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mr00jimbo
05-12-2012, 14:47
I love my CZ 452 .22LR "Mannlicher" full stock gun, manual cycling .22 rifles are fun.

I had my eye on a Henry lever action .22LR, notably the Golden Boy with brass receiver and octagon barrel.

Wanted to know your experience with Henry lever rifles, both centerfire an rimfire. They all seem to operate the same; tube magazine comes out a bit, load the rounds from the front, re-insert tube, fire and ejects out the side.

I think the Marlin system is more efficient, to just put a round or two or five through the side ejection port. Also, I don't want to go to the range and get reamed out for being "unsafe" for putting my hand near the muzzle when I take the mag tube out and load up the gun (especially since I think the action needs to be closed during this procedure).

I'd love to hear what people think of these rifles, especially the quality and front-loading design.

SGT_Calle
05-12-2012, 15:08
I have that exact rifle and really like it. I don't see any problems with the loading system as far as safety is concerned. I ordered the scope mount from Henry and put a Nikon ProStaff on mine, it's a lot of fun to shoot.
http://img.tapatalk.com/18605e15-d152-747c.jpg

FLIPPER 348
05-12-2012, 15:09
First of all, sorry you have to deal with ranges. Out here we shoot in the great outdoors.

I have a well worn lever action Henry .22 standard model. While it uses a pot-metal reciever and at first came with a plastic front sight and barrel band, the rifle is the smoothest action of any lever rimfire I have ever owned or shot. It is accurate, fun and always makes it out to the desert/woods for plinking fun!

henry has since upgraded the front sight and barrel band.

M2 Carbine
05-12-2012, 15:39
I have the Henry Mare's Leg 22 and had the Henry 22 pump action. Good guns.

http://i1183.photobucket.com/albums/x464/Bell-helicopter-407/MaresLeg25yds.jpg

Ruggles
05-12-2012, 16:00
I have 2 in .22LR. A Frontier model with a octagon barrel and a standard model with a round barrel. I also have the Mini Bolt in .22LR made by Henry. I am a big fan. Like posted before they have the smoothest action of any lever action I have ever shot. I have heard very little to no bad info about Henry. They are great rifle :)

DairyFresh
05-12-2012, 16:06
I bought mine because it can shoot .22 shorts and CB caps, super quiet in my residential neighborhood, but still sufficient to knock of tree rats and unwanted cats.

Had mine 2 years now, and no issues at all.

8-Ball
05-12-2012, 18:22
I have the standard Henry .22 lever action.

That thing has seen thousands upon thousands of rounds of the cheapest .22LR. That's no exageration. I probably shot a thousand dollars worth of little green army men with that thing starting about age 7 when my dad got it for me.

Never had an issue with it, and there's something satisfying about working the lever action.

mr00jimbo
05-12-2012, 18:31
First of all, sorry you have to deal with ranges. Out here we shoot in the great outdoors.
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I can shoot outdoors in the woods, too but when I go alone I just hit up the outdoor range or indoor for pistols.


I was a bit turned off to find out that the receiver of the Henry golden boy was a kind of "pot metal" zinc alloy brass plated...I would prefer it to be fully brass.
My 452's receiver is high quality steel. I know .22s don't need a lot of bulk on the receiver, but it's still nice to know that the major parts of a gun are a high strength metal.

FLIPPER 348
05-12-2012, 18:40
They are plenty strong 'as is' and have a great reputation. And besides the rifles would not be so affordably priced if they were all brass! There are other options for brass lever rifles.

JBL13
05-12-2012, 21:02
I recently sold a Golden Boy I'd owned for eight or nine years. Accurate, high-quality gun. Never missed a beat, and the action was super smooth.

The reason I sold it is I bought a Henry Youth model to toss in the truck. I didn't want the Golden Boy to get banged up, and the Youth model is lighter in the event I decide to hike with it.

Berto
05-12-2012, 23:27
IIRC, the receiver cover plates are the zinc crap, the internals are the same as other .22 rifles. I really like mine too, BTW.

Reb 56
05-12-2012, 23:52
Haven't owned 1 yet but I think my next Rifle will the Frontier model in .22 mag.Very smooth action and made in the USA.

DPris
05-13-2012, 01:02
The receivers are not pot metal zinc alloy brass plated.
The receiver is steel & INSIDE the outer receiver cover.
What you see on the outside is just a removable cover, you can't see the actual receiver.
Denis

pmwglock19
05-13-2012, 07:30
I have a H001 standard Henry and it is a very smooth and fun to shoot rifle. I would buy another one without question.

Darkangel1846
05-13-2012, 13:12
I have the golden boy .22 LA....its a pleasure to shoot and has the smoothest LA I've ever seen. I wish I had gotten the .22 magnum though.

Four Knives
05-13-2012, 14:09
I think the Marlin system is more efficient, to just put a round or two or five through the side ejection port. Also, I don't want to go to the range and get reamed out for being "unsafe" for putting my hand near the muzzle when I take the mag tube out and load up the gun (especially since I think the action needs to be closed during this procedure).




Be advised, Marlin rimfire lever actions are tube loaded as well - their centerfire rifles have the side loading gate.

thisaway
05-13-2012, 19:01
I have one of the standard .22 Henrys, and I love it! I just yesterday fired in the Cowboy Silhouette match hosted by the Chatuge Rifle Club in Hiawassee, Georgia. I took 3rd Place in the Rimfire with my Henry, and the Second Place shooter used one also.

They are an excellent value for the money!

Line Rider
05-13-2012, 19:47
The next rifle I buy will be a Herny Octagon barrel Frontier Model. Herny's have the smoothest action I've seen.

Just1More
05-13-2012, 21:37
I have the Frontier model with an octagon barrel. Love it!

http://i1037.photobucket.com/albums/a459/RunThemAll/054.jpg

JayAK
05-13-2012, 22:27
I've had my eye on one for a while.

Kentucky Shooter
05-14-2012, 05:49
They are nice rifles BUT if there is ever the slightest chance you will want to scope it, they do not come drilled and tapped like the Marlins.

ithaca_deerslayer
05-14-2012, 08:39
I'd love to hear what people think of these rifles, especially the quality and front-loading design.

I've got an Ithaca that I've been told on GT is the same design Henry now produces. Also got a Winchester. Both are similar with the tube.

What I really like is the Ruger model 96 with the detachable rotary magazine. My .22mag holds 9 shots. The mag inserts just in front of the lever and trigger guard. Since it is rotary, it is able to be flush to the stock. Carry multiple mags with you so reloads are quick and easy. Keep the gun around the house, unloaded, and just insert the mag and ready to go for that coyote edging around the chicken house. All sorts of advantages :)

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5079/7096669233_7ee57ecff5_b.jpg

The mags are similar to what the 10/22 uses. Here's a wiki link showing that gun and the mags
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruger_10/22

DPris
05-14-2012, 08:45
What Ithaca is the same design Henry is producing?
The only Ithaca .22 rifle I'm aware of is an old single shot.
Denis

SigFTW
05-14-2012, 09:00
Love my Henry Golden Boy 22. One of the best 22s I have ever owned. I send an email to Henry Rifles just to let them know how pleased I was with the 22 Golden Boy. Anthony Imperato, the owner, sent a response back thanking me and offers to send a Henry camp mug.

They are a 100% made in America and very patriotic rifle manufacturer. You won't be disappointed.

ithaca_deerslayer
05-14-2012, 09:23
What Ithaca is the same design Henry is producing?
The only Ithaca .22 rifle I'm aware of is an old single shot.
Denis

Ithaca model 72 saddlegun
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5336/6950612264_a6ca845a3a_b.jpg

What I was told is a member of the Henry family designed it, and now they (Henry company) make it. I have not bothered to verify, so just saying what I was told :)

4 glocks
05-14-2012, 09:50
Ithaca model 72 saddlegun
http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5336/6950612264_a6ca845a3a_b.jpg

What I was told is a member of the Henry family designed it, and now they (Henry company) make it.


I have a Ithaca model 72 saddlegun as well. I have had mine from 1973 that my father bought me when I was 15. My first gun. I have heard that Henry got the rights to the design from Ithaca but not sure how. Mine is almost 40 years old works like new. I am sure I have put 10,000 to 20,000 rounds through it.

DPris
05-14-2012, 10:04
Ah.
West Germany.

It's long been my understanding that the current Henry rimfire leverguns are based on an old Erma (West German) design, so that'd fit.
Still some distinct differences based on what I found for images on the Internet.

There is no "Henry family" involved with the company.
Lou (father) and Anthony (son) Imperato founded the current Henry company, which has no ties whatever to any preceding Henry company & no ties to Tyler Henry of 1860s design fame.
I don't think either Lou (deceased) or Anthony has any design experience.
Denis

wirenut
05-14-2012, 12:28
I had one- belongs to the wife now, we love it .

Dirk Pitt
05-14-2012, 13:08
I have a Henry .22, with the D loop lever carbine version. I lost the front sight hood and contacted the email address on the website. The person answering the mail is the President of the Company! I fully intended to pay for it but it was sent to me a no charge, even though I lost the darn thing. We had a very pleasant email exchange, love the rifle. I like the D loop not for any fancy spinning or other Hollywood stuff, it just fits my hand!

travis34769
05-14-2012, 17:20
Been trying to get one for a while. Cant seem to get one at a low price. Oh well, there is always Christmas!

RustyShackelford
05-14-2012, 18:59
Now I've got the lever-action bug. The family (dad has it; currently) has a Winchester in 30-30. But I think I want one in either .357 or .44. HD purposes, mostly.

OMEGA5
05-15-2012, 16:12
Bought this one a year ago. Very well made, very
accurate and a blast to play with. Topped with a 3x9
scope, it makes a great small game getter. One of my
all time favorite .22's. I have several other .22's but this
one and my S&W M&P1522 are the two I reach for time
and time again. Play with the M&P and get serious with
the Henry.
Dano :harley:
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y200/omega5m14/Henry22S-L-LR62ndBDGIFT009a.jpg