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Thread: Picked up a new Henry single shot in .223 today, shooting it and first impressions!

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    Boolit Master
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    Picked up a new Henry single shot in .223 today, shooting it and first impressions!

    Was in a neighboring town today, and stopped in at a large gun/pawnshop that usually has pretty good prices on their guns. I picked up a new unfired Henry .223 single shot in the box, for $329 out the door. The wood was beautiful, fit and finish was what you expect from them, very nice. I got it home, swabbed the oil out of the barrel and promptly folded down my benchrest and tried the iron sights out at 100yds on my home range. I held on the center of my gong, for 4 shots, and kept all of them in just a little over a 2" group, about 2" high! My action is butter smooth in opening, closing and extraction. The trigger, seems to be a 2 stage with a glitch at the end of the first half of the pull, then the remaining pull is about #4, and repeatable. When you get to the glitch, the trigger remains there even when you release it, then you can pull on thru. I may take it apart and stone the trigger and sear, but for right now, I can live with it!! I only shot 4 times because a thunderstorm with a lot of lighting, just though I would share!

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    Boolit Master Good Cheer's Avatar
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    Oh my golly gosh, what a .22 cast boolit squirler.
    Nice find sir!

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    Boolit Master
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    Anyone got any .223 caliber cast bullet loads they would want to share, between 50-65 grain bullet weight, that would work with a 1-9 twist? That is the twist listed in their booklet! I would love find a light load that I could use on small game!

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    Boolit Man
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    18 grains IMR4895 under a 55 grain Lee works without gas check in my 1:7. Mine's an AR, so I have to go hotter, for the action to work but that load puts 'em on target. And my 5 y old can shoot it. Best guess is it's roughly equivalent to a 22 mag.

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    Boolit Master
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    this afternoon I saw a big chuck out in the field by the barn, went into the shop and got the Henry .223, slipped out and took a rest up against a post, and the crack of the rifle, he wilted and then his tail came up stiff waving goodbye to the cruel world! LOL! I shot the chuck with my rangefinder, he was exactly 147 yards, not bad for open sights!

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check