why Henry is the big boy steel 45c made for a max of a 260gr bullet ?
I bought some speer 300gr jsp bullets to load for my my big boy steel 45c and noticed I couldn't load them to speers recommended 1.640 OAL. specs without feeding problems . So I called henry to ask why and the first thing the guy said was no because the twist rate was wrong and the next thing was because of the action not designed for the longer bullets. Well the first thing I did when I got off the phone was mark my cleaning rod and used a tight jag and patch and counted how many inches it took for my rod to make a full turn and to my surprise (because of everything I read in the past saying 1:38) it was 18 inches. Don't get me wrong I love the twist rate but why in the world would Henry build the action with a limit of a 260gr bullet with a 1:18 twist ?
If you check the Henry website, it lists the BBS 45 Colt as 1:16", 1:38" has been cited as the Colt twist is some magazine articles, but that's SAAMI standard for the 44 mag rifle, 260-300gr would be the normal max bullet weight for a 1:38" twist.
Maybe my patch slipped on the jag but it didn't feel like it plus I did it twice. Henry could have changed to a 1:16 twist after I bought my rifle ? In any case that would be even dumber with a 260gr bullet limit .
Update I have the 300gr speers working great with a OAL of 1.610 and wanted to say I really like this rifle I was just giving the engineers something to think about. Its a great improvement over the p.o.s. Rossi 454 I had.