Over the years, we’ve seen new models of the ubiquitous H&R Handi Rifle come out, and since I love smaller cartridges and ’chuck hunting, I couldn’t resist testing a recent addition to the line: the Ultra Varmint Thumbhole.
Aside from the stock, the single-shot is pure utilitarian. All metal surfaces are matte finished and blued with attention to the details that befits a rifle of this price range. The barrel is a stout 24 inches long, bull barrel in configuration that tapers from 1.105 inch at the breech to .775 inch at the target-crowned muzzle. At the base of the breech, there is a sturdy extractor that pulls up the spent cartridge just far enough to pull it from the chamber. There is no ejector, a feature that handloaders appreciate.
The stock is constructed of laminated hardwood, in a cinnamon color suitable for all kinds of hunting. The satin finish preserves and highlights the laminated wood, and it was applied evenly on both the buttstock and fore-end.