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Old 07-31-2013, 03:40 AM   #1
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As I was reading "What's wrong with .40 cal" thread in the General Handgun Discussion, the caliber 44 Henry was mentioned. I'm curious about this caliber. It's not listed in my reloading manual. Anyone have load data or history of this caliber? I currently shoot 44 Russian, 44 Colt, 44 Special & 44 Mag in my Blackhawk.and I'm looking for a Marlin 444 stainless (saving up for it).

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Old 07-31-2013, 04:28 AM   #2
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44 Henry is a rimfire round that appeared in about 1860 and has not been made in decades.

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Here's some info I found on the .44 Henry.



http://www.ammo-one.com/44Henry.html

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The 44 Henry rim fire cartridge was designed for the lever-action, repeating 1860 Henry rifle designed by Benjamin Tyler Henry in the late 1850's. The Henry rifle was
an improved version of the earlier Volcanic Repeating rifle.
One heavily engraved Henry rifle was given to President Abraham Lincoln to help procure a government contract, but the Union forces only bought 1,731 rifles, although many Union soldiers bought their own to use in the war. By the time production ended in 1866, after the Civil War, approximately 14,000 units had been manufactured..
The Henry rifle was the forerunner of the Winchester Model 1866 lever-action rifle, as after the Civil War, Oliver Winchester bought the failed Henry Company and improved the rifle to make the famous "Winchester Model 1866", which also used the 44 Henry Rim Fire cartridge and then later the different centerfire calibers.


The Sioux and Cheyenne had Henry rifles when Lt. Col. George Custer's men only had single shot Springfield rifles, which is one of the reasons why they call it the massacre at the Little Big Horn.
It is also interesting to note that numerous revolvers were also chambered for the .44 Henry Rim Fire, including
the Colt open top single action Army and Model 1860 Army Conversions; also the Smith and Wesson Model III
revolvers and others.
The 44 Henry cartridge used copper (later brass) rimfire cases containing 25 grains (1.6 g) of gunpowder to a 216 grain (14g) bullet.. The manufacture of the 44 Henry rimfire cartridges was world wide, but most all ammunition U.S. companies had discontinued the cartridge by 1934 during the Great Depression.
The 44 Henry cartridges were available in pointed and flat projectiles with diameters of app. .44" and in short, regular, and long case versions, from .805" to .903" by many makers. NOTE: (that is the case length, not the total cartridge length) Beware of sellers, offering 44 Short Rim Fire, or 44 Long Rim Fire as Henry cartridges.
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Thanks for the info. When I saw 44 Henry mentioned in the 40 S&W thread, I was thinkig "another 44 cartridge to shoot thru my Blackhawk." Wrong.

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A single 44 Henry cartridge sells for $30 to $50.

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