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Dov
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Posted - April 27 2019 :  08:52:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I’m really interested, normal side gate loading plus out end of mag tube.

Makes for much better administrative handling IMHO.

Currently they are listing 30-30; 38-55; & 35 Rem caliber options.

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Posted - April 28 2019 :  07:44:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I purchased a Henry 38/357 lever gun 4 years ago. I really like it and have had no problems with either 38 Spl or 357. My youngest daughter loves the rifle. My 30 30 was a Marlin 336 and I gave it too my grandson to deer hunt in S Carolina. My henry Big Boy is great and I am satisfied with it. I recently looked at/read about a 308 Henry lever gun. Would be a good caliber for hunting IMO. Never had any dealings with the calibers you listed, but am very happy with my Henry Brass chamber rifle. It was not cheap!

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jle3030
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Posted - April 28 2019 :  09:00:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Over the past few years Henry seems to have gained the reputation of being the class of the field in leverguns. My one gripe with the brand has been its lack of a loading gate on the receiver. My favorite .22 rifle is a Marlin 39-A, so I have no problem with loading through the tube on a hunting or recreational gun. But for a rifle that might serve as a SD weapon, having to load the tube up near the muzzle, while engaged, has been a complete nonstarter.

I wish Henry all the best with their new design. In our evolving political climate I expect leverguns and revolvers to stage a real world comeback.

Jeff

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Edited by - jle3030 on April 28 2019 09:05:09 AM
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WR Moore
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Posted - April 29 2019 :  9:50:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After reading about a loading gate, my fingers flew over to the Henry website. Unfortunately at this time the only calibers with a loading gate are .38-55, ,30-30 and .35 Remington. I was hoping for .44 Magnum and/or .357 Magnum.

Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures, there is a hole, an empty place and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen. Peggy Noonan


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Dov
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Posted - May 01 2019 :  07:49:22 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I’m hoping the loading gate of the Henry allows smoother loading than gf's 336Y does.

Planning to have gunsmith smooth up the 336Y a bit but realized early on that loading ammo through loading gate on it was an administrative procedure.

If I need to load the 336Y in hurry I’ll throw a round in the chamber with action open, that’s pretty slick with it.
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LittleBill
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Posted - May 01 2019 :  08:55:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The detachable-magazine-fed Henry Long Ranger lever actions have also gotten lots of favorable reviews.


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WR Moore
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Posted - August 13 2019 :  3:25:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone have any idea how long a cartridge either the Henry or Marlin can feed in .44 Magnum? My favorite .44 general purpose round is about 1.710 in or about 1/10" longer than the factory standard OAL.

Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures, there is a hole, an empty place and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen. Peggy Noonan


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MikeG
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Posted - August 13 2019 :  11:04:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by WR Moore

Anyone have any idea how long a cartridge either the Henry or Marlin can feed in .44 Magnum? My favorite .44 general purpose round is about 1.710 in or about 1/10" longer than the factory standard OAL.



I don't know about length, but I believe, due to the rifling twist maximum bullet weight in .44 magnum Henrys is 270 grains.

My wife has a Big Boy Rifle in .44 magnum, I just got a steel carbine in .41 magnum.
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WR Moore
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USA
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Posted - August 14 2019 :  11:46:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Lyman 429421 generally runs 250 or so grains depending upon lead alloy. I got a reply from Henry that says it takes all SAAMI ammo, which is a 1.610 OAL. I've emailed them back about that and noted that a little more room would be a major selling point.

They're also evaluating adding loading gates to other rifles, no comment until they decide to do so and actually produce them.

Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures, there is a hole, an empty place and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen. Peggy Noonan



Edited by - WR Moore on August 14 2019 11:49:03 AM
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