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Original Henry questions
October 14, 2020
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Hi,

 I'm new to this Forum and not sure if this the correct site. Henry being the forerunner to Winchester and not finding a Henry (Original) forum I am trying here. 

 I just picked up an original 1860 Henry rifle, First Model in decent, not pristine condition. I have some questions and it is missing a few small parts. I located an original rear sight but still need the front sling mount and cleaning rod.  Also, the top barrel flat has 3 additional open dovetail slots. I'm wondering if they used some type of scope or moved the rear scope forward.

 Thanks, Bob

October 15, 2020
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You shouldn't have to much trouble locating sites and there is a cleaning rod on Guns international, ( Little Joe) as I recall, but You had better be prepared for the sticker shock.

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October 15, 2020
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Bob,

Not sure what your true interests are here. Collector, or trying to make a quick buck! With that being said, their are a couple good books on the Henry Rifle, by Wiley Sword, and Les Quick! The three additional dovetail slots, on the barrel would hurt the collector value, tremendously, to a collector, as would replaced parts! If you picked it up to shoot, well good luck with that also, as most were 44 rim fire black powder, and some, 44 center fire, kinda on the rare side! Wall hanger? Everything has a value to it! Good luck!

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October 15, 2020
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Pictures are always a good idea, You'll get lots of comments , some good some not so good but I find these comments always broaden My mind on a piece

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October 15, 2020
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Good points Henry! Pics would be great!

October 15, 2020
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BobJ said
Hi,

I have some questions and it is missing a few small parts. I located an original rear sight but still need the front sling mount and cleaning rod.  Also, the top barrel flat has 3 additional open dovetail slots. I'm wondering if they used some type of scope or moved the rear scope forward.

 Thanks, Bob  

An original rear ladder type sight is hard to find.  If you find a real one they can be as much as $1000.  Repos are about $250.  The later Henry's used a metal cleaning rod that looks just like the later ones.  Again, repo rods are out there and usually at real prices.  Repo wood rods go for $1000 and repo metal rods can run $300 and up.

The Henry was never chambered for a center fire.  A small number of the late 66's were. Like limestone said, the extra dovetails really kill any collector value.  No one has made Henry barrels for awhile that I know of but they can be made. 

October 16, 2020
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Chuck, Thanks for clarifying my center fire comment!

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October 19, 2020
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Help me out here guy's. I know I'm not cracking up yet. Am I? Where did I read, years ago, I think, that some, possibly later Henry Rifles were center fire .44 cal.! Am I correct? Is it possible this was old info, and it has been corrected? It's been driving me crazy, because I can't remember where I got that in my mind from! Thanks in advance.

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October 20, 2020
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To the best of My knowledge, there was never a factory manufactured Henry Center Fire, maybe after market but not factory, nor have I ever seen one.

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October 20, 2020
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The 66 was the only rim fire that I ever heard of being converted.

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There were no Henry Repeating Rifles made for a center fire cartridge. There were a about 1,000 late production Model 1866's that were made and/or converted for center fire cartridges. I very much suspect that is what you read about.

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October 20, 2020
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Sounds about right! Thanks Bert!Smile

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Nice set of wooden cleaning rods for a Henry, on Rock Island, Lot #3030!

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