Price really isn't a factor because I am starting this early unlike a lot of Christmases in the past where I wait until the last minute. I have seen the Henry online in the $300-$400 range while high is okay.
Main thing I am looking for is something reliable, accurate, durable and most of all something that they can enjoy for 5-6 years before they start to move into something with more power. I figure the oldest I will introduce to shotguns in the next couple of years but the 7 almost 8 year old it will be a while.
As far as the Henry how stiff is the lever action? I don't think the 11 year old would have a problem (he's a hoss) but I was thinking more the younger boy. I still pump his 760 for him.
Honestly I am a little selfish as I would like to be able to plink around with them