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Old 08-12-2013, 07:24 PM
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Henry Big Boy...opinions

I realize it's not a long range rifle but I'm quite taken back by the asthetics and it chambers a straight wall pistol cartridge in (what I'm looking at) 44 magnum.

The thing I ponder is, being a lever action, does it have the same issues as the late build Marlin's. I see it can be had with a scope mount (though it's a 1") which, for here in Michigan makes it a dandy deer rifle and I have a couple 44 revolvers and a pile of brass.

Not cheap and geared for Cowboy action shooting (whatever that is)....lol

Opinions, pro or con please.

I'll probably get one anyway but I'd like to know what I'm in for beforehand.

I guess if it's a dud, I can hang it above the fireplace.....
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:18 AM
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Re: Henry Big Boy...opinions

I like the look of the Henry rifles too. Unfortunately the only lever I own is a win. '95 in 405 win so I can't comment on performance for the Henry.
Only remington could screw up Marlin as bad as it has been done. I was looking at getting a couple of levers (a 30-30 and a pistol cal. probably) but I'll wait for something else rather than wade into that. I don't think Henry is having the same issues from the little I hear about them.
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:59 AM
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Re: Henry Big Boy...opinions

not the most reliable lever gun. several eject/feed problems.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:29 AM
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Re: Henry Big Boy...opinions

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not the most reliable lever gun. several eject/feed problems.
Could you elaborate please? Reason I'm curious is, I can most likely 'fix' the issue but the rifle's aren't cheap going in. MSRP on a Big Boy in 44 cal is $899.00 bare and they aren't light either at 8.8 pounds not scoped.

Gotta be better (feed and eject wise) that a late model Marlin...I hope.

It's difficult to find observations from owners on the Henry.

In my thinking, it should be an accurate shooter out to 200 with a generic 44 cal pill.

The asthetics of the rifle are a +10.

I see that Henry has moved it's facility from the Bronx to Bayonne, New Jersey (across the Hudson...lol). Not much better but at least not in Bloomberg's watch anymore. Now, it's in Christie's, but thats neither here, nor there.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:16 AM
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Re: Henry Big Boy...opinions

extractor is a "touchy" item, not very reliable, and cart. lifter subject to problems causing failure to feed.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:15 AM
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Re: Henry Big Boy...opinions

I have one in 45 Colt. Have about 300 rounds through it wiht no issues. I only shoot mine with open sights so I can't speak to longer range accuracy. Out to 100 yards, it shoots as well as I can with the open sights. Fun shooter!
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:20 PM
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Re: Henry Big Boy...opinions

I own mostly Marlins and Winchester lever guns, but have shot more than one Henry. An original 1894 Marlin (built by Marlin) is the place to start. My Winchesters are 45LC and 30-30's, and they're clunky compared to a 336 Marlin action. I don't think Browning ever chambered that round either. The Henry reminds me of the Winchester in the way it feels and works. But once again a distant second place to an original 1894! I'd be looking for a mint Marlin built 1894, and never regret it.
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