For quite some time I’ve been somewhat enchanted with the concept of a Handi Rifle 300 yard truck gun. Basically, the idea is a small package rifle, in a quiet caliber, that’s easy to transport and manipulate, that you can keep close all the time. The term “truck gun” referring to the idea of keeping it handy in your truck, suv, whatever. I’ve embarked upon this quest for the 300 yard truck gun the last few weeks. Truthfully, it started with a bit of an interest with an offering from Harrington & Richardson. The H&R Handi Rifle 300 AAC Blackout. This rifle comes chambered in 300 Blackout, with a threaded barrel, and is built in a single shot, break action type rifle. Don’t ask me why, but color me interested!
Handi Rifle 300 Yard Truck Gun
This project was almost over before it started. H&R had stopped making the rifle I wanted and my attempts to find one were falling flat. I had all but written it off when I found one in a local gun shop on the day of some excellent medical news. It seemed like a perfect opportunity for a celebratory rifle purchase. Which, by the way is one of the cool things, these guys were available for $360 USD so it’s by no means an expensive undertaking! So why 300 yards? A few reasons, really! For starters, firing subsonic loads you really don’t have the muzzle velocity to really reach out. That’s not what this caliber is for, it’s meant for shorter shots…but without the noise, especially suppressed!
Second, the more distance you want to cover, the bigger and heavier the equipment you need to do it. More distance, more magnification, bigger rounds, longer barrels, etc. By setting a 300 or so yard goal for the rifle, you can keep things a lot more compact and light. Speaking of compact, the H&R rifle is shorter than an AR15 even with the stock fully collapsed on the AR. Due to the break action design of the rifle, most of it’s length is barrel, then there’s a stock, and that’s it. You don’t have additional length added by a receiver, bolt, etc.
The hope is to make this bad boy into a 1-2 MOA rifle. While not as accurate as some of the other rifles in the stable, at 0-300 yards or so, it doesn’t need to be. This is not going to be a 1000 yard rifle for shooting matches. This is strictly a quiet, “Have Fun” rifle that’s small enough to have handy whenever you want to shoot a bit. Consider that at 300 yards, a 2 minute group is still only 6 inches across. Not match accurate, but plenty accurate for steel, minute of Coyote or minute of Prairie Dog!
Having said that, there were some things that could be done immediately to enhance the accuracy of the rifle as soon as it came out of the box. By adding a Karsten cheek piece the comb height can be set where it needs to be to ensure proper eye relief and a clear sight picture through the 1-4x Vortex scope. I noticed the fore end was touching the barrel so I pulled it off, dremeled it down a bit, and shimmed it so it won’t flex into the barrel when leaning on the bipod. I’ve had this rifle out a little bit already and it’s a lot of fun to shoot. The 220gr Subsonic ammo is silly quiet, and you can see how quiet in this video! You’ll hear the rifle fire, and a loud click afterwards. The click, that’s louder than the gunfire, is the trigger resetting after it’s released after the shot!
The next step is seeing how this project turns out is going to be at the range. I’ll chronograph the ammunition I’m using for now to see what kind of velocity I’m getting. I’ll mess with it a bit between 300-350 yards, and I’ll do some real accuracy testing at 100 yards. I mistakenly left some equipment at home the last time I went out with this guy so I didn’t feel comfortable making a ruling on what kind of accuracy it’s really capable of yet. If you’re wondering why I went with the Vortex 1-4x, I’ll tell you. For starters I found a great deal on it, about $150 off retail. It also has exposed turrets that allow me to dial adjustments. I looked at some “zero and use the reticle” type options, but there isn’t sufficient adjustment in the reticle for this caliber. To get hits at 330 yards or so it required about 44 MOA of adjustment. Most reticles have around 10 MOA in the reticle.
There’s more to come on this project. I’ll do an additional article in the future after I get finished with some accuracy testing and chronograph work. I still don’t have much ammo through it yet so the barrel may still settle in a touch and I don’t want to start reporting back prematurely. I do think it will be capable of meeting the 1-2 MOA goal out to 300 yards or so. It’s also been a fun rifle for the wife, who’s still learning. There’s minimal recoil and almost no noise so it makes a good rifle for beginners. With the single shot design, you can keep the rate of fire low so the new shooter can focus on what’s important! If you have questions or comments, please leave them below!