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.44 magnum Henry mares leg. Good for SHTF?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by GunsAreEssential1975, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. GunsAreEssential1975

    GunsAreEssential1975 Active Member

    Ok guys I'm brand spanking new here. First let me give a little background here. First Im a 34 year old male and I've been in a wheelchair all my life. I love the outdoors, and prepping for an uncertain future. The problem is, when I'm in the woods, I have to crawl to get to remote areas. I need something small,light, powerfull enough for deer. I'm really digging the style and quality of the henry pistol/rifle. I would like some feedback on the survival aspect of this gun. I know it only holds six rounds, but I live out in the country, and have no interest in fighting my way to Chicago to get a loaf of bread. I'm figuring it's small and light enough to shove in a pack, and powerfull enough to solve most problems. I also have a small stockpile of .44 mag ammo to keep my Ruger Super Blackhawk running. I can't seem to get this thing out of my head, so any advice is greatly appreciated
  2. VA27

    VA27 Well-Known Member

    While the mare's leg is a cool looking item, it's just not practical for your stated needs. It's heavy, requires both hands to manipulate, is slow to load and would be extremely hard to work while prone. I think you'd be better served with a Redhawk or another Super Blackhawk, if you're set on the 44 Mag cartridge.

    Good luck with your Quest.
  3. We really don't do generic SHTF threads here. If you have a specific scenario that doesn't involve TEOTWAWKI for a survival situation, please feel free to be more specific.
  4. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    Any good handgun should out preform it.
  5. mnrivrat

    mnrivrat Well-Known Member

    Not a serious gun for anything. Much better choices are plentyful .
  6. DPris

    DPris Well-Known Member

    A very bad choice for your purposes.
  7. Goosey

    Goosey Well-Known Member

    You'd be much better off just using your Super Blackhawk or a full-sized 44 lever.
  8. murdoc rose

    murdoc rose Well-Known Member

    the mares leg while cool isnt really good for anything, firing it is awkward at best. Once you get one in your hands you'll understand.
  9. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine Well-Known Member

    I have the Rossi .357 and Henry 22LR.



    I like the guns. Like some other "unusual" guns it can be quite deadly in the hands of an experienced shooter, although there are usually better guns available for most situations, like your 44 Blackhawk.

    In your case, I don't believe the Mare's Leg would serve you well.

    Although the .223 is generally a little small for Deer, a small size, fairly powerful, very accurate, fairly light weight, high capacity, low cost gun that can be fired with one hand, is the Kel Tec PLR.
    It can be "bare bones".

    or fully dressed out.
  10. GunsAreEssential1975

    GunsAreEssential1975 Active Member

    M2 Carbine, that is the first time I've seen the kel-tec, and I have to say I'm digging the style. Looks better than any AR pistol I've seen. I appreciat all the comments so far guys. I pretty much knew the answer already, its just one of those things I had to hear from somebody else I guess. I get kind of bull headed when I fall in love with something. So what else would you all recommend to take the place of the mares leg? Remember, small, light, powerful and rugged is key here. Worst case scenario, I'll be packing one rifle, one handgun and limited supplies. Thanks again everyone, even though you shot me down, I love talking guns!
  11. mortablunt

    mortablunt Well-Known Member

    A mare's leg isn't high practical, sorry. Also, SHTF dedicated threads are not really appreciated here, but anyway, welcome to The High Road!

    You already have a handgun in 44 magnum, so that's the pistol caliber objective settled. You could get similar results by having the barrel lengthened and turning it into a 10 inch barrel SBR with hot loads. I'd honestly rather see you pick an accurate rifle for deer with more power than a pistol cartridge. a Cz 527 is a bolt action rifle in 7.62x39 and it's not too heavy either. It's also reasonably accurate. I'm not going to tell you that Mare's Leg= bad. It's not like you are counting solely upon it or saying that it is the only gun you need. You'd definitely be better served by a semiautomatic like an AK, AR, SKS, or Garand.
  12. 1911fan

    1911fan Well-Known Member

    It's a gimmick gun carried by a made-up TV character from the improbable early '60's.

    As has been stated, you can do much, much better.

    Welcome! come in, be comfortable and enjoy learning.

  13. Swing

    Swing Well-Known Member

    The Henry could be pressed into service, but I think something with a stock would be much better for deer hunting. There are .44 Mag leverguns that aren't all that much bigger and pack pretty easily.

    All that said, you can't deny Gee-Whiz factor of the mare's leg. :)
  14. razorback2003

    razorback2003 Well-Known Member

    I'd pay 200 dollars, get a tax stamp, and put on a real buttstock on one of those guns. It would be a great short barreled rifle.
  15. ball3006

    ball3006 Well-Known Member

    razorback 2003 has an idea there.......That would really fit your needs.....chris3
  16. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    I don't see what it would do that a M4-style carbine or other collapsible or folding stock carbine (preferably, if legal, that can still be fired folded) would not.
  17. Manson

    Manson Well-Known Member

    Welcome to THR '75.
  18. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I think the Black Hawk will work fine for your needs. The mare's leg is not a light handgun. But if you want it, get it.

    Contrary to some here, I think the mare's leg has potential for your purpose and certainly is a fun gun. I question if you would or could put it in a pack when you are in a wheel chair. Hence, I think your single action 44 should be just as good. The mare's leg is a gimmick gun, no question. But I would much rather have this than a Judge or something similar. I have the Henry 22LR version.
  19. Redlg155

    Redlg155 Well-Known Member

    I'd consider a 10.5 AR pistol with the short ACE buffer tube. I'm building my second one as someone liked my first one more than I did. If you brace the buffer tube against your cheek you can have a solid 3 point stance. I've shot some really nice groups that way.

    I've found that shooting a mares leg is hard on my wrist because of the angle.
  20. GunsAreEssential1975

    GunsAreEssential1975 Active Member

    Hey guys thanks for all the replies. I forgot to mention that I live in Illinois I guess, so owning a legal SBR is out if the question. Redlg155, I dont suppose you could post a pic of this AR rifle could you? I've been looking at a Colt AR for a while, but for some reason, I just can't fall in love with this rifle, and it's $1100. I really enjoy shooting the low-tech stuff. Can't really explain why. I would rather pack and shoot my ruger SBH than my Glock 22 with the 22 round mag and flashlight. I'm also considering buying a marlin 336 30-30 and cutting it down to a 16-18 inch barrel, cutting off a couple inches off of the stock, and putting a scout scope set-up on it. Just figured the henry is almost that already from the factory.

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