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Old 11-12-2010, 05:40 AM
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Good morning.
Having been on the lookout for a lever-action rifle for awhile (about two years), I landed on a Uberti-manufactured Henry 1860 45LC. And man is she a beauty.
It took me a year to realize that what I wanted was a Henry rifle(playing cowboys & indians, we generically referred to all lever-actions as Winchesters). The buttstock would have to be curved at the shoulder and the barrel would have to be full length also. Calibre was not paramount, but a .22 would not work. I also learned that the cocking handle would be straight and no pistol grip for the shooting hand. What tipped it towards the Henry was the preference for no handguard.
Having decided to begin seriously shopping for one, it became a case of scoping the gun shows or buying one through the mail. Wednesday I stopped by the local gun shop and low and behold there was a Henry on the shelf just below a Winchester '73. Could not help but notice all that brass. The clerk told me it arrived the day before on consignment and the owner had not even removed it from the factory wrapper. It turned out to be everything I wanted in a lever-action rifle. The barrel is in charcoal blue (24-inch). It was only after I paid the clerk that he told me someone called coming to look at the rifle Friday.
I managed to find some cowboy loads at a nearby tackle shop. At forty-seven dollars a box (50 rds), I will be getting reload dies. Fired the gal yesterday and she is one sweet rifle.
Please offer up some advice on maintaining this American Beauty.

- JKHolman
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:02 AM
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Welcome to ShootersForum, JK!

That sounds like one sweet rifle! The cool thing about the 45LC cartridge is the incredible spectrum of published loads available for it. It can be everything from a mild-mannered plinker to a 150 yard big game getter. Reloading is the key, especially if you want to shoot it much at all.

I've got a model '92 Winchester in 44/40, which is remarkably similar to your new gun, and all I can tell you is you're going to have a lot of fun with 'er.
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:01 PM
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Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on getting what sounds like a beautiful rifle.
I think the 45 LC should be a very useful and versatile round.

About the only useful maintenance tip I can think of:
Be careful not to get any copper fouling remover on the brass.
Brass is an alloy of copper, and it may react with that pretty receiver.
It might be nothing to worry about, but fore-warned is fore-armed.

Pictures would be great, when you get the chance.
"I have a tendency against which I should, perhaps, be on my guard, to swim against the stream..." Winston S. Churchill

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Old 11-13-2010, 06:52 AM
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You may already know but after you get your reloading dies don't use the ruger only loads found in reloading manuels in your 1860 model rifle. Those loads are for the marlin 1894, the win 92's and copies, the win 94, and of course the strong ruger blackhawks/redhawks. Congrats on a awesome levergun and cartridge. Dave
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