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Henry Rifle .22 WMR. Any negatives?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Sullyman, Dec 4, 2011.

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  1. Sullyman

    Sullyman Member

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    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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  2. 303tom

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    Nope.............
     
  3. Pilot

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    Other than ammo cost, I can't think of any.
     
  4. jbkebert

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    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.
     
  5. InkEd

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    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.
     
  6. Lateck

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    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,
     
  7. Frozen North

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    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.
     
  8. The Sarge

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    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.
     
  9. chicharrones
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    chicharrones needs more ammo

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    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.
     
  10. jrinfoley

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    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!
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  11. Badlander

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    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.
     
  12. Sullyman

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    Alright then, that confirms it. Calling my local dealer this week to get the Golden Boy .22 WMR.
     
  13. conhntr

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    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
     
  14. rcmodel

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    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
     
  15. Ole Humpback

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    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.
     
  16. GooseGestapo

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    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.
     
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    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
     
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    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.
     
  19. conhntr

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    I think mine is an aluminum reciever on the standard 22lr right? Just doesnt feel quite like a rifle
     
  20. black_powder_Rob

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    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.
     
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    I have a Henry pump (H003TM) .22wmr and it's a great rifle. It is
    very accurate and totally reliable.
     
  22. Ole Humpback

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    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.
     
  23. Specs

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    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.
     
  24. DM~

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    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
     
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    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!
     
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