Most Recent and Future Purchases

Surt

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I really like this setup, and pretty much the only way I would go back to the AK platform is to take advantage of the way 7.62x39 is a great short-barrel round. I'd put a folding pistol brace on it and then mount a red dot like this guy has. Pretty much exactly this, suppressed or not, is the only way I can justify new magazines, new calibers, and a new manual of arms and chest rig to carry the stuff that isn't an AR and AR accessories.

 
I’m anti new caliber too. I just picked up a Henry big boy in .357 and the only thing I can conceive of adding sometime in the future is a .308. I picked up the AK after having wanted one for a very long time, basically ever since living in New York and not being able to find one that fit the legalities. Bought that PSA AK and I’ve been so happy with it that I barely shoot any other rifles. But you’ve got more experience with this stuff from an actual tactical usage standpoint so I’m sure your kit is more expensive than the condor rig I bought for the AK, or my old army surplus Alice rig I have for my AR.
 
What are the specs/details on it? Any particular reason that rear MBUS is located a few rail spots forward?

Not looking to sharpshoot or be a dick. Just wondering if there's optics considerations or something I'm not getting here.
xD because it's my first centerfire rifle basically ever and I don't know shit about iron sights.
 

Surt

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xD because it's my first centerfire rifle basically ever and I don't know shit about iron sights.
And that's groovy. Just a word of advice, the further apart your front and rear sights are, the less room for error the human eye has. All other things being equal, a longer sight radius equals better accuracy. If you don't have any other equipment to worry about, put that MBUS as far back as the rails allow without it obstructing your access to your charging handle.
 

Surt

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I use Magpul polymer MBUS sets on all my guns and have never had a problem with them losing zero after years of use and sitting there under optics. I use them as primary sights on a few guns, even.
 

Winbot

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so how exactly should the sight picture look through MBUS with the smaller aperture? like how much of the front sight post should be visible?
With the tiny hole you won't see much at all. That's the point, it removes margin of error!

You'll find that the large aperture works fine for everything but super long range stuff.
 
Picked up my Henry Big Boy Silver this week(.357). Very nice rifle. I am less than thrilled about the manner in which it is loaded, tube vs loading gate, but regarding all other points this rifle is superior in every way to every other lever gun I've messed with. We'll be seeing how it shoots either today or tomorrow, but I anticipate great things. The buckhorn sights on these are more like having a cut in half ghost ring than anything so it points and acquires sight picture very easily. The action is smooth as butter, except for the initial break which is a little stiff at the moment, and even cycling very fast with ammo it chambers every .357 i've used so far, even with some minor short stroking there. My Marlin 336 on the other hand, does not, you basically have to have perfect lever drill to keep the rounds from nose diving into the feed ramp. Would be interested in finding another lever gun that runs this smooth at this price point but with a loading gate instead of tube loading at some point down the line since I love leverguns so much. I could honestly be good with never buying another semi auto again and just amassing a collection of aesthetically pleasing cowboy guns.


Its also extremely heavy, more heavy than my AK with a 40 round mag. I anticipate this will make the recoil impulse barely noticeable. The 20" barrel really eeks out every last bit of velocity that you can get from a .357, putting into the realm of the slower speed rifles. Out of a 10" barrel you're getting roughly 1600 fps from most commercial loadings and from what I've read a 20" barrel will net you somewhere between 300-600 fps more.
 

Winbot

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After getting to play with that 44mag Henry a few weeks ago I can officially endorse. The action was totally smooth, it was well worn in with several owners in its past.

I don't mind the loading gate vs tube, either is fine. The tube's construction is very robust unlike some of the 22LR rifles out there (though I hear the 22 Henry is beefed up). There are advantages to this design if you decide to reload down the road too regarding different bullet designs, I'm sure the levergun autist gunboards you've bumped into already mentioned that.

Sights are better than a full aperture to me, they're simple but very hi viz, good stuff.

The "recoil" haha ... gun is HEAVY


I like how ejection has a very predictable out and down pattern, good for snatching brass.

357 magnum is an awesome caliber in everything but snubnoses, hopefully you can shoot at some stuff other than paper soon and do some tests on how the impact looks compared to 30-30 / pistols / other rifles.
 
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