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Old July 3, 2016, 04:28 PM   #1
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Henry .357 opinions

Any on have opinions on Henry .357 mag Golden Boy? What is the effective range?

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Old July 3, 2016, 04:53 PM   #2
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The pistol caliber rifle is the Big Boy.

Run a forum search on "Henry Big Boy" and you should find loads of comments.

"Effective range"?
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Old July 3, 2016, 05:31 PM   #3
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Effective range on which game? With a 125gr, 140gr, 158gr, 170gr or 180gr bullet? Cast bullets, jacketed bullets, FTX bullets?

We need much more info to answer your question...

I like Henry rifles and you probably will too if you buy one.
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Old July 4, 2016, 01:23 AM   #4
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Can't speak to the golden boy, but bought a big boy steel 45-70 and love it. Pretty wood relative to most of its competition, smooth and reliable right out of the box. A big boy steel in 357 is on my shortlist. Assuming the golden boy is built as well as the steel I'd say you can't go wrong.

Effective range is hard to define. Most sources I've seen suggest 357 out of a carbine or rifle will be doing between about 1500 - 1900 fps, depending on bullet weight and barrel length of course, a heathy step up in power from a revolver.
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Old July 4, 2016, 02:15 AM   #5
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I don't have a Henry, I do have a Marlin 1894, in .357 and in .44. Effective range, my assumption would be on deer sized game and smaller would be 100-125 or so yards. Pistol caliber carbines are great, and huge increase over pistols, but they're still pistol calibers.
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Old July 4, 2016, 02:27 AM   #6
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Proper 357mag loads from a carbine barrel are very similar in muzzle energy to a 7.62x39 or 300 blackout. In fact, they all use similar powders, charge weights and bullet weights. But yeah, If I were a hunter, I probably wouldn't go past a hundred yards for a deer or smaller game. Stout lilgun loads produced 880 ft/lbs from a 6" revolver. 1500+ft/lbs from 16" lever. I like to consider it an "intermediate rifle cartridge" when fired from a long barrel.
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Old July 4, 2016, 09:16 AM   #7
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The pistol caliber rifle is the Big Boy.

Run a forum search on "Henry Big Boy" and you should find loads of comments.

"Effective range"?
I meant big boy, allready have a golden boy. My mistake.

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Old July 4, 2016, 09:18 AM   #8
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Effective range on which game? With a 125gr, 140gr, 158gr, 170gr or 180gr bullet? Cast bullets, jacketed bullets, FTX bullets?

We need much more info to answer your question...

I like Henry rifles and you probably will too if you buy one.
Likely 158 grain. I'm thinking mostly of pest control of 4 and 2 legged variety on a Midwest acreage.

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Old July 4, 2016, 09:19 AM   #9
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Proper 357mag loads from a carbine barrel are very similar in muzzle energy to a 7.62x39 or 300 blackout. In fact, they all use similar powders, charge weights and bullet weights. But yeah, If I were a hunter, I probably wouldn't go past a hundred yards for a deer or smaller game. Stout lilgun loads produced 880 ft/lbs from a 6" revolver. 1500+ft/lbs from 16" lever. I like to consider it an "intermediate rifle cartridge" when fired from a long barrel.
I appreciate the info. Thanks

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Old July 7, 2016, 04:57 AM   #10
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Likely 158 grain. I'm thinking mostly of pest control of 4 and 2 legged variety on a Midwest acreage.

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OK, with a 158gr bullet I get 1,810 fps from my Marlin. @100 yards the bullet will still be traveling @1450 fps and @200 yards it will be @1177 fps. With a 50 yard zero the bullet will drop less than 2" at 100 yards but at 200 yards it will drop 19".

If it were me I would be comfortable @100 yards with a normal profile 158gr bullet since it will not drop much and will still carry 737 ft/lbs of energy.
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Old July 9, 2016, 12:11 AM   #11
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I have a Marlin which I like. I have never shot a Henry. My main hesitation with Henry rifles is the tube loading. I prefer the loading gate on the Marlin.

I have never hunted with my Marlin, but you can be plenty accurate at 100 yards and still have plenty of punch.

Hornady does make lever revolution ammo in 357. i don't know if that helps with range or not.
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Old July 10, 2016, 10:39 AM   #12
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I would say out to 150 yards .
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