I've been looking around for a compact, minimalist set-up that will give me the ability to shoot small/varmint cartridges, big game rounds, and shotgun shells (ideally .22lr/.308win/12ga). I further am drawn to break-barrel single shot rifles for their lack of complexity and break-ability. My budget is also rather limited. The following are the options that I'm aware of for single-shot long guns with interchangeable barrels, listed (roughly) in order of increasing cost (MSRPs used where possible to keep pricing fair, though obviously I can expect to get them cheaper) with some details, pros, and cons:
Rossi W (previously called Wizard)
- Pros: Rossi seems to make decent rifles at a low price. Considering my current desires and budget, I'm pretty comfortable with this option. This is also the only option other than T/C for rifle that accepts .22lr in addition to shotgun and centerfire barrels.
- Cons: I've heard mixed reviews about these Rossi rifles, primarily regarding quality control and customer support. Overall quality is certainly considered lower than the other options I'm considering. There are also some possible supply issues with some of the components I'm wanting to get (particularly the .22lr barrel).
- Cost: .308 rifle ($378) + 12ga barrel ($161) + .22lr barrel ($185) = $724 msrp
- Pros:The Hand Rifle seems to be a popular and well respected bare-bones rifle. There are lots of these floating around, including used ones, which is a bonus for me. Seems like a good value and a good bet for longevity of the rifle and the production line. Additional barrels are also quite inexpensive.
- Cons: I'd be limited to centerfire calibers for this gun and would have to settle with something like .22 Hornet for plinking instead of my much preferred .22lr. H&R requires you to send the gun in to have new barrels fitted, which is a bit of an inconvenience, especially since I would prefer to get new barrels intermittently.
- Cost: .308 rifle ($314) + 12ga barrel ($58) + .22 Hornet barrel ($101) + barrel fitting/shipping ($70) = $543 (msrp for gun and actual cost for additional barrels)
- Pros: The Apex seems like a well made gun indeed. Would not mind getting one of these as a gift at all.
- Cons:Well, it's not quite in T/C territory, but the price is enough to make me balk. Also there is now .22 option.
- Cost: .308 rifle ($651) + .223 barrel ($360) + 12ga barrel ($360) = $1371 msrp
- Pros: Pretty much everything but the price.
- Cons: The price.
- Cost: Encore Pro Hunter Blue/FlexTC frame ($563) + .308 barrel ($357) + 12ga barrel ($464) + .22lr barrel ($361) = $1745 msrp
Mossberg SSi-ONE: Well, couldn't find much out about this short-lived model. Looks quite nice though, but I'm not sure it's readily available enough for it to be a viable option for me.
Well, I'd love to hear what I missed in my research as well as anyone experiences and recommendations. I'm not in a rush, so I plan on continuing research while I keep my eye on local and online shops for a good deal.
So, any thoughts?