Uberti 1860 Henry

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Uberti 1860 Henry

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In 2009 I bought this 1860 Steel-Framed Henry imported by EMF in CA... 45 Colt. I have shot quite a few match with it in the interim. Usually with BP loads... I typically load a 230 TC bullet of approx #2 Lyman alloy with SPG lube. It's never been fast, er... maybe I should admit that I've never been fast shooting it... and since the category I shoot in requires a one handed grip, with my 1851s, that also detracts from any potential speed I might have! Anyway, I've been berated by my fellow cowboy action shooters for my lackadaisical demeanor to what is in all truth a speed game! To the point that after a few too many adult libations I told a couple that I'd give up my meandering ways on the firing line and attempt to shoot a whole match with a more competitive spirit... To that end about a year & 4 months ago I ordered a custom rifle with all the go-fast goodies in it... Who knows... you might could put me in a Ferrari and I'd still be accused of holding up traffic for an analogy.

Well... since the Italians are taking their own sweet time about building this rifle I hope to compete with... I figured I could put some "go-fast" parts in mine and practice... Shudder... ok, if not practice at least familiarize myself with how such a rifle would feel...

So... I ordered a Cowboy45Special carrier from the Smith Shop in MA and a Super Short Stroke kit from Pioneer Gun Works in OR, and massaged my way thru their installation.

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It works :wink:
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Griff, if this is you, it appears to work! -Tutt
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I like it! I know that this is a pipe dream, but wouldn't it be cool if we could get a Henry chambered in the .45 Cowboy with a properly sized carrier so that it would be very similar to the size of a real Henry chambered in .44 Henry Flat?
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thut, thut, thut, thut, thut, thut, thut, thut, thut, thut. Yep. Seems to work just dandy. Funny, when I started reading your post and you mentioned "1860 in 45 Colt", I was thinking, "That'd be a fun popper in 45 Cowboy Special". :lol: So, what kind of ballistics are we talking here? 700's with a 200 gr bullet? That report sure sounds different, makes me curious about what it sounds like in person instead of on video.
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Those loads are my handgun loads for cowboy action... 160 powder coated bullet over 3.4 grains of Clays. Hodgdon lists that as a starting load in the 45ACP @ 833 fps out of a 5" bbl. I suspect with the 24-¼ bbl of the 1860 and generous 45 Colt chamber... it might be down a little. Paul, it sounded just about like that... Not quite a 22 LR crack... 8)
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Well, Griff, you've gotcher self a nifty plinkin' machine indeed! 160's are lighter than I thought, but the "lack of heavy recoil" (notice the understatement?) and the reasonable velocity would make for a very effective plinker/varminter/defense for recoil shy folk. That low volume on the report is dandy indeed. Who needs a suppressor if you've got a long barreled rifle and fast powder in your loads?
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Thank you Paul. I spent the day at a cowboy action match today, and ran about 60 rounds thru it... Flawless. After the match I ran another 5 rounds on a 35 yard steel target (we don't have any paper targets)... That nice heavy bbl makes a fine target rifle. While not really definitive, I pick a corner of the target and put five round into one little, slightly oblong lead smear! I wanna try some levergun silhouette with it... tho'; I really ain't much of a off-hand shooter!
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