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I just had an opportunity to shoot new Henry single shot rifles in 243 and 45-70. Both had iron sights. My eyesight prevents shooting irons with any real accuracy but my buddy (the owner of these rifles) had no problem with them. These rifles were brand new and we were both pretty excited to see how they shot.

I had my 45-70 Handi rifle equipped with a Bushnell TRS-25 red dot and my 243 Handi rifle with a 3-9 power Nikon scope. Other than my 45-70 we were shooting at 100 yards and didn’t attempt any comparisons of accuracy due to the sights. My 45-70’s red dot is zeroed at 50 yards and I didn’t want to fiddle with perfection. Both Henrys shot respectable groups. Ammo used in the Henrys was 243 Federal Fusion and 45-70 Remington Core-Lokt.

I like my Handi rifles and I really like the Henry rifles. The Henrys are surprisingly affordable. I often walk the woods with my 30-30 Topper model 158 pictured below but I think I’d be just as happy with one of these Henrys. That said, I don’t know if Henry makes the single shot in 30-30.
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i wouldn't give that profiled topper for six henrys.......................of course i am biased, i have one just like it lol.

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I have looked at them, byt last I checked they offered nothing I did not already have or was interested in.


I think they are missing sales by not having more option.


.25-20, .32-20 or .32-40, .38-55, etc, more pistol calibers. And I think they need to sort that heavy trigger before I'll bite.

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I have looked at them, byt last I checked they offered nothing I did not already have or was interested in.


I think they are missing sales by not having more option.


.25-20, .32-20 or .32-40, .38-55, etc, more pistol calibers. And I think they need to sort that heavy trigger before I'll bite.

I just did the trigger fix on mine in 45/70. It took all of 5 minutes and is huge improvement. I heard rumors of a 35 Remington.

357 Mag camo syn stock, 30/30 cinnamon lam checkered straight grip stock, 20 ga USH camo syn stock, 20 ga Topper Jr 490 cut to 21.5" and Rem Chokes, 357 Rem Max nickel Topper 88 .410 stock.
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I did the spring replacement on my 308 Henry. Easy peasy brought the groups right down. Only problem after was the hard primers on the Tula ammo. It took 2 strikes to make them go bang.

303 Britt is my favorite Handi!
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I rechambered my Henry 44 mag to 444 Marlin using the reamer from GBO. The reamer worked fine and the gun shots great. Iím using Hornady Leverevolution ammo and some of my own reloads. Lots of fun.
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I rechambered my Henry 44 mag to 444 Marlin using the reamer from GBO. The reamer worked fine and the gun shots great. Iím using Hornady Leverevolution ammo and some of my own reloads. Lots of fun.
Sounds nice! I had the same idea, but then found a killer deal on a like new Henry in 45-70. They do make it in 30-30 last I saw and I'm tempted to get one and rebore to 38-55 or .375, as I already have a nice older Savage M219 in 30-30.
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Are the Henrys ejector or extractor? I like an extractor in a single shot. It ain't an AR and I tend to make sure I don't need a quick second shot. I've found that with more than one critter out front, the ones that survive the first shot often look back at their fallen buddy. Time enough for an aimed second shot. I don't like to try to field brass or loose it in two feet of snow.

Another question: .44 Magnum and .444 are two different bore diameters. How do you make that work?

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Are the Henrys ejector or extractor? I like an extractor in a single shot. It ain't an AR and I tend to make sure I don't need a quick second shot. I've found that with more than one critter out front, the ones that survive the first shot often look back at their fallen buddy. Time enough for an aimed second shot. I don't like to try to field brass or loose it in two feet of snow.

Another question: .44 Magnum and .444 are two different bore diameters. How do you make that work?

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I just had an opportunity to shoot new Henry single shot rifles in 243 and 45-70. Both had iron sights. My eyesight prevents shooting irons with any real accuracy but my buddy (the owner of these rifles) had no problem with them. These rifles were brand new and we were both pretty excited to see how they shot.

I had my 45-70 Handi rifle equipped with a Bushnell TRS-25 red dot and my 243 Handi rifle with a 3-9 power Nikon scope. Other than my 45-70 we were shooting at 100 yards and didnít attempt any comparisons of accuracy due to the sights. My 45-70ís red dot is zeroed at 50 yards and I didnít want to fiddle with perfection. Both Henrys shot respectable groups. Ammo used in the Henrys was 243 Federal Fusion and 45-70 Remington Core-Lokt.

I like my Handi rifles and I really like the Henry rifles. The Henrys are surprisingly affordable. I often walk the woods with my 30-30 Topper model 158 pictured below but I think Iíd be just as happy with one of these Henrys. That said, I donít know if Henry makes the single shot in 30-30.
Henry does make there single shot in 30-30. I have owned 2 handis and 2 Savage 219's in 30-30 but being we can't shoot deer with them in OH they were sold or traded.

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