Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Henry rifle update

Ok, so I got to sight it in, and at the bosses ranch.

I parked the truck about 40 yards from a good backstop and tried it out.
With stock front sights and a 'bolt-on' Williams receiver peep-site, we were about 4'' low.

Adjusted them higher and were about 4" of the "sighting mark" on the aluminum sheet metal target.

Went back to work and by the time I had time again, the range was full of cattle :-(

Anyway- if anyone else has a Henry - Does any of your casings sho just one side that has a large carbon..."footprint"?
I'm noticing on mine that it has a definite out-gassing in the firing chamber, and was wondering if I got a bad gun, or it's normal until it's broken in?

So far it's had about 20 rounds through it.


  1. I don't think I've ever stopped to look at a shell after it's been fired in mine...

  2. Mostly when there is a lot of smokey crud on the outside of the case it means that there isn't enough pressure to make the case expand to fit the chamber. So the smoke gets blown back.and the pressure is still high enough to stain things up. This is no biggie on cartridges like the .45 Colt since the SAAMI pressures are so low. Remember that almost all .45 Colt factory ammo is at 14,000 psi or less. Am unsure if the Henry will take those "Ruger only" loads that, say, my Navy Arms clone of the 92 Winchester will. Or the Marlin.

    You might call or E-mail to Buffalo Arms and see if they will recommend their hotter ammo for your shootin' iron.

  3. .45 Colt brass does not fill out the chamber well with low pressure loads, and this is why cowboy shooters who yearn for the flash and smoke of black powder loads purchase .44-40 rifles. The action in .45 rifles gets crudded up fast with black powder; .44-40, not so much.

    Don't worry, you will find loads that perform to your satisfaction at both ends of the barrel.

  4. Same thing about the pressure, though an e-mail to the manufacturer isn't out of the question either.