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An American classic to the core, the H&R 1871 Buffalo Classic .45-70 Gov’t. Rifle reflects true 19th century styling. Featuring full velocity and accuracy potential, this break open action rifle's blued steel barrel and antique color case hardening on the frame with crescent butt plate are matched with an American black walnut stock and forend with cut checkering. The single shot Buffalo Classic is complete with transfer bar safety, Williams receiver sight and globe-style target front sights with eight aperture inserts.
i purchased this on a whim and it is really my favorite rifle.i reload this using 405 grain bullets and almost reach 458 win mag velocity.if you are recoil sensative do not buy this gun,it has a metal butt plate and is not for the week of heart if you reload.shooting factory rounds and it a snap.this gun will take any game in north america and even possible afracia.old semperfi
September 11, 2011
This gun was beautiful. I've heard good things about H&R so I decided to try this one out. It took me 3 boxes of ammo to find out this thing could not shoot for me. I even took it to someone that sights guns in and they couldnt do anything with it. Mine was shooting 12-18 inch groups at 100 yrds. Maybe I just got a bad rifle. I stinks I had to pay that much. Just be warned.
June 9, 2011
H&R Handi-Rifle SB231
About 6 months ago I bought a H&R Handi-Rifle (SB231) in a 30 caliber. It's not a bright and shinny expensive gun but it does what needs to be done. A single shot but that’s not all that bad. I load cast 120 gr. bullets for it and use a light load. Sure is a lot of fun to shoot! I put a scope on it but only because my old tired eyes don't see what they used to. 1" groups at 50 yards a little bigger at 100 yards. It's my pickup gun. Wouldn't give it up. I give it 4 stars only because it doesn't have a lot of spit and polish. But, it doesn't need it. I would have got it from Bass Pro but they didn't offer it in a 30 cal.
June 6, 2011
There are so many answers to this question...#1) The bullet diameters are fairly close on the most part, meaning that .45 = 45/100's of an inch. .451, .452, .450 and so on are .45 caliber. Now, there are numerous .45's: .45 round ball for Black powder rifles and pistols; .45 ACP; .45 Long Colt; .45-70 Government inwhich the 70 designates the original grains of black powder that was used in the cartridge; .454 Casull inwhich is one of the most powerful .45 handgun ammo and actually now the 460 is probably the most powerful in handguns; the 460/.454 Casull/.45 Long Colt are all interchangable in the 460 S&W. British came up with, I believe, is the .455 Webley. The .45 has been utilized in so many different forms and grains that it is difficult to give you a cut & dry answer to your question. I hope this helps and if I can help you refine your question to more specific information, please respond back. Thanks for your interest.
It really boils down to the case size and amounts of powder. technically they are all .45 inches in diameter. There are so many .45 caliber bullets. Most common is the .45 ACP which is a pistol round. The bullet usually weighs in at around 230 grains most commonly. The .45-70's bullet usually weighs around 400 grains. I am assuming by .45 cal you mean the .45 ACP. There is also the .45 Long Colt which is in between .45 ACP and .45-70 in terms of case size.
Both are close in diameter, near 0.45 inch, the difference is in the case behind them. 45-70 being much larger as it is a riffle cartridge. The 45 colt or other 0.45 pistol cartridge are shorter to be a litle easier to handle in a hand gun. Their are lever action riffles that shoot hand gun loads like .357, 38 and 45 colt.
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