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Henry Big Boy

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This question came up about the Henry Big Boy for B-Western on the SASS FB page and I found this. Whatcha think?

 

 

B-Western/Lady B-Western Category B-Western shooting category carries rules and guidelines for both costuming/leather and firearm usage. Firearm Rules: - Any main match revolver may be used. - Revolvers may be shot in any SASS legal shooting style, at the shooters discretion. - Rifles: Any SASS legal rifle of 1880 or later design or a replica thereof (e.g., Burgess, Lightning Rifle, 1892, 1894 Winchester or Marlin). - Any SASS legal shotgun may be used. - Any SASS legal ammunition may be used.

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OTHER APPROVED FIREARMS

The following additional firearms have been approved for use:

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Henry Big Boy Rifle (not legal in Classic Cowboy/Cowgirl Categories)

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“B” WESTERN

Any main match revolver. Revolvers may be shot in any SASS–legal shooting style, at the shooters‘ discretion.

Rifles: Any SASS–legal rifle of 1880 or later design or a replica thereof (e.g., Burgess, Lightning Rifle, 1892, 1894 Winchester or Marlin).

 

 

It is LEGAL for BW

 

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And I imagine most B-Western shooters would encourage their competition to shoot a Big Boy.  :)

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I believe it is considered a Semi-replica of a Marlin 1894 which satisfies the category requirement of a post 1880 design.

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One guy was using one Monday night ,,, He had to tear it down twice ( lots of little parts ) and borrow a Marlin for 1 stage to make it through shooting 4 stages ....

 

But if I was Shooting BW I would encourage everyone else to use them .... <_<-_-..

 

Jabez Cowboy

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Sounds like a problem with a specific, individual firearm, not all Big Boys.

 

Cat Brules

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I use a Big Boy for my main match rifle and it has given me no problems. It is all I own right now and yes my rifle times are slooow. As I get my gun budget up to where I can buy another rifle, I will be buying a '73.

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There is cowboy in our club that uses a Henry big boy and runs it pretty dang fast but I have noticed if he cants it just a little it will jam, we talked about it and after the match we went to another bay  to test it and sure enough the slightest cant would lock it up,   I think he is ready for a different rifle!  SCJ

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I have used a big boy for B western and it was reliable.  Get going it tended to catch the spent brass which really because I was short stroking.  The throw is a bit longish.  Once I got my Marlin 38 cowboy comp all set up well the rest is history.

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On 2/28/2020 at 3:12 PM, Cat Brules said:

Sounds like a problem with a specific, individual firearm, not all Big Boys.

 

Cat Brules

Four years ago Big Boys made up less than 1% of the Rifles In use at major Matches in Canada's 3 western Provinces ( think States ) but they accounted for about 12% of the rifles that came to me needing fixing .... This before I started refusing to work on them ....

 

Just Saying ....

 

Jabez Cowboy

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They really look spectacular hanging on the wall! I'd like to see everyone in Elder Statesman shoot them (except me). But, only because I already have invested in (4) 73's. Oh, wait! I just remembered I do have a Big Boy. I just forgot it was in the back of the safe. I found a nice, warm spot for it to rest after I attempted to shoot my first cowboy match with it 7 years ago.

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