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Re: Alexander Henry .360 Miniature Single Shot Rifle [Re: fraserdouble]
      #373267 - 18/01/23 10:36 PM

Fraser, thanks so much for this information. I will dip some powder and report back.

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Re: Alexander Henry .360 Miniature Single Shot Rifle [Re: fraserdouble]
      #373279 - 19/01/23 06:35 AM

Swiss has a greater density (heavier per volume) than the other makes of black powders. It is also slightly more energetic.
17.06gr. actually. Interesting. I don't think the load and wads would come up to the bottom of the ball, of course, much would depend on the thickness of the wads.
Concerned over ringing the chamber, is all. Of course, more or thicker wads could be used.
.375 is a normal mould sold by all mould makers here as that size is meant for the .36 cap and ball revolvers.

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Re: Alexander Henry .360 Miniature Single Shot Rifle [Re: fraserdouble]
      #373300 - 20/01/23 02:20 AM

fraserdouble, That is great info. Thanks.

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Re: Alexander Henry .360 Miniature Single Shot Rifle [Re: 85lc]
      #373303 - 20/01/23 03:28 AM

It is!
Iíll have to try round balls in my 360 as well.
Could even work up a two ball load that may be interesting.

Iím thinking loading a fired, unsized case allowing the mouth to shave the ball to size with a little lube over the top.
Sound about right?

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Re: Alexander Henry .360 Miniature Single Shot Rifle [Re: Huvius]
      #373307 - 20/01/23 04:31 AM

With a BP load, a little lube ball separated from the powder by a wax paper disk, or a thin BW wad cut from Bee Brood Foundation (as Curly already does), then the other wads and the ball(s). The reason for the lube barely separated from the powder, is to allow the powder charge to melt and spread the lube over the bore to keep the fouling soft.
It works.
From the late Paul Mathews book "The Paper Jacket".

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Re: Alexander Henry .360 Miniature Single Shot Rifle [Re: DarylS]
      #380809 - 01/12/23 01:56 AM

So how does it shoot, CptCurl?

I once bid on a Henry 360 Best, but someone wanted it rather more.

Ross Seyfried wrote about loading for the cartridge in the October, 2003 issue of Handloader. I believe it's still available from Wolfe.

He even took an elk with one and was surprised the little bullet passed clean through on the broadside shot. I've read of guys using a 357 Magnum revolver to take elk, and the 360 is hotter than that.



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Re: Alexander Henry .360 Miniature Single Shot Rifle [Re: CptCurl]
      #380915 - 04/12/23 03:27 PM

Ah-ha!, you're the guy who outbid me for that rifle. I see now the s/n is the same. Wonderful little rifle you have. I would have bid higher, but the stock really didn't have enough drop for me (or my son). I'm working on getting a Hagn miniature made up; I'll likely select the 357 for it.

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It has an absolutely beautiful, mirror bright, perfect bore.




My son and I ran a bore scope up the barrel. It looked as if there was a little pitting just ahead of the chamber. Were those just surface deposits that cleaned out? Regardless, we reckoned it was a very usable bore.

What are you using for brass?


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