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dromia

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Uberti Henry 1860 44-40
« on: January 26, 2017, 02:21:28 AM »
Having been impressed with the quality the reproductions coming from the Italian gunmaking houses during this years concentration on muzzle loading firearms and especially my experience with the Pedersoli 1859 Sharps I have been moving onto other early black powder cartridge guns this time from Uberti.

I have assembled a modest collection of early underlevers by Uberti starting with the ray-gun of its day the Model 1860 Henry. When the standard military arm of the day was the rifled percussion musket the Henry must have seemed form another planet, albeit using a rather low powered rimfire round. As they said at the time it was "the gun you loaded on Sunday and shot all week" .

The Uberti Henry is a very well made firearm with excellent fit and finish and superlatively smooth action straight from the box. This rifle has shot to point of aim with everything from low powered smokeless loads for indoor 25 yard shooting to full stoke black powder loads in the fine 44-40 cartridge. Accuracy is excellent in this rifle and the sights are good with me preferring the military style rear ladder sight that comes with this rifle to the ubiquitous buckhorn that usually gets attached to any underlever, so here is a picture of the rifle itself.



Here is a typical target shot at 80 yards off hand with my hip resting against a tree stump, The first shot was high as I hadn't checked the sight and it had moved up resetting it put the next four into the  nine ring with a six o clock hold.

These are BP loads, I just fill the case to the top getting about 38gns of Swiss No2 3fg into these Winchester cases, seat an NOE 432-200-RF 44-40 bullet cast from soft lead, in this case roof flashing and a smidgeon of tin. The bullet is lubed with Black Tac BP lube which works very well if you are looking for a bought BP lube. The bullets were cast from a 5 cavity mould and batch weighed before lubing. The vast majority of bullets were within 219.3 gns and 220.5 gns, there were a dozen and a half rejects from the 285 bullets that were cast at that session that were much lighter or heavier. The remaining bullets were then loaded in two batches weighing 219.3 gn to 219.9 gn and 220.0 gn to 220.5 gn. I batched weight these bullets as I was wanting to try the gun and the loads out a 100 yrds and beyond. The bullets are seated onto the powder in a case expanded with and NOE neck expander 433-429. The bullets were just over 0.431" as cast and were sized to 0.430". The bullets compressed the powder and were seated up to the crimp groove and a stout roll crimp applied to hold the bullet in place against the compressed powder, this COAL gave perfect feeding in the Uberti. Large pistol magnum primers were used for igniting this load. Clean up is easy as the the cartridge seals the chamber keeping the BP fouling just in the barrel.

For short range indoor shooting I use the same bullet over 4 gns of Vihtavuori N320 and for a smokeless load approaching the BP loading I use 9 gns of Vihitavuori N340 over the NOE 432-200-RF 44-40 bullet both loads giving better accuracy than I can hold.




Yet again a big Phwoarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

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Re: Uberti Henry 1860 44-40
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2017, 06:35:12 AM »
Better for me to be late than never right? I ordered this mold 5 years or so ago, loaded up and like it. I just never read the forum. However, I did just purchase Quick Load and founf the NOE file on this forum. But after I downloaded it I noticed it wasnt listed in the NOE file. I am ready to cast some more.

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Re: Uberti Henry 1860 44-40
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2017, 08:13:42 AM »
What are you going to be using it in?

 



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