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Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE
      #322773 - 26/12/18 08:14 AM

I was very happy to have won this rifle at a recent auction.
My 500BPE Alex Henry double has been superb and I have been on the lookout for a single shot 500. In fact, Iíve been a bit crazy for Alex Henry patent falling blocks for the last few years as they are just so fine in every respect. Perfection in a hammer single IMO.
Anyway, the auction described it as ďperiod refinishedĒ. That didnít bother me at the price I was bidding.
Well, it could be period refinished but IMO, it could very well be in its original finish - not sure how to tell actually and in hand I canít think it matters to me at all!
Perfect balance, wonderful condition and a beautiful bore!
What a great rifle!!









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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: Huvius]
      #322774 - 26/12/18 08:25 AM

Beautiful rifle. Did you win this on Rock Island? There was a very nice looking 500 BPE on RIA recently. I thought about bidding but thought it would sell for more funds than I had available (Also my boss "strongly suggested" I sell before I buy.)

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: 85lc]
      #322776 - 26/12/18 09:21 AM

Very nice!

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: 85lc]
      #322779 - 26/12/18 09:55 AM

Yes, thatís the one.
Iíve had good luck buying at their main auctions although Iíve heard of some very unhappy buyers as well.
I think I did just fine on this rifle. Very pleased with it and canít wait to get it out to the range.

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: Huvius]
      #322783 - 26/12/18 11:49 AM

Exceptional, Huvius. What a score!

Be VERY careful how you box it up
for my testing. I wouldn't want any
unforseen damage to occur in shipment.
I expect it may take upwards of a full year's testing, but I'll have her singing a beautiful song - your choice, GOEX, OLD ENISFORD, OR SWISS powders. Don't forget to throw in the dies and brass. I have a few moulds that will likely work already.

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: Daryl_S]
      #322787 - 26/12/18 07:15 PM

Huvius,
That is indeed a beautiful rifle, keep us informed of how it shoots for you, and with what load.

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: 450_Ackley]
      #322790 - 27/12/18 12:29 AM

That's a lovely rifle. You are going to really enjoy it!

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: CptCurl]
      #322792 - 27/12/18 03:28 AM

I used not to be sure, but now I DO believe in Santa Claus!

Let us know how you get on with it once the snow melts...

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: HistoricBore]
      #322802 - 27/12/18 07:08 AM

To this guy's eye, the most elegant rifles ever built. Wish I could afford one. Congratulations on a beauty!

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: 450_Ackley]
      #322804 - 27/12/18 08:31 AM

Quote:

Huvius,
That is indeed a beautiful rifle, keep us informed of how it shoots for you, and with what load.

DC




That is indeed a superb piece of kit you have there!!!
Let us know how you go, there are a few of us on the other side of the pond that load this cartridge for BP Express competitions - always nice to hear what someone else has tried!


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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: 416rigby]
      #322805 - 27/12/18 08:36 AM

That is a wonderful rifle!
Really like the old single shot rifles.

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: Iowa_303s]
      #323946 - 29/01/19 03:21 AM

Beautiful rifle. Rare to see them in other caliber than .450ex and .360ex.

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: rigbymauser]
      #323969 - 29/01/19 11:58 AM

Iím hoping to get this rifle out to see how she does soon.
Seems like weather and opportunity are rarely coinciding lately.
I cast and patched some 450gr bullets I use in my Turner 500 No.2 that I expect will shoot well in this rifle.
Also have another 500 3Ē BPE that I need to get out but I think will need a lighter bullet to regulate.
Itís a double J.V. Needham with a way lazy twist - like one in sixty.
Donít even know where to start with that one...

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: rigbymauser]
      #323970 - 29/01/19 12:03 PM

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Beautiful rifle. Rare to see them in other caliber than .450ex and .360ex.




Thatís exactly why I was so interested in this rifle!
450s are great and all but a 500bpe single is a perfect balance of power and usability. Sort of why so many muzzle loading folks start out with 54cal rifles.

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: Huvius]
      #323975 - 29/01/19 02:10 PM

beautiful rifle.

I have a .500 3" BPE Alex Henry double with clean damascus tubes and Henry rifling. I'm in need of ammo for it and don't cast bullets myself.

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: baileybradshaw]
      #324020 - 30/01/19 03:41 AM

Bailey, I have used 440gr grease groove bullets in my 500 Henry double from a Lyman 515141 mold.
The bullets are supposed to be 425gr but mine are closer to 440.
110grs of Old Eynsford 1-1/2 shoots well with this bullet.
I bet they can be found on gunbroker but I will probably be casting some in a month or two when the weather warms.
The paper patched bullets I havenít tried in that particular rifle but I would expect similar performance and loading to work.
I really want to move to paper patched for all of my BPE rifles.

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: Huvius]
      #324138 - 01/02/19 12:42 PM

Ben,
Very nice find! Whether or not it has been ďperiod refinishedĒ is to me a moot point because the original case colors are there and not messed with.
Besides that, back in ďthe periodĒ it was common for the gentry to send the guns back after hunting season to be cleaned, re-blacked/browned, and stock finish refreshed......you did well, itís a beauty.
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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: Huvius]
      #324139 - 01/02/19 01:38 PM

Quote:

Iím hoping to get this rifle out to see how she does soon.
Seems like weather and opportunity are rarely coinciding lately.
I cast and patched some 450gr bullets I use in my Turner 500 No.2 that I expect will shoot well in this rifle.
Also have another 500 3Ē BPE that I need to get out but I think will need a lighter bullet to regulate.
Itís a double J.V. Needham with a way lazy twist - like one in sixty.
Donít even know where to start with that one...




300gr. is about max. I think. You might be able to paper patch bullets meant for the .500 S&W Magnum or for other .50 cal. pistols and muzzleloaders - or cast.

I have a couple NOE aluminum moulds - they are the best made moulds I have ever owned, and I have had RCBS, Lyman, Ohaus, Saeko, NEi and now NOE. Super moulds.

http://noebulletmolds.com/NV/index.php?cPath=43&osCsid=20djbkm36dvf46u9khk49o4eq0

http://noebulletmolds.com/NV/index.php?cPath=44&osCsid=20djbkm36dvf46u9khk49o4eq0

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: Daryl_S]
      #324143 - 02/02/19 12:49 AM

Congratulations on a marvelous purchase!!!! It is a beautiful example of the Alex Henry falling block.

Most regrettably I missed out on an Alex Henry falling block in .450 BPE with a fluid steel barrel in very good condition (albeit not quite as nice as this one) with a fair bit of the original color case hardening. I procrastinated for a very long time (like two years) as the seller wanted top dollar for it. They reduced the price from $12,500 USD to $9,500 USD and shazam, in 8 weeks it sold....... I didnít have enough loose money at the time as Iíd just bought an Alex Henry double in .450 2 3/8 BPE.......

This thread is causing me tremendous regret that I was too slow on purchasing the falling block...... Itís a damned pity that Iím not made of money but I suppose thatís a common complaint!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: Postman]
      #324147 - 02/02/19 03:49 AM

Quote:

Congratulations on a marvelous purchase!!!! It is a beautiful example of the Alex Henry falling block.

This thread is causing me tremendous regret that I was too slow on purchasing the falling block...... Itís a damned pity that Iím not made of money but I suppose thatís a common complaint!!!!!!!!!




PURCHASE??? HE WON IT..

Makes it even better...or worse for your regret..

Very nice looking rifle..congrats..

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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: Ripp]
      #341258 - 21/05/20 05:00 AM

I have just bought a Henry rifle like yours, but in .450 3-1/4Ē BPE.

In the metal buttplate, there is a small storage. It is shaped like a cone - any idea what the use of this room is ment to?

//Boryx


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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: Boryx]
      #341259 - 21/05/20 06:53 AM

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I have just bought a Henry rifle like yours, but in .450 3-1/4Ē BPE.

In the metal buttplate, there is a small storage. It is shaped like a cone - any idea what the use of this room is ment to?

//Boryx




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Re: Alexander Henry Falling Block 500BPE [Re: Boryx]
      #341264 - 21/05/20 10:00 AM

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In the metal buttplate, there is a small storage. It is shaped like a cone - any idea what the use of this room is ment to?





My guess is that it is a place to keep a pull through bore brush and cord.
All of mine are empty!

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