• Henry Big Boy .44 Mag

    ~By Capt Walt

    I needed a Big Game rifle for my son that was capable of taking whitetailed deer, Black Bear and Moose but it had to be easy to handle, low recoil, reliable and affordable for the young shooters first big game rifle as well as classy enough for any shooter with fine taste.

    Priced at $775.00 at Maines largest gun dealer it is an exceptional value for the money.

    This is an American made rifle with its history dating back to the time of the Civil War, or the war of insurection for folks south of the Mason Dixon line.

    When President Lincon was seeking any advantage to help the union win the war; a newly invented idea was presented to him. The Henry Lever action repeating rifle.

    It was the first of its kind to be produced with other gun manufactures taking to the idea and producing there own versions the lever action it played an important part in helping the Union win the war and was part of theour countries historyof how the west was won. To this day cowboy re-inactors use the Henry as part of their authentic getup for events.

    This rifle not only looks good with its Solid top brass receiver, brass buttplate and brass barrel band it hits the nail right on the head staight out of the box. With standard adjustable Marble semi-buckhorn rear with white diamond insert and brass beaded front sight I have the feeling that Henry takes care to make sure that this rifle will pop bullseyes at 50 yrds and 100 yards without a lot of trial and error.

    The tube magazine holds an amazing amount of bullets; more than most hunters will ever need.Henrys mottowas quoted form old Honest Abe "Load on Sunday, Shoot all week long"

    The guns powerful bullet selection will take down any game animal in North America.

    Safe shooting practice isenhanced in that the tube design must be loaded with the reciever chamber open. Dont forget to lever it clear when loading! This safety procedure makes the lever action an exceptionally safe design as you can show clear.

    Weighing in at 8.68 lbs this isn't the lightest lever action rifle made but the extra heft goes a long way in absorbing recoil of even the roaring 240 gr. Super-X Hollow Soft Point loads.

    Unlike many short lever action hunting rifles that kick like a mule this Henry tends to roll with the punch more like a shotgun, Certainly a big plus for all hunters.

    The quality of materiels and workmanship is top notch with excellent fit and finish of both machine parts and good quality wood stocks. This rifle ejects on the right hand side with a nice downward case throw making it a good choice for both right handed shooters and southpaws. I especally like being able to retreive the brass without looking all over for them. A good feature for reloaders. The action was smooth and functioned flawlessly from the first shot. Its getting even better after shooting a few hundred rounds and cleaning out all of the packing grease.

    The pride in craftsmanship is displayed in all dealiungs with the Henry company. They treat Evey customer like you are their most important. That kind of service is exceptional in todays market.

    This rifle like all high tolerance fine machined tools works well lubricated with a very low viscosity machine/gun oil. The rifle was tested in below freezing weather in coastal Maine in December with salt spray in the air. Not the kindest enviourment for any hunting equipment and certainly a vigourous testing ground for a Deer Rifle.

    My 12 yr old son used winchester 240 gr. USA Jacketed Soft Point ammo for his first try on using a large caliber rifle and did as well as if he was shooting his .22 bolt action. Having used this Henry .44 Mag makes me wish that I also had their .22 lever action for small game and plinking. This rifle is one that will give a lifetime of hunting service and can be carried by shooters of all ages. Few firearms these days fall into the Hierloom category as well as being serviceable hunting weapons. This Henry rifle meets a lot of requirements in a fairly priced package.

    My only regret is that I had not shot one a long time ago.

    Capt Walt

    Master Maine Guide, New England Charters & Guide Service LLC

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check        

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