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Old 09-06-2011, 10:46 PM   #1
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Thinking of getting 1 for shooting and hunting probably used. good idea or not? which caliber do you think I should get?

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Old 09-06-2011, 11:29 PM   #2
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I have a Henry .22. Good for plinking, bunnies, squirrels, and other rodents. If you want to hunt bigger game the 30-30 is iconic. Probably taken more deer than any other caliber.

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Agreed on the .22. If you want a larger caliber like the 30-30 I would recommend the Winchester Model 1894. I have nothing against Henry it's just I'm more partial to Winchester .

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I shot my buddy's 44 Magnum Henry a couple of weeks ago. That gun was very accurate over the iron sights, all three of us were able to keep it on a 10" target at 100 yards over the iron sights all day long. Two things I didn't like - the brass butt plate on such a light gun hurt like hell after a while, and loading the gun by pulling the end off the tube was annoyingly slow. Personally I would look for a different make that loads from the back on the side. If you are going for a lighter caliber then the recoil wont be an issue.

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Whereas i like the smooth action of the lever and the smooth trigger pull. I dont see any advantage to that bright yellow finish on a hunting stick!

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I agree with fmj. I was very close to picking up the .44 Mag Big boy for hunting but dislike the gold finish. I would like to pick up one for plinking around though!

Also, I had a .22 Octogon Barrle Henry that was an excellent gun. Only reason I sold it was because I had way to many .22 rifles and it just sat in the safe most of the time.

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I would look for a used Marlin.

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I just bought a Marlin 336BL is 30-30, and while I haven't shot it yet, it seems like a great gun. I ordered a Williams peep sight for it which should be in on Wed, and I'll be shooting it on Fri. From what I've heard they are great shooters. Will let you know more once I've shot it.

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I could see getting one in 44 mag. it would be heavy enough for deer hunting and you could shoot 44 specials(or light 44 mags) in it for plinking. Wide range of bullet weights available in 44 but only 2 or 3 in 30-30.

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I could see getting one in 44 mag. it would be heavy enough for deer hunting and you could shoot 44 specials(or light 44 mags) in it for plinking. Wide range of bullet weights available in 44 but only 2 or 3 in 30-30.
While there may not be as many bullet weights as there are in .44 mag, there are more than 2 or 3. They range anywhere from 140 up to 170. Don't get me wrong, 44 mag is sweet, I'd love to have one, but for a hunting/range gun, I'd rather have a 30-30. One of the big things for me is ammo cost. Most of the places I looked had 30-30 for about $5 cheaper per box than 44 mag. When you're in college and strapped for cash, $5 per box is a big difference.

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