I went the same route with my persona. As much as I love the Henry for its history and just plain style, the 1866 woulda been just the cat's meow back at the end of the war when it first came out. I can imagine a couple years after the war, some ex-partisans who didnt quite settle down coming across 'em here and there and snatching 'em up. I think if you really want to go period correct, you'd find a Spencer for the long range side matches too .............. Sorry, gettin ahead of myself. I too went with the mule ear SxS, one of the Russian ones. Not a bad little gun. Quite heavy for its size and it absorbs the recoil very well. I still want one of the '87 lever action shotguns.
I dont care if it fits the character lol.