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The Lever Gun Today –
Is There a Place in The Modern World?

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The Lever Gun Today

Let’s hit the ground running on this. I posed the question, and I’ll give you the answer: yes, there most distinctly is a place in today’s modern world for the lever-action rifle.

I grew up in a time and place where the levergun was king. It rode in a saddle scabbard, it rode in the pickup, it ruled the deer camp, and in the form of the ubiquitous Winchester Model 92 it also rode the range in the hands of silver screen cowboys, good and bad, for several decades.

The levergun was the Everyman’s Rifle. It had over a century of proven reliability, it did the job if you did yours, ammunition was available at every small-town Mom & Pop store in the state, the action was simple to operate, the rifle (typically a carbine) was trim to carry in hand, on foot, and through the brush, and it was affordable.

What do you think?

80 Comments
  • maosr55
    October 19, 2018

    I love all of mine.

  • brobinson1263
    October 19, 2018

    Totally agree. The lever action rifle is dependable, easy to load and shoot and also easy to maintain. I have 3 lever actions. 1 Henry Golden Boy .22LR, a Winchester .30-30 and a Marlin .30-30. All 3 are accurate as a rifle can be, fun to shoot and will drop everything from a squirrel (the Henry) to good sized deer (Marlin is what I hunt with). I have dropped my Marlin in the mud more than once hunting and still managed to fire it and drop a buck from 100 yards. It helps that I keep a flexible cleaning rod in my ammo pouch for clumsiness. I’ll take a lever action in the woods any day.

  • Retrolawyer
    October 19, 2018

    Lever guns forever.

  • KIRK
    October 19, 2018

    I think lever guns are awesome, some of my favorite guns. I have 4 Henry’s. As things are going in the country I honestly believe we will only have lever guns, pump shotguns and six guns in the near future. And no I’m not OK with that but as long as I have my lever guns I’ll always be happy:-)

    • chrisvanderwilt
      October 19, 2018

      If the government were to watch Silverado, they wouldn’t let us have Henry’s!!!

  • boballen20002001
    October 19, 2018

    I agree. I just wish Henry made an affordable 450 Bushmaster. Being disabled my funds are limited. I do however admire your firearms are made in the USA! Keep up the good work!

  • chevyman2851
    October 19, 2018

    Looking forward to the magazine

  • Terry
    October 19, 2018

    One other point. Many States have or continually attempt to dictate odious restrictions on any type of so called “Assault Rifle” or semi automatic pistol and high capacity magazines. The lever action rifle was the first “assault rifle” but is not categorized as such. I hope to buy a pistol caliber lever rifle one of these days for that reason. A Henry with 10 – 14 rounds of .357 or .44 Magnum is not to be overlooked as a useful tool. 🙂 Terry Johnson, Oregon

  • medlockbuddy
    October 19, 2018

    I bought my first Henry a few months back . It is a H010B 45-70 . All I can say is WOW what a gun . I like it so good that I bought 500 rounds of ammo for it. I have it dialed in at 100 yard . it throughs a pattern about the size of a baseball , with out a scope on it .
    My buddy’s ask me why I don’t put a scope on it. I tell them a scope would ruin the looks of the gun. Besides I can shoot with guy that use a scope.
    Buddy Medlock

  • PAT.HULSE
    October 19, 2018

    I DO HAVE BOLT ACTION RIFLES I HUNT WITH.STILL MY GUN(FOR SUM REASON)I LIKE TOO SHOOT IS THE LEVER 30-30.TO ME IT BRINGS BACK THE DAY WHEN OUR FORFATHERS HAD TO HUNT WITH ONLY ONE STYLE OF GUN.WHAT EVER CALIBER YOU SHOOT IN THE LEVER GUN IT IS A GOOD LESON.

  • aaywaz
    October 19, 2018

    Great article!

  • pvreeker10
    October 19, 2018

    I love a good lever action just because they are so much fun!

  • longmcarthurfan11
    October 19, 2018

    I currently own 14 Henrys (2 of which are single shot shotguns, in 12 and 20-gauge. I just got the 20-gauge today. I also have a lever action Henry 4-10. Haven’t shot any of them yet; someday I will. I also have a .44 mag Big Boy, a 45-70 in the color case hardened finish (my favorite), a 30-30 in the all-weather finish, a Long Ranger in .223 and .308 (they have a box fed magazine), a 44-40 in the limited Silver Deluxe edition (never gonna fire that one), 2 Silver Eagle .22’s, a Big Boy Silver in .45 Colt, a mare’s leg .22, and a U.S. Survival .22 (semi-auto and very compact). And I acquired all of them since February of 2017, and I most certainly ain’t gonna stop at that!! If you don’t own a Henry, you ain’t livin’ the Henry Life. It’s a good life to live. A lot of pride in owning a Henry (or 2, or 3, or 4, or even more…..)

    • gelgueza
      October 19, 2018

      I just have two: a frontier 22 mag and a brass 30-30. Both are octagon barrel. By the way, I will be taking my 30-30 in my very first hog hunting adventure early in January, God willing. I can’t wait!!!

  • Kjewett
    October 19, 2018

    A friend told me that I could use .45 auto ammunition in my Henry .45 Colt rifle. I told him that I did not think that was a good idea, and that I would not even load a .45 auto round into my rifle in case it somehow was damaging. Was I correct? Thanks – Keith J. Raleigh, NC

    • dan@henryusa.com
      October 19, 2018

      Hi Keith,
      Your friend is incorrect! .45 Colt and .45 ACP are 2 very different cartridges and we do not have anything that will cycle/shoot .45 ACP. Glad to hear you didn’t try it!

  • Eugenesiedl
    October 19, 2018

    I was just wondering if I could buy a lever action 410 that shoots a deer slug for deer hunting in Indiana

  • lauriebogren
    October 19, 2018

    I want one

  • gray2hairs
    October 19, 2018

    I’m glad to see the .45-70 Henry. In the future I would like to see a version chambered in Ruger 480. It would make a great companion rifle for my revolver. With the shorter cartridge overall length more rounds could be held and for bear, the Ruger 480 is great. Love Henry rifles.

  • estanciapappous
    October 19, 2018

    A great article on the virtues and joys of the lever gun!

  • donsb69
    October 19, 2018

    Excellent commentary!

  • hogdoc45
    October 19, 2018

    I absolutely love my Henry Big Boy carbine in .44 mag. It is a powerful “thumper” that shoots straight and true! I love the Henry Repeating Arms company, which has fantastic customer service, stands by their product, and sells nothing but quality. Soon, my next acquisition will be the Henry Mare’s Leg in .44 mag, as a companion to my Big Boy carbine.

  • advanzio
    October 19, 2018

    For nostalgia purposes, I have to agree with the lever gun. Hoever, at 29 I acquired a Weatherby Mark V 300 magnum rifle for one purpose. Elk at over 250 yards. I happened to live in Washington State and they had an elk license tag raffle or luck of the draw, and I won one of the coveted elk tags. I was in the military and pretty much everyone in the Air Force Squadron I was stationed in knew my prowess as a rifle expert on the range. Had checked out the prices and when I won, that Weatherby was mine. First day of the season found me out in the Cascades on stand that I had already selected. Right on schedule this quite large male elk came down looking for his haram of females. I almost hesitated because, for an instant, I realized he had earned his haram. That second of hesitation disappeared and that big male went down over 275 yards or so away. By arrangement an Air Force helicopter just happened to be in the area and after taking care of the scent glands and quick field dressing that meat was on its way to a clean butcher table for preperation and cold storage.
    Over the years I have often wondered if a lever gun with a Redfield Wide Field scope might have been just as adequate as my new trusty Weatherby. I never had the opportunity to test that terry ss i sold that rifle at a nice profit since people presumed it really was “a tack driver” since every time I shot it when someone was interested, they pretty much agreed that it was the most accuarte rifle they had looked at. Someone once started, after I fired it and they tried it, they had to have that rifle.
    Today I still wonder if the lever gun of Henry would hold up to the old Weatherby. Why shouldn’t it? I have looked at several Henrys in gun stores and the machine work looks quite nice and the secure locking of the cartridge and the machine work of te whole cartridge locking mechanism appears capable of locking the cartridge quite snugly like the triple pin method of the Weatherby.
    So now I have to ask. Can a Henry handle a load like the 300 Winchester as wells the Weatherby? I’m not looking for a rapid fires a typical lever gun, yet the lever gun can return to a firing position probably faster than a typical bolt action.
    Now to my real question. Can I sit down with your designers and develop a rifle capable of a bull barrel and shoot a cali3er like a 30,.06 with a scope and be capable shooting a tight pattern at 275 to 300 yards? Or possible further? I am not in the market to shoot large animals any more. Nor am I going to use this rifle for hunting. I am aware that having bull barrel or a barrel without the harmonics of a 30.06 slug going down the barrel. I admit that I do not shoot competitively any more and we are talking about developing a custom rifle with the necessary costa involved.
    Just wondering if it’s possible to do this.

    Regards,’
    Rick Redfern

  • hgshaw
    October 19, 2018

    Such guns are made for hunters. I just can’t see the ultra lon range stuff as hunting.

  • bigbird_119
    October 19, 2018

    I have eight so far I love them all

  • draccook
    October 19, 2018

    They’re great in so many ways. Looks, different calibers, smooth action, easy to use & history.

  • JPDS4984
    October 19, 2018

    I OWN A COUPLE HENRY RIFLES,,, JUST CAN’T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THEM,,, JUST KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK OF MAKING THEM HERE IN AMERICA,,,

  • theisland0712
    October 19, 2018

    I certainly agree that you don’t have to justify a lever action to anybody, especially a beautiful and finely made Henry. That said, there is an exception to every rule………………. Your WIFE being at the top of the list……….. Maybe some day I will be holding one of those beautiful brass plated .44 magnum Henry’s in my hands. A fine rifle like that just belongs up here deep in the wilds of North Idaho. From Steve Plunkett…. A K A Pinecone One

  • HELMERS.KEN
    October 19, 2018

    Well done article without being a commercial! My congrats to you.

  • schaubrangerdoc
    October 19, 2018

    Would love to see Henry in 6.5 Grendel, and a 45-70 with more than 4+1. Have bought four Henry’s in last year. .. but looking at Marlin for 45-70. .

  • bmenning
    October 19, 2018

    I think that the lever action is the romantic repeating rifle. Just seems that the lever action is the essence of a rifle/carbine. Maybe it was my childhood that suggests this. None of the westerns on tv utilized a bolt action, pump or semi/fully auto weapon. Perhaps it is my age guiding my view. To this day, I prefer a lever action rifle, even for self defense. Simpl yet effective. No safety to confuse me. I have so many guns, especially pistols that I would have to take a time out if confronted by a criminal to famiarize myself with the safety features. Too much safety is actually too much safety for the user and extra time for the “shootie” ! I have three semi auto center fire carbines and have no expections except for an M1 carbine for the sake of nostalgia of WW II, the most unified period of the US. I don’t hunt, I appreciate guns for the craftsmanship, dependability and accuracy. Someone asked me once why I don’t hunt anymore and I replied when the animal world starts packing and fires at me, I will return fire. For me, firearms are for protection of what opposes the constistition of the US. I will not fire the first shot but I will reply accordingly and diligently!

    Billy

  • Mysticfrtiger
    October 19, 2018

    My son has a Henry’s Big 44mag Golden Boy and he has had it ever since it was introduced. We absolutely Love shooting with it!!!! We will never buy any rifle aside from the Bad Ass Henry’s

  • chrisvanderwilt
    October 19, 2018

    I had a Marlin.30-.30 lever action, and I couldn’t get it sighted in to save my life! Weather I was using iron sights or a scope! No more fooling around! Next lever gun I buy will be a Henry! Load up on Sunday and shoot all week!!

    • mattkgroff
      October 20, 2018

      I have a Marlin 336CS .30-30 lever action and that is pretty much my go to Deer hunting rifle. It has a 3-9x35mm scope on with see through mounts. I have no problems sighting it in and getting groups of 1″ to 2.5″ at 50 yards with either open sights or scope using a rest of some type. Now unsupported/no rest and standing it opens up to about 3″ @50 yards, I probably could do better but at that time I had a bad back and could not stand for very long. Now I have a bum right shoulder so I might not be able to that now. It has been a while since I practiced with it due to my past health issues.

      You might not have had the scope rings and mounts tightened enough, that happened to me on my Savage 110 .270win. I went to go sight it in after getting the scope mounted and I could not get it sighted in to save my life!! Then suddenly I remembered the gunsmith said: “I am going to leave the scope loose so that you can get the eye relieve where you want it. DON”T Forget to tighten it back up.” Well I FORGOT!! Of course i did not have any screw drivers with me so i could tighten the scope down. So double check your scope mounts are tight and scope ring are tightened.

      As for the open sights: Were you using a rest of some kind? If not, try using a rest to steady the rifle when zeroing in the rifle. Could the open sights have been knocked out of alignment? If that is possible then have a gunsmith check the sights to make sure they are in alignment. Also try using a different brand or different type of ammo. Some firearms prefer a certain type of ammo or a certain weight of bullet over another. AS an example my one friend has a lever action that does not like the Remington 170 grain Core-Lokt bullets, but likes 150 grain Remington Core-Lokt. So he uses the Remington 150 grain Core-Lokt ammo. Now my dad had a Marlin that liked the Remington 170 grain Core-Lokt, but was okay with the Remington 150 Core-Lokt, so he used the 170 grain ammo.

      Hope that helps with your Marlin.

      if I may ask what caliber/cartridge would you be looking to get? If I had the money I would like to get one in either .45-70, .44mag, .357mag, or .45LC.

  • BMIEGEL
    October 19, 2018

    I love my Long Ranger 308. Just wish there was a large loop to put on it.

  • dave-seegers
    October 19, 2018

    I have several Henrys in several different calibers. They’re the handiest thing since they put pockets on shirts. All mine are great.

  • fvendit
    October 19, 2018

    Grew up with one and still love em.

  • JHYLAND1
    October 19, 2018

    Bought my first “Henry” last month in .45 colt. Same cartridge that fits my revolver. Fell in love with it – right out of the box at 30 yards (on sand bags) first 5 shots were “clover-leafed” at 12 O’clock and 3/4 inch high from 10X ring.
    My daddy used to tell us kids …”beware of the man who owns one gun – he probably knows how to use it”.
    And use it I do !

  • sporty.charlie
    October 19, 2018

    There’s another reason to by a Henry Rifle. I have two Henry Frontier Long Barrels purchased for Smallbore Lever Action and Pistol Cartridge metallic silhouette competition. One is a .22 LR and the other is .22 WMR. Both have Tang sights providing a 30″ sight radius. Immediately after switching to those rifles my scores went up to put me in the next higher classification that’s one away from the top shooters. I see many others competing with Henrys in largebore and smallbore.

  • GAVINSULLIVAN
    October 19, 2018

    I have two Henrys (a Golden Boy and a 357/38special) a Winchester 94, a Chiappa and an old west German lever currently undergoing restoration. I just like to shoot them all down at the range on a weekly basis. All up I have 14 rifles and two hand guns. A great mag.

    Gav

  • DavS52
    October 20, 2018

    I think the idea of an online magazine for Henry is excellent. I find that I read much more detail on line than i do in a paper magazine.

  • j442petersen
    October 20, 2018

    Great article on the lever action. I agree fully with the statements made. I have a 22 Golden Boy and when we are out ‘plinkin’, it will give a bigger smile to whom ever is shooting it. Every body needs a lever action in their gun cabinet– and use it.

  • robin-sletto1
    October 20, 2018

    Really good articles and yes I am a lever gun fan

  • dbradenb
    October 20, 2018

    l like it! Keep the articles coming, I really enjoy my .22 WMR Golden Boy – very smooth and accurate with Lyman Peep sites and quick to get on target.

  • mattkgroff
    October 20, 2018

    I have a Marlin 336CS .30-30 win and that is my go to Deer hunting rifle. If I had the money I would like to get a Lever action in either: .45-70, .44 mag, .357mag, .44-40, or .45LC.

  • scottjohns
    October 20, 2018

    I have 3 henry rifles and all 3 are a blast to shoot I just got a 357 big boy to match my 375 pistol and I love shooting the same cartage in both guns and it is true to load on Sunday and shoot all week thanks for making the best gun in the USA

  • mikeyachnin
    October 20, 2018

    Good read, looking forward to the next!

  • kcin62
    October 20, 2018

    love it,, wish i could afford one.

  • R00tus
    October 20, 2018

    You are absolutely spot on. They are very dependable. I have been again using my 1969 Marlin 336RC for deer this past week here I. The mountains of southern Ca. I do hope to be upgraded to a new Henry big boy steel or all weather 30/30 or perhaps a 44mag edition by next year. I just didn’t quite save up enough before this season started, but it is something to look forward to next year and I can pass the Marlin down to my grandson as his great grandfather did to me.

  • CDHOUGH
    October 20, 2018

    My favorite attribute of my 22 LR Henry is versatility in ammo selection. I can shoot everything from subsonic 22 shorts to high velocity Stingers, and they all feed and fire without incident. Heck,, you can even load a variety in a single loading, and function is flawless. I have tried to modify semi-autos for the lesser rounds, but anyone with any experience knows that you have to experiment with various 22 loads until you eliminate the ones that jam and stick to a smaller subset that satisfactorily functions in the mechanism.

  • sureshot110557
    October 20, 2018

    I agree 100% got my first one, a30-30 model 94 for $60.00

  • bfehringer
    October 20, 2018

    I have a Henry H001 .22 rimfire, two 30-30’s and a .45 Colt. Also have a couple of .22 rimfire single action revolvers and a couple of .45 Colt single action revolvers. I have always been a fan of have my pistol and rifle shoot the same caliber. Only have to carry one kind of ammo.

    Also have a M1 Carbine and a Ruger Blackhawk in M1 Carbine and just acquired a Ruger PC Carbine in 9mm to go with my Ruger SR9C concealed carry pistol. Incidentally, the PC Carbine and the SR9C pistol use the same magazine so again I have only one ammo to carry.

    Guns are just fun .

    • bfehringer
      October 20, 2018

      My .45 Colt is a Henry and it is as smooth a silk. Never have any trouble with a jam.

  • chrisnmissy04
    October 20, 2018

    I love Henry great products a d great customer service.

  • skiwear
    October 20, 2018

    I own the Henry Big Boy44 Magnum. Just love it.

  • ashipstead
    October 20, 2018

    I just love all my Henrys all shoot great and look 👀 great

  • rustycrawford68
    October 20, 2018

    I have two rimfires love them both

  • stroups3
    October 20, 2018

    You can’t argue with the numbers. Lever guns are here to stay. I’ve never seen a gun grabber holding up a demon lever gun in condemnation.

  • Galand42
    October 20, 2018

    I’ve been a lever and wheel gun man for over 70 years. I’ve got 6, with my .444 being my favorite.

  • bobbyadams57
    October 20, 2018

    totally agree

  • jadecustom11
    October 20, 2018

    You made a good case. Still excellent rifles after all these years, made even better with modern machinery and materials.

  • angelaselden9
    October 20, 2018

    I would love that rifle!! My dream is one day to be able to own a Henry Rifle! I live alone and am disabled and would feel very secure with a Henry Rifle. I love reading all about your history. You definitely know rifles!

  • Tnlayne
    October 21, 2018

    Oh yes!!! Christmas is coming

  • partidar
    October 21, 2018

    Great article! I got both semi and bolt action, and I’ve always wanted a lever action. So I am seriously considering a lever action as my next addition. I believe it will be the 30-30.

    • smart72in
      October 21, 2018

      H010WL was my entry point, which I will never regret…

  • smart72in
    October 21, 2018

    Born as semi-auto, growing up as bolt action and matured as lever action. Can’t agree more with Denis…

  • pawak466
    October 21, 2018

    When are you going to make a “golden boy” in 9mm ? Any possibility ?

  • silvanusrempel
    October 22, 2018

    Which Henry would yall recamend for a guy who just turned 18??. I want something that will take care of hogs and other small/medium game. And fairly common ammo. Basically i want 1 gun that i can use for the rest of my life and not have to worry about babysitting it (not including normal maintenance) thanks!

  • jgiard88
    October 23, 2018

    For me it comes down to peace of mind. No other firearm I own gives me that nearly as much as my leverguns.

  • Bdesorm
    October 24, 2018

    Have four lever actions in 30-30 and 45-70. Would shoot nothing else. But my 11 year old and 6 year old grandsons are sure proud of their Henry Mini Bolts!

  • hairdog52
    October 25, 2018

    I have 4 lever guns 2 Marlin 30-30’s and 308 Winchester and my plain jane Henry 22. The Henry is the most fun to shoot, when my grandkids are ready to learn to shoot the Henry is what they going to use. Great little gun keep up the good work.

  • lpannebaker44
    November 3, 2018

    Would like one of your long barrel 22lr or 22 mag

  • ehandgun
    November 4, 2018

    I grew up with lever action guns, plan and simple, they’re just fun to shoot. Chesapeake wingshooter

  • area51LBO
    November 5, 2018

    I hope next year is my year to get a Henry. I have an old model Winchester in .30-30 that is my regular hunter but I want a Henry in .45 Colt to go with my Ruger .45 Blackhawk revolver. Or a .44 Magnum to go with my Ruger Super Blackhawk. I love the “old style” guns.

  • Btonti65
    November 5, 2018

    I have 3. And looking to but another. 357, 45 colt, 45/70.

  • ctw4
    November 11, 2018

    I would like the magazines as well as the online version. Not a computer nerd, can use it, but I still like a magazine format. Thanks. Do you offer military discounts to Vietnam Veterans.

  • TexasPatriot59
    November 21, 2018

    Got my first Henry Golden Boy in .22Mag a couple months ago and I’m in awe of how buttery smooth the action cycles. The first trip to the range was a flawless experience for each and every one of 150 rounds. My only real problem is figuring out which other Henry will be next!