THE HENRY AR-7 SURVIVAL RIFLE: IT'S ALL IN THE AMMO
"I discovered that the CCI ammo shot about a foot lower than the Federal"
THE HENRY .44 MAGNUM BIG BOYNext I brought out the Henry .44 Magnum Big Boy. Some time ago I had my gunsmith install a set of Skinner Peep Sights on both my Big Boys. The sights included front sights, which are intentionally made over-sized. Cutting these sights down on the shooting bench would prove to be a lot of work. One of my readers commented that he used the standard front sight with the Skinner Rear, and that worked well for him, so last night I decided to give that a try. I took a wooden dowel and a hammer, knocked out the Skinner front sights and replaced them with the Marble originals. I then put the LaserLyte green laser in the barrel, aimed it at a distant tree in my back ward and put the sights into alignment with the laser dot. That should at least get me on paper.
At the range today both rifles were a pleasure to sight in after struggling with the AR-7. Both were only inches off at 50 yards prior to sight adjustment. If you look at the target to the left, you'll see holes to the right. They were my original 7 rounds. After a few taps of the front sight to the right, I was hitting a group of about 4". Not bad in my opinion considering that at 50 yards, the front sight almost totally covered the target. I centered the ball on the front sight over the target at fired. I'm guessing any error was due to me and not the rifle. Also, I was using mixed junk ammo, so there's no way I could expect to get a group better than this. I was very pleased and put the rifle away. This one is set.
THE HENRY .357 MAGNUM
The .357 Magnum with the new round
Skinner front sight was removed and replaced with the stock Marble sight
The rear Skinner Sight
This sighting system virtually eliminates the rear sight. You sight and shoot like it's not even there. Your eye goes straight for the front sight and there's no front/rear sight alignment. Very quick target acquisition.
A final note (Monday night) I went to Cabela's Saturday and bought 200 more Hornady 158g jacketed GRXTP jacketed bullets for the .357 Magnums. Thursday I went to my local gunshop and they were out, so when I saw two boxes on the shelf at Cabela's I scooped them up. Last night I reloaded 200 rounds with the 16 grain Winchester 296 load that I shot Thursday. The mother-in-law was over Sunday and her and the wife were watching a lousy movie, so it was a good time to hide in the basement and get some reloading done. I'm looking forward to shooting this bullet at a bit closer range so I can better test the grouping, as well as putting the rifle out to 100 yards. It would be fun to put a scope on this rifle. I think I'll contact Henry to see if they have recommendations on how to approach this. I won't do it if drilling is required. I wonder if there are pre-drilled holes under the rear sight?
I also took the scope off the AR-7 because it obviously isn't a long range rifle. It's going back on the Henry H001T .22LR rifle.