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CW2 Ralph Long
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Posted - July 17 2019 :  6:24:19 PM  Show Profile  Click to see CW2 Ralph Long's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
This may be more of a "Speed Trap" entry, but as it has more to do with rimfire ammo, I'm dropping it off here. I headed out in the stultifying heat and humidity this morning to try out a used Henry .22 LR pump rifle I bought through to zero the little Tasco scope that came on it and just to make sure it worked well. I had a box of 36 grain hollow point CCI Mini-Mags (advertised velocity 1250 f.p.s.) and one of Winchester 40 grain Hypervelocity hollow points (advertised velocity: 1435 f.p.s.) on the window sill by the back door. I walked by my chronograph on the way out and thought, "What the heck; wonder how fast it will "sling these little rascals?" Firing six of each through my Pro Chrono Chronograph, I got an average of 1267 f.p.s (slowest was 1239 and fastest going 1299 f.p.s.) from the Mini-Mags and 1444 f.p.s. from the Winchesters (going as slow as 1419 and as fast as 1477 f.p.s. The rifle has an 18.5" barrel and functioned smoothly, as expected. I was impressed by the velocity of each type of cartridge in that they actually exceeded what was advertised.

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Posted - July 17 2019 :  8:24:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks. The only hole in my arsenal is a .22 rifle.

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Posted - July 18 2019 :  7:28:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I enjoy shooting .22s and have several but no Henrys. I have wanted one for awhile but just have a hard time paying what they want for them. Not that they aren’t worth it, they are an very well made rifle. Hopefully one day I will come across a good used one. Glad that yours works well. Enjoy.
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Posted - July 18 2019 :  7:55:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Got a little Henry lever-action last Christmas through a deal with the boss at the shop. Started out using Shorts in it, because....well, it's my rifle and I can. It shot them well, plenty accurate for iron sights and my old eyes. Took it to the range a couple weeks ago to try LR's in it, shot some CCI MiniMags and Velocitors; they were both more accurate than the Shorts, with the Velocitors making several little one-raggedy-hole groups. Seems it likes LR better than Short.
About ready to commit a blasphemous act and put a low-power scope on it (scopes don't belong on lever-actions, but with my eyes...). I'm expecting phenomenal--for me--results.

Everybody should have a/some .22 rifles, for the fun cheaper shooting, and for more serious purposes. The Henrys seem to be the smoothest actions out of the box than any other brand--not to knock the other brands. Ace

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Posted - July 18 2019 :  10:51:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I buy a few boxes of .22 rimfire ammo every year. I got a rifle for me, the wife, the stepson, the daughter in law, and this weekend a little .22 Crickett for my Grandson who is turning 7.

Marlins seem to be the best bang for the buck in pawn shops. My Ruger 10/22 is my personal favorite.

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Posted - July 19 2019 :  10:24:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I purchased a Henry Big Boy in 38Spl/357 new Mag 3 years ago. It was hard to lay out the cash. My family and I love the thing. It is fun to shoot and does well with 38s and 357 ball ammo. Many people have complained about the 38 Spl, not cycling, but I have had no problems to date. Lever guns rank high on my list for range guns and fun. Just under my 3 22's. My S/W 317-3, Sig Mosquito, and Taurus Mdl 941 22 mag revolver. Have run many 1000s of rounds through them, over the years.

Would purchase a 22 lever gun, if I ever find a bargain. I do have 5 different 22 rifles in the safe also.

I like 22s!

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Edited by - Pop Pop on July 19 2019 10:26:02 AM
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Posted - July 19 2019 :  11:34:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Arvinator

I buy a few boxes of .22 rimfire ammo every year. I got a rifle for me, the wife, the stepson, the daughter in law, and this weekend a little .22 Crickett for my Grandson who is turning 7.

Marlins seem to be the best bang for the buck in pawn shops. My Ruger 10/22 is my personal favorite.

A local Rural King had Marlin 66's on sale for $139 a couple years ago. Bought 4 of them. Plenty accurate.
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Jim Higginbotham

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Posted - August 11 2019 :  7:32:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Ralph!

I recently was cleaning guns and ran into my old Winchester 75 with a 10X Unertl scope on it. I used to use this guns in meets with Tom Givens and another couple of fellows to shoot .22s at 200 to 225 yards in the back yard - it was great fun.

I decided to try 4 different modern loads: CCI Subsonic HP, Aguila Subsonic LRN, Eley Match, and Federal Auto Match all at 25 yards.

Oddly enough the Federal Auto Match was the most accurate, which was mildly suprising since it was supersonic (but I think it stays supersonic to 25 - 50 yards may tell a different tale).

Sadly I did not set the chrono up.

Jim H.

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