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#11712434 - 01/05/17 1860 Henry
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Well, it looks like I am going to be the proud new owner of a Navy Arms/Uberti 1860 Henry in .45 Colt. I am rearming to get back into cowboy action shooting and decided to go with a pair of Pietta 1860 Army revolvers as my main guns and figured the Henry would be the appropriate rifle. Any of you have any experience with the Henry 1860? I am aware of a few quirks like moving your hand for the follower as you shoot. Are there any others I need to worry about? Also I will be shooting strictly black powder in it.
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#11716767 - 01/07/17 Re: 1860 Henry [Re: pacecars]
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Even with a repro, that's a pretty exclusive club. Enjoy your rifle!
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#11769931 - 01/25/17 Re: 1860 Henry [Re: pacecars]
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The barrel will get a tad warm on you. More so with black powder than smokeless. You should have a glove.

Mine shoots 2.5" at 50 yards with black powder...but it's a .44-40 so I can't comment on .45 Colt.
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#11779119 - 01/29/17 Re: 1860 Henry [Re: pacecars]
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That is a beautiful rifle!

I've seen a modified stance holding the receiver in front of the lever with the left hand and elbow close to the chest. I can't get that to feel natural, but my length of pull is pretty long. I would think if you were small framed enough, that may work, but I would expect the muzzle to get heavy.

The 1860 has it's drawbacks, that's why they made the 66.

That being said, I'm currently on the prowl for the model made by Henry. I think I'll go with the .44-40.

I'll be interested to see how your chamber works out. I anticipate a lot of smoky cases and a dirty receiver that needs a lot of cleaning. Hopefully, I'm wrong.
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#11784592 - 01/31/17 Re: 1860 Henry [Re: pacecars]
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Frontiersman,

Not much cleaning at all. The cases for .44-40 are thin and seal the breech easily. But saying this, it also makes reloading them tricky. Don't try to crimp at the same time you seat the bullet. Make it a separate step or you'll crush cases.

Still, I normally load with 777 rather than real black. There is a bit more power that seals the chamber better and the residue is easier to clean.

As for cleaning, I found that you can clean the little fouling you get with cold water and swabs.

The bolt (when closed) will show you that if any residue gets past the bolt face it will adhere to the right and left of the bolt and be limited to easily reached metal.

Cool water cleans fouling better than boiling water. The only reason anyone ever used boiling water, was to facilitate breech drying way down deep in the muzzleloading chamber. With a lever gun, you don' t need that. If you're using black or a substitute, clean the bore with water and brush and patches. And dry accordingly.

I use a hair dryer to dry things up with the Henry. I also use a suction bulb like you use for baby's nose to draw up water and flush out the breech area if I fear there may be fouling down where it's hard to reach. Dry with hair dryer and lube and you're done.
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#11826674 - 02/15/17 Re: 1860 Henry [Re: pacecars]
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Dan, that's why I said I would go with the .44-40.

The OP's question was about the .45 colt. They are notorious smokers with low pressure rounds, due to the generous chambers often found in lever rifles, particularly the later Winchesters.

There are work-arounds for the Colt, but like you, I have never had that problem with the .44-40. It's an ideal lever cartridge.
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#11889127 - 03/10/17 Re: 1860 Henry [Re: pacecars]
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Registered: 02/14/11
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Loc: Southern Missouri
I have one of the 'Iron Frame' Henry's from Uberti in 45 Colt with the fake case hardening and really love it. It is accurate out to 100 yds for minute of Bambi. One day I might take it Deer hunting. I have only shot my home cast in it and have no complaints about it.

Steve........

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