This Weaver 1x20 had been sitting in my box 'o optics for a while and I finally decided to give it a home.
So I dug around in my stash of dad cash, and came up with a few extra freedom bucks. With a short, light, compact scope with NO magnification, what would be a good fit? I decided I needed another .45-70 to go with the all the brass, loading dies, and loaded rounds I had. So this is what followed me home from Cabela's emporium of making my wife angry:
A Henry Repeating H010 .45-70 Lever. I wanted to get the all-weather version, but it seems that Henry only makes those if you know the secret illuminati handshake. This will do, however. Why henry? Because I handled a brand new Marlin that was on the rack next to it and the lever was as rough as a Laredo saturday night, it came with pre-boogered screw heads, and the fit of parts was horrid.
I let the scope and the rifle hang out overnight and get to know each other. What came out of the safe was this:
(why the forum puts a 90 degree tilt on the pics is beyond me. must be a feature)
Initial impressions: I LIKE the rifle. Handy as all get out, the lever is so slick and fast handling that I have to get used to not muscling it so hard or my hand comes out of the loop. The scope is a nice pairing for it, but it might be a little dim for morning hunts. The instructions say it will only take 4 in the tube, but if you ask real nice, it seems she will let you put a 5th one in. The ejection port is a little small, so doing an emergency load of a dry gun by dumping in a lose round is difficult. This is a bit of a concern, because this thing loads like a Marlin Model 60. Which I actually find goofy-cool.
Hope to get to the range in the next couple days to sight it in. Anyone that has knowledge of .45-70 trajectory that can suggest an initial "get on paper" distance that will put me close at 100, please let me know.