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Henry Big Boy Silver .44 Mag/Spl

Press release:

Bayonne, NJ -( Henry Repeating Arms upholds its position as the country’s leading lever action manufacturer with the introduction of their Henry Big Boy Silver, Big Boy Steel .41 Magnum and All-Weather Lever Action rifles . . .

The Big Boy Silver [above] debuts as a new addition to the Henry Silver Series. The hardened silver receiver has the same tensile and yield strength as steel. The frame, barrel band, and buttplate surfaces can be cleaned and polished at home to maintain the brightly gleaming silver look for generations to come. Offered in three calibers: .44 Mag/Spl Model # H006S, .45 Colt Model #H006CS and .357 Mag/.38 Spl Model # H006MS. MSRP on all three is $990.

Henry .41 Magnum caliber, model # H012M41 Big Boy Steel Rifle
Henry .41 Magnum caliber, model # H012M41 Big Boy Steel Rifle

Henry’s line of Big Boy Steel rifles has expanded to introduce a .41 Magnum caliber, model # H012M41, MSRP $850. The Big Boy Steels are designed for the modern hunters who prefer something a bit lighter than Henry’s brass-framed Big Boys. Weighing in at 7lbs, they hang their 20” round barrel and checkered walnut furniture on a matte-finished blued steel frame that’s drilled & tapped for optional scope mounts.

The adjustable Western-style sights and sliding transfer bar “safety” system in their hammer is the same as the Big Boys’. Unique features include a ventilated rubber recoil pad for easy shouldering, swivel studs for comfort, and the rifle-style fore-end cap instead of the usual carbine-type barrel band.

Henry .30-30 Model #H0009AW All-Weather Lever Action
Henry .30-30 Model #H0009AW All-Weather Lever Action Rifle

The All-Weather Lever Action marks the first time Henry offers steel centerfire rifles meant for everyday life in the truck, on the farm, and through the woods. They feature hard chrome plating on all metal surfaces (except springs and sights), and a durable industrial-grade coating on the hardwood furniture.

The hard chrome doesn’t flake, chip, or peel and its corrosion resistance is stronger than some stainless steels. The stained hardwood’s coating is formulated to stand up to wear, tear, scratches, moisture, temperature variations, and the angst of the various “character marks” an everyday outdoor tool inevitably picks up during its lifetime. Available in two calibers: .30-30 Model #H0009AW, MSRP $850 and .45-70 Model H010AW, MSRP $950.

Henry .45-70 Model H010AW All-Weather Lever Action Rifle
Henry .45-70 Model H010AW All-Weather Lever Action Rifle

“Our customers have asked for these models and we’ve listened,” said Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms.

Henry rifles can be purchased through a licensed firearms dealer. Most dealers offer a discount on the MSRP. To find a dealer call toll free (866) 200-2354 or visit the Own A Henry tab at

About Henry Repeating Arms:

Henry Repeating Arms is one of the country’s leading rifle manufacturers. Their legendary name dates back to 1860 when Benjamin Tyler Henry invented and patented the first practical repeating rifle during the Civil War. It became known as the “gun you could load on Sunday and shoot all week long.” Henry rifles went on to play a significant role in the frontier days of the American West and soon became one of the most legendary, respected and sought after rifles in the history of firearms. President Lincoln’s Henry hangs in The Smithsonian and has become a national treasure. The company’s manufacturing facilities are in Bayonne, NJ and Rice Lake, WI.

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  1. Sort-of ignorant question here: I have always understood the primary problem with tube magazines is the nut-to-butt contact between primer and nose. It’s ok with rimfire, since the primer is on the rim, not center; it’s ok with round nose bullets because, I suppose, the round nose disperses any inadvertent contact forces enough to prevent chain firing.

    Why is this not a problem with anything modern and pointed? Does it require using hollow points or wad cutters or something without a point? Is the point-to-primer danger just an urban legend?

    • The point to primer issue on rimfires is lack of recoil. It doesn’t recoil enough to set off the primer. A pointed bullet in anything larger can potentially set off the rounds in front of it. The hollow points and flat nosed bullets spread out the force. The only pointed bullets that can be used are the bullets from hornady that have the “gummy tip”. It squishes down when it hits a primer but stays pointed through the air allowing for a better trajectory.

    • It is a problem, that’s why they aren’t chambered in rounds that use Spitzer bullets. The ones that are chambered in things like 308 only use polymer tipped bullets like the leverevolution line.

    • Hornady LeverEvolution ammo largely fixes this problem. I’ve shot multiple deer with the .30-30 and .45-70 FTX ammo. The soft rubber spitzer FTX bullet is safe in tubular magazines and has a much better ballistic coefficient (for lever gun ammo, anyways) than traditional round nosed soft points, flat points, and JHP’s. In my opinion LeverEvolution ammo extends the effective range of the .30-30 from 200 to 300 yards out of a carbine.

      If you reload be mindful that the .45-70 cases are shorter than usual and should be reloaded only with FTX bullets. That may be the case for the other straight-walled cartridges as well.

      Bottom line is the Henry is a sweet lever gun and modern ammo has made lever guns more effective.

      • Thanks A81. One of these might be a good idea for CA owners of AR’s. At the rate Newsome and Harris are going we wont be keeping those long.

      • I have Henry .22LR and it is my favorite plinking gun by far. I want some of the bigger caibers, but they have too many choices! Perhaps Bernie can solve that problem too…..

    • I have a 20 inch Rossi 92 in 357 magnum. Every magnum bullet I fire has a flat point (HP, SJSP, FMJ, SWC). I don’t feel scared shooting round nose 38 special, even though the manual states to not shoot pointed or round nose bullets. 38 special doesn’t have the recoil impulse to set off a primer.

      Wadcutters will not feed in 90% of lever guns.

  2. I like Henry, but I cant settle for their style loading a tube magazine; I want a loading gate on my lever guns. Not only is it historically correct, but it’s a faster way to load rounds. I’d gladly pay Henry more money than I’d pay Rossi for a lever gun with the loading gate, but Henry doesn’t and thus I’m stuck buying something not American made.

    As for the .41 Magnum, It’s nice to see Henry offering one. The .41 Mag holds a small, but dedicated share of the revolver market and those that have a .41 Mag will be very happy to see a rifle chambered for it now.

    Now what Henry should work on is taking one of those All Weather lever guns and making them a takedown and in pistol calibers too.

      • An all-weather, take-down, loading-gated Henry? Doesn’t matter the caliber, They wouldn’t be able to produce enough of them.

    • Agree on loading gate, which is why I mostly have Marlins and Winchester. I do have a Henry in 22 mag that is great fun.

      Technically though, the original Henry rifles at least early ones had no loading gate so it is period correct for those rifles.

      I also don’t generally like shiny guns so that 41 mag is very attractive. Like I need ANOTHER cartridge. Sigh.

      • To the best of my knowledge the Henry’s had no loading gate. Once they modded the mag and put a loading gate and handguard on the rifle they called it the 1866 model Winchester. Memory is fogging on this but the first run of 1866’s may have been billed in the adverts as “Improved Henrys”.

    • I’d prefer a loading gate as well. That said, for unloading the rifle the Henry method is quite a bit simpler then other designs. If you come in out of the woods with an extra few rounds in the tube you just need to pull the plug and tip the rifle as opposed to working the action to eject each round. Unfortunately, the Henry method makes for a great hunting rifle but isn’t ideal for other circumstances.

      • Is there any technical reason someone couldn’t make a lever gun with both a loading gate (for faster loading) *and* a magazine plug (for faster unloading)?

        • Rossi’s model 92 in .454 Casull has both a loading gate and a rimfire-style removable end cap/magazine follower. It’s kind of comical to see the cartridge-shaped loading cutout in the mag tube in .454 scale.

    • Normally, during a hunt, reloading ain’t an issue. Neither is target shooting. A quick(er) reload ain’t an issue there, either. For what most of us are using a lever gun for the lack of a speedy reload isn’t going to be an issue. If the Henry(Never used one) is a quality product don’t let the reloading process deter you.

      If, if is like but, this is going to be your one rifle and you may have to use it as a defensive arm maybe the Henry isn’t the choice for that circumstance.

      • even for a house gun….if ~10 rounds of 41 magnum or 44 or 357 isn’t enough, holy crap. Who’d you piss off?!

    • We .41 lovers already have a rifle chambered in that round. And it’s a lever action too! The Marlin 1894fg. And it’s got a loading gate.

        • Nope, just really hard to bloody find. Especially the ones with the stainless everything and grey laminate stocks. I’m not even sure there are any new build ones, and being that Marlin is still under the wing of FG and big green, I’d stay the heck away.

          Wouldn’t mind this in the all-weather set up, I have a soft spot for the .41 Magnum. And after mucking about with the family heirloom Remington 34 and 341, I’m pretty good with the loading tube.

  3. Funny to see the firearms community converging on the 9mm, while we are seeing an expansion into “outer rim” cartridges like 10 mm, 327 FMag, 41 mag, and 45 colt. Each cartridge has it’s reason for a rise in popularity, but I hope people don’t get myopic.

    • All depends on what you want it for. I think the enthusiast, hunting and just plain boom crowds are driving the resurgence of less-familiar rounds, while the .gov types are going for consistency across the board. And some of the more esoteric chamberings have some very specific uses they excel at where the more common rounds fall flat. Still looking for a .35 Whelen chambered Win 70, personally.

  4. I’m curious as to why they didn’t use stainless. Also, I would’ve preferred a synthetic stock. The 45-70 makes sense as the extra weight is good to handle recoil, but in the 30-30 model it would’ve lightened the gun up to be even more handier to take out for a day of stalking game.

    • thank you,i was wondering was i the only one who wanted a lever gun made with modern day more efficient material like steel and synthetic.

  5. “Our customers have asked for these models and we’ve listened,” said Anthony Imperato, President of Henry Repeating Arms.

    Then listen some more and make models with loading gates instead of the tube-style loading setup. I’d buy a Henry in a heartbeat if you did that.

  6. sweet baby jesus Henry literally made the gun I wanted most.

    lever action 41 magnum! Now here’s hoping Hornady makes leverlution ammo for it

  7. I own a big boy in 357/38 and while there are many good things to a about Henry’s, other than its weight, my biggest gripe and the reason I won’t buy another is the poor feeding/clambering. If the rifle is at all canted/tilted towards the ejection port it will not feed well. You need to keep the darn thing perfectly flat/horizontal when clambering.

    Perhaps that’s correct for the period and ok if you’re plinking at the range but not for me hunting in the woods under stress.

  8. OK, as long as manufacturers are listening to my deepest desires can I get a ~500 dollar 10mm carbine that takes Glock magazines, a resurgence of 6.5x55mm being popular in the states, more bolt actions with picatinny rails, and 10 cent a round 556/9mm/45acp?

  9. I’d love to have a .357 lever gun, but none of the current options are quite there. The Marlin is still saddled with the quality issue, the Winchester 92 and clones are diabolically difficult to strip and clean, and the Henry has no loading gate. The 1873 Winchester, by all accounts, is as simple to tear down as a tinker toy and has the slickest action in the business, but that goofy angled butt stock makes it look like something that came over on the Mayflower and Winchester wants $1600 for it.

    Why doesn’t anybody make a ten round magazine for the BLR?

  10. So curiosity on my part, but why do lever actions continue to sell? Do they have some special feature about them that people love or that make them excellent guns? My understanding is that the bolt-actions, which themselves are over 100 years-old, out-classed them in terms of accuracy, and for firing faster, the person can get a semiautomatic (minus maybe California soon, and even then, probably only semiautomatics that take detachable magazines).

    Do they just sell because of history and tradition?

    • Spend a day in the bush with one. Then get back to us. You will agree that nothing carries easier or moves slicker in the tight places than a lever gun. Just about perfect for horseback also.

      • That’s true, the thin and flat shape of a lever gun means you can strap a saddle scabbard to your horse any way you like. Butt forward or to the rear, left side or right side, no worries about a bolt digging in to the horse.

  11. I don’t quite get why they didn’t go with a polymer for the furniture over a “coated” wood product. Yeah, wood is iconic…but it you’re looking for true all-weather all environment polymer furniture has been proved to give less warpage and better life-span.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love wood…but isn’t the experience of the Remington 700s in Vietnam the reason so many are now in polymer furniture? If you’re selling it for all-weather make it good for ALL weather!

  12. Spend an afternoon with my .357 Rossi and tell me that you are still a fan of the side gate. While the ultimate would be to have both a side gate and a tube feed, given my druthers, I’ll take the tube feed. The transfer bar on the henry allows for the rifle to be safely carried with a round in the chamber. Top off the tube and you have 6 rounds of 45-70 . I can’t think of anything shy of a t-rex that would need more killing than that. The more I look at Henry, the more I am convinced that they have fixed the things that bother me about my marlin JM.

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