I'm the german guy who bought a Handi Rifle a month ago. Mine has .30-30 cal. But I think there is no big difference in handling. It has a pretty thick barrel, but is not to heavy for carrying in the woods. You can real quiet open and close the break open system. Cocking the hammer works also quiet with the right technique. The trigger is short a dry, not too hard. Accuracy is very well. Your modell has a weaver mount without rings.
Yesterday I was at the range with my .30-30 handi rifle. I tested it at 50 meters with PMC flat nose bullets. I was able to get 1'' groups (3 shots) from the bench with my 4x32 scope. Then at 100m the grouping opened a bit to about 2'' with three shots. So all in all a very accurate rifle. I think with reloading the groups could be made a bit better.
Because of the thick barrel it starts getting warm after 10 shots or so and then not really.
Looking forward how my .45-70 handi rifle will shoot. Plan to use reloaded bp cartridges with lead bullet.
Every year many hunters and outdoorsman and women come out west from the midwest and east coast to hunt the prized mulies and elk. One topic that comes up often is altitude sickness. My advice for flatlanders is to get into the best possible shape. Start months before your hunt, usually really ramping up my cardio around March or April.
I run 5-10 miles 3 times a week, and also go for walks carrying my pack with about 50lbs to simulate what could be on my back. Another useful tip is to drink A...