3 12-12ga. Non of them every did any damages.



  4. TheOutdoorsman on November 27, 2021 at 10:08 pm


  5. Paul Edwards on November 27, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    I truly like the H&Rs…simple and solid. I have a nice 20 gauge break open, and even a .22 sidekick. Perhaps one day I will add an H&R rifle to my collection. Thank you for sharing!



  6. fin screenname on November 27, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    The cool thing about the Handi Rifle is they are made to just swap the barrels out for anything from a .22 to a shotgun. For mine at the moment I have a 45/70 and a black powder 50cal barrels.



  7. Jason Miller on November 27, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    My dad’s old H and R 12 Gage single break shoots aliens and shaving cream cans just fine.



  8. TR Snomis on November 27, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    I was glad to hear your take on triggers. I never could feel good spending money reworking trigger function when I could simply adjust,”me”. Being familiar with my rifle is a big plus and the best thing anyone can do to improve their plinking or hunting accuracy. Great video.



  9. chikkenbonz on November 27, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    I have a Model 58 12 gauge I got for Xmas when I was 12 or 13. And I’m currently waiting on a .17 HMR H&R/NEF from Gun Broker to be shipped. Spectacular lil guns! Almost bought a 10 gauge too….but got outbid.



  10. R H on November 27, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    I had an 1871,,, 45/70 for a few years.. Really never had any complaints. But, I had a chance to sell it for what I paid for it. I put that money, and quite a bit more toward a purchase of a Taylors & Co. Uberti 1885 in 45/70. Never any regrets !!! The 1885 is much better quality. Really doesn’t shoot better,,,it just looks so much better doing it !!!



  11. Brian Lee on November 27, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    I had to watch this video again. I got sidetracked with the H&R bolt action I owned before. I really like the handi-rifle. So simple . What I really like about these are the stock design would allow you to mount a vernier tang sight. With out breaking the bank you could have a highly accurate long range shooter. Not sure the quality of these barrels but even if you had to upgrade to a match-grade barrel like a Krieger it would still be relatively cheap. I think I like this one better than the Thompson center because of the straight stock allowing for a tang sight. Thank you Mike great video.



  12. Meaningless Endeavors on November 27, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you Remington for purchasing Marlin and killing these wonderful firearms — Shame on you!



  13. Jayson Tuntland on November 27, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Wonderful video. I don’t know if you have seen any of them yet, but CVA is producing similar single shot rifles (from Spain I believe) that seem to be getting decent reviews given the price point. If you have seen them, I was wondering how you felt they compared? I do hope an American manufacturer brings the H&R line back out.



  14. Blunt Instrument on November 27, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    I found a Topper in 22 Hornet and thought I would just buy it to play with. I now own 5 Handi rifles. They are great.



  15. Shawn Wells on November 27, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    The Handi Rifle has only one weakness – wildly variable triggers. Of the two Ultra versions I’ve owned, the centerfire 308 Winchester had a decent four pound pull, while the 22 WMR has a long, creepy six pound let off.



  16. ARRL Member on November 27, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Years ago I bought a H&R muzzle loader in .58 caliber. With the action open, the cleaning rod could be used to knock the breach plug out (which is held in by "O" rings and the action frame) so it could be cleaned from the back. GOOD IDEA!
    Then I bought a Handi Rifle and a .22 RF LR. The Handi Rifle was in .223 and had a bull barrel. I sent it back to H&R to be fitted with accessory barrels that included a .308 bull barrel and standard barrels for .22 Hornet, .30/30 and .44 Magnum. Unlike other manufacturers, H&R did not simply sell accessory barrels, they required that the action be returned to the factory so that the new barrels could be properly fitted. I noticed that the paperwork for the barrel installations was from Remington, so it may be that Remington took over H&R. Now that Ruger owns Remington, maybe some good break action rifles may again be available.
    My biggest problem with the H&R is that I am having trouble finding a good wooden stock with a high comb for scope use.



  17. Eric B on November 27, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Thank You!



  18. aethertech on November 27, 2021 at 10:28 pm

    Stumbled on this video doing some H*R research.

    The 1871 Buffalo Classic did indeed come with factory installed Williams sights.

    *flies away.*



  19. Brian Lee on November 27, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    Hello Mike. I think I know what happened to the H&R handi rifle. I just realized Henry is selling a rifle that appears almost identical other than the wood and they have some fancy options but it looks like mechanically the same rifle. I think Henry must have bought the rights to H&R handi rifle? do you have any experience with this new Henry is it the same rifle or just a copy? Watching one of the Henry videos the guy that works for Henry 22plinkster even referred to it as a handi rifle twice. The price point for the basic rifle looks like it’s very close to in the mid 400s retail and I’ve heard of guys buying them for 350. Thank you I just figured I’d let you know if you hadn’t noticed that. I’m sure you did. Thanks



  20. Mr D on November 27, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    Henry has now some single shot, break action rifles and shotguns.
    I don`t know how solid they are though because of the way they break open.



  21. j Wil on November 27, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I’m very happy with h&r



  22. 4Stones Handcraft on November 27, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    My first rifle was an H&R 45-70 “Shikari” model. It had a brass cleaning rod mounted under the barrel. Why did i trade that thing??



  23. Joel Ruder on November 27, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    I have several new England firearms. I had a 17 hmr barrel that I had reamed out to 17 wsm and I love that cartridge! I have 22 hornet, 204 ruger, 12 gauge and 20 gauge. My friends bust my my chops about single shot guns, I say "why do I need a follow up shot when I hit my target the first time" great videos. Keep up the great work!



  24. hudson riley on November 27, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Great rifles I purchased one in 26/06 with the laminate wood,I got it to antelope hunt back in 2009. Unfortunately I have never got to go west to use it. It is extra accurate.



  25. TryNsurviveN on November 27, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    I had a H&R in .270 wish I still had it. I have an NEF 12ga and not getting rid of it. I really wish they would start making them again.



  26. Sandra Moskwa on November 27, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    I love Handi rifles ! Besides many in popular calibers I own 5 in wildcats plus have custom barrels in, 303 British, 8 X 57 , and 50-70.
    They are simple, not much to go wrong, fit either left or right hand shooters well, and accurate. Get a few now while they are inexpensive and easy to find you will not regret it.



  27. America Liberty on November 27, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    2020 n im still using mine i got from my grandpa



  28. Steven Lawson on November 27, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    The shotguns where great wished they still made them



  29. michael sicowitz on November 27, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Those are really nice. I have 3 with that action . I still want a 45-70 barrel but have one in 10ga, 12ga and .243, very nice guns. I’ve had the 10ga almost 40yrs.



  30. B. Jostes on November 27, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    Does anyone know if you can buy other caliber barrels to switch on these lovely gems ?



  31. Redacted Information on November 27, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I’m looking for another one in .22-250!



  32. apfelsnutz on November 27, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Get one in 270… best all-round caliber. Try Rossi, barrels available from Rossi…



  33. Daniel on November 27, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Hi. I just purchased a Handi Rifle laminated wood in the 45-70. What accuray should I expect ou of it? Thanks



  34. Adam Adams on November 27, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    This is because Remington owns HandR correct? That what I thought stopped production.



  35. Dr Ed Elcott Cryptozooligist on November 27, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    A few quick notes, H&R/nef pardner single shots were available in 28ga. There was also a Marlin badged shotgun variation, although the Marlin model # escapes me.



  36. Lou B on November 27, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks for another terrific video!



  37. White Tiger Karate on November 27, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I’ve got one in .30-30 with a 20 gauge accessory barrel. Probably one of the most versatile gun combos ever made!



  38. Steve douglas on November 27, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    I had a new england arms handi rifle that was terrible! I sent it back 3 times. They lied about repairing it, and were rude as well. I think they are out of business. No wonder



  39. Chris Kratochvil on November 27, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Greetings from North Dakota! I just picked up an 1871 Buffalo Classic in 45-70 off a gentleman today. What a beautiful rifle. I cant wait to take it to the range. Hard to find these HR rifles in good condition.



  40. ratrod diesels on November 27, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    the vintage h&r 45/70 will take any no.american gane .



  41. John-Paul Silke on November 27, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Cheap, cheerful and typically excellent even when rusty and beaten all to Hell. A very good gun at a very good price, and for me absolutely ALWAYS worth their price and then some.



  42. evan marks on November 27, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    I have the 30 30 and love it



  43. George Mann Sr on November 27, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    I reamed my 45-70 Buff Classic to 45-120 which made it an awesome shooter !



  44. kyle Sprengeler on November 27, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    I have an H & R 12 gauge single shot, can i swith out the shotgun barrel with a center fire rifle barrel? Asking for a friend lol



  45. C Smith on November 27, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    When I was A teenager in the late 80s I won A h&r 30 30 /12 gauge combo loved that gun when ever I went camping, hiking or fishing it was always with me.



  46. blind fredy on November 27, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Totally agree with you on trigger weights, it’s simple. Adapt.



  47. Brian Lee on November 27, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Years ago back in the 90s I bought a H&R 30-06 bolt action cheap at a gun show . It was the most accurate rifle I ever owned. I think it was control feed. I’m not 100% sure because I wasn’t real up on it back then but I know it worked very well. I never had a single issue with that rifle and I used to shoot 3-inch groups at 300 yards with it. With a cheap tasco 4x. Sadly I gave it to a buddy when I left Alaska. He was very happy to have it because it shot better than anything he owned. I’ve always regretted giving up that rifle. Those single-shot you have their look like great rifles and I bet they’re very accurate also . Thanks Mike.



  48. Andrew Czuba on November 27, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    H&R Worcester, Mass. back when New England was American !!!



  49. Mic Well on November 27, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Being that breech loaders are a solid, best actions for accuracy makes these H&R superb accurate shooters. Likened to the breech loading Sharps which having a solid block like these H&R’s, made the Sharps the accurate long range shoot it became. Same with these H&R. Great gun for the enthusiast to be as accurate as the high end shooters with reloading ….a tack driver…just ask many a ground hog…22-250 just reach out there…



  50. todd ivester on November 27, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    243 30-30 410 and my first gun a beautiful ❤️ HR 20 gauge. Shure whould love to find a 223 some day. Nice short light woods guns for sure