Gun Review: Henry Big Boy .44 Magnum

For students of the history and romance of so-called cowboy rifles, Bayonne, New Jersey isn’t a particularly evocative locale. Ilion, New York (Remington). New Haven, Connecticut (Marlin). Those are the places where West-winning long guns were born. Even though the virtues of the long guns made in those storied factories have withstood the test of time, times have changed. I reckon we can add the Hudson County hang to the roll call. For that’s where Henry Repeating Arms Co. makes its lever action rifles, including the .357, .44 and .45 Big Boy . . .

Overview

The Henry Big Boy is a lever-action centerfire rifle with a fully octagonal 20-inch barrel, a solid brass receiver, and a 10-round tubular magazine. It’s a larger version of Henry’s successful Golden Boy rimfire rifles and similar to Henry’s new brass-framed .30/30 rifle. Our test gun was chambered in hard-hitting .44 Magnum.

Despite its name and its stunningly beautiful brass receiver, the Big Boy is not a replica of the original Henry Rifle (a.k.a., “That damned Yankee rifle you can load on Sunday and shoot all week”). The Big Boy’s action is nearly identical in operation to that of the venerable Marlin 336. Henry’s version has a solid receiver and a round bolt with one rear locking lug. Unlike the 336′s receiver-based loading gate, the Big Boy reloads through a port in the front of the magazine tube (after removing the magazine plunger).

Dropping cartridges down a tube isn’t the handiest way to load a rifle, although it can be less painful than getting your fingers jammed in the loading gate of a Marlin or Winchester design. It won’t matter for hunting; if your deer (or elk or moose or whatever) isn’t down after ten rounds of .44 Magnum you need to give up hunting and take up Contract Bridge.

Reloading the Henry in a high-stress or situation is as practical a proposition as a kickstand on an Abrams tank. And? While I doubt owners would use their Big Boy .44 for defensive purposes, the rifle’s magazine capacity, decisive ballistics and quick action would make it a fearsome home defense weapon—at least until it ran empty.

Owners of tubular-magazine Marlin .22 rifles will be familiar with the hazards of trying to empty unfired rounds by dumping them out the end of the tube.  It’s a lot more fun to keep shooting until the gun runs empty. Unless you’re a handloader you’ll probably want to restrain yourself. At about $.80 a round, factory .44 Magnum ammo is about the same price as .30/30 or bulk .308.

The Big Boy has no manual safety of any kind. Henry’s lawyers must have gone into convulsions when company president Anthony Imperato made the call; this ballistics-crazed brief gives the decision two big thumbs-up. There’s no half-cock notch. But there are two passive safeties: a trigger block prevents the gun from firing unless the lever and bolt are fully closed and locked, and a transfer bar passive safety allows the rifle to be carried safely with the hammer down on a live round.

A Brass Receiver? Really?

Yep. Really. Well, sort of. The Big Boy’s receiver is machined from a solid lump of a proprietary brass alloy. Henry claims it has the same tensile and yield strength as steel. Despite some speculation in the gun forums (fora?) about the strength and durability of the non-steel receiver, my search for “Big Boy Frame Failure” didn’t turn up a single complaint.

As you can see from the picture below, the Big Boy’s receiver is massively thick. Company president Anthony Imperato states that the Big Boy can handle any loadings within the SAAMI pressure limit (36,000 PSI for the .44 Magnum). If you’re a glutton for shooting expensive ammo, Buffalo Bore makes Big Boy-safe .44 Magnums that deliver nearly 2,000 lb-ft of muzzle energy. That said, their very heaviest .44s are not recommended; the slow-twist barrel may not properly stabilize the heaviest .44 Magnum bullets. But the Big Boy [reportedly] does fine with bullets up to and including 270 grains.

Fit and Finish

Shooting this rifle is a thrill and a joy, but those who appreciate quality will get a different kind of thrill from just handling and touching it. It’s a perfect composition in steel, brass and walnut.

The fit, finish and assembly of the Big Boy is equal or superior to that of any factory-made firearm I’ve ever handled. Period. The full octagon 20-inch barrel is blued in a deep, lustrous black that I’ve only found on handcrafted classics from the pinnacle of American gunmaking: pre-’64 Winchester Model 70s, 1960s Remington Model 700 BDLs, and 1960s Smith & Wesson revolvers.

From its polished brass buttplate to its Hawken-style muzzle, this rifle radiates quality and attention to detail in both design and execution. Heaven is in the details; the machined steel rear sight from Marble Arms (the devil is there, too) and the gold, antique-typeface barrel markings; the perfectly-machined octagon barrel; the solid-brass magazine plunger with its captive steel follower. And that’s just the metalwork: the woodwork is equally stunning.

Both the buttstock and fore-end are cut from lightly figured American walnut with an incredibly smooth satin finish. Wood-to-metal fit is outstanding all around. The rifle’s original stock cracked at the wrist after the rifle took an unintentional tumble (Farago almost cried). Henry sent us a replacement stock set. Although they were made months apart from each other, the new stock slipped onto the receiver tang as snugly and neatly as if the pair had been hand-fitted together. That, dear readers, is quality control. Other gunmakers (cough Marlin cough) would do well to emulate it.

You won’t see me trying to cram any business cards between the wrist and the receiver flat, but you can make out a Van Eyck-esque distorted reflection of my hands and camera as I took the picture.

Accuracy

I took the Big Boy to my grandparents’ old family farm outside Kalispell, Montana with the hopes of shooting it extensively in a beautiful, private location at ranges of 100 yards and beyond. A half-dozen pastured horses prevented me shooting at more than 35 yards. Even so, my results at that modest range were astounding. To me, at least.

My eyesight is no longer correctable to 20/20. As a result, I generally shoot like crap with iron sights at anything other than short ranges. I knelt in the dirt behind a folding table and squinted through the Big Boy’s buckhorn rear sight while shooting the groups above. My first three shots from the Big Boy went into the lower cloverleaf on the target above, and the second three shots went into the upper cloverleaf. In each group, the center-to-center distance is slightly less than 0.5 inches.

When I got home, I took the Big Boy to my local range for some proper bench testing at longer ranges. My dodgy eyesight began to tell. My wonderful cloverleaf groups disappeared. I also discovered that our sample Big Boy has a problem which seriously impairs its practical accuracy: the Marble rear sight rides too loosely on its elevation ramp.

Under recoil, the ramp slides loose and the sight drops down to its lowest position.  ometimes it lowers itself one notch at a time, and sometimes it just drops all the way. The result is pronounced vertical stringing like this:

And this:

When the rear sight stayed in place for three shots (or when I noticed it had slipped and reset it) my groups consistently looked much better, as this shows:

And this:

All of the groups were centered horizontally about 1.25 inches left of the bull at 50 yards; once the elevation ramp issue is addressed, I’ll drift the rear sight a hair to the right.

Including the wandering rear sight, at 50 yards my groups averaged exactly 2.5 inches, even including one really bad shot I knew I yanked three inches off to the left. This average is actually pretty damned good for me with iron sights. But it doesn’t reflect what the gun’s capabilities of a stable rear sight and 20/20 vision. Or a scope.

When I statistically ‘correct’ for the loose rear sight by measuring only the horizontal width of the groups (which were extremely consistent except for that one blown shot) we get a better picture of how well your humble correspondent could shoot the Henry Big Boy .44: 1.25 inches at 50 yards.

At 100 yards I’m usually a basket case with iron sights; I can empty a National Match Garand into a CMP target and only land thee shots on the black. The loose rear sight caused even more pronounced vertical stringing. My groups ranged from 2.4 to 6.5 inches. Removing the vertical deviation, my groups were between 0.75 inches and 1.5 inches wide, and centered about three inches left of the bull.

Lacking the precision that only a scope (or better eyes and a precision aperture sight) can provide, I can only estimate at the Henry Big Boy’s potential accuracy. I figure it would shoot 2 MOA or better, as long as the shooter remembers the football-like trajectory of the .44 Magnum.

Functioning And Handling

We don’t really have a ‘testing protocol’ here at TTAG. Every type of gun suggests a different set of testing priorities. It’s cheap, fun and entirely practical to run 1000 rounds through a semi-automatic .22 rimfire during testing. A 600-round AR-15 test takes a lot of planning and resources. Test-firing 100 rounds of .338 Lapua or .375 H&H (yes, we’re working on those) will leave you bloody, bruised and bankrupt.

The price of .44 Magnum ammunition put some limitations on the quantities of ammo we could afford to run through the Big Boy compared to other pistol calibers. After about 30 rounds, I experienced a single malfunction: the lever screw loosened itself. The rifle seemed to seize up; it wouldn’t cycle fully after about 30 rounds. When I jiggled the lever slightly and tightened the screw with my fingernail the gun resumed full function. A drop of blue Loctite (not the permanent red stuff) will prevent this from happening again.

Brass is a fairly soft metal which glides smoothly over many other metals. This makes it an excellent material for cartridge cases and bullet jackets. It also gives brass-framed rifles a smoothness of action that’s difficult to achieve when steel rubs against steel. The Big Boy’s lever is slicker than a buttered Benelli. The trigger breaks very cleanly at slightly over four pounds. Our Marlin 1894C had to take an Alaskan summer vacation, courtesy of Wild West Guns before it felt as slick as the Big Boy felt straight out of the box.

When it comes to handling, the .44 Magnum Big Boy teaches you very quickly how it earned its name. At eight pounds, 11 ounces it’s as heavy as my .357 Magnum Marlin 1894C and my S&W Model 686 together. It’s heavy enough that you’d think twice before carrying it up a mountain in search of elk or deer. And by ‘carry’ I mean carry: the Big Boy has no sling attachment points. I’d slit my wrists before I’d let a gunsmith drill into the almost presentation-grade walnut of the Big Boy’s stock and fore-end.

Leaving it behind would be a mistake, however. Those extra pounds mean the Big Boy lacks the marvelously quick handling of a smaller, shorter carbine like the .357 Magnum Marlin 1894C. But in offhand firing the Big Boy’s gravity suck soaks up the recoil of the .44 Magnum. Much of the Big Boy’s weight is carried in its octagon barrel, which makes it very steady on target.

And this all works for me. The .44 Magnum Big Boy isn’t a pistol-caliber carbine; it doesn’t need to handle like one. It’s a man’s rifle with nearly the power of a .45-70. I wouldn’t use the Henry Bog Boy .44 to snipe elk across a canyon. It wouldn’t be a prudent choice for stalking brown bear. But big .44 (or .45) bullets at moderate velocities have an almost mythical reputation for dropping all but the biggest game dead in their tracks. Within 150 yards, that game is going down.

I was surprised at the recoil I felt from the Big Boy’s .44 Magnum cartridge, however. When firing offhand it’s hardly noticeable. From a bench (where I spent most of my time) it is surprisingly sharp. By the end of my range day I sported a nice bruise on my right shoulder. I wished I’d followed my uncle’s sage advice to use a Limb-Saver recoil shield.

Accessories

In terms of customization, the Big Boy is a rather unique case. Almost anything you do to modify it will ruin its classic styling. Karma will punish you with a merciless kick to the groin if you desecrate your Big Boy with a bipod, tactical light, or tri-rail scope mount. The horror! And you’d  better not have your gunsmith drill into the brass receiver to mount scope rings, because the tiny screws will strip out the softer brass in no time.

However, there are a few mods you can make to your Big Boy without completely spoiling it. The Henry website sells factory-custom big loop levers and cantilever scope mounts for a ridiculously affordable $50 and $27.50, respectively. And if you happen to bend or break your brass magazine plunger assembly, they’ll replace it for an unbelievable $21.50.

If Henry recoups their production costs at these prices, it shows that they’ve really got their manufacturing down to a science. And if they can’t recoup their costs and they’re willing to take a small loss to keep their customers happy that’s pretty neat too.

In fact, the only ‘expensive’ Henry factory accessory is the one I’d want the most: the walnut wall-mounted display case for $150.

Born In The USA. Completely.

Unlike many modern guns, all Henry rifles are manufactured and assembled domestically, using parts and materials sourced entirely in the USA. The brass receivers are cast and machined in Pennsylvania. The walnut stock blanks come from Missouri, Iowa and Kansas. The bolt steel comes from Pittsburgh. And the barrel steel is forged in Ohio.

I point this out because the lever-action is the quintessential American rifle, but few of them are still made in America. Browning BLRs and Winchester 1894s are made in Japan, Cimarron rifles are imported from Italy, and of course Rossis are built in Brazil. Marlin used to make their rifles in North Haven, Connecticut, but now of course they’re not making them at all. For a while anyway.

Conclusion

Farago and I haven’t been shy in chronicling the shortcomings of Marlin and their 1894C carbines. While testing the Henry Big Boy and writing this review, I inevitably found myself comparing the two. It’s been a challenge to try and evaluate the Henry on its own merits. It’s important because this article is not about Marlin. It’s about the rifle that’s going to eat Marlin’s lunch.

This is a rifle you’ll leave to your children, but not until you’ve hung it over your mantel (spouse willing) for a few decades because your friends and neighbors—-shooters, hunters and anti’s alike—will gaze at it thinking goddamn, that’s one beautiful rifle.

Whether shooting or sitting still, Henry’s Big Boy is a breathtaking exemplar of classic rifle styling and craftsmanship. It’s a man-sized rifle that (with the rear sight fixed) delivers solid accuracy and sledgehammer-like knockdown power for hunting just about anything within 150 yards. It’s also an awesomely fun (if expensive) recreational plinker: if you hit an empty soup can right on its bottom rim in the dirt that 240-grain bullet will send it into Near Earth Orbit.

In fact, the Big Boy’s beauty is its only real drawback. It’s so lovely I’d feel like a criminal the first time I put a ding in the stock or a big scratch in the receiver flat. [ED: Tell me about it.] Cleaning the Henry Big Boy takes longer than most rifles; most rifles don’t beg you for a final polish with Brasso after you’ve wiped off the soot and fingerprints. A task which is more of an honor than a chore.

Yeah, it’s that good.

SPECIFICATIONS

Caliber: .44 Magnum/.44 Special
Barrel: 20 inch full-octagon, 1 in 38 inch twist
Overall Length: 38.5 inches
Weight: 8 pounds, 11 ounces
Action: Lever-action, tubular magazine, external hammer w/transfer bar passive safety
Finish: Polished brass, blued steel, walnut
Capacity: 10 (.44 Magnum), 11 (.44 Special)
Price: MSRP $900, $650 street

RATINGS (out of five)

Accuracy:  * * * 1/2
Cloverleaf groups at 35 yards are awesome; a wandering rear sight is not.  Four stars when it’s fixed, and possibly even more stars with a scope.  We’ll keep you posted. 

Ergonomics * * * *
Excellent trigger, extremely smooth action and light recoil (when you’re firing offhand) with big-game ballistics.  Although historically and aesthetically correct, subtract one star for the optically challenging iron sights and the lovely but slippery brass buttstock.

Reliability: * * * *
You don’t want a seized-up lever when that moose is in your sights, so don’t forget to Loctite the lever screw.

Customize This: * *
This gun is already pretty well customized.  Scope it for medium-range precision and customize it with a big loop lever from the factory if you want to.  I’m not sure how to put a sling on it.

Overall Rating: * * * * 1/2
Stunning beauty and craftsmanship in a fun and hard-hitting rifle that will last for generations.

100 Responses to Gun Review: Henry Big Boy .44 Magnum

  1. avatarRyan Finn says:

    Damn that’s a beautiful rifle. I’m already imagining one above my fireplace.

    • avatarDoc Wright says:

      I just wone one in a raffle with a free ticket from my brother-in-law. It is sooooooooooooooooooo fun to shoot.

      Happy as a puppy with two peters, Doc.

    • avatarTed Robertson says:

      It is in fact a very beautiful rifle.
      I just purchased and picked them up this week end a 357 Magnum, 44 Magnum, 22 Magnum, 45 long colt and a 30-30. All Henry Golden Boys. They are awesome, my wife likes them just as much as I do.

      I will be leaving them to my grandson who is 12 years old and loves the Henry’s. He is a deadly shot. Great eyes. He knows how to handle a rifle and is super safe.

      I love the Henry big boys and golden boys.

      Ted Robertson

  2. avatarIndyEric says:

    Damn good review.

  3. Gorgeous gun. Terrific review. But I would never buy one, except maybe to hang over the fireplace just to look at it. I couldn’t live with the front-loading magazine tube. It might be historic, but it’s a fatal flaw.

    • avatarMike Bernard says:

      Why is that? I used to have a Marlin 39A as a kid and I remember loading that was no problem. It was super accurate too. Stoking rounds thru a slot in the side; rifleman style, seems harder, and you could pinch a fingertip? I guess feed tubes can get bent or damaged, but that applies to the standard port loading barrel tube as well.

      • avatarKevin J Kehoe says:

        Fatal flaw cause they did not do it the way he wants.
        Kind of like my Ex,
        You did not give me what I wanted that is why I cheated and left you.

        LOL

        It is what is needed that counts. Some folks always have an excuse or but,
        Needs:

        Like a pair to take back our country before we have nothing left.

  4. avatarTodd S says:

    I love my Henry .22 and I plan on picking up the .357 Big Boy at some point. Henry is loyal to its customers and treats us VERY well. I can’t say that about most gun companies or most companies in general. The Imperato’s have a customer for life in me.

  5. avatarBLAMMO says:

    … -shooters, hunters and anti’s alike—will gaze at it thinking goddamn, that’s one beautiful rifle.

    Goddamn, that’s one beautiful rifle.

  6. avatarRalph says:

    Great review of a new classic! I had the chance to fire a commemorative model last year, courtesy of a guy I ran into at the town range. The rifle was a couple of years old but had never been fired before that day. We shot it with .44 Spl flat nose ammo, which the gun seemed to like just fine. I was impressed by the quality, accuracy and mild recoil. But that’s not the point, is it? It’s a shooter, sure, and with a nice scope it would be a great shooter. But more than that, it’s art.

    • avatarRalph says:

      I purchased my Henry Big Boy 44 rifle eight years ago and I fell in love.He sleeps with me. I need to purchase him a mate soon.

      • avatarStephen says:

        I just bought one a few months ago in .44 and so far have added a Large Loop lever. Soon to be adding a tang sight. I am going to be using it in CAS competitions.

  7. avatarKarl Erich Martell says:

    What a great review – thanks a ton.

  8. avatarMatt in AZ says:

    I’ve handled one and I must say that I really wish I “needed” this beauty. Here in southern AZ the land is just too open for hunting with this type of type of firearm. For someone stalking game in heavy brush, forest or swamp this would be a great choice to have. A very fine example of functional art and I would hang one on a wall if I could.

    • avatarChris Dumm says:

      Like the .45-70 or .444 Marlin, the .44 Magnum can really be a pile-driver at short range but it just doesn’t retain its energy for open country hunting. It might knock an elk on its ass at 50 yards, but at 150 yards you’d better not be hunting anything bigger than a whitetail.

      Even Hornady’s flex-tip bullets only help a little bit, because it’s not just the .44′s flat nose that slows it down: it’s the huge frontal area and short bullet length. Adding a pointy nose lets it retain a few more FPS, but by 200 yards any .44 Magnum has long since run out of gas.

      You might have another option, though: Henry has a new .30-30 built just like the Big Boy (except larger, of course) with the gorgeous brass frame. With a 200-yard zero, the Hornady flex-tip bullets only drop 12 inches at 300 yards and that’s a perfectly workable holdover.

  9. avatardavvehall says:

    nice rifle,great review.you should find a brass scope for it,like the home made one that Doc uses in back to the future!

  10. avatarJoe Grine says:

    Great review, Chris! We should do a side-by side comparison of the Henry with the Uberti Henry 1866.

    Did you get a chance to chrono anything through the Henry .44 ??

  11. avatarJim March says:

    The moment they ship a 357 version with a proper loading gate at the rear end, I’m all over it.

    I won’t buy the front-stuffer version, period, end of discussion.

    • avatarLevi B says:

      If you don’t want a front loading lever action, Marlin probably isn’t for you. Plenty of companies make lever actions with loading gates on the receiver. I like my Marlin Model 1894C a lot and have used it for hunting, but my Henry Big Boy is my baby. I don’t even like pulling the Henry out of my safe because I’m scared I’ll ding the stock… but I have to show it to people! And no one I’ve shown it to yet has said anything but how beautiful it is and “Can I hold it?”

  12. avatarChris Dumm says:

    Just a brief update about the wandering rear sight:

    I put a short description of the problem on Henry’s “Contact Us” page yesterday, and they emailed me back this morning for my mailing address. A new Marbles rear sight is on its way, no questions asked. (Except for my address, of course.)

  13. avatarjlottmc says:

    Ok, I want one in .357, and .44. I’m divided about the scope mount, but I wouldn’t shun one. As for the sling, that’s easy, a little leather (elk I think works well for this), and you have a frontier style sling (loop of leather over the forestock, attached via sling to a pocket on the buttstock). Yup, I want one.

  14. avatarPatrick from MD says:

    Great review. And it’s true – I can’t begin to explain how gorgeous these rifles are… I hate front loaders and swore I’d never own another. Then I walked into a shop one day to get a few small things and walked out with a Golden Boy.

    Plus, in the day and age of “The ‘Freedom’ Group” and ilk, it’s wonderful to support a company that is adamant about manufacturing quality rifles in the USA.

  15. avatarWes S. says:

    I’ve already got a Lever Octagon Frontier in .22 LR (the blued version of Henry’s premier .22 levergun). A Big Boy in .357 is next on the want list, to match my cherished .357 Ruger Anniversary Flattop Blackhawk.

    Smoothest action of all the leverguns, with the best fit and finish…and for anything this side of a full-scale zombie apocalypse, you probably won’t need more than ten rounds. What’s not to like?

    (Well, I’d like to see Henry offer the pistol-caliber Big Boys in a blued version, as they do the .30-30. More durable than the polished brass…although the brass Henrys are truly a work of art.)

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  17. avatarJohn says:

    I now own 4 Henry rifles in various calibers so you can assume I’ve become a big fan and am a little biased. As for the Big Boy, what I like about it might not be right for every one. The Henrys by comparison are heavier rifles. But that’s what I like about it. It absorbs most of the recoil that I have grown to dislike as I get older. I can shot the .357 (or .38′s if you want to save some money) all day without a problem. I’ve found that the .357′s are more accurate and of course, provide a little more punch. I changed out the original sights on two of my Henry’s with Skinner Sights which have helped enormously for my aging eyes. I was never a big fan of the open buckhorn anyway. With a well adjusted and stable sight, these are very accurate rifles. I also own two .22 magnums, one with a Skinner Sight, one with a scope. Once again, the accuracy is great. But I’ve fired a few different lever action rifles and the bottom line is this: For whatever reason to me, the Henry rifles just seem to feel right. I love shooting them over and over again. By far my most favorite is the .357. That almost 9 lbs of rifle, compared to 6-7+ for similar brands, is what I think makes them steadier. I should mention that I am not a large man, and that weight is just fine. And lastly as mentioned before, these rifles are a thing of beauty. I have both brass and black, but of course the brass is a work of art in my opinion. I’ve let a couple of guys at the range shoot them and they have had the same experience. They want one. I’ve had more comments and questions about them than you could imagine. But one thing’s for sure: If you can call a rifle beautiful, these Henrys fit the bill.

  18. avatarDavid I. says:

    I’ve been looking at Henry Big Boy’s for some time and plan on purchasing one in 45LC soon to match my 45LC Ruger Blackhawk. I did contact Henry and they said the receiver and lockup mechanism is more than capable of handling the +P loads designed for Rugers if I so desired. I do have my own handloads that I’ve worked up over the years and they are a little “hotter” than standard loads but not much. Anyway….excellent review, very well done, it is appreciated by me and I’m sure many others.

    • avatarBill T says:

      David, I too am loading my own 45 colt for my Taurus Judge and want to load a little Hotter for the Henry, You sound like the man I need to talk to. If you would be so kind as to take down my email address, and send me an email, I sure would appreciate discussing loads etc. with you. Thanks billyt7563@aol.com

  19. avatarMatt says:

    Great review. Love Henry rifles, and might I point out that Colt was based in Patterson NJ for years : )

  20. avatarLP Jones says:

    I have loved the looks & feel of the Henry for years. Was in the USMC & shot more weapons than most people ever get to see, but i enjoy lever action weapons the most… by far. Maybe it has a little to do with the nostalgia of a lever action, but mostly i think that they are just so darned useable. They point well, they work well, its just ‘right’ when i am aiming & shooting the thing. I have shot Winchesters & Marlins & they are good, but the Henry; well, its a Henry! They are a cut above, & as you said they are made in the USA.
    I just purchased a Henry Big Boy .44 Mag/.44 Special with large loop lever.
    its a dream come true for me.
    Now to look for a good sight.
    http://www.skinnersights.com/henry_rifles_18.html
    or
    http://www.marblearms.com/standardPeepTang.html
    great review & keep up the good work

  21. avatarAlan Beverstock says:

    A good honest review. I have been loking at a number of the well known brands in .44 mag. This has just confirmed my thoughts about Henry rifles. I purchased a Henry .22 in about 1997 it was the first to be imported into Australia. Its a great little rifle with very good wood work As you say to pretty to be used. As I shoot a veriation of Western Action I will be using it with light hand loads, but I know I will have to try it out on the wild pig and scrub cattle in my area.
    Again a good review.
    Regards from Down Under

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  23. avatarDonald Frederick` says:

    I have the Henry Big Boy in the 45 and the 357 and love both of them I also have the Marlin 1894SS in the 44 mag. The Henryhas asmoother action and less rccoil than the Marlin. Even thou I like the rlin I am selling it to buy the Henry Big Boy in he 44mag. I really love shooting my Henry more the the Marlin.

  24. avatarJohn says:

    Great review. I’m a bit biased because I now own three Henrys. I have the .357 Big Boy and everything you’ve said about the .44 is true, but with less recoil. I must mention quality control: I don’t think it gets any better than this. And yes, they are heavy rifles. The plus side is that it absorbs the recoil. As for ammo, mine loves Cowboy Action loads. As for durability, I can switch back and forth from .357′s to .38′s without a glitch. My brother likes shooting the .38 specials because he had shoulder surgery, and can no longer handle the recoil. You also can’t beat their customer service. Even the president of the company will communicate with you. Try that with other companies. Made in the U.S.A. with American materials. Not only a great shooter, the most attractive gun I’ve ever seen.

  25. avatarJoe says:

    All, owners who put a 2×7 scope on this baby will love it even more. And, I have found, that the Henry Big Boy 44 rifle LOVES Hornady 44 Mag 225 gr FTX rounds. Honestly, from a bench, these rounds will group at 4 inches at 160 yards (expect a 9.25 inch drop). YES – expect the rear iron sight to fail! Honest review, thanks so much for posting!

  26. avatarbruce says:

    i won a henry 30-30 at a frinds of the nra dinner and it is a fine rifle excpt for the rear sight so i put a scope on it.i have a marlin in 30-30 and a modle 71 winchester in .348 which comes close to the henry in fit and finish but is not quite as smoth .with out a recoil shield or butt pad you will not shoot the .348 more than three times from the bench while i can shoot the others all day with out to much discomfort.

  27. avatarRich Clemens says:

    Just received my Henry 44 with the new scope mount (which I am very please they changed just before mine was made) and it fires like a dream. Will be in the market for a recoil pad but more to protect the brass butt plate rather than my shoulder. A real great addition to my collection!

  28. Hi, I have recently purchased the Henry bigboy in 44, the only problem is that I can’t look at it with out polishing it, it is a beautiful rifle. I am not a lover of lever rifles but the Henry is something special. The tube feed is also a good idea especially when the reciever is brass, I will definately fit a black/gold Skinner sight because like the review stated the original sight jumps back to the lowest setting when shooting. The weight of the rifle does absorb the recoil and the American walnut is second to none. Overall this is an excellant rifle and is worth every penny.

  29. avatarMike says:

    I have the 44 mag big boy. This is one of the most fun guns to shoot. Well made and very smooth action. I prefer this gun over my 30-30 model 94 winchester. I actualy started reloading 44 mags so I can shoot my Henry more often. I also added a skinner peep sight, the one that screws on the barrel, which works great.

  30. avatarc turner says:

    I am trying to purchase a Henry Big Boy in 44 mag and 357 mqag , but the local gun shops in Whichata Falls Tx. are void of Henrys of any kind. How can I go about locating a destributer for this area for a local gun shot to obtain these rifles for me? Thanks for info…

  31. avatarJack Riffle says:

    My kids gave me a 44 Big Boy for my birthday because they know I’ve been coveting one for a long time. Its comfortable to hold and comfortable to shoot. Surprisingly accurate for open sights. I still get a thrill every time I take it out of the case to clean it or just to look at it. It is a real work of art and the craftsmanship is exceptional.

  32. avatarJack Rice says:

    I am the proud owner of 3 Henry’s. A Golden Boy in 22 Mag, a 22 pump and the 44 Big Boy. All are exceptional pieces of craftsmenship with perfect fit and finish. The 44 is so much fun to shoot and it really makes a big hole in what ever you hit. With my eyes, 50 yards was about my practical limit with iron sites. I am waiting for delivery of the new style scope mount so I can install my new Nikon 3-9×40. I believe this is still a 100-150 yard weapon even with the scope. However, now it should group up to its potential as the shooter will see what he is aiming at.

    Now to the two rimfire Henry’s. As many have mentioned, the Golden Boy is an absolute best in class. In 22 Mag it delivers excellent varment punch out to that 100 yard point as well. The real mention for me is the 22 pump. It is my newest Henry. I longed for another 22 pump from my teenage years. The choices for a new 22 pump are rather limited. After what I considered proper due dilligence, I bought the Henry. I only have about 100 rounds down range but it is just a joy to shoot. The action is already breaking in and it is smooth as silk. I would expect nothing less from the folks in NJ.

  33. avatarDan S. says:

    Really liked the review. I bought my Big Boy 3 years ago and love shooting it. I have several friends , and a wife, that refer to it as ” their gun”. It is a real nail driver, but the recoil is still something my little wife can handle. I waited a long time to finally buy one and have no regrets. Even if you don’t like front loaders this is a gun all collectors should own, just off looks alone.

  34. avatarKen D says:

    I purchased at my local Exchange on Base. To tell you the truth the only reason I bought it was just the beauty of the riffle.
    I took it to the range and fired it out of the box, with out even adjusting any sites I was able to hit my targets easily at 50 yrd, 100 yrds and 150. My shot groups where about a 50 cent piece group not bad for a .44 at 150 yrds. The recole on this thing is average, my 14yr old son who weighs in a a buck 5 soaking wet could fire it easy.
    If you are looking for a leaver action riffle and not worried about Speed loading this bad boy is for you. Should not have been called the “Big” Henry but the “Bad” Boy Henry.

    • avatarJack says:

      Its a pure pleasure every time I take it to the range. The action gets smoother every time I use it and I experienced the same thing when I first took it out of the box. 100 yard shot groups of about 2-3 inches. You’re a better marksman that me. I tweaked the lateral sight position a bit and got it down to 1.5 – 2. It is truly a work of art.

  35. avatarSean Kelley says:

    Our oldest son worked hard to achieve the rank of ‘Eagle Scout’ and without a thought I rewarded him with the ‘Henry Eagle Scout Edition Rifle’. What I did not expect was the absolute breathtaking beauty and awesomeness one feels when holding this rifle. My son cherishes that rifle more then the Tahoe I gave him and I can see why. If one Henry is good then two are better, I am now the very proud owner of a Henry Big Boy .44 and am already looking forward to more.
    No man can just look at these rifles, they have to hold them, so be prepared to clean often.

  36. avatarRichard Willis aka Trooper Will says:

    I have a .357/.38 that I have used in Cowboy Action Shooting for two seasons and would not trade it for anything. This gun seems to jump onto the target and allows really smooth, fast transitions between targets. I’m not fond of the tubular magazine, but once it is loaded you’re good to go. Two problems I have encountered and reported to Henry: (1) the lever does not lock into position with a full magazine and (2) cartridges must be 1.58″ or better or they will not feed properly. The original Henry rifles had a retainer behind the lever to lock it into place. This would be an easy fix for the first problem. As I load my own ammo I have solved the second problem by loading to the required length. There are now at least three of us shooting Henry’s in the local CAS shoots.

    As with about everyone else who has posted here, I love the rifle and would own it even if I never shot it. It is a thing of beauty and almost a work of art!

    • avatarRoscoe says:

      Though not the prettiest solution, an appropriate length of Schedule 40 grey electrical PVC with a sealed cap at one end and a formed cotter pin inserted at the other serves well as a speed loader for the tubular magazine of the Big Boys. Just pull the magazine plunger/retainer all the way out and drop in the line of rounds at a modest angle from the PVC reload tube (case end first, of course). Works every time to deploy a quick reload. If you prefer, or if dust or dirt is an issue, you can use a threaded fitting and cap at the exit end of the reload tube instead of a cotter pin.

  37. avatarjim says:

    i love my 44mag and display it in an open case but it is developing small spots. is this somthing i have done to create this problem?

  38. avatarIsaac Swainston says:

    Great review. Re: feeling like a criminal for dinging it, I dropped it on my jeep bumper and put but a tiny ding in the stock and wept. Henry hit a home run.

  39. avatarRick Brown says:

    Thanks for the outstanding review! You’ve officially made up my mind. A Henry Big Boy .44 it is!!!

  40. avatarMatt says:

    For defensive purposes, by the way, once the tube ran out, you can simply load one at a time through its single action capability.

  41. avatarLogan says:

    I just got one of these for christmas and it shoots like a dream

  42. avatarpricedo says:

    Better take your golf cart to lug this 8+ pound monster thru the bush & the sunlight reflecting off that brass receiver would be a dead give away to deer.
    I’d consider a “blue” Henry model H010 in 45-70 that weighs in at 7 pounds.

  43. avatarRoscoe says:

    If a pound and a half is a deal breaker, you should probably leave the Henry at home like you said. And sunlight reflects off of any shiny objects you carry into the brush, including sunglasses.

  44. avatarRoscoe says:

    My .44 Big Boy was purchased new in the fall of 2010 and it too has a galloping buckhorn rear sighting mechinism. It was annoying enough that after two outings it became a safe queen. This month I decided to take it out again and address the issue so I could enjoy shooting this masterpiece in rotation with everything else. So last week I called Henry’s to find a fix. After a short discussion of the problem, I was promptly asked for my address and told to expect a replacement rear sight in the mail. Since then I came across this review and am relieved to learn that I am in good company. Once the new sight arrives, it will promptly be tested on the rifle. I expect to be duly impressed. Thanks for your informative review.

    • avatarlogan says:

      i put a scope on mine and I love It. Luepold

      • avatarPaul Stacy says:

        Did you have a hard time getting the correct rings to fit the mount. I have a redfield scope revenge 3zX9X52mm 1″ tube and have ordered three sets of rings, none of the rings will tighten up on the mount. Can you help?

  45. avatarRichard says:

    Recently purchased a 22LR Golden Boy and must say, it has the smoothest action and is the flattest shooting rifle in my gun safe. I have ordered the Golden Boy 22 mag. and extreamly excited to recieve and fire it.

  46. avatarDennis says:

    They are Beautiful but even more stunning in person. I picked up my Big Boy 44 yesterday and all I can say is Wow, I will be leaveing it to my childern. I’m planning on putting a scope on it for hunting my up North property next fall. Thanks for the great review…
    The next purhase will be a Mares leg 44……… Woohoo cant wait…

  47. avatarpricedo says:

    With a scope on it the gross weight would be around the 10 pound mark. Fine for a 100 yard walk from my pu truck to a tree stand or ground blind but if I have to walk for a good part of the day no thanks.
    For carrying I’ll take my Rossi M92/44 Mag which weighs in at 4.8 pounds and is half the price of the Henry.

  48. avatarRandy Slonaker says:

    My son bought me one for my birthday 4 years ago. He got it at a BPS, I went to a local shop, WE Sells for more shells and another gentleman asked me what I had and I tole him a Henry Big Boy .44. There was one there and the guy asked to see it and I saw the price. I told my son what the price was and he got in touch with BPS and got $1o6 in return, $6.00 was tax. Started shooting it and my shoulder was starting to hurt so bad I almost put it away. Took it for bear and only carried it for one day due to my shoulder pain. Took it out for the first day of deer and it dawned on my I never check if the gun even fit my arm length. Put it in the crook of my arm and couldn’t even touch the trigger. Put the gun up and saw that I had it out side of my shoulder. By soing this it was pulling my shoulder out of place. It did heal six months later, in the mean time I bought another stock to cut down which I did and it is perfect now with the original in the gun cabinet. I also bought a tang sight from Track of the Wolf which mounts behind the hammer and the accuracy is astounding. The only bad thing about a tang sight is you need extra daylight to see through it. The Hornady Lever evelution shells work great but haven’t reloaded any yet. For $5.oo I got a bullett seat incert for the Hornady too. I’m 58 and my walk is about 1/4 mile up a nasty mountain with my blind and seat without any problem, so these other guys must be grossly out of shape or just lazy unless they have some age to them then they have a gripe. Wouldn’t trade this Henry for any other gun except for an origional Henry.

    • avatarJack Riffle says:

      Thanks for the tips. I ended up with a black & blue shoulder with my Big Boy too. I had my local gun smith fit the gun to me and the problem went away. I’ve been having some trouble with the open elk horn site. It seems to slip a notch every once in a while after about 20 to 30 shots are fired. I’ve been thinking about a scope but don’t want to get away from the original classic if I can help it. Are you aware of any replacements that would fit the bill? I also agree that if somebody is complaning about the weight of the gun when out in the field they should probably stick to a 22 with a plastic stock. I’m 66 and my Henry doesn’t feel heavy to me. It feels solid.

      • avatarRandy Slonaker says:

        If you want to stay with open sights practically any dove tail style open should work. I still like the Tang. Rember the further apart your sights are [ front to back ] the more accurate shooter you will become.

        • avatarJack Riffle says:

          Noted, thanks. I might try approaching Henry directly to see if there is something I can do to tighten up the rear sight. Failing that I will probably try the tang sight.

  49. avatarStephen says:

    Was just to painful to watch all the conversations about the lack of a sling attachment. Henry makes slings that can be viewed at http://www.henryrepeating.com/st-deluxe-rifle-sling.cfm for those who want to learn about adding a sling to their Henry.

  50. avatarDaniel Raidt says:

    Anxiously awaiting delivery of my Big Boy .357 Magnum, Hurricane Sandy shutdown the factory but they are now shipping. It will be worth the wait.

  51. avatarBrian says:

    I just picked up a Big Boy in 45 Colt yesterday at Cabela’s (after searching for months in vain) and promptly took it to the range and ran 100 rounds though it. Hit a can and sent it 20 feet into the air. Hit it almost every time. Pure bliss. Extremely accurate gun even out of the box. Thank you Henry!

  52. avatarEric Jungemann says:

    The Skinner Sights peep sight in black and gold is just perfect for this rifle. If you have the new drilled receiver, there is a receiver mount peep site that is just great. Then, drift out the buckhorn sight and replace with their dovetail that allows mounting of a spare aperture. I use the .96 for normal and .40 stored for target work. Really quality rifle improved by the longer sight picture and great machining from Skinner. If you don’t have the drilled receiver, the stock sight can be replaced by a Skinner peep as well. I have one on my Winchester 1892AE as well.

  53. avatarPaul Stacy says:

    Can someone tell me the correct scope rings to get that will work with my Big Boy. 44mag and a scope that has a 1″ tube? I have purchased 3 different sets of rings that supposed fit a #50 weaver style mount and I can’t get them to tighten up. Help!

    • avatarDan Raidt says:

      I bought a Nikon Buckmasters 3-9×50 scope and from my LGD and he sold me Pro Mag PM128D – 1″ Tactical .500 Height Steel Rings (42mm-52mm) Objective Lens that tighten up on the Henry factory rail.
      http://www.promagindustries.com/product-p/pm128d.htm

      They were 40 bucks and have thumb screws for easy on and off. I have a BB .44 Mag and a .357 Mag and intend to use the scope on both. The rings are heavy and NOT flimsy.

  54. I don’t give a hoot about a shot at something over a hundred yards, and I ain’t shooting at cape buffalo..heck, if I do nothing with this beautiful gun I just got, other than replace the 30-30 now hanging on my wall….well…I’ll have just about the best looking “wall gun” on the planet….but, don’t worry…I will have run thousands of rounds through that classic half-octagon barrel before that happens.

    Happy shooting..

  55. avatarBrandi says:

    I bought my Henry Big Boy .45LC a couple years ago right before the prices went up. The original owner had recently bought it, shot it a couple times, put back in the box and into the safe. He loved the rifle but needed some money and sold it to me for a well spent $525. He said it was crazy accurate and my first trip to the range with it proved he was right, the gun shot so well I was actually shocked. The action is so smooth it’s hard to believe it’s actually a mechanical object because there is no sense of metal on metal movement at all. While I love my Winchester 94 (.44 mag) it’s action is nowhere near as perfect as the Henry’s. They are absolutely beautiful, silky smooth operating works of art that are fully capable of handling even the “hot” ammo that other rifles shy away from including +P ammunition (and, yes, that was straight from Henry).

    I bought my Big Boy to accompany me on hunts where I would be carrying my Ruger New Blackhawk Convertible .45LC/.45acp so that my rifle and revolver shared the same ammo. My Henry Big Boy in it’s saddle scabbard and my Blackhawk or Vaquero (depending on mood) in it’s custom gun rig. Probably a result of watching so many westerns with my father when I was young. I love the whole idea of hunting with a beautiful lever action rifle with a strong six gun along for backup and living the dream, so to speak. I do love my Winchester 94, it’s much lighter than a Big Boy, far easier to quickly come on target with and it’s also a beautiful rifle but there’s no arguing Henry built a rifle that is much prettier and accurate than the Winnie 94 albeit at an increase weight.

    As was mentioned in the original review the one thing that is a bit of a downfall is that the rifle is so beautiful I am terrified of putting any kind of mark on it. Mine has one tiny spot that is almost impossible to see so I’m insanely protective of it. My Winchester is close to 50 years old and shows it was a true hunting rifle with it’s many scratches, dings and other marks which give it character, especially since it’s been in my family since purchased new so taking it out into the woods doesn’t bother me a bit. My Henry, on the other hand, still looks new and was much prettier to begin with than my Winchester so I’m not sure I’ll ever get the nerve up to take out and risk a scratch, which is a shame because they are amazing shooters.

    My sister loved mine so much she had to have her own which I agreed to get her for her birthday. Unfortunately the prices had risen dramatically not long after I bought mine and the price made my head spin but they are what I call “heirloom” quality guns and ours will definitely be passed down to family someday so it’s hard to put a value on something like that. Just talking about it has me wanting to shoot it so I think I’ll get her out of the safe and go punch some holes in paper :-)

  56. avatarMike Bernard says:

    This site works without JavaScript — impressive!

  57. avatarMike Bernard says:

    While I am here and why. Well, I was looking for opinions as to the 95 Winchester type actions such as the Rossi. Have they been proven stronger than the Henry and other lever action knock offs? All I want is a good hog gun. I have a Mossberg in .410 — not sure if that’s good enough if a 500 lb Boar decides he does not like me for some reason :(

  58. avatarGdG says:

    I appreciate very much the question that the Author makes per se regarding the correct plural form of the word -forum-, this ancient latin noun means -place where the citizens meet to speak and trade-. Gammatically speaking: it belongs to the second declension, neuter gender; -Forum- is singular nominative and his plural form is -Fora-
    The same happens with the word -curriculum-, the plural is -curricula-

    Best regards from Italy
    GdG

  59. avatarBob Taylor says:

    I just bought a 45 long colt and haven’t shot it yet. Will this gun handle the +p rounds safely?
    What ammo do you guys recommend for the 45 long colt?
    Btw this gun is a beauty!

  60. avatarCharles says:

    FYI It’s an “Abrams” tank, not “Abrahams”. Creighton Williams “Abrams” Jr. was a general in the United States Army. “Abraham” is the father of both Jews and Muslims and the first name of our 16th President.

  61. avatarDave Lee says:

    I live in the UK and I’m considering buying a Big Boy in 44 Mag. Having read the excellent review I find the reported problem with the “Nomadic” backsight to be a little off-putting.

    It is now two and a half year since the original review was posted, and I wondered if Henry themselves have taken any steps to rectify the problem.

    I own a Winchester 94 in .357″ and have twice lost the rear sight ramp (or ratchet), I wouldn’t like to suffer a similar experience with a shiny brass Big Boy.

    • avatarChris Dumm says:

      I wouldn’t be concerned about it. I was reluctant to attempt to gunsmith the problem myself because it’s such a beautiful rifle, but it turned out to be an absurdly simple repair.

      Henry sent me an entirely new rear sight assembly, but they also suggested that I drift out the rear sight and gently bend it to put more tension on the rear ramp. I did this, and it completely solved the problem.

  62. avatarJack says:

    You said you’d go hunting without a sling on a rifle that will weigh 9 lbs. loaded. I did that once (but only once!!!) I carried a British SMLE (about same weight as Henry) and forgot to bring the sling along. I walked up a mountain & down the other side about 3 miles through gullies, etc. I shot a medium sized Colorado mule deer (doe) then had to drag it back over the same path. Going to the deer took about 2 hours – coming back took about 6 hours. I will NEVER own another rifle (including .22) or shotgun that doesn’t have a shoulder sling! If sling is not needed in your situation, you can always remove & put it in your pocket.

  63. avatarEd Ferstler says:

    I just purchased a Henry 44 mag, Big Boy. First 44 mag. I am confused. Is there a .44 mag bullet for the rifle and a different bullet for a pistol? Or are they inter-changeable?

    Ed

  64. avatarjack krause says:

    I just ordered the 45LC at Jay’s in Gaylord, MI a week ago yesterday. I couldn’t wait to get it before I read the comments. Now, I don’t know what the %&*@ I’m gonna do until it comes-soon I hope. I already have the Ruger ‘Deerstalker’ when the 1st hit the market back in 59′ or 60′(???????????????about year). Got the Taurus 38/357 for protection. I wanted a caliber to match my single action 45LC. Talk about “Homeland Security’. Anyway, just had to do something to settle down, so I thought I’d spend a few hours trying to say ‘thanx’ for the critique and all the comments.

    jack krause

  65. question is , can i shoot 340 grain buffalo bore bullets ,maid in montana in my new 44 cal. big boy?if not what grain can i shoot.i have 240 s & 265 s. l;m gonna kill a brown bear with it. its our first year of baiting for them. just want to make sure. thanks ed hull

    • avatarmike garrett says:

      Henry says only use under a 260. They have a different twist and aren’t very accurate with heavy rounds. Also they will jam if you use a longer round.

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  67. avatardon millsap says:

    I am not impressed the first time I shot my henery 44 mag it would not eject the fired round.so went home though. Something had broken.got home I guess fired round had cooled off so it finally ejected round leaving 4 deep gouge in fired round.for $900 that rife should be perfect guess will have to sent back to henery to have it check out

    • avatarmike garrett says:

      they have weak mag springs in the older ones and they won’t cycle anything over a 260 grain or lever revolution type plastic tipped stuff. They aren’t good for much but looking pretty.

      • avatarKevin Maguire says:

        Hey Mike,

        The limit of bullet weight is due to bullets over 260 gr. being to big to feed and chamber is our rifles properly. Even if they will feed and chamber just fine anything over 260 gr. would not stabilize with the rifling we use, so not sure why anyone would want to use them in our rifle. As for the leverevolution it is the plastic tip that causes feed issues in our rifles sometimes. We do not recommend this ammunition as it can cause feed issues in our rifles. If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to contact me.

        Kevin Maguire
        Henry Repeating Arms
        59 E. 1st St.
        Bayonne, NJ 07052
        kevin@Henryrepeating.com

    • avatarKevin Maguire says:

      Hey Don,

      Sorry to hear you got one of the few that do slip past us. We have a lifetime warranty on all Henry’s and hope you will contact us to get the issue fixed up.

      Kevin Maguire
      Henry Repeating Arms
      59 E. 1st St.
      Bayonne, NJ 07052
      kevin@Henryrepeating.com

  68. avatarFrank Bray says:

    Hi Henry Gun Shooters. Found something out the hard way. Was sighting my Big Boy 44 mag. When I had a fired shell casing broke in half in side of the chamber so I ejected the shell out to install another shell is when I found this out, the other shell would not go into the chamber. NOW WHAT? I called Hornady and told them my story. They asked if I was shooting a Henry Big Boy. They said yes there is a problem with the lever revelation FTX shell and henry. I should call henry. I called Henry and told them the same story, they said to find a gun smith and Do Not shoot hornady lever revelation FTX, or reloads, or wadcutters in any of the Big Boy guns. Henry said I could not mail the gun back with anything in the chamber. Gun smith 1hr. away. Who pays for this? Now what? I started to think about this why not mic the barrel. I got out my lead round balls for my black power guns. The barrel measured .406th found a ball that measured .438th. The ball being bigger by .032th.and the ball a litter bigger then the shell casing. Oil up the ball and pushed it down the barrel. When the ball came to the shell casing gave it one last push and casing and ball came out, if no ball could use a lead bullet by it self NO CASING WITH POWER! Did not shoot the gun yet had to work and it has been raining. July 16 2014

    • avatarTed Robertson says:

      I am pretty confused on just what Frank Bray is talking about. Was the problem the gun or the ammunition?

  69. avatarmike garrett says:

    I hate to go against the grain but I’ve owned a couple Henrys for a few years now. Here’s what I think of the Big Boy .44. It’s really pretty. Also kind of junky. It’s one of those guns for me that I like so I try to find good things about it but it’s heavy, inaccurate, has terrible sights from the factory.
    Another thing is that Henry’s customer service seems like the sweetest ever but they lie. They never admit an inherent problem with a rifle and even if they might be able to help you in an email they’re answer is always send it in. I have a .22 henry that I broke the sight on. all my fault. I wrote them to see how much a new part would be and the sweethearts sent me one of their cheap and practically useless sights for free. I asked in the email if any aftermarket sights would work and was told no way no how, no one makes one. Well they do and one month later Henry themselves released one. You know that was in the works at the time of my inquiry but could they tell me that?
    Now they want me to send my bigboy in again because they can’t just admit they made a weak mag spring and send me one or even just tell me and i’ll buy it myself. All they say is they work fine but check it out it’s a common problem. So now I’m not paying to send it in again, it’s cheaper to order the new spring rod. If that doesn’t work I’ll use it as a fencepost and just buy a marlin or winchester.

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