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  1. Take a look at the old browning 92 in .357. The were built by Miroku,, are very strong, and don’t have the tang safety that is on the current production winchesters. They also have a very nice finish. I would never buy a gun for real world use that was not deadly reliable. If you have a finicky gun for sass you loose a match. A finicky gun in a defense situation could loose you your life. For that reason I would never buy a Henry big boy for a defense gun (or anything else really). But everyone gets to make their own choices.
  2. That is a very interesting gun. The Thuer was a very creative attempt to get around Rollin White’s patent for the bored through cylinder, but once that expired it was (with good reason) abandoned. It is very cool that Uberti made one. I doubt uberti would have sold many if they had gone into production.
  3. It’s a matter of taste and what you can stand, but I have shot no6 pheasant loads for sass for 30+ years. I don’t have much problem leaving standing shotgun targets. But I am 6-3 240lbs and the recoil does not bother me. My point is that light trap loads are not the only game in town.
  4. If you are cleaning stainless steel guns just wipe the cylinders down with a Birchwood Casey lead remover cloth and they come out great. Don’t do this on a blue gun as it will remove the blue.
  5. 30+ years ago when I started this game in California, finding 44-40 and .45lc was hard to do. No such thing as cowboy loads. Reloading was pretty much the only way to get ammo for CAS. I am not sure that I have ever bought factory ammo for cas.
  6. I am amazed anyone would pay $45 for a box of 44-40. $100 is crazy. Reloading is the way to go... well, in normal times any way. Fortunately, I have a lot of components on hand, unfortunately, I am keeping my bubble small and busy at work, so no shoots for me for a while.
  7. The modern guns are not exact copies. They are significantly larger than a real Henry to accommodate 44-40/.45lc length cartridges. The same is true for the modern versions of the 1866. An exact copy of a Henry or 1866 in .44cf would be a much lighter and handier gun.
  8. I have found that used ones frequently go for a lot less, when you find them. I paid $400 for mine used two years ago. They are not common and I guess shops think they are less desirable than a centerfire, so they price them lower.
  9. Winchester actually made the Henry and the Winchester 1866 in .44 centerfire, in small numbers. This photo from “Evolution of the Winchester” by R. Bruce McDowell shows the business end of some of these bolts (along with some RF ones). So, you can find one in CF. Personally, if it were my dream to shoot a real Henry or 1866 and I had the money to make it happen, I would seek out an original in CF. I had a real 1866 carbine that I bought for $1000 25 years ago but I sold it when I was in graduate school. I wouldn’t have converted it. for context, and because it’s a good story, I
  10. I have handled several Henry brand henry rifles and I would not pay what they are asking. The quality did not justify paying twice the cost of a Uberti, for my money at least. I doubt the difference in labor costs between here and Italy accounts for the difference in cost. The Italians pay real wages, but they have been making Henry’s for a long time and they have sold a lot of them. Henry had to tool up and I doubt they are selling as many as Uberti, especially at twice the price. I have always thought they started making a copy of the original Henry to build a false history for the rest of
  11. I have a Navy Arms 1866 carbine in .22 and it’s great fun. A bit heavy and the magazine is different than the one used by winchester for their .22 1873s, but a good gun. They are thin on the ground. It took me a 20 or so years to find one on the loose. I am still looking for one of the even more rare Uberti 1873s in .22. Not many made. I have only ever seen one for sale online. Good luck finding a .22 to make your own.
  12. So, will Peacemaker Specialties survive? They were the best source for some Colt parts. He was not my choice for smithing, but I spent a good deal with him on parts. Sorry to hijack the thread.
  13. From Henry? For my money, they are over priced. I don’t know what Uberti wants for an iron frame Henry, but I would bet it’s less than that.
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