Written by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Gary Prisendorf
After saving back enough money with my Ramen noodle and hotdog diet plan, I was able to get one a few weeks ago.
When I received my new rifle, I was impressed. It has a perfect fit and finish and the wood on it is excellent. Really what else would you expect, it’s a Henry.
To be honest I wasn’t too excited about the buckhorn rear sight, so I elected to throw a scope on top of it just to see what it was capable of.
The only scope I had laying around that wasn’t already mounted on something was a 2.8-10×44 Simmons Aetec that I had removed from another rifle that was traded off a couple of years ago.
I got the Big Boy scoped up and loaded up 30 rounds of ammo, because that’s all the brass I had on hand.
At the range, I sighted in the rifle at 50 yards with both loads. Both grouped very well clover leafing less than an inch.
At that point I figured 2 inch groups at 100 yards should be very achievable and set up to test on the 100 yard range.
Before I give you my results, I want to point out that this Henry 41 Magnum is a pleasure to shoot, it functions perfectly and the trigger though a little heavier than I like, breaks clean and crisp which was a surprise for a lever gun.
Now back to my 100 yard accuracy test.
I believe it was Colonel Townsend Whelen that once said, “Only accurate rifles are interesting.” And I sure hope my Henry gets a little more interesting.
Honestly I was a little disappointed, the 210 grain load shot 2.778” and the 170 grainers shot 3.214”.
I am certain I can improve the accuracy by a little load development by tuning a load to the rifle. After all, I just picked a couple of loads out and threw them down range, so there are a million things I can do to improve my preliminary results.
I really like the rifle and look forward to finding a good load for it. It’s plenty accurate to pop a whitetail at 100 yards, but I know it can do better than that. Shooters have good days and bad days. My first day at the range with my new Henry Big Boy Steel definitely wasn’t a good day, but as we all know, the worst day at the range is still better than a good day at work.