The lever-action rifle has remained largely unchanged for decades. From an engineering viewpoint, some may possibly say the design and style nears perfection. But spring 2019 will go down in history as the year cowboy action changed. Henry Repeating Arms has taken its almost flawless design and style to total lever-gun perfection. Feast your eyes on the Henry Side Gate Lever Action.
Adding a side loading gate – a common function on Winchester and Marlin lever-action rifles – marks a initially for the Henry design and style. As Henry vice president Andy Wickstrom explained the choice was produced in response to demand. “There has generally been a consumer segment that prefers a loading gate,” he mentioned. “The new H024 Henry Side Gate characteristics a loading gate as effectively as a removeable inner magazine tube. It is the greatest of each worlds.”
The H024 Henry Side Gate offers customers the capability to load from each a side loading gate and a tube loading gate. Much more importantly, the function puts Henry in the thick of competitive shooting. Heretofore, cowboy action shooters have been necessitated to opt for Winchesters, Marlins, or a assortment of reproductions utilizing the side gate for the ease of fast fire reloads by way of the side gate.
H024 Side Gate Lever Action
The Model H024 Side-Gate Lever Action – whilst not a specifically attractive name – will turn heads in design and style, functionality, and choices.
The receiver is completed with hardened brass polished to the mirror shine that has provided Golden Boy rifles their name. The 20-inch round barrel is button rifled, blued and topped with iron sights. In a nod toward functionality, the model involves sling swivel studs. Additional, the centerfire in-hammer transfer bar tends to make for practical and secure carry with the hammer down on a loaded chamber.
The adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sight with its white diamond insert aligns with the front ivory bead, replacing the typical brass front identified on earlier comparable platforms.
With a buttplate and front barrel band and sling swivel also in higher-polished brass, the H024 is a nicely balanced mix of shine and blue. General length is 38.five inches with an empty weight of 7.five pounds, generating the rifle at when wieldy and controllable. No matter the chambering – .38-55, .30-30 Win. or .35 Rem. – the tubular magazine holds 5 rounds.
As opposed to the test gun, production models are advertised to ship with a massive loop, which not only tends to make an aesthetic statement, but is significantly additional sensible for gloved shooting. MSRP on the rifles will be $925, and if you want one particular, greatest jump in the line now, since the want-lists will certainly outpace even the quickest production, for a whilst at least.
This looker of a rifle comes drilled and tapped from the factory for a Weaver 63B scope base. Stocks are American Walnut of exceptional excellent, and in one particular of the classiest moves I’ve noticed on a Henry lengthy gun but, the checkering and decorative branding on the wood is a sight to behold. It is nearly also beautiful to fire. Nearly.
Dwelling on the Variety
Henry may possibly be turning the heads of engineers with this new adaptive platform, but in its blood, the rifle shoots just as fine as any of its earlier siblings. I opted not to mount a scope to sully the excellent appears of the effectively-dressed model, but the .38-55 would fare really effectively with an optic in the hunting woods. I’ve had the excellent pleasure of taking an American bison with that caliber in an old rifle, so the round not only performs but holds a deep accounting of nostalgia as effectively.
I had a good decision of factory ammo from Buffalo Bore, HSM, some handloads, and even fired off a couple of actually old rounds as effectively. If your intent is to hunt with the Henry – as recommended by the company’s new campaign – you’d be difficult pressed to obtain improved, tougher-hitting ammunition than that from the passionate hunters at Buffalo Bore. Their Heavy .38-55 rounds are 255-grains and tolerances are hand-load excellent with production availability.
Firing from a bench with iron sights, my greatest 50-yard group came in beneath .75 inches with Buffalo Bore. Stretching the limits of eyesight and iron-capability, 100-yard groups opened to an typical of 1.45-inches, with the greatest group 1.15-inches. Absolutely, additional practiced iron sight shooters could greatest that. The 1-in-18-inch twist on the .38-55’s barrel had no challenge stabilizing the quick variety of bullet weights we fired from 240 to 255 grain. Additional, there did not appear to be any drop-off in accuracy even when firing “vintage” rounds.
Aside from getting capable to load the new model by way of the side-gate, nothing at all else alterations in physical functionality of the firearm. The greatest way to unload your Henry rifle is nonetheless to clear the loaded round from the chamber, maintaining an open action, and dump the rounds from the tube, although it is totally acceptable to manually eject the cartridges one particular at a time by cycling the action.
The action was silky smooth, feed-fire-eject ratio was 100 % with all kinds of ammo, and accuracy was on point. Although lever action triggers have never ever been a factor to nonetheless the heart, trigger pull on our test gun measured at four.25 pounds on a Lyman digital pull gauge. The thrill of pulling the trigger on a nostalgic round like the .38-55 stirs thoughts of the western cowboy culture, gunslinging days gone by, and fine people who are not prepared to enable these American traditions to fade into the sunset.
Only the Starting
The firm synonymous with the blue-collar American spirit, a consumer-comes-initially attitude, and patriotism deep in the bones has outdone themselves this time. Henry’s new model H024 with the side loading gate will no doubt modify the way lever-action rifles are constructed and utilized.