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Posted: August 04 2018 at 4:21pm | IP Logged Quote doghawg

I've been watching for a blued Henry single shot in .44 mag for a long time but the only singles I'm seeing on Gun Broker have been .223, .243, and .308. Local dealers can't find any .44's.
A .44 finally showed up on GB on a penny auction so I threw in a playful bid just for the heck of it.....and won! Retail is $448 and usually they are listed for $359 and up and I didn't expect much with a bid under $300.
I've got an old Leupold 3X that needs a home and thinking a little single shot might be fun with cast bullet loads. We shall see.

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Posted: August 04 2018 at 6:31pm | IP Logged Quote dahlin

Congrats I have a Golden Boy in 44 Mag good shooting rifle I have not shot lead in mine does well with Hornady or Nosler 240gr. Randy
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Posted: August 04 2018 at 9:20pm | IP Logged Quote Tom W.

All of my rifles are single shots except my 10/22. Try a
Lee 310 cast and see how you like it. I have a SRH that
has never seen a factory bullet since i bought it, just
cast handloads.

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Posted: August 04 2018 at 11:18pm | IP Logged Quote REM1875

When Ruger reintroduced the M-77 bolt action back in 44 mag
or 357 I decided on the M-77 357.
The options for a wood stock on the M-77 44 were tempting.

Most of my single shots are 45-70.....I got one of those
baby rolling blocks in 45-70 I am trying to work up the
courage to shoot.

Interested in how you like that Henry ?

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Posted: August 05 2018 at 1:31pm | IP Logged Quote doghawg

I've got the 310 Lee and also a 320 gr. LBT LFN. The single shot has a 1 in 20" twist which should do well with the bigger cast bullets.
Can't say much about how I'll like it but hope to have it later this week. I've handled two of these rifles so far....a .308 and a .243....well made and nicely finished but I'm hoping this one will have a better trigger pull than either of them.

Randy

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I like single shots. I've hunted quite a bit with then since 1975 until 2010.
These days I only hunt elk on a private ranch and the ranch owner and
outfitter do not allow single shot rifles. I've taken el since 2010, 2012,
2013, 1014, 2015, missed 2016 because of my wife's illness and took
another in 2017. The one in 2014 was taken with a 30-06 and ll the rest
with a .35 Whelen. All one shot kills. The ones that needed a finisher
were too badly hurt to even get back up.
I have Ruger #1's ranging from .22 Hornet to .416 Rigby. Even have one
of those CHIPS commemoratives in .357 magnum. They only made 500
of them. It wears an old El Paso Weaver 3X with post and crosshair.
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Posted: August 07 2018 at 6:07pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

Randy,

My Marlin 1894 .44 Mag has a groove diameter of .431" with a 1 in 38" twist rate. It stabilizes bullets up to the length of LEE's .310 gc bullet just fine.

I would slug the bore of that Henry and then you'll know where to begin with your cast bullets.


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Posted: August 07 2018 at 7:36pm | IP Logged Quote doghawg

Paul B.

I agree with you on single shots. After 50 some years of hunting I can only think of a couple of times where the first shot didn't get the job done. My one and only bull elk was taken with a .338/06 AI....about the same horsepower as your .35 Whelen.

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The gun will be here Thursday and there are about a half dozen different loads in the cabinet already loaded for revolvers. Also a lot of bullets ranging from 200 gr. Lee on up to 320 gr. LBT already cast. I hope not to need anything "fatter" than .431" and have sizers in .429" .430" and .431". If it needs more diameter I could try powder coating a .431". When I get around to slugging the bore I'll post the results.

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Posted: August 09 2018 at 6:16pm | IP Logged Quote doghawg

I picked it up today and am impressed with the fit and finish. Also hard to believe what a nicely figured piece of wood they used on what is a relatively low priced gun. I can't shoot it tomorrow because my wife insists I take her fishing... "Yes dear...Whatever you say dear..."

The one fly in the soup is the heavy trigger pull. It had a little creep in the pull when I first tried it but after a few dry fires (manual doesn't say anything about that) and cycling it a quite a few times by cocking and lowering hammer I noticed the trigger was breaking clean...must have been a burr somewhere in there. Eventually she's gonna get a trigger job but it's usable for now.

I'll try to get a picture posted this weekend.

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Posted: August 09 2018 at 6:29pm | IP Logged Quote REM1875

doghawg

What ??? You got another fishing rifle ???
Sounds like this one would do the trick .......


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Posted: August 19 2018 at 6:28pm | IP Logged Quote doghawg

I apologize for not posting a pic of this gun. I'm kind of disgusted with the trigger pull and planning to call Henry and see if they can do something to clean it up and lighten it. My trigger pull gauge only goes up to 4 1/2 pounds and it takes a LOT of concentration to try shooting offhand at a swinger with a pull that I'm guessing is around 8 lbs.

Randy

Edit....Besides the trigger pull....the buttstock is loose and I'm planning to find out for myself if Henry's customer service is as good as people say. I've not been having much luck with new guns lately.

Edited by doghawg on August 19 2018 at 8:37pm


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Have to chime in here on the single shot
rifle thing. So long as it's a quick
action (break action being my personal
favorite) I totally agree that they are
more then enough. I have a hard time
understanding a property owner who won't
let people hunt with a single shot. If I
were a property owner I might actually
REQUIRE single shots to be used.
Seen way too many hunters in my day who
don't take the proper care with their shot
because they think they will just shoot
again if they make a bad shot.

Besides with a good break action that I
have practiced enough with I can break the
action crisply tossing the empty up in the
air over my shoulder and slip a fresh
shell in, snap the action closed, re-
shoulder the gun, get on target and fire a
second shot BEFORE THE EMPTY HITS
THE GROUND !!!


Went duck hunting one year with some
friends and brought my single shot H&R
10ga. which is the same gun that I have a
second barrel for that is a 12ga. rifled
slug bull barrel so I am very practiced
with that gun since it is my primary
hunting gun for many years now and I cast
and load my own full bore slugs for it and
do a lot of practice shooting with it.

Well, when they saw me show up with that
single shot break action gun they kind of
smiled and snickered a little. Going home
after the hunt they weren't snickering
anymore. One of them said he was actually
kind of scared of me and would never want
to ever make me mad when I had that gun on
me, he had no idea anyone could load and
shoot a single shot like that. But it's
not me, almost anyone can learn to shoot a
single shot break action like that. It's
just a matter of practice and muscle
memory and the wonders of a good leather
cartridge bandolier that always hangs the
same way so you can grab a shell without
having to look.

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