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Re: New rifle coming!
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2020, 03:17:37 PM »
UPDATE, UPDATE!  Installed the new front sight, (which I trimmed down about 1/10"+) and went back to the range.  Drifted the rear sight slightly left of center (about 1/32"), and dialed it in.  Dead nuts on!  POI is about 1.5" above POA at 25 yards.  I then took out clay pigeons on the 25 yard berm, and even a clay pigeon on the 100 yard berm.  Nice shooter. 

Shot my 7.0 grain Trail Boss hand loads (200 grain Bear Creek moly coated bullet), some Black Hills and HSM .44-40 factory.  Black Hills gave me 1 1/2" group at 25 yards, where HSM factory gave me slightly better at 1 1/4". 

My trail Boss loads gave me 1 3/4" groups, but that is expected, as the maximum charges of Trail Boss are not as accurate.  I did six shots rapid fire from a rest at a 2.5" group.

All in all, it was a great day.  I'm glad my wife insisted I pay for it now and keep it, and not wait until the 6 month trial is up.  It will alternate with my HRA 1860 Henry .44-40 as a main match rifle.
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Re: New rifle coming!
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2020, 09:32:42 PM »
Henry Repeating Arms claims their brass alloy used in the New Original Henry has the same tensile strength as steel.  My manuals put 9.0 grains of Unique as being the max load for toggle link rifles.  I am inclined to load some up for my Henry and my 1866.  I have used it before in an original (post 1900) 1873, and it was incredibly accurate.

The CUP/PSI for it is well below the max for class one 44-40s (toggle link).  A charge of 8.0 grains Unique gives 1130 fps from a New Original Henry (which duplicates the original 44 Henry) per American Rifleman article, and MD Smith and several others list 9.0 as max, but safe, for toggle link.  Alliant, though says 8.6 is max, though their loads are always lighter than the manuals.
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Re: New rifle coming!
« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2020, 01:54:06 PM »
Time for a questionable question, would that 8.0 grains of unique be fine for a revolver?

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Re: New rifle coming!
« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2020, 02:21:49 PM »
John Taffin loads 8.0 of Unique.  One of his favorite loads...
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Re: New rifle coming!
« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2020, 11:04:52 PM »
Seems like it'll be fun for carry

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Re: New rifle coming!
« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2020, 11:33:42 PM »
When Cimarron first came out with their P frame Thunderer, a DA Investigator I knew carried a 44-40 Thunderer with a 3.5" barrel in a pancake holster.  Neat carry gun....  In the late 1970s, I also knew a Deputy in Washington state that carried a .455 top break Webley as a duty revolver.
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Re: New rifle coming!
« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2020, 11:36:25 PM »
I'll try the 1866 again at the local CAS match Saturday.  I will say, a 66 carbine is a lot handier than a Henry to tote around.  2 pounds less is a lot!  I can see why the 1866 carbines were so popular in the West.
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Re: New rifle coming!
« Reply #27 on: August 11, 2020, 12:54:53 PM »
Now only if they made the open tops in. 44-40

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Re: New rifle coming!
« Reply #28 on: August 11, 2020, 08:09:41 PM »
Now only if they made the open tops in. 44-40

Yep, I would have a pair!  You can get Uberti 58 Remington conversions in 44-40
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Re: New rifle coming!
« Reply #29 on: August 12, 2020, 03:49:00 AM »
Remingtons are nice. But a open top would be better

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