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Gentlemen I purchased a Henry Big Boy in .44 mag. My question is the Henry only good in open site to 150 yrds with the rear site elevation at 25 yrds per increment?

Question by dbramley. Uploaded on January 11, 2012

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Have you looked at the .44 mag trajectory? Even with a 100 yard zero there is significant bullet drop beyond 150 yards. I suggest firing the rifle with it's preferred load to see how sight adjustment affects bullet path.

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from dbramley wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

I have looked at bullet trajectory, and your right it drops significantly over 100 yrds because of how heavy that bullet is. I am using Hornady leverlutions which give me more trajectory at 225 grain. I know that the are 6 notches to move the elevation slide and if i have to i can kentucky windage it but how accurate are all 6 notches? i know up to the 4th highest indicates 25 yrds per notch.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Hmmmm, I'm not familiar with the sights on the Henry so can't give a good answer on those notches other than suggesting trying different settings at the range. I wish I had one, looks like it would be great fun to shoot!

I use the LeverRevolution load in my .45-70 and am very pleased. I believe the Hornady site has a good ballistics page.

For my .45-70, I used the trajectory tables and decided on a 2-inch high @ 100 yards sight-in. That should give me dead-on at 145 yards. I printed the trajectory table and used clear packing tape to afix it to my stock. That way I've got good data in the field for Kentucky windage out to 300 yards.

Because of the rainbow trajectories, the problem is accurate range estimation with both the .44 mag and the .45-70 so even with tables there's still room for operator error.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

IMO~ To late now, for the Money you spent on the Henry
I would had spent it on a Marlin 1894 or 95 in 44Mag!
It's a Side ejector, Drilled for Scopes,side holes to
mount a peep sight, Top holes for a ghost ring sight.
Now that my 2cents, With your Henry's Try all brand's
of ammo+ bullet weights for best Trajectory and sight-
-ing in. The 44Mag out of a rifle add's more Fps
it's a solid cartridge to 100Yd+/-
best of Luck

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from dbramley wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

pig hunter, the Henry shoots like butter with the heavy octoganal barrel. i would recomend it to any one. and you gave me an idea about the ballistic tables laminated for out in the field. I got that gun for hog hunting in texas. Yes treestand i know about marlins but the Henry is a classic and i dont want to ruin the look by affixing scopes or ghost rings or peep sights. that was why i wanted to know about how far out the sights will allow me to go because in the brush of texas im not looking for anything much over 150-200 at the very most.

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from Treestand wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

IMO~ To late now, for the Money you spent on the Henry
I would had spent it on a Marlin 1894 or 95 in 44Mag!
It's a Side ejector, Drilled for Scopes,side holes to
mount a peep sight, Top holes for a ghost ring sight.
Now that my 2cents, With your Henry's Try all brand's
of ammo+ bullet weights for best Trajectory and sight-
-ing in. The 44Mag out of a rifle add's more Fps
it's a solid cartridge to 100Yd+/-
best of Luck

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Have you looked at the .44 mag trajectory? Even with a 100 yard zero there is significant bullet drop beyond 150 yards. I suggest firing the rifle with it's preferred load to see how sight adjustment affects bullet path.

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from dbramley wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

pig hunter, the Henry shoots like butter with the heavy octoganal barrel. i would recomend it to any one. and you gave me an idea about the ballistic tables laminated for out in the field. I got that gun for hog hunting in texas. Yes treestand i know about marlins but the Henry is a classic and i dont want to ruin the look by affixing scopes or ghost rings or peep sights. that was why i wanted to know about how far out the sights will allow me to go because in the brush of texas im not looking for anything much over 150-200 at the very most.

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from dbramley wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

I have looked at bullet trajectory, and your right it drops significantly over 100 yrds because of how heavy that bullet is. I am using Hornady leverlutions which give me more trajectory at 225 grain. I know that the are 6 notches to move the elevation slide and if i have to i can kentucky windage it but how accurate are all 6 notches? i know up to the 4th highest indicates 25 yrds per notch.

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from PigHunter wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Hmmmm, I'm not familiar with the sights on the Henry so can't give a good answer on those notches other than suggesting trying different settings at the range. I wish I had one, looks like it would be great fun to shoot!

I use the LeverRevolution load in my .45-70 and am very pleased. I believe the Hornady site has a good ballistics page.

For my .45-70, I used the trajectory tables and decided on a 2-inch high @ 100 yards sight-in. That should give me dead-on at 145 yards. I printed the trajectory table and used clear packing tape to afix it to my stock. That way I've got good data in the field for Kentucky windage out to 300 yards.

Because of the rainbow trajectories, the problem is accurate range estimation with both the .44 mag and the .45-70 so even with tables there's still room for operator error.

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