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My little Henry .22 shoots way off to the right with iron sights and there's no way to adjust for windage. I have a regular scope for it, but it's cumbersome. Has anyone tried putting a red dot scope on a .22? How did it work?

Question by country road. Uploaded on December 30, 2010

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Had one in the shop last week the gun smith mounted a pep sight on the gun, shoot right on the money.

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from furbuster wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Are you saying that the Henry .22 has fixed iron sights? Haven't tried a red dot but have you tried a scout scope? I have a burris Timberline scope on a leveraction that is fairly small but works real nice.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Not familiar with the Henry's!
Is the rear sight not in a dovetail slot?
How about the front sight?

Bubba

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I have a red dot on one of my 22's and it works great.

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from Joe Kidd wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I'd say that putting a red dot on a .22 rifle is alright. I have a Walther red dot on a S&W model 22A and it works quite well. If you want to shoot it with iron sights, maybe a gunsmith could align what you have or fix you up with a rear peep that will do.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

You would need to drift the rear sight to get your windage adjustments with your henry's iron sights . Its quite easy to do . simply tap the sight over in the dovetail with a small brass drift punch and hammer, in the direction you want the gun to print it's group .

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

cooner beat me to it. yes, drift either front or rear sight in their dovetails or both for that matter to adjust windage. If not that logical solution then take treestand's advice and install a peep sight. But, think long and hard about ruining the classic look and lines of the beautiful Henery lever gun.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

It is not possible to drift the front sight on the henry .22 rifle I have it is part of the barrel band and is fixed in place. Their golden boy model may be different though.

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

One of the sights should drift. If the front sight is fixed, the rear sight should be in a dove tail slot, and should drift. Let us know how you come out with this.
crm

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

country, I agree... one of the sights should drift for you to adjust windage. I'm not familiar with the Henry but have never seen a rifle with permanently attached iron sights that are set wrong. I think you will prefer the iron sights on a .22 over the red dot if you can get them set.

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from Ozzlefinch wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

You will need an 8 0z brass hammer and a 5/16 inch brass punch. The following method is information directly from Henry rifles. Next time your Henry acts up, just call them (201-858-4400) and they will go out of their way to help you. More than likely the owner of the company will answer the phone, no foreign accents, no being put on hold etc, I like that.

"The base of the rear sight is dove-tailed into a groove on the barrel. To make horizontal
adjustments, the entire dove-tailed base must be moved right or left in its slot on the barrel. To do this, carefully use a brass punch or nylon punch, slightly pointed but having a flat point appropriate in size to properly engage the left or right end of the sight base where it slides in the groove on the barrel. Gently tap the dowel with a light hammer and be very careful not to mar or damage the barrel or sight base. To help you determine how far you have moved the sight, right or left, a soft pencil can be used. The front edge of the rear sight base comes to a point where it rests on the barrel. At the point of the sight base, lightly make a small mark with the pencil and carry it straight down to make a small adjoining mark on the barrel. This will show you how far to the right or left you have moved the sight base. When your adjustments are completed, the marks can easily be wiped off with a lightly-oiled, soft cloth. To move point of impact to the right, tap rear sight base to the right. To move point of impact to the left, tap rear sight base to the left."

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from Treestand wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Had one in the shop last week the gun smith mounted a pep sight on the gun, shoot right on the money.

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from furbuster wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Are you saying that the Henry .22 has fixed iron sights? Haven't tried a red dot but have you tried a scout scope? I have a burris Timberline scope on a leveraction that is fairly small but works real nice.

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from FirstBubba wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

Not familiar with the Henry's!
Is the rear sight not in a dovetail slot?
How about the front sight?

Bubba

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from Cgull wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I have a red dot on one of my 22's and it works great.

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from Joe Kidd wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

I'd say that putting a red dot on a .22 rifle is alright. I have a Walther red dot on a S&W model 22A and it works quite well. If you want to shoot it with iron sights, maybe a gunsmith could align what you have or fix you up with a rear peep that will do.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

You would need to drift the rear sight to get your windage adjustments with your henry's iron sights . Its quite easy to do . simply tap the sight over in the dovetail with a small brass drift punch and hammer, in the direction you want the gun to print it's group .

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

cooner beat me to it. yes, drift either front or rear sight in their dovetails or both for that matter to adjust windage. If not that logical solution then take treestand's advice and install a peep sight. But, think long and hard about ruining the classic look and lines of the beautiful Henery lever gun.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

It is not possible to drift the front sight on the henry .22 rifle I have it is part of the barrel band and is fixed in place. Their golden boy model may be different though.

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from crm3006 wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

One of the sights should drift. If the front sight is fixed, the rear sight should be in a dove tail slot, and should drift. Let us know how you come out with this.
crm

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

country, I agree... one of the sights should drift for you to adjust windage. I'm not familiar with the Henry but have never seen a rifle with permanently attached iron sights that are set wrong. I think you will prefer the iron sights on a .22 over the red dot if you can get them set.

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from Ozzlefinch wrote 3 years 15 weeks ago

You will need an 8 0z brass hammer and a 5/16 inch brass punch. The following method is information directly from Henry rifles. Next time your Henry acts up, just call them (201-858-4400) and they will go out of their way to help you. More than likely the owner of the company will answer the phone, no foreign accents, no being put on hold etc, I like that.

"The base of the rear sight is dove-tailed into a groove on the barrel. To make horizontal
adjustments, the entire dove-tailed base must be moved right or left in its slot on the barrel. To do this, carefully use a brass punch or nylon punch, slightly pointed but having a flat point appropriate in size to properly engage the left or right end of the sight base where it slides in the groove on the barrel. Gently tap the dowel with a light hammer and be very careful not to mar or damage the barrel or sight base. To help you determine how far you have moved the sight, right or left, a soft pencil can be used. The front edge of the rear sight base comes to a point where it rests on the barrel. At the point of the sight base, lightly make a small mark with the pencil and carry it straight down to make a small adjoining mark on the barrel. This will show you how far to the right or left you have moved the sight base. When your adjustments are completed, the marks can easily be wiped off with a lightly-oiled, soft cloth. To move point of impact to the right, tap rear sight base to the right. To move point of impact to the left, tap rear sight base to the left."

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