44 Henry Rimfire Ammo
Winchester Flat Rimfire
Circa Early 1870’s
A rare box of early 1870’s Henry cartridges, with the raised “H” within the impressed circle, head stamp. This Winchester box of 44 Henry Rimfire ammo is in overall fine condition. Although, the top green label does show a half inch scratch and some minor scuffing. The box has been OPENED and has all of the side wrap label still intact. Lastly, the cartridges are all correct and in good untouched condition.
History of the .44 Henry Rimfire Cartridge
One of the great reasons for the ultimate success of the Henry rifle, most notably the Henry Model 1860 repeating rifle, was the self-contained metallic .44 Henry cartridge.
In 1854, the Smith & Wesson Company had patented a lever action pistol using a toggle action and an integral front-loading magazine. Unfortunately, the “rocket ball” ammunition used with this design left much to be desired. Despite the limitations of rocket ball ammunition, the rocket ball was used in a number of attempts at making a commercially successful firearm. As a result, this lead to the reorganization and creation of the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company.
During this Smith & Wesson reorganization, Oliver Winchester became a major stockholder, eventually controlling the Company. Subsequently, Winchester hired B. Tyler Henry to improve the Volcanic design. B. Tyler Henry went one step further by improving the cartridge. He invented a copper cased self-contained cartridge which made the bullets more reliable. Accordingly, the .44 caliber rimfire cartridge was born. With his new metallic cartridge and S & W’s lever action design, he developed the Henry Rifle. Thus, the henry rifle, using the .44 rimfire cartridge, was the first reliable lever action rifle.
A great box of Henry ammo with very early cartridges.
Covered with plastic wrap for protection.
Clarks Antiques – 44 Henry Rimfire Ammo – Price $5,500.00 SALE PENDING
This Henry Ammo Rimfire pairs well with our Winchester 1866 Carbine
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