Henry Rifle .22 WMR. Any negatives?


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Sullyman
December 4, 2011, 08:07 AM
I have been poking around and doing some searches on the Henry Golden Boy .22 WMR. Unlike other rifles and firearms I have not been able to find any negative feedback on these rifles or the company. It always seems as if someone has something not favorable to say.

Are people really always that satisfied with their Henry's??

As it stands now Santa (me) will be getting one for me for Christmas.

On a side note my work Christmas party has been designated a "Seasonal Working Dinner Event" I guess even the term "Holiday Party" offended some folks...Sorry to digress................

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303tom
December 4, 2011, 08:50 AM
Nope.............

Pilot
December 4, 2011, 09:09 AM
Other than ammo cost, I can't think of any.

jbkebert
December 4, 2011, 09:51 AM
I own 5 henry rifles currently. If i came across a good deal on another I would own 6. Very smooth actions, accurate, fantastic customer service. I really have nothing but good things to say about the company as a whole.

InkEd
December 4, 2011, 10:27 AM
I just got a Henry Big Boy in .357 and have no complaints about it. It has the smoothest lever action of any rifle I've handled. Reloading is a little slower because it has to be loaded from the tube cut-out but it's not a big deal to me. The only problem I can foresee with it would be the price of .22mag over .22lr ammo. Go for it.

Lateck
December 4, 2011, 11:03 AM
Another: GO FOR IT!

I own two Henry's and they are fine Fun guns.
I, too am thinking about getting one in .22 WMR when funds come availible...

Lateck,

Frozen North
December 4, 2011, 11:10 AM
Seriously, they are great rifles from a great company. I have a .22 Magnum, and I love it. Ammo cost is peanuts compared to any center fire ammo I am aware of.

The Sarge
December 4, 2011, 11:15 AM
I have a Henry .22 WMR. Smooth as butter. Accurate as heck. Ammo is dirt cheap/plentiful compared to centerfire rounds. I put a scout scope on mine. Thing is just a blast to shoot/hunt with. Great company, support, value.

chicharrones
December 4, 2011, 01:17 PM
I get to shoot my co-worker's Henry lever .22 mag on occasion. With the right ammo, it shoots just fine. For some reason his gun isn't accurate with Winchester Dynapoint, while something like CCI Maxi-Mags work very well.

Function has been perfect in all cases.

jrinfoley
December 4, 2011, 01:38 PM
I bought my first Henry a month or so ago and really like it. Very smooth action, quite accurate, and is a thing of beauty to look at. I bought the H001T Frontier in .22LR since I already have a Winchester 9422M.

Yep, Its a Henry!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v466/jrinfoley/P1000910.jpg

Badlander
December 4, 2011, 02:03 PM
I am A huge Marlin fan but since they arent making them(well) anymore might as well go with Henry. I have heard lots of good reviews on them. Few complaints.

Hearing good things about Rossi also.

Sullyman
December 4, 2011, 03:39 PM
Alright then, that confirms it. Calling my local dealer this week to get the Golden Boy .22 WMR.

conhntr
December 4, 2011, 04:48 PM
I have the 22lr and only have two complaints about it.

1. Gun was so accurate with irons i wanted to put a scope on it to see what it would do (ended up .75" at 50yards). Unfortunantly when the scope rings camp off so did some of the black finish on the reciever!

2. Recently i have been having stuck fired cases jump the extractor and stay stuck in the chamber then the next round is shoved into the back of the stuck case and really jams it up. Needs a dowel or cleaning rod to clear!

Ive had around 5000rounds through her and never detailed stripped it so probably just has crud stuck in it...


I am pivking up a marlin 39 soon. Main reasons the henry just feels a bit like a toy and i want more of a steel heft to the gun. But i wouldnt have shoy 10 bricks through it if i didnt like it

rcmodel
December 4, 2011, 05:03 PM
My main objection to them is they don't come apart in the middle like a Winchester 9422M or Marlin 39A.

So you can't use a cleaning rod from the back end like you are supposed to.

rc

Ole Humpback
December 4, 2011, 05:05 PM
Main reasons the henry just feels a bit like a toy and i want more of a steel heft to the gun.

Uh, a 7lb 22lr and you want more weight. If I didnt know better, I'd say my 22 WMR Golden Boy weighed more than 7lbs.

GooseGestapo
December 4, 2011, 05:10 PM
I won one in a pistol match in 2004. It had a plastic front sight and front and middle barrel bands like the .22lr version sold at Walmart. REALLY CHEAPLY MADE! . I even had to use a dremmel tool to "trim" the front sight to get mould flashings off to get a decent sight picture.
Accuracy with several loadings was never better than 2" at 50yds with or without a scope.
I was very dissapointed with it and sold/traded it off as I have a Remington M597 .22mag that is near MOA at 100yds with either Winchester 40gr JHP or the various 33gr V-max ammo. I personnally wouldn't get a .22lr as I have Marlin mod 39M. It IS ACCURATE. Smooth and good looking too.

However, recently I had the occasion to assist an aquaintance with sighting in a more recent Henry .22mag. His was drammatically better than the one I had. His had metal barrel bands, much better looking wood (blue reciever version) and had an octagon barrel with what appeared to be either Lyman or Williams front and rear sights. Like the one in the photo in previous posting above. The rear looks like the ones Winchester used on their "Legacy" line of Mod-94's with a white diamond and the front sight was a nice looking dove-tail bead.

He had a Nikon 4x ProHunter scope mounted on it. He'd been told I was familiar with the .22mag and guns in general and asked me to shoot it for him. (older gentleman in 70's). I sighted it in for him 1"high at 50yds. It was shooting ~7/8"-1" at 50yds with the Remington 40gr SemiPointed Softpoint load. He was impressed. I was too.

If the one I had would have shot and looked that good, I'd have kept it.....
So, look at the one you intend to buy before you drop the money on it.

DM~
December 4, 2011, 05:26 PM
I have 3 Henry levers, 2 in LR and 1 in WMR, i'm very happy with all three, none have needed anything but more ammo!

DM

Ole Humpback
December 4, 2011, 06:06 PM
I won one in a pistol match in 2004. It had a plastic front sight and front and middle barrel bands like the .22lr version sold at Walmart. REALLY CHEAPLY MADE! . I even had to use a dremmel tool to "trim" the front sight to get mould flashings off to get a decent sight picture.
Accuracy with several loadings was never better than 2" at 50yds with or without a scope.
I was very dissapointed with it and sold/traded it off as I have a Remington M597 .22mag that is near MOA at 100yds with either Winchester 40gr JHP or the various 33gr V-max ammo. I personnally wouldn't get a .22lr as I have Marlin mod 39M. It IS ACCURATE. Smooth and good looking too.

However, recently I had the occasion to assist an aquaintance with sighting in a more recent Henry .22mag. His was drammatically better than the one I had. His had metal barrel bands, much better looking wood (blue reciever version) and had an octagon barrel with what appeared to be either Lyman or Williams front and rear sights. Like the one in the photo in previous posting above. The rear looks like the ones Winchester used on their "Legacy" line of Mod-94's with a white diamond and the front sight was a nice looking dove-tail bead.

He had a Nikon 4x ProHunter scope mounted on it. He'd been told I was familiar with the .22mag and guns in general and asked me to shoot it for him. (older gentleman in 70's). I sighted it in for him 1"high at 50yds. It was shooting ~7/8"-1" at 50yds with the Remington 40gr SemiPointed Softpoint load. He was impressed. I was too.

If the one I had would have shot and looked that good, I'd have kept it.....
So, look at the one you intend to buy before you drop the money on it.

Are you sure that it was an actual Henry Rifle made by Henry and not some look alike Henry? Wal-Mart has never sold a true Henry Rifle (I would know, I worked there for 3 yrs), we sold plenty of Henry style rifles or rifles that looked like Henry's. My Golden Boy was a birthday present when I was turning 16, so that is around 2002-2003. There is nothing plastic on it, which is why I'm wondering why some people say its got the feel of a toy. Solid brass buttplate, solid brass reciever, chromemoly octangonal steel barrel, American Walnut stock, and steel accessories all over. No plastics at all.

conhntr
December 4, 2011, 06:17 PM
I think mine is an aluminum reciever on the standard 22lr right? Just doesnt feel quite like a rifle

black_powder_Rob
December 4, 2011, 06:38 PM
Get the frontier model if you can I love mine and it is a blast to shoot. I have been thinking of taking it out to 200 yards to see how she does.:D

also the barrel can be cleaned from the rear, you just have to remove the reciever cover and the bolt (both very easy to remove and put back together.) and you will have access to the breech of the barrel.

trex1310
December 4, 2011, 07:37 PM
I have a Henry pump (H003TM) .22wmr and it's a great rifle. It is
very accurate and totally reliable.

Ole Humpback
December 4, 2011, 07:45 PM
I think mine is an aluminum reciever on the standard 22lr right? Just doesnt feel quite like a rifle

It doesn't say one way or the other on the Henry website if the receiver is steel. It might very well be, after all, it doesn't take much steel to handle a 22. Good luck finding a reciever made from steel these days. Aluminum alloys have come a very long way even in the last 10yrs. On a price per weight basis, aluminum is double the price of steel, but you get about 2 times more material for that unit weight. And aluminum doesn't have to be much thicker than steel to carry the same load, especially if its one of the 6000 or 7000 series.

Specs
December 5, 2011, 09:50 AM
Will the rifle load from the end of the tube? I am considering a Henry in 22 mag and I want to load from the end of the tube with a "Speedee Loader" I have 2 of these, one for 22 lr and 1 for 22 magnum.

DM~
December 5, 2011, 07:58 PM
Are you sure that it was an actual Henry Rifle made by Henry and not some look alike Henry? Wal-Mart has never sold a true Henry Rifle (I would know, I worked there for 3 yrs), we sold plenty of Henry style rifles or rifles that looked like Henry's. My Golden Boy was a birthday present when I was turning 16, so that is around 2002-2003. There is nothing plastic on it, which is why I'm wondering why some people say its got the feel of a toy. Solid brass buttplate, solid brass reciever, chromemoly octangonal steel barrel, American Walnut stock, and steel accessories all over. No plastics at all.

I guess you were like most of the walmart gun employes i've seen, don't even know what they have forsale!! lol

YES, my WW sells REAL Henrys, even ran an add with them on sale about 2 weeks ago.

DM

hinton03
December 5, 2011, 09:48 PM
I believe that one of the reasons that they are priced the way they are is that the receiver is a magnesium alloy with steel side plates. Cheaper to manufacture but apparently functional and attractive.

Trex1310: I would like one of the pumps as well!

Ole Humpback
December 5, 2011, 09:51 PM
I guess you were like most of the walmart gun employes i've seen, don't even know what they have forsale!! lol

YES, my WW sells REAL Henrys, even ran an add with them on sale about 2 weeks ago.

DM

No, I knew exactly what we sold. We had tons of Mossbergs, Remingtons, Thompson's, a Winchester/Savage/Marlin once in a while, and cheap crap after that (don't tell me that a 30-30 NIB can sell for under $90 and be good quality, yes we sold a 30-30 rifle for less than $90 and it wasn't a name I can even recall). We never ever had a true Henry Rifle in our cabinet. Bunch of look a likes, but never a real one. If I can't read the big tag, know the gun by sight as I actually OWN one, and tell what gun it is by the box I had to sell the gun to the customer in, well I'm a lost cause as reading is a big part of my job each day.

BTW, what WW did you see a real Henry or for that matter any gun in? Most all WW stopped selling guns in the last year I was there (2007-2008ish). When we stopped selling guns at our store, there were only three Wal-Marts in all of Indiana that sold guns after that policy went into effect: Monticello, Seymour, and one more in the NE Indiana area IIRC as they were the only stores in the entire state that sold enough guns where it would have been profit prohibitive to stop selling them.

bhk
December 6, 2011, 08:08 AM
Yes, WalMart sells Henrys:

http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?search_query=henry+rifles&ic=16_0&Find=Find&search_constraint=4125

JustsayMo
December 6, 2011, 09:22 AM
A friend of mine has the 22 Mag goldenboy. VERY nice rifle. All the Henrys I've come across were accurate and smooth operating. Amazing value for the price.

Here's some video we made of his a few months ago.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32l7LtjP5Kc

bhk
December 6, 2011, 11:27 AM
BTW, what WW did you see a real Henry or for that matter any gun in? Most all WW stopped selling guns in the last year I was there (2007-2008ish). When we stopped selling guns at our store, there were only three Wal-Marts in all of Indiana that sold guns after that policy went into effect: Monticello, Seymour, and one more in the NE Indiana area IIRC as they were the only stores in the entire state that sold enough guns where it would have been profit prohibitive to stop selling them.

The receiver on the 'blued' Henrys is really a painted alloy and not steel. I am an old fart and appreciated the real steel on the the Marlins and 9422s, my feeling being that traditional guns are best made with traditional materials. That said, if that doesn't matter to you, the Henry is one heck of a deal and generally has a super reputation. The walnut stocks on them seem to have better figure than many those of many other makers.

BTW, most of the Walmart stores near me never stopped selling guns.

DM~
December 6, 2011, 12:10 PM
BTW, most of the Walmart stores near me never stopped selling guns.

Here either,

DM

Ole Humpback
December 6, 2011, 08:44 PM
Yes, WalMart sells Henrys:

http://www.walmart.com/search/search...onstraint=4125

Not saying no Wal-Mart has never sold a Henry, I just highly doubted it because all the ones I either shopped in or worked in IN never sold one.

BTW, most of the Walmart stores near me never stopped selling guns.

Here either,

DM

What states do either of you guys live in. I can't say I've been to all the Wal-Marts in IN, but the following cities Wal-Marts do not and have not sold guns since 2007-2008ish:

Lafayette
West Lafayette
Frankfort
Crawfordsville
Indianapolis
Carmel
Ft Wayne
Remington
DeMotte
Greenfield
Edinburgh

I also haven't seen guns for sale in the few I've been to in Louisville, Bowling Green, or Corbin, KY as I've traveled through those places more than once in the last few years, but since I don't frequent Wal-Marts while hunting or visiting family, I list those as questionable.

trex1310
December 6, 2011, 10:53 PM
I believe the receiver on my Henry pump is steel, but I will verify
with a magnet. The .22 mag pump is really very accurate. I have
a Zeiss Conquest 4X on it and it is deadly on small game with 40gr
CCI solids. The Fiocchi 40gr solids are also very accurate.

az_imuth
December 7, 2011, 06:37 AM
We have three of the Henry's here at the house, one GB and two Standard H001, all in .22LR. I don't have anything bad to say about any of them. The action on the GB is so smooth that I can tell when I'm empty just by working the lever.

As for the .22 WMR, I have a 9422 in that caliber and it is great rifle. The extra power from the magnum cartridge makes a lot of difference on the receiving end. I think you'll really like a lever gun in WMR...they're a lot of fun.

jsimmons
December 7, 2011, 01:06 PM
I won one in a pistol match in 2004. It had a plastic front sight and front and middle barrel bands like the .22lr version sold at Walmart. REALLY CHEAPLY MADE! . I even had to use a dremmel tool to "trim" the front sight to get mould flashings off to get a decent sight picture.
Accuracy with several loadings was never better than 2" at 50yds with or without a scope.
I was very dissapointed with it and sold/traded it off as I have a Remington M597 .22mag that is near MOA at 100yds with either Winchester 40gr JHP or the various 33gr V-max ammo. I personnally wouldn't get a .22lr as I have Marlin mod 39M. It IS ACCURATE. Smooth and good looking too.

However, recently I had the occasion to assist an aquaintance with sighting in a more recent Henry .22mag. His was drammatically better than the one I had. His had metal barrel bands, much better looking wood (blue reciever version) and had an octagon barrel with what appeared to be either Lyman or Williams front and rear sights. Like the one in the photo in previous posting above. The rear looks like the ones Winchester used on their "Legacy" line of Mod-94's with a white diamond and the front sight was a nice looking dove-tail bead.

He had a Nikon 4x ProHunter scope mounted on it. He'd been told I was familiar with the .22mag and guns in general and asked me to shoot it for him. (older gentleman in 70's). I sighted it in for him 1"high at 50yds. It was shooting ~7/8"-1" at 50yds with the Remington 40gr SemiPointed Softpoint load. He was impressed. I was too.

If the one I had would have shot and looked that good, I'd have kept it.....
So, look at the one you intend to buy before you drop the money on it.
The one you won was a H001, and the one with the octagon batrrel is a H001T. a H001T, and I used it successfully in Cowboy Leveraction Silhouette competition. You can get metal barrel bands and sights for the H001, and Henry is very responsive to customer service issues. IMHO, the H001T is a better version of the rifle.

Perra Hunter
December 7, 2011, 02:26 PM
All I can say is that Henry Repeating Arms is the only firearms maker with the guts to advertise on regular television in Washington DC. Not on a cable hunting channel with self-selecting viewers, but on regular TV with a wide open audience. That says something, in and of itself.

Henry will get some of my money, just not until I get some for the landlord first. Why, are you hiring?

Sullyman
December 7, 2011, 07:46 PM
Well my Henry is ordered. .22 WMR. American made, purchasing from a small town country FFL (maybe cost more than elsewhere. $440.00, but hey I like to support the small local places). It's not always about the money.......I'm not rich or well off but I can afford to support local guys rather than big box, mega retailers.........
Looking forward to my son coming to town so we can give it a go....

Safety First
December 9, 2011, 10:14 AM
Mine is a 22WMR Golden Boy. First, the gun is crazy accurate with the iron sights. It's made in America and the action is very smooth. It may be a little heavy for some to lug through the woods for hours on end, but I would not let that stop me from buying another. The standard WMR may weigh a little less.

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