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Old 11-04-2012, 01:41 PM   #11
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Now THAT I did not know. Very interesting.

Thanks again for all the comments. Much appreciated.
Very true- But i've had a couple of leverguns in 357 that were a bit picky about 38's- Give it a try, you shud be fine-
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Very true- But i've had a couple of leverguns in 357 that were a bit picky about 38's- Give it a try, you shud be fine-
Mine eats both fine, even with a mix of .357 and .38 Special in the same tube.

I love my Henry, it's a great shooter and a beautiful piece of machinery.
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Very true- But i've had a couple of leverguns in 357 that were a bit picky about 38's- Give it a try, you shud be fine-
Yep, the hiccup with mixing, or even firing .38's and then going to .357Mags is that the 38's have a shorter case...
which means that burnt powder residue will collect IN the chamber instead of in the barrel...
which means after shooting a certain amount of .38SPL's, it will suddenly become quite difficult to get a .357 to chamber...
as the chamber will be clogged with the aforementioned residues...just enough to screw up the magnums from entering...

Happens the same with .44SPL/.44Mag as well...the specials again have a shorter case...causes the same minor hiccup...

Soooooooo...it does pay to clean between Specials to Magnums for your best functioning...
From Magnums to Specials...won't hurt a bit.

But in a pinch, say you are in a prolonged battle with Zombies, and you picked up a box of SPL first instead of Magnums...
shoot 'em, and switch when you can...after the battle, have someone cover you while you run a boresnake thru yer rifle
Then stick to Magnums until you are completely OUT...THEN use the Specials!!

Yes, I say that knowing full well that "The Walking Dead" has a new episode coming on later tonite...lol
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Thanks again for the replies.

I took the plunge and picked up a Henry Big Boy Lever Action in .357 Mag / .38 Special today. Gonna go shoot it for the first time tomorrow or perhaps Tuesday. Here's the link to the page about the rifle:

http://henryrepeating.com/rifle-big-boy.cfm

Here are the pics of the rifle from the page:

h006-bigboy-main.jpg   img-octagonbarrel.jpg  
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Sorry for late/probably not needed reply. But, i hunt with my big boy .357/38 and have had it for 4 years. Its a hell of a gun. Gonna get a deer with it saturday ( i hope)

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Yep, same standard handgun ammo.

Concept started about the same time the Henry was originally developed and Perfected by the early Winchester lever action rifles. The idea was to give Cowboys and Lawmen an arm with more reach than there revolvers but not burden them with a separate caliber to carry.

Attempts have been made to apply the same concep to modern semi auto sub rifles with offerings from Berreta, Kel Tek, and others. You can order some of these to take not only the same ammo as your semi auto pistol but also accept the same magazine.

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You wont pick up more than 150 fps with the semi auto cartridges as they are too efficient.
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Sorry for late/probably not needed reply. But, i hunt with my big boy .357/38 and have had it for 4 years. Its a hell of a gun. Gonna get a deer with it saturday ( i hope)
Never too late. Appreciate the reply.

It's great to hear that it's held up so well for you. I hope I get years of lever-action goodness out of it as well.

BTW, do you have a scope on it? Or did you shoot with the standard sights?

Congrats on that deer.
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Best thing on a lever-action is a Creedmore sight...also known as a Target Tang Peep...Vernier sight...few other names...
Top is a Vernier, fourth is a Marbles peep...either will outperform most scopes if you've got decent eyes...

Best with a Spirit-level front


Scopes NEVER look right on a Golden Boy unless its a Period-correct Malcolm-style...
and even those look a bit odd...
http://www.supermotors.net/getfile/948102/fullsize/hs-b-002.jpg

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Never too late. Appreciate the reply.

It's great to hear that it's held up so well for you. I hope I get years of lever-action goodness out of it as well.

BTW, do you have a scope on it? Or did you shoot with the standard sights?

Congrats on that deer.
Irons it feels more cowboy to me
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