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The real reason I love my Henry

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by ditto1958, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. I have a 10/22, a Marlin 60 and a Henry H001. I really like them all, but I have found I shoot the Henry most of the time. My honest reason? The Henry lever action stays much cleaner, so I hardly have to do anything to it after shooting it. The bolt stays closed when it's fired, unlike a semi auto action that blows the bolt open to eject and feed, so it hardly gets dirty at all.

    The Ruger and the Marlin are no fun to re-assemble- particularly the Marlin. The Henry? I wipe it out a little, run my bore snake through it, and wipe down the outside with a soft cloth.

    Seriously, all three rifles are accurate, reliable and fun to shoot. Easy maintenance really is a factor, though, in deciding which one to shoot.
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2012
  2. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004

  3. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    I was raised on a 1886 Winchester lever action.

    I love to feel the slick smooth action of the gun as the lever is pushed forward to eject, and the lack of resistance and silken smooth sliding of the steel parts when loading the next round. The mechanics of an old lever action is like an art form, to experience.

    Lever guns are beautiful machinery.
  4. CanMan

    CanMan Silver Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    in flagrante
    .22 LR really is my favorite caliber. I don't know if it's because reloading seems like a PITA anymore, I've taken up Bullseye shooting again or the fact that shootin' a .22 is just plain fun. I've got revolvers, pistols, bolts & semi-autos in .22LR. Never had a lever gun in any caliber. I've been keeping my eyes open for a Win 9422 or a Marlin 39A. Going to the Gun Show tomorrow and maybe, just maybe I'll find one.
  5. 3rdgen40

    3rdgen40 .45 fanatic

    May 3, 2008
    Well put.I have a great appreciation for a fine lever gun as well.
  6. rvanpelt


    Mar 1, 2012
    Another vote for the Henry. :cool: Mine has the octagon barrel and the big lever. I love it! Accurate, love the reliability and styling. I started hunting with the Win. mod. 92 and 94 levers which the Henry is modeled after. The quality is every bit as good.
    Rod van Pelt:wavey:
  7. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    I have 3 Henry rifles. All .22 LR, 2 lever action and 1 bolt. All great guns :) I would recommend a Henry lever action to anyone wanting their first .22LR above any other make or model.