Never thought id say this....

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by kaido, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    ....but man lever guns are fun.

    I had a chance to get out with me Henry lever action .22LR for a little today. Was only able to send 100 rounds down range, but was cool.


    Not to surprisingly, the sights where off. I was hitting about two inches low and about the same to the right. Didn't do any real formal shooting, was basically a function test more then anything really....that and an excuse to have some fun.

    The groups I did manage to shoot where about three inches at 25 yards, much as I hate to admit it.....but for iron sights and off a car door, I don't think it was to bad. The gun also had some nicks on it since I bought it used, so figured instead of doing a thread on that, I'll just add the pictures here as well. Enjoy. Haha


    All-in-all, I think it was a pretty good buy. Just not real sure if I want to redo the bluing on it. The wood looks truly amazing though and doesn't have any dings in it at all.
     

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  2. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

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    Great!
    I have an old Marlin 39-A
    Rossi in .44mag.
    Winchester 30-30, was a gift.
    And a Red Ryder BB gun.
    wanting to get a .45 Colt L/A

    Have been collecting for years.

    I do love to shoot the Lever Action.
     

  3. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    I own a number of lever guns. My favorites are the Winchester Mdl. 1886 45-70 and the Marlin Mdl.-39 .22. I have a 1950s Marlin Mdl-39 "Mountie". The old Mountie has survived the Wind River Mtns. and the Mojava Desert. It trained my children to love and respect firearms. The Mountie has provided many elk camp meals of "Fool" hens and Snow Shoe rabbits. :)
     
  4. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Sounds like a blast. I love lever guns too. I currently own a Winchester 30-30, that I haven't yet shot because I haven't been able to find ammo.

    My dad has the same type of gun, though (Winchester 30-30), that I have shot a few times when I was younger. Great fun!
     
  5. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    Oh man was it ever a blast. I'm a little jealous of those of you who own more then one lever....well more then one of any gun really. HAha

    I can't wait to get my hand on a centre fire lever action now.
     
  6. CrazedJava

    CrazedJava New Member

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    I've fired that same model and loved it. Belonged to a buddy but he let me shoot it enough to convince me I'd like one someday.

    I've always liked lever guns in general though so I could be biased.
     
  7. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I've always hated lever guns. Those air rifles that need to have the forearm pumped killed them for me when I was younger. I always thought I would never own one, then I seem this one for a good price and figured that since my dad likes lever guns, if buy it so he could shoot it.
     
  8. CrazedJava

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    I've always enjoyed lever-guns. For a fumble fingered guy like myself a bolt-action has always been awkward. I know guys who have put hundreds and even thousands of rounds down-range through a bolt-action and work it so fast it looks almost mechanical. That has never been me.

    Lever-actions have always just worked for me. I actually had my first lever-action as a kid. A classic Daisy BB gun. Only could pump it once and it was low powered, but I learned from there. Working a firearm versus an airgun is different. The action is smoother, it's not working an air pump, you are just loading a round into battery and moving the hammer into firing position. Feels very nice to me but it has to be done smoothly as my son found out when he failed to properly chamber a round. You can't just jerk the lever around.

    Not sure if I had my choice it would be my first selection for a deer rifle, but I have a beautiful Marlin in 30-30 that is a joy to shoot. Fired a couple of Henrys now in .22LR and liked them both. I actually did better with the Golden Boy replica in .22 because it doesn't have the hooded sight. My eyesight continues to get worse and I had a hard time focusing on the front post. So far I haven't met a lever gun I don't like.
     
  9. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    That's just it, I knew an actual lever gun would be so much simpler then an air rifle, but it was one of those things that just stuck with me. A lot of people I talk to that used the pump air rifles all seem to have a thing against lever actions, even my girlfriend. So well.....going to get her to shoot this one and see what she things of it. Haha





    I've actually thought about removing the hood on mine, but I've figured I'll leave it how it is. My other rifles all have a scope or some attachment to them, so I'm trying to keep this one stock......if I can't get the iron sights to line up next time I'm out though, I'm gonna start looking for a scope.
     
  10. CrazedJava

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    I think if you don't have my eye issues, the hooded sight is supposed to help you acquire the front sight quicker. I find it distracting and difficult to focus. If my eyes were still 20/20 I think I would have been fine with it.

    Interesting that I have a rifle with an enclosed front sight but the rear is a military style peep sight so it's less of an issue.
     
  11. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I think it'd be really cool to get a peep sight. Only time I've ever used one was on Daisy air rifles when I was in air cadets. From 10m I could get a group the size of a penny using them. I was also hoping to use then on the C7 during basic training, but turns out we only used the C79 optics.
     
  12. ACES 6

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    I have a Marlin .30-30 as well - and it's a great brush gun, but my Henry Big Boy .44 MAG is a dream. No kick, smooth trigger and reliable action.
     

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  13. kaido

    kaido New Member

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    I'm actually thinking about picking up something in a pistol caliber. Right now it's looking like it might be the mares leg. I'm just not sure if I'd really enjoy something with such short range since to me it'd be about 100 yard maximum on anything bigger then a gopher.
     
  14. headhunter

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    Grandma and I purchased a Henry for the grandson. of course his dad and and grandpa had to give it a try. Purchased "used" it was in great shape, accurate too. I was pleased with how smooth the action was.
    Before we shot it, I cleaned the barrrel and after we shot I stripped it down. I am amazed at how crude the inside appears and yet it is so smooth.
    The grandson is still shooting it, after three years he still loves his Henry. He's getting so he can hit the 2" square "swing targets" at 40 yds off hand quite often. Square peg- square hole and made in the USA.
     
  15. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Yep, they are sweet, aren't they?

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  16. AR10

    AR10 New Member

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    If you are an NRA instructor, Henry will sell to you at a discount. Comes out to better than Wal-Mart price.

    I own two Henry rifles. Nice solid guns. Thank goodness something is still made in the USA. Not much left that is.
     
  17. terilafaye

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    I love my Henry .45 long Colt! very accurate! Just can't beat a lever action rifle. I suppose I am just an 'old style' type of shooter though.
     

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