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Mon, Oct. 20th, 2014, 05:11 pm
Henry Golden Boy

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Accurate and reliable, this rifle really grew on me…and the same thing happened to Sarah. she loves her little lever action.

Wed, Jan. 8th, 2014, 10:57 pm
Thanks, Will!

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While still sorting the many good photos that came out of the photo shoot at Will M-Four studio, I’d like to post a shout-out for Will and his site.

Will’s kind invitation provided me with highly productive work day, new connections with awesome people and a very enjoyable experience. Looks like some of the other participants also had a good time.

Tue, Jul. 2nd, 2013, 08:56 pm
Girls just want to have fun.

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Cimarron’s faithful (other than the caliber) copy of the original 1860 Henry rifle is an odd firearms. Loading it is rather unorthodox, the magazine follower is external and can interfere with the hold under the magazine. Lever movement makes holding by the receiver uncomfortable also. The sights are graduated to several hundred yards but the elevation required for long-range use makes a cheek weld almost impossible. It’s hardly a practical weapon…but it’s accurate, has minimal felt recoil with .45Colt and feels like the world’s biggest ballistic toy.

Thu, Apr. 11th, 2013, 03:07 pm
No such thing for the antis as “safe enough gun”

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The technology behind this carbine is 1860s. The design is 1870s. This one is in .44Mag, but they are also available in .45Colt — again, 1870s technology that can work even with black powder and cast lead bullets. As we have seen with the recent drive to make more and more people outright ineligible for legal gun ownership, the anti freedom forces have dropped the pretense of being concerned with modern weapons alone.

States like New Jersey regulate air guns as firearms without as much as an exemption for very low power models. Anything not under their direct control that can throw an aimed projectile is anathema to them. Air guns and .22s are useful for training and, in a pinch, they are better than nothing for defense.

So the current push is to prohibit “crazy” people from having guns, then to expand the definition of crazy as extensively as they can. Then they exempt themselves and their political supporters from the onerous laws and restrictions. The classic 1930s recipe used by Nazis and Communists both. It’s all about power over others, and that power is easier to maintain and to wield with impunity when the commoners are unprotected and vulnerable.

This would also give our rulers every excuse to raid anyone they dislike. One important difference between the war on privacy (aka “war on drugs”) and the war on personal guns: it’s harder to use a pot plant to defend yourself than a rifle. And if you think that pot growers are enthusiastic about protecting their patches, just wait what gun owners will do to protect their families from raids and to avenge raids already conducted.

Fri, Jan. 25th, 2013, 06:52 pm
Speaking of Henry lever actions

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I need to get the 44Mag out to the range and figure out the drop past 100 yards. 240gr bullet has muzzle velocity of 1775fps. At this time, the Big Boy is zeroed for 50 yards. If zeroed for 100, it would have 18″ of drop by 200 (aim at the head, hit the chest) and 65″ of drop by 300 (aim half-height above standing silhouette). I am just curious about the practical use of this caliber at extended range. Bullet velocity even at 300 would still be higher than most 45ACP loads are at the muzzle. With shots all touching at 50 yards, I should be able to get them within a pie plate at 300 without much trouble once I figure out the holdover with the duplex reticle.

Sat, Aug. 18th, 2012, 09:25 pm
Henry .44Mag lever action: fit for a sniper.

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Remember my plan to find out how well that carbine shoots? It shoots this well at 50 yards with 1-4x Nikon Monarch scope. Ballistics calculator suggests that the far zero is around 70 yards, so it might make sense to re-zero it for 20, which would give the far zero of about 100.

Load: Starline brass, 24.5grains of H110, Sierra 8610 240gr bullet, CCI BR-2 primer, all from Brownells. Estimated velocity 1745fps, actual velocity will be found out on the next range trip. This round has noticeable felt recoil when shot from the bench: after I fired one, I immediately made a pad from a pistol case. A slip-on rubber boot should help. The action is extremely smooth and the trigger is excellent.

Thu, Jul. 26th, 2012, 12:04 am
Be weddy, weddy quieeeet…

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…she’s hunting wabbits.

I don’t think much edible rabbit would be left though — that’s 44Mag Henry would be better suited for heffalumps. In any case, this is the last time this rifle is seen with open sights — my friend Tad scoped it today with a 1-4×20 Nikon. At true 1x, it’s incredibly fast for instinctive two-eyes-open aiming.

Thu, Dec. 29th, 2011, 07:36 pm
Hey there, big boy!

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Henry Big Boy in Erin’s hands.

Sat, Dec. 24th, 2011, 05:32 pm
In this case, you’d use the rifle to hold out till you can draw the pistol.

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With the rifle being a fun .22 Henry and the pistol being a serious .45ACP. I wonder if a 45ACP lever action is possible — it would fit almost twenty rounds and have minimal report and muzzle flash even un-suppressed.

Sat, Dec. 24th, 2011, 01:03 pm
Thumbs up for Henry

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It’s strange that such awesome rifles come from one of the crummiest states in the country. But I am quickly becoming a fan of these.

Thu, Dec. 22nd, 2011, 11:27 pm
Substance and style

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I think the appeal of lever actions is similar to the appeal of Steampunk and Victorian/Edwardian styles — functional enough to be useful, and intricate enough to be interesting. This one is a Henry carbine with really nice wood and mechanics.

Sat, Nov. 12th, 2011, 04:27 pm
Luck is often on the side of large magazines

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Henry Big Boy

See Ballistics by the Inch for the actual velocity numbers. 240gr Hydro-shock at 1600fps+ seems quite respectable, especially since the recoil in this gun is very mild. I got this carbine after trying the 45Colt version and being impressed with the low recoil and good accuracy with open sights.

Wed, Oct. 26th, 2011, 01:15 am
Blue

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This pair of pretty blue eyes has longer range than any battleship turret. At least she can reach South Carolina from Ohio.

Mon, Oct. 3rd, 2011, 10:02 pm
Annie?

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Couldn’t be, Annie Oakley used a Winchester. This one is a Henry.

Mon, Aug. 22nd, 2011, 12:41 pm
Big Boy

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Henry Big Boy: ten rounds of .44 Magnum. The original in .44 Henry had only about 35% of the power of .44 Magum, the traditional 44-40 that descended from it a little less than half. Felt recoil is still negligible with either this or .45Colt.

Sun, Aug. 14th, 2011, 07:17 pm
Henry Golden Boy .22 carbine

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Tom is left-handed, so a lever action works as well for him as a dedicated left-handed bolt action. His P22 is riding in a holster by Kevin Manley on a gun belt also made by Kevin.

Sun, Aug. 14th, 2011, 03:30 pm
Henry Big Boy

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In March, I had an opportunity to shoot several rounds through a Henry Big Boy in .45 Colt. I am not, ordinarily, a fan of lever actions, but that one clicked with me. Having more rifles than range time, I couldn’t justify getting one. Not being a reloader, I couldn’t justify 45Colt chambering, either. To my delight, I got my hands on the .44 Magnum and .22LR versions recently. It feels almost as the .45 version did, being just a little shorter. I have yet to fire it live, but I have a hundred rounds waiting for the next range trip…in the meantime, it looks good in pictures. The fit and finish on it are superb.

Wed, May. 25th, 2011, 11:04 am
Classic ambidextrous design: Henry .22 lever action

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SGB | Lever action .22

Wed, Feb. 23rd, 2011, 05:08 am
40 grains worth of smoke signal

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45 Colt carbine just fired

45 Colt carbine just fired

A five-foot tall woman with a 45Colt carbine can protect herself from most North American predators, whether two or four legged types. 300 grain bullet at 1600-1700fps is just above 50AE in energy and penetration. Should the ten round magazine prove insufficient up close, two six-shooters of the same caliber are close to hand.