I have built an underhammer on the Blue Grouse variant of the H&A action. While it is certainly a reliable and capable rifle, I cannot recommend that style of action for several reasons. For one, they are darn heavy for what they are. For another, the set up of the rear of the breech and the through bolt that attaches the buttstock makes for rather limited geometry options and requires lots more drop than I like. Thus, recoil is more significant than it needs to be. I am not a huge fan of the mainspring trigger guard either.I'm very interested in getting an underhammer rifle. I'm wanting something to hunt with and plink around the place. I'm not finding a lot to choose from on the used market so I'm thinking I might go with one of the Pecatonia kits. They have the H & A and an Allen action available. I suspect the Allen might weigh less that the H & A but I don't know if it would be enough difference to affect the balance or finished weight. The H & A is about $80 cheaper but after the rifle is finished the difference won't seem as great so I'm not going to factor that in.
Does anyone here have experience with both?
Is one more trouble free than the other?
Oh just a side note. I'm going to be looking for a dark reddish rust color for everything. Maybe a little darker on trigger guard, hammer and trigger just so they stand out from the rest.Hey all. Hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving. Although I can't buy that under hammer kit from Picatoncia River until after the first of the year, I'm trying to buy a house so I can't make any big purchases, I'd like some advise on how to brown it. consider the type of ML I think browning would look more authentic. Now keep in mind that I'm going to have them fit the barrel to the action, all one piece, so I can't stick it in the oven. Any advise, videos, best browning solution to use would be great. Also any advise and/or suggestions for staining the stock would be great too. Not sure what wood the stock is. All Doug told me was that it was a nice CM3. I think CM mean Curly Maple. And no I wouldn't use bacon. I just posted that a joke but I do know some guys did use that as a way of browning a barrel.