Hows the Henry single shots.

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  1. clone

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    I lost my h&r single 30-30 and I don't think there will ever be anymore h&r single shots. So how's the Henrys stack up? How do they shoot? Worth the $500 or $600 that they cost?
     
  2. badkarmamib

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    Mine is very accurate with 110 grain bullets and irons at 50 yards. It doesn't like 150 grain bullets. I bought everything to mount a scope, but would have needed about 1.5“ of cheek riser, so returned it all and left it with irons. The only problem I have had is some surface rust in the forearm cap and, most recently, the breech face. Forearm cap probably gave its protection to the forearm wood, so I would recommend a complete teardown and regreasing. Breech face was probably my fault, missed a spot before storing for 4 months. Still, they point well, look great, and shoot accurately. A little on the heavy side, but that can also be a plus.
     
  3. high country

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    Sorry to hear about your .30-30 Handi rifle, I would be pretty bummed if mine were gone!

    I don't have much to add in terms of the Henry, I just wanted to share my condolences. The couple of Henrys that I have handled in the store were very nice rifles in terms of fit and finish. Nicer than the Handi, but also quite a bit larger and heavier.
     
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  4. 3Crows

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    There are these and they shoot real good and no rust problems ever:

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  5. Pat Riot
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    I have a 45-70 single shot that I like very much. I originally bought it for Cowboy Action side matches and possibly as a hunting gun but I haven’t used it for either.
    I have only fired 405 grain smokeless powder r loads that emulate the original BP load at 1300 fps. The gun weighs a tad under 7 pounds and has a little kick with the Cowboy loads. I am sure modern hunting would be quite exhilarating. :D
    The gun is very nicely put together. I bought it for $369 at Cabela’s in early 2018. It’s a keeper.
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  6. codytrucker

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    I have a 357 that is very accurate so far , when I sighted it in with some blazer 158 grainers I had laying around it shot two , 3/8 inch 3 shot groups at 50 yards with the open sights . I have put a scope on it and tried a few loads , so far nothing like that though . but most everything shoots reasonably well through it .

    I bought it because the action is smooth and tight , and if they ever make one in 327 federal , I intend to get one and thin the barrel down and rework it into a "rook rifle"

    Seems to be a well made , accurate rifle , I'd say go for it .
     
  7. Bandit67

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    My .44 mag is accurate and beautiful. No rust problems here. I feel like I got very lucky on the quality of the wood.
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  8. Random 8

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    I dearly love my .357 magnum one. It is a quality firearm with excellent blueing, wood, and fit and finish. The trigger is quite good for a falling hammer action. In addition to being 100% reliable, mine is remarkably accurate for a pistol caliber rifle. I'm able to get around 3" groups at 100 yards with .38 Spl cast bullets. Full on .357 hunting loads get into the 2" range. Dinging steel to 200 yards or more with the snail slow .38-158s is a real hoot for young and old alike.

    I use it very much as a training rifle for the neighbor's kids and shoestring relatives that visit my hunting camp. Makes for safe and low-cost practice dinging steel or playing firewood golf. I probably have over 3000 rounds through it in 2 1/2 years.

    The only issues I've encountered are that mounting optics is challenging and the factory iron sights didn't have a large enough range of adjustment for my non-standard use of slow cast bullets. I could get it zeroed with full power hunting loads, but .38 cast were too high with the rear sight at lowest setting. Henry offered to fix, but I'd have to send in the rifle. Wish they would have just sent me a taller front sight as I suggested. Also you must use their mounting system and a hammer extension to mount a scope. With the hammer extension, a scope must be mounted quite far forward or excessively high to work. A LER "scout" scope would be best.
     
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  9. codytrucker

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    Grovtec makes a good hammer extension , not to expensive .

    Weaver scope base # 82 , or equivalent fits henry S.S or H&R S.S rifles.

    If you mount the scope with the hammer between the bell of the scope and the rear ring you can mount it as low as you want .On mine I have a 1x4 Leupold with no objective bell , so it fits with the rear sight in place. You might have to remove the rear sight to fit a scope with a large objective ? I'm not sure about that .

    I can't remember but i think between the base and the hammer extension it was less than $20 bucks .
     
  10. clone

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    I had my H&R setup with Williams peeps, and planned the same for the Henry. I cast my own 150gr bullets and load light loads with unique and trailboss powders primarily.

    What about the cva? Any others with experience with these? Are there any other brands worth looking into?
     
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  11. 3Crows

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    The CVA is a quick take down rifle. One lever in the fore stock and the rifle comes apart, no tools needed.

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    I think if you are looking for the vintage feel with wood and blue the CVA might not be for you. It feels more like a Contender. I like the way the trigger guard is the barrel break.

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  12. Ugly Sauce

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    I've been interested and curious about them. As I don't hunt with modern rifles anymore, and have a few modern rifles, I'll probably never add one, but I'd like to just the same. !! I think one in .308 would be a nice all around rifle, for me. I like single shots, and don't care for optics, so it would be a "fit" right out of the box. I think one in .30-06 would be more "classic", although of no real advantage, so I would rechamber one in .308 to .30-06 and be happy for the rest of my life.

    Glad to hear they are decent rifles, maybe I'll come across one in a trade someday. Again, would love to have one, but so many guns, so little money. :)
     
  13. clone

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    I have a bit of a h&r collection. Two 45/70's, a buffalo classic with globe sights, a shorter sb1 handi with peeps. A sb2 223 bull barrel with scope. 2 12ga, one is a topper trap. 1 20ga that my son has claimed. A 4" 732 revolver. A 12ga pardner pump.
    The 30-30 was an older 158 with 20ga matched set.

    As much as handi's are going for now days I figured why not spend the extra 100 for a Henry if they are that much nicer.
     
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    I have have Henry SS's in .223 and .308. I bought them in 2018 when they were a little cheaper than now. I haven't shot the .308 enough to really say how accurate it is but the .223 shoots pretty well. They started out with pretty gritty triggers but when Henry recalled them I sent both of them back for the trigger work and I think they're much improved. Nice old school look to them.
     
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    Without the nice wood, and excellent fit and finish, I am not sure I could love this rifle for looks alone. I can handle form over function. So I have been looking at them too. My dad's handy rifle killed many a coyote. Just not sure about caliber choices.
     
  16. someguy2800

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    I want so badly for henry to make one with a monte carlo stock and no iron sights. I wouldn't be able to get the money out of my pocket fast enough. I have enough iron sighted rifles and I can't stand shooting a scoped rifle with too low of a comb height. I handled one in the store and was so disappointed when I found the comb height was so low. I was hoping it would be more of an intermediate comb height like a 10-22
     
  17. Ugly Sauce

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    That's interesting, I think it's a handsome rifle, and better looking than the Handi's. I think it's offered in a good range of calibers, but I forget which ones exactly. I completely understand why they would offer it in .308 and not .30-06, but the '06 would be my choice. But again-again, that's not a problem for a chamber reamer.

    Why '06 over .308? Only because I love the '06, and to me it would be more "classic" in that caliber. I'm certain that no animal, vegetable or mineral that I shot at would know the difference.

    Although...like Someguy says, if they made it in .303 British, I'd not be able to get the money out of my pocket fast enough!
     
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    I think the wood wins me over as well as fit and finish. Still hate my Henry Pump 22. But it sure is nice to look at.
     
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  19. clone

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    Did anyone buy the rights to H&R when Remington went bankrupt, or did it just die out?
     
  20. Ugly Sauce

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    Yes, but now it slips my mind. They are planning to reintroduce it. Whoever they are.
     
  21. someguy2800

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    Stevens has a Chinese made single shot shotgun that is identical to the H&R except for a crappy spray on finish and Tupperware stock. I really miss H&R. Wish I had bought more when they were in business.
     
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  22. Armybrat

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    This is the 12 ga. H&R I used for my truck gun when I had a truck 30 years ago.
    Paid $50 for it new, then another $20 to have it cut to 19” and the bead sight installed.
    It now sits in the closet next to my home office computer hutch.
    Yeah, I’m old.

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  23. chilly81

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    I've been considering a single shot 44 mag and really love the look and quality feel of the Henry over the CVA (both great functioning rifles and I'd be happy with either though). I read a lot about a really heavy - 8#range trigger on the Henry though. It may have just been the 44 though. But then I saw one person mentioning Henry changed something it's better now... but only saw one person say that. I'd be curious if any more recent owners are out there and how the trigger is? Also, these days, the Henry is about $200 premium over the CVA, again at least in 44mag.
     
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    That is a beauty... well worth a little extra coin. I see it's a .44 mag too... how is the trigger for you (is it a recent acquisition or are those older pics)?
     
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