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    Single shot break barrel rifle

    I am keen to get an affordable single shot break barrel rifle. What would you guys recommend? and in what calibre. I would want to use this rifle for everything from Roe to Kudu. I love 30-06 but a bit worried about recoil in such a light rifle. I don't like 308 (no idea why). I was thinking about 7 x 57.
    Tusker.

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    H&R Handi Rifle - really cool! I've got one in 45/70. They're made (sadly not any more) in many calibres.

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    I have a fairly light ( 6lb 5 oz) small frame 7x57R combination gun, with a hard buttplate. The recoil is not bad, for me, but I have been shooting .303 and .30-06 since I was twelve years old. I also have an 8x57IRS combination gun which is about 7 lbs, and recoil is not bad at all. Of course, the 7x57R and 8x57IRS are loaded about 150 fps slower than the bolt action ammunition. I have also had a Ruger No. 1A 7x57 Mauser, bought halves with a friend, who now has it and will never sell it.

    Friends have a Blaser K95 in 7x57R, a Merkel K1 in .270 Win, and Thompson break actions in 7mm-08 and .30-30 Win. They all say they don't notice the recoil of these light rifles.

    If I bought another single shot or combination gun, it would probably be 7x57 or 7x57R. It is a very accurate cartridge in these rifles.

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    Heym 44B in 7x57 is a brilliant little rifle. Accurate very light and soft to shoot. Not many around though.

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    Look at the Merkel, haenel or one of the Italian Zolis etc. Lots of nice ones in Europe - see http://www.frankonia.de, but only a few in the U.K. Get a rimmed cartridge - empties fall out making a fast reload. 7x65r very versatile, 7x56r nice a mild and v effective.

    and don't discount combination guns. Are often as light as a single barrel but seem to be quite a bit cheaper. Have a look in the Holt's auction - you will often find one with several barrel sets.
    Last edited by Heym SR20; 06-11-2016 at 19:25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heym SR20 View Post
    Get a rimmed cartridge - empties fall out making a fast reload. 7x65r very versatile, 7x57r nice a mild and v effective.

    and don't discount combination guns. Are often as light as a single barrel but seem to be quite a bit cheaper. Have a look in the Holt's auction - you will often find one with several barrel sets.
    And out of a cold barrel, that first shot or two, many combination guns shoot very tight and repeatable groups, to the sights.

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    FWIW I have a Bergara thumbhole break barrel single shot. I had decided on this as it's affordable, has a good name, it's ambidextrous, and it's .308 (other calibres, quite a few, are available.)

    Initially it was simply awful in terms of accuracy. It's a very light rifle and I think some of it may have been down to pilot error and I definitely had to made a significant effort to cancel out a developing flinch. The recoil was not severe in any painful sense of the word, but it was wild. As I was experimenting with loads the group sizes started to shrink just as I was on the cusp of sending it back. A sound moderator calmed the wild recoil down and it is now a manageable rifle that is shooting comfortable within an inch at 110 yards using hand loads. Factory loads are more variable. Apart from the initial accuracy issues, which I cannot account for, the only other criticism I hold is that it would have been nice if it ejected the case when you break the barrel rather than poking the case out just enough to grab it, but a bit of practice makes a reload in reasonable, but not great, time. In all, I like it.

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    How about this,

    Rossi 0.243 Win stainless synthetic single shot rifle. Hammer action, 23" factory threaded barrel - 1/2 UNF.

    and its affordable.
    you can find it here,

    https://www.jrussellfirearms.com/gunsales/gfs.php

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    Well it's far from being economical , but I'd go with a Blaser K-95 in 6.5x57R with possibly a second barrel in 6.5x65R RWS .

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    A second hand or new Ruger no 1 in .270 would be nice.

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