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Did a little shooting Wed.

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Pulp, Dec 21, 2012.

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  1. Pulp

    Pulp Member

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    A co-worker bought a new Browning X-Bolt. He brought it by the house, we put a scope on it, and went out to the land to sight it in.

    Since he is a HUGE lover of "Lonesome Dove" I threw my Uberti Henry in the truck with a box of .44-40 BP loads. He LOVED it. We were popping cow patties out to 250 yards with it while the barrel cooled on the X-Bolt.

    I don't think he's ready to trade the X-Bolt for a Henry, but he sure enjoyed the Henry.

    BTW, the X-Bolt is a sweet rifle, even if it does shoot smokeless. I suppose one could stuff some 4f into a .22-250 shell and have fun with it, but probably couldn't get 4000fps.
     
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    Trigger time is always good Pulp.
    Trigger time that produces clouds o' white smoke and soot is gooder :D
     
  3. 44 Dave

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    question and comment

    Pulp,
    I think Henrys were fine but then "Kings improvement", do you like the Henry magazine?
    250 yards, iron sights, I couldn't even see that far with my old eyes!
    Cheers on the black powder 44-40.
    We shot a few .41 rimfire bps today. In the shop "across the card table distance" in to a 1"x12" backed up with a 2"x12".
    Nothing like black powder Derringer smoke indoors!
    Dave
     
  4. Pulp

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    Dave, the magazine on the Henry is a bit troublesome for sure. Obviously, sooner or later you're gonna have to do the Henry hop, or hold your support hand very close to the receiver, which I don't like.
    Also the edges of the tube are sharp, especially at the top where you open the magazine. I have had a minor cut or two from them.
    And the whole thing makes the gun muzzle heavy. It also makes them more accurate than the '66, since the barrrel/magazine tube are a single piece and much stiffer than just the barrel on a '66.

    The Henry is not for everyone. I enjoy mine and use it in CAS, but freely admit there are better options, especially if the shooter is more interested in speed than style.
     
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    I love 22-250. If I could only have one rifle it would be a 22-250.

    Could you chamber a Henry in 22-250?
     
  6. Pulp

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    Probably, but there's a good chance you'd eat the bolt on the first shot!:what:
     
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    Yeah. I would really like to avoid that. Then there is that whole pointed bullet in a tubular magazine thing.
     
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    That could be solved by machining a groove around the primer pocket in the base of the case. In doing that, the groove catches the point of the bullet behind it in the magazine, keeping it away from the primer. That is what the French did when they redesigned the 8mm Lebel to use a pointed bullet. That might work, unless the case of the 22-250 is not sufficiently tapered for this to work.
     
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    I don't think the .22-250 could generate enough recoil to cause a primer tube detonation, but on the other hand, if you let the follower slip out of your hand while loading and slam down, it might get interesting for a few seconds.
     
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