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#12037760 - 05/17/17 Henry Rifles?  
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Due to Iowa changing its laws making rifles for straight-wall cartridges legal for deer hunting I am looking at Marlin and Henry lever rifles. I am acquainted with Marlin guns but not the Henry's though I see a general $300+ Increase in cost over the Marlins.

Anybody care to share information of the Henry's mostly as regards quality but really any info would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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#12038305 - 05/17/17 Re: Henry Rifles? [Re: George_De_Vries_3rd]  
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Henry's are high quality but homely looking. I can't get past the looks. Marlin's look sharp on the other hand.

#12040835 - 05/18/17 Re: Henry Rifles? [Re: George_De_Vries_3rd]  
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Henry has GREAT Customer service if you ever need it and make a great product I think they look alot better than the newer Marlins the fit and finish on a Henry is better than the newer Marlins with out question the checkering on the Marlins looks horrible at best. Now the old Marlins are a total different story those are great guns.

#12041528 - 05/19/17 Re: Henry Rifles? [Re: George_De_Vries_3rd]  
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Own 3 Henrys, never had an issue with any of them. Also own a new Marlin but havent shot it yet. Fit and finish is good, action seems smooth. The only "bad" levers I have owned were 3 JM Marlins built around 2000-2007.

#12041594 - 05/19/17 Re: Henry Rifles? [Re: George_De_Vries_3rd]  
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Henry Rifles have a Customer Service Dept that cares.........

Along with the CEO Mr. Imperato.......

https://www.henryusa.com/

#12042408 - 05/19/17 Re: Henry Rifles? [Re: George_De_Vries_3rd]  
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Will a Henry 44 Mag handle cartridges length = cast bullets?

My last lever action 44 went down the road because it would not.


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#12042422 - 05/19/17 Re: Henry Rifles? [Re: tikkanut]  
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I'm about this close to pulling the trigger on a standard blued .30-30 Heny. I've looked at several examples of Henry's, both the .30-30, .45-70 and the pistol caliber "Big Boy" models, and they are all very well fit and finished - excellent wood to metal fit and a nice uniform dark brown on the wood. Speaking of, the wood on all I've seen ranges from good to very good, no 2x4's in the bunch. The somewhat fish belly profile of the forend in pictures goes away in person and it is nice and narrow in the hand; the 50's era Marlins and now some of the latest ones have very fat forends. The actions all operate very smoothly and the triggers generally break cleanly at about 4 pounds or so. The transfer bar ignition lets you leave the hammer down on a live round and it's as safe as a Ruger SA revolver.

I know a lot of folks are turned off by the loading port in the magazine tube but after thinking about it feel it is a superior loading system that won't catch the thumb of your glove (I have two pairs of wool gloves with the right thumb torn up from just that) or try to pop the last couple of rounds back out at you. Some folks like the side port for a quick reload but I've never really needed to top off my lever actions in a hurry. The tube port also allows you to fully unload the rifle without having to run all the rounds through the action - not a big deal for anyone with half a brain but nevertheless it's there.

They take down just like a Marlin for cleaning from the breech - remove the lever screw and remove the lever, pop out the bolt, take out the ejector and you're done.

If there is one drawback I've found it's that the lever doesn't snuggle right up to the bottom of the grip like a Marlin or Winchester, there is a small gap. It's noticeable right at first but after working the lever a few times you notice it less and less, at least that's how it was with me.

They are a kind of non-traditional traditional lever action and I used to turn my nose up at them for that reason but once I gave them a fair and unbiased look and actually examined several, they definitely impressed me as a well thought out and well made rifle.


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#12042512 - 05/19/17 Re: Henry Rifles? [Re: George_De_Vries_3rd]  
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George, what caliber are you thinking? I've had a hankern for a stainless lever for a while.


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#12043155 - 05/19/17 Re: Henry Rifles? [Re: George_De_Vries_3rd]  
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I don't own a center fire Henry but you ask about quality so I can tell you that I've owned a Frontier model 22WMR that I beat the snot out of chasing Cats with my Cur dog for about seven years and it still runs like a top and is the most accurate 22WMR I've ever owned.
As usual....I think you'll find that the people that like to rip on Henrys have never owned one.
Yea...they're not as classy as my old Marlins but they're good solid guns from a good solid US manufacturer.

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#12043360 - 05/20/17 Re: Henry Rifles? [Re: George_De_Vries_3rd]  
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I actually prefer the loading tube on my Henry 45-70 over the side port of the "Remlin" I own. Like Jim, I never had to reload on the run and always found it cumbersome to load from the side.

#12043884 - 05/20/17 Re: Henry Rifles? [Re: Snowwolfe]  
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Big Boy, 180 gr .357 @ 100 yds

Shot 5 then adjusted up (Leupold 2-7 X 33)

Shot ten pulled one...

14 gr H -110
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Loaded 15.5 gr H -110, shot 5

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#12044090 - 05/20/17 Re: Henry Rifles? [Re: wabigoon]  
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Originally Posted by wabigoon
George, what caliber are you thinking? I've had a hankern for a stainless lever for a while.


I was just thinking 44 mag but I'd like another 22 also.

Jim, I handled a synthetic-stainless Big Boy in the local LGS and I was I impressed as to perceived quality over the late model marlin with the fat forearm next to it. It had almost a finished plywood look -- kind of cheap-looking but it was much lighter than the Big Boy and much less expensive too..

#12044098 - 05/20/17 Re: Henry Rifles? [Re: BGunn]  
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Originally Posted by BGunn
[Linked Image]

Big Boy, 180 gr .357 @ 100 yds

Shot 5 then adjusted up (Leupold 2-7 X 33)

Shot ten pulled one...

14 gr H -110
[Linked Image]

Loaded 15.5 gr H -110, shot 5

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Definitely "Minute Of Deer" !


That is a fine shooting lever gun.


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