Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by clone, Mar 12, 2022.
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.
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.
The gun is very nicely put together. I bought it for $369 at Cabela’s in early 2018. It’s a keeper.
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 .
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.
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 .
What about the cva? Any others with experience with these? Are there any other brands worth looking into?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Wow! That is some beautiful grain on that rifle.
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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