Friday, September 23, 2016
New toy on test
An interesting delivery arrived this morning. The box contained a Henry Model H010 .45-70 lever-action rifle, with 18½" barrel - that company's equivalent to the well-known Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun. (Image courtesy of Oleg Volk - click it for a larger view.)
Unfortunately, I didn't get all that lovely ammunition with it - I'll have to provide my own! I've ordered some Hornady 325 gr FTX LEVERevolution cartridges, which should be here shortly.
Also included was a Riton Mod 5 1.5-6x42IR scope. It should be perfect for the short to medium ranges over which the .45-70 round excels, and the illuminated reticle should be very helpful during early morning or late-in-the-day hunting, when the light is low.
I'm going to have the pleasure of wringing out the combination over the next three months, with range time for myself and a number of friends at our Blogorado get-together next month, plus at least one (possibly two) hunts.
I've ordered an EGW Picatinny rail to fit the Henry receiver, and a couple of extended scope rings to mount the (rather long) scope as far forward as possible, so as to provide a usable eye relief. I'll fit them when they arrive. I'm looking forward to trying the combination on hog and deer later this year. Miss D. and I are already eating down the freezer, and she's making suggestive noises about what she hopes to see in it before long - so I'd better not miss!
I must admit, I have a weakness for a well-crafted lever-action rifle. They're just so darn neat, and there's a lot of history in the design. I have half a dozen in my safe already. If all goes well, I suspect this combination will make a worthy addition to my collection.