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This is a discussion on Henry 45-70 within the Ruger Lever-Action forums, part of the Rifle & Shotgun Forum category; I have the Skinner barrel mount peep sights and a 3 x 7 scope on my Henry. Son-in-law just has the factory sights on his ...


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Old November 17th, 2015, 06:04 AM   #16
 
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I have the Skinner barrel mount peep sights and a 3 x 7 scope on my Henry. Son-in-law just has the factory sights on his .44 mag. An Aimpoint would work just fine. The "traditionalists" will cry sacrilege, but if it works for you for your intended purpose, go for it.



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Old November 17th, 2015, 07:07 AM   #17
 
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I have the large loop on my Henry Big Boy 357 and like it.

Not sure if you are dead set on a scope or not, but I have Skinner peeps and front blades on my Henry Big Boy .357 and Buffalo Classic 45-70 and love them, especially up to 100 yards. Just throwing that out there.

I'd prefer open sites (specifically a smaller peep site) but the reality is I'm pushing 70, wear trifocals, and my vision isn't anywhere near as sharp as it once was .... low light (dawn/dusk) conditions magnify the need .... a good light gathering scope would be most helpful
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comments from anyone who has experience using a Henry 45-70 would be appreciated
Speaking to tube fed lever actions, the Hornady LEVERevolution plastic pointed
projectiles allow the .45-70 (and the other .45's) to move closer to being a true long range rifle. 325 grains leaving the muzzle at 2000+ f.p.s. leaves a mark.

At 100 yards it nearly equals the energy of .30-06 but at longer ranges it falls off by comparison pretty quick. You're looking at nearly a 30 inch drop out at 300 yards.
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Speaking to tube fed lever actions, the Hornady LEVERevolution plastic pointed
projectiles allow the .45-70 (and the other .45's) to move closer to being a true long range rifle. 325 grains leaving the muzzle at 2000+ f.p.s. leaves a mark.

At 100 yards it nearly equals the energy of .30-06 but at longer ranges it falls off by comparison pretty quick. You're looking at nearly a 30 inch drop out at 300 yards.

we hand load all of our ammo .... when I was looking for 45-70 components, I saw the Hornady plastic pointed bullets and wondered about them .... most every firearm I've ever touched is capable of making shots at much greater ranges than I am .... I've been doing some reading on the 45-70 and its most certainly an impressive round
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What distances do you anticipate for shots where you will be deer hunting?
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What distances do you anticipate for shots where you will be deer hunting?
that's hard to say .... I'm pretty sure there will be opportunities at distances greater than I'd be comfortable shooting .... historically, most shots I've taken have been under 100 yards .... that said, my favorite hunting rifle is a Remington 700 BDL chambered in 300 WBY topped with a 4X12 Nikon with which I've taken deer at much longer ranges .... as already indicated, our prime motivator is being able to hunt with friends who live in a state that has recently changed its rules to allow rifle hunting with straight walled cartridges .... the 45-70 is the strongest straight wall round in the Henry line, hence our interest

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info most certainly appreciated .... was your Henry equipped with the standard or large loop lever .... how long ago did you have a Henry with this problem ....
Regular loop lever.

About a year and a half ago, say, early to mid 2014.

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"to hunt with friends who live in a state that has recently changed its rules to allow rifle hunting with straight walled cartridges .... the 45-70 is the strongest straight wall round in the Henry line, hence our interest "


That's a great reason. You will definitely find a load just right for what you need. Have fun with it.
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Regular loop lever.

About a year and a half ago, say, early to mid 2014.

info appreciated .... before I place an order I may well call their customer service and raise the issue .... I specifically want to know, if it should arise, how they will handle such an issue ... further I will want the name of the person making the promise .... they have an excellent reputation for service after the sale and it disturbs me that in your case that didn't seem to be true
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info appreciated .... before I place an order I may well call their customer service and raise the issue .... I specifically want to know, if it should arise, how they will handle such an issue ... further I will want the name of the person making the promise .... they have an excellent reputation for service after the sale and it disturbs me that in your case that didn't seem to be true
Here's a little more info for you. This video describes the problem exactly. Note the comments others posted that had the same problem

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It doesn't seem that the link is working. Just search "henry 30-30 video" and it will come right up in your search engine.
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Here's a little more info for you. This video describes the problem exactly. Note the comments others posted that had the same problem


link appreciated .... the video does a good job of illustrating the problem .... even though my crawling through swamps, brambles and brambles are long gone, prior to ordering I will most certainly make a call
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info appreciated .... before I place an order I may well call their customer service and raise the issue .... I specifically want to know, if it should arise, how they will handle such an issue ... further I will want the name of the person making the promise .... they have an excellent reputation for service after the sale and it disturbs me that in your case that didn't seem to be true
Not sure if he works there anymore (he did the last time I talked to Henry), but Kevin Maguire in customer service was fantastic helping me. Here's a link to email him:
https://www.henryrifles.com/contact-henry-repeating/
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PS any optical sights will be subjected to .45-70 recoil, in other words, substantial recoil.

Much has been written on this by others.
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Not sure if he works there anymore (he did the last time I talked to Henry), but Kevin Maguire in customer service was fantastic helping me. Here's a link to email him:
https://www.henryrifles.com/contact-henry-repeating/
effort appreciated, I can't get the email address to work
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