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Old 11-14-2019, 1:05 PM
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Default God help me, I want a Henry rifle...

I got their printed catalog... figured I'd flip through it and be done with it... but now I want one.

They have one of their color-case-hardened steel models in .17HMR... a powerful enough round to be "useful", but still pleasant enough to shoot that the gun is fun to "plink" with...

Damn you New Jersey monsters... :-)
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Yeah, I'd like to try one of their "Long Rangers" in .223/5.56, but ain't gonna happen.

Go for it.

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Old 11-14-2019, 1:44 PM
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A friend of mine has a Henry Golden Boy in .17HMR. With irons it's good for about 50 yards. She had a scope mounted, which makes it more useful but takes away from the appearance.
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Got my fiancé a Golden Boy for his birthday a couple years ago. He loves it.
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Old 11-14-2019, 3:20 PM
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Gonna grab me a side loader in .30-30 or .45-70
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Old 11-14-2019, 3:32 PM
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Browning BLR in 223 is fun to shoot. The Henry should be too.

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Yeah, I'd like to try one of their "Long Rangers" in .223/5.56, but ain't gonna happen.

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Old 11-14-2019, 4:20 PM
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BFG, have you a lever or two already?

The most beautiful lever carbine imho is the Winchester 1892 Short Rifle, 20” barrel, deep gloss blued, short rifle forend configuration.

golfish just got one in .45 Colt...
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Skinner sights look beautiful on any lever gun and really help to extend the effective range with traditional sights
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Old 11-14-2019, 4:46 PM
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The .17hmr only starts to shine once you add a scope. Might as well just get a .22lr for normal plinking ranges.
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Old 11-14-2019, 5:28 PM
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BFG, have you a lever or two already?
None. With the exception of my Deagle, I try to have a use for each gun I buy.

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The most beautiful lever carbine imho is the Winchester 1892 Short Rifle, 20” barrel, deep gloss blued, short rifle forend configuration.
That is beautiful... but there's something about the Henrys...

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Skinner sights look beautiful on any lever gun and really help to extend the effective range with traditional sights
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The .17hmr only starts to shine once you add a scope. Might as well just get a .22lr for normal plinking ranges.
maybe it's conceit on my part, but I like to imagine shooting soda cans at 100 yards with this thing... and I've never quite trusted .22LR at that range.
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Old 11-14-2019, 5:32 PM
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I should add, part of what got my thinking this way is: some of their rifles, you can engrave a 20-word message on one side... I immediately thought of Stephen King's "The Dark Tower".. I figure I could pick a good 20 words out of:

“I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I aim with my eye.

I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I shoot with my mind.

I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
I kill with my heart.”
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Old 11-14-2019, 6:31 PM
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I've got a 44 Mag Big Boy Carbine on my XMAS list. The brass will match my brass frame Ruger Super Blackhawk pretty well.
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maybe it's conceit on my part, but I like to imagine shooting soda cans at 100 yards with this thing... and I've never quite trusted .22LR at that range.
Might be difficult offhand. In my experience, it's entirely doable from a rest with an inexpensive rifle, a low power scope and cheap ammo.
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" a powerful enough round to be "useful", but still pleasant enough to shoot that the gun is fun to "plink" with"...

This statement also applies to their .38/.357.
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Bought a Octagon Barrel Evil Roy in 22LR a few years ago. Love that little rifle. Well balanced and handy. Like it better than my 10/22
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I picked up one of their .22 lr carbines. Most fun I've had in awhile. Been shooting that way more than my 10/22.
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Henry's Golden Boy .22LR is more accurate than their centerfire models with exception of the Long Rangers. On sale at Turners. Order it on line and wait... until Turners sends you a extra $10 off coupon.

It's truly an excellent rifle. I used a Leupold 33mm 2x7 scope on mine because of tired eyes. It's rather accurate for a .22 and cheap/fun to shoot. I'm going out with it in a few minutes, I have a carton of crappy Thunderbolts to waste.
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Bought a Octagon Barrel Evil Roy in 22LR a few years ago. Love that little rifle. Well balanced and handy. Like it better than my 10/22
I don't think I've shot my 10/22 since I bought my Golden Boy about 7 years ago. The quality for the price of a Henry is almost beyond belief.
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Henry's Golden Boy .22LR is more accurate than their centerfire models with exception of the Long Rangers. On sale at Turners. Order it on line and wait... until Turners sends you a extra $10 off coupon.

It's truly an excellent rifle. I used a Leupold 33mm 2x7 scope on mine because of tired eyes. It's rather accurate for a .22 and cheap/fun to shoot. I'm going out with it in a few minutes, I have a carton of crappy Thunderbolts to waste.
Hmm, that's the second time I've read here that Henry center fire lever guns don't seem to be accurate. Don't believe it. Mine are certainly very accurate as lever rifles go. Ask 200Apples or golfish. I know a number of Henry shooters that are very pleased with their Big Boy rifles. Jimi Jah, just asking; do you own/shoot a Henry center fire lever rifle? Henry's are as accurate as any other lever rifle out there.

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I'm holding out of for a .357 side loader
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I picked up one of their "new" Originals in .44-40 five years back and when it's at the range everyone wants to shoot it.

So I let them and I make new friends for me and the rifle.
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While I like the '92's, I would argue in favor of an early Savage 99 in 250-3000...

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Well, if it’s in His plan, you will certainly be the owner of one!

Go for it brother! They are beautiful rifles! And 17HMR is indeed a fun little caliber. I was always partial to the 22Magnum, and the 17 keeps pace right along side.

A Henry in 17HMR will have ZERO issue taking out sod’r cans @ 100yds, given your aim is on point. My eyes wouldn’t allow me to with any consistency using open sights. But if it’s outfit with glass, hitting cans of that size would become rather lack luster.
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" a powerful enough round to be "useful", but still pleasant enough to shoot that the gun is fun to "plink" with"...

This statement also applies to their .38/.357.
Very true... i had not considered that...
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Hmm, that's the second time I've read here that Henry center fire lever guns don't seem to be accurate. Don't believe it. Mine are certainly very accurate as lever rifles go. Ask 200Apples or golfish. I know a number of Henry shooters that are very pleased with their Big Boy rifles. Jimi Jah, just asking; do you own/shoot a Henry center fire lever rifle? Henry's are as accurate as any other lever rifle out there.

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Read the reviews in American Rifleman from a couple of months back. They tested several models and the Golden Boy beat all of them by good margin. At50 yards the centerfire models did 2".
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Old 11-16-2019, 11:06 AM
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I have the article. Not attempting to argue here, just saying with handloads, those CF's would more than likely turn in better groups, at 50 or 100 yards.
Recoil may come into play with a couple of those rifles. With handloads, my Henry's shoot somewhat better. The .22's are plenty good. Thanks for the come back.

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Go watch Paul Harrell shoot a Marlin 1894 in .44, he shoots about a 4" group at 50 yards. Not many people shoot better than Paul... and the winds weren't really favorable but I think it's pretty well understood that a pistol caliber lever action rifle isn't your first choice for bullseye shooting right?

And yeah, I can shoot the nuts off of a gnat with my Golden Boy... but .22 rifles are almost always dead nuts accurate at 50 yards in my experience.

I've just always viewed centerfire lever guns as 100-150 off-hand deer guns and you can easily shoot them that accurate and I've never seen much difference between brands in that regard. I've got a Win model 94 in .30-30 and a Win 92 in .44-40 and I find both of them to be adequate more so than accurate really.
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I’d go .22lr or .38/357. The 17hmr is a great round and if your just shooting cans it will do well. Headshots on ground squirrels will require a scope.
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