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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Shak3s1977, Sep 12, 2020.

  1. Shak3s1977

    Shak3s1977 Member

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    Well for my 20th anniversary my wife let me pick this up last Thursday. I didn't get to the range till today, with all the rain around here. The Henry ate everything we put in it, except the 170gr Keith style bullets.( I honestly wasn't expecting them to work anyway, but got to try them to make sure).

    We put roughly 150 down range today, and hoping to put more down tomorrow. It doesn't have a side gate, but it's a beauty and one heck of a shooter. Wish I would have gotten one years ago. 20200910_170016.jpg 20200912_213022.jpg 20200910_170129.jpg
     
  2. Oldschool shooter

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    Very nice looking rifle! I love the color case hardening. Been looking for a 38/357 myself, and for what they get for an older JM marked Marlin, I can live without a sidegate. Is the Henry as smooth as I've been told? If it is, I may have to make that plunge myself. Good luck with your new rifle.
     
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  3. Tommygunn

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    Very nice looking rifle; like that color casehardening!
     
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  4. Shak3s1977

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    I don't have a lot of levergun experience, but compared to my Remlin 1895 it is smoother. The side gate is nice, but mine are just range plinkers. At best, a deer gun someday. I don't think I'll need more than 10 rounds at a time for either of those chores. The octogan barrel does make this one a bit heavier than my 1895.
    8lbs 1.2oz for the Henry 38/357
    6lbs 14.4oz for the Marlin 1895
     
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  5. Oldschool shooter

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    I have a Rossi in 45 Colt. It is light and runs pretty well, but it took some work to get it that way. I think that Henry will be my choice as well.
     
  6. Riomouse911

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    I have a bunch of lever guns from .22LR (3 Henry’s) to .45/70 (2 JM Marlin 1895’s). Also Win 94’s, Rossi 92’s, 336 Marlin, I used to have a Savage 99F...I guess you could say I like lever guns. I must say that is one fine looking rifle, happy anniversary :).

    As for the Henry’s lack of a side loading gate, who cares? My Savage didn’t have one and even with the action having to be cracked open to load, it wasn’t a handicap at all. Folks make waaaay too big a deal about them. If the gun is smooth functioning, fits well and is accurate, that’s all that really matters. In fact in the 40-odd years since I was given that Savage by my Dad on my 13th birthday I can’t recall one time needing to load on the fly because I was out (or even running low) of on-board ammo.

    Could it be necessary? Maybe if I was holding off a marauding hoard and my AR, 870 and Glock had run dry. Other than that unlikely scenario, tube loading and unloading a lever gun is fine by me.

    You’ve said it’ll hold ten in the mag tube, that’s a lot of shots. I wouldn’t worry one bit about how it’s loaded, just enjoy the ride :).

    Again, that’s one handsome Henry, congrats :thumbup:.

    Stay safe.
     
  7. bfoosh006

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    Very Nice !! Small , light weight straight forward carbine. Have fun !
     
  8. Glockula

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    Congrats and happy anniversary. What a great looking rifle. Have fun!
     
  9. Armorer 101

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    Henry does make a nice looking rifle that takes a flat top scope mount. I have a few lever guns when you include the Martinis, #1s, #3s and the Marlins, including a 94c in 357. With the 357 rifle, load it like a rifle, not a handgun and it will surprise you. Just use a 357 revolver cylinder for your OAL gauge. I prefer the 200gr Remington RN with 296/H-110 with SR primers. The 200 RCBS works well also. A taper or profile crimp over the ojive holds the bullets.
     
  10. Armored farmer

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    leverguns abound here too. Congrats on your new rifle, it looks great.
    What a great partner for a nice .357mag revolver! (Hint)
    (I hear mrs @Shak3s1977 is having an anniversary in about a year)
     
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  11. stringnut

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    That is a pretty rifle. The wife likes her 357 Marlin. Lots of fun and adequate for deer.

    I can't see why everyone has a fit about no side gate. My brother is one of the people who insists it is a huge problem because you cannot top off the magazine laying down. I keep asking him when has needed to top off the magazine and cannot do it standing. He is 69 and if it was a huge issue he should have at least one example!
     
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  12. NorthBorder

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    You should be buying your wife flowers and candy at random times throughout the year to show her that kind of love. I have a Henry 357 too but I think I will share the love and give it to my son. I have one also in 45LC (case hardened and octagonal barrel) as well as some 22s. They are great fun.
     
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  13. Mars5l

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    You should try some of the Federal HammerDown in .357 since it looks they are releasing it in that caliber. Im kinda interested if they do load better. I have some for my .30-30 but haven't tried them yet
     
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  14. chicharrones

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    From what I've read on the net, that ammo was developed in coordination with Henry Arms' release of their side loading gate lever guns. That chamfered rim ought to allow ammo to slide through the gate, through the receiver's innards, and into the mag tube a bit easier.
     
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  15. chicharrones

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    Congrats on the anniversary and congrats on the new lever gun. :thumbup:
     
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  16. roval

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    how is the accuracy? i had a henry steel big boy in the past. looked great but it wasn't accurate. the sights had to be drifted quite a bit to zero and even then I couldn't shooti ti consistently. i suspect the groove diameter may have been too big for my bullets( but i didnt slug the bore). it was just so consistently inconsistent. i ended up trading it in. i was using 158 swc or rnfp powder coated bullets from sns casting and not jacketed.
     
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    Nice looking rifle. I think it looks better without the loading gate. I didn’t know they did that finish and I really like it. Now I’m off to their website.
     
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  18. Shak3s1977

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    Well I put 400 rounds thru it the last 2 days. Good news....its a tack driver. With iron sights I can put 10 rounds in a fist sized group at 50 yards.

    Unfortunately there is bad news. My dad's hotter reloads and factory 357 ammo, is hard to extract. It's leaving ridges on the brass. That is when I learned about rough chambers. This is terrible inside. I honestly never thought about looking that close. Usually check outside, then the barrel.

    I emailed Henry Sunday night, and 7a.m. this morning I got a prepaid label to ship it back. Hopefully it still shoots good when I get it back. Resized_20200913_162214.jpeg
     
  19. Tommygunn

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    Dang! That's the SECOND Henry rifle I've seen on this website with a rough chamber problem!
    Henry has a great reputation for making things right .... but geeesh, I'm beginning to wonder about their Q. C. to begin with!!
     
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  20. Frulk

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    Nice Rifle! Henry is a solid product and will make it right. I’ve had issues with brand new Ruger’s. It shouldn’t happen but it does. There’s Winchester’s and Marlins sitting next to Henry’s in the safe. Shoot all day and the shine will wear off a loading gate after your thumb starts to hurt from feeding rounds through it. I’d give up the gate for color case hardening like yours on a couple of my rifles. Guess I need to look a little harder in the chambers of my Henry’s now even though I’ve not noticed any issues. Let us know how it all ends when you get it back.
     
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  21. greyling22

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    I too love the case hardening. We had a henry 22 about 13 years ago that came with a bent barrel or something. it shot about 3 feet to the left at 25 yds. We couldn't drift the sights enough to get the barrel and sights on teh same plane. Henry replaced the barrel. They should take care of you too. But now they're on my list of guns to check over INSIDE as well as outside.
     
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  22. Carl N. Brown

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    Dissing the Henry centerfires for being front loaders "like a .22" does not resonate with me. Even tho all my leveraction centerfires have been side loaders.

    Marlin introduced a side gate loading .22 rifle lever-action tube magazine in 1891. By 1892 they changed it to front loading. There were advantages.

    I can see where a front loading centerfire tube would have appeal to a shooter wanting the same manual of operation for their .22 and centerfire lever-action rifles.

    Edit: my tiny phone keyboard and screen let typos slip thru (see quote below).
     
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  23. pairof44sp

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    Me too! Finally, someone who understands.
     
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  24. CZguy75

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    Man, that this is pretty. I love the color case hardening and octagonal barrel. Sorry to hear about the chamber issue, though. I just had to bump one of these up to the top of my "want" list. I think it would pair nicely with my walnut/blue Gp100 in 357.
     
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  25. Shak3s1977

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    I got it boxed up, and will ship off tomorrow. They gave me a prepaid shipping label, and answered pretty dang fast also. So far, I'm happy with the way they are handling it.

    I searched and found the other post, I believe you were talking about. I think mine looks worse lol. I've never really looked in chambers when buying, but I will now.

    It should go good with my Ruger Vaquero.
     
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