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Old 05-20-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
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Default Pickin' up my first rifle in a few days. Have a few questions.

I've finally gotten the money and ability to buy my own rifle, and I've decided on getting a Henry lever-action .22 but I have a few questions before pulling the trigger (pun intended) on this.

*Anyone wanna recommended me some good .22LR rounds?
*Can I slap an optic on this bad boy? Nothing fancy, just a tubular red dot or some kind of magnifying scope.
*Would the lever action be relatively idiot proof? (By that I mean, doesn't jam often, easy to clean, few parts etc)

Answers to these questions and any other comments/tips you have would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-20-2011, 11:10 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!
When you have time, please stop by our introductions section and say howdy.

On to your question,

Henry's are fun little guns, I have one and I love the lever action.

The scope rail on the gun is not a picatinny style, it's the kind that requires scope rings that "pinch" onto it (I'm not sure what the actual name is). Most .22 rifles have this kind of scope rail.
Personally, I like the Henry with just iron sights. I have other .22's with scopes, but I like a lever action without a scope for some reason. It will accept most optics that will work with scope rings designed for rimfire rifles.

Mine has never jammed, but I have seen other people's Henry's jam, I don't know if it was from lack of maintenance, wore out parts or what caused it.

Pretty easy to do a simple clean on them by just running a cleaning rod and a patch down the barrel. If you want to clean the inside of the receiver then that's more complicated.

The easiest .22 to clean would be a bolt action, all you have to do is open the bolt, then pull and hold the trigger and the bolt can be removed from the gun on most bolt action .22's.

In conclusion, the Henry is a very good, fun .22 rifle. However, if you're looking for something SUPER easy to clean, then you might want to look at a bolt action.

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The more I think about it, the more sense getting a bolt-action makes. Easier to clean, easier to clear if there's ever a jam, safer. Anyone mind recommending a good bolt action .22?

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Marlin and Savage both make good inexpensive bolt .22's.

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It's going to be VERY hard to find a better bolt action than a Marlin or Savage-especially for the price.

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I have a Henry lever and it is a hoot to shoot. A deep down old fashioned hands on the parts type of cleaning is not in the works for this rifle. You can get by with shooting it down with any good gun scrubber and calling it good from there. The action won't get as dirty as a semi auto will unless you are trying to rapid fire a lot. Most of the gases and fouling will be in the barrel, easily cleaned with a patch. The action stays closed after each shot until you manually open it. Same as with a bolt gun. They both have inherantly cleaner actions because of this. Good luck with whatever you get and have fun. Shooting .22's is the best way to get proficient or sloppy with marksmanship, take your time.

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CZ 452 or the Henry, I still have to make the final call, but is there anything major that could sway me one way or another?
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My son-in-law has Henry Golden Boy Lever Action and it is a pleasure to shoot.
The Lever Action is smooth and easy to operate. And it is a Pretty Gun.

The Mannlicher version of the CZ 452, in your Link, is Pretty Gun too.

I've been wanting to buy a Bolt Action Rifle and have been drawn to the CZ 452/455 in .22LR.
I've not read anything but praise for the CZ line.
The one thing that I've read in reviews, that detracts from the overall quality of the Rifle is the stamped steel Trigger Guard.
But that can be remedied with an after-market part, if it bothers me, though I don't think it will.

The only thing holding me back on the CZ is finding them in a store so I can compare how they feel in my hands.
I will get one, but deciding which one is my dilema.

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I have the Henry lever rifle with Octagon barrel. It's totally sweet, silky smooth, accurate, and tons of fun to shoot. Like others have said, the action doesn't really get dirty - working the lever just lifts out the spent casing and feeds the next round from the tube to the chamber. You can keep the action oiled without taking the gun apart.

Cleaning is simple, just swab the chamber and bolt with a toothbrush and Hoppes #9, run a bore snake through the barrel a few times, and wipe down with a lightly oiled rag or silicone cloth.

You can take the receiver cover off and do a complete cleaning and re-oiling of chamber, bolt, and action if you want. But you shouldn't need to do that very often - maybe every couple years if you shoot a lot, maybe never if you shoot occasionally.

Only suggestion for shooting the Henry is to work the lever crisply - snap it open and closed like you mean it.

I think the Henry is a great first rifle if your focus is on simplicity and fun.

If you are more serious about shooting and want to hunt, target shoot, or learn military marksmanship, the suggestions for a CZ 452 are spot-on. It's a great platform for that. They even make a version called the Military Trainer.

Either of the rifles are great choices and will last a lifetime.

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I'm loving the new Bolt-action Marlin XT-22 line...adjustable trigger, button-rifled precision barrels...
and low price

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