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Why am I fixated on a Henry all weather .45-70?

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If you love recoil then make sure you get the Straight Stock model. I'm a Marlin guy but don't care for the recoil and so the only one I have with the Straight Stock is in .22 Rimfire.
 

titsonritz

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The thing under the ejection port is the loading port, side gate. You push rounds into it into the magazine tube.

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On Henry rifles, you pull the whole magazine spring out the front, possibly muzzling yourself, and put the rounds into the tube from the front.

We're on the same wave length, I just post the same thing here [URL="https://www.northwestfirearms.com/threads/going-to-the-yukon-should-i-take-my-rifle.275814/page-3#post-2025699"]Going to the Yukon.. Should I take my rifle?[/URL]
 

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I agree, that Henry all-weather is a fine looking rifle. I'd be happy to add a .45-70 to my collection some day, even though I have no real use for it. As for the Henry with the front loading tube mags, I had one in .357 and sold it - would rather have the side loading gate on a lever action - easier to reload and you don't run the risk of getting your hand in front of the muzzle when loading or removing/replacing the rod. Still, Henry does make some high-quality guns.

My co-worker and I went shooting a while back and he brought his Marlin .45-70 and let me take a few shots. Definitely stout recoil, but fun to shoot nonetheless.
 
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Shoot one and reload it a few times. Then see if you want to buy it.

Want a lever bad enough in that caliber, get one with a side gate.
Interesting. I haven't ever handled a Henry, didn't know they didn't load via a loading gate like a Winchester or Marlin. It looks like they load like a tube fed .22lr? Is that a hassle?

Shooting a 45-70 can be hardly more expensive than shooting a .22lr is you cast and reload. Using free range lead, about 4 cents worth of Unique, 2 or 3 cents for a primer, and you can shoot all day (if you don't figure in the hundreds you spent on all the gear, and all the time it takes to cast and reload). :)
 

titsonritz

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I just want a lever action rifle. And If I'm gonna do it, why not go big or go home. I also like all weather finishes for field use.

That Marlin has me thinking. And drooling.....
Honestly, I suggest you start keeping your eyes open on a nice older Marlin without the stupid cross bolt safety.
 

Reno

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I just want a lever action rifle. And If I'm gonna do it, why not go big or go home. I also like all weather finishes for field use.

That Marlin has me thinking. And drooling.....
Ya, a lever is something any avid gun collector should own.

I’ve got one in 357mag and a 30-30. Both are really fun shooters.

This guy is on my short list. However I don’t know if it will ever come to light, but the day I get my Obsidian it sure will be more enticing.

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