Not Your Common Magazine-Fed .223: The Henry Lengthy Ranger


The Henry identify is synonymous with lever-actions. Nearly all of their weapons are tube-fed and extremely conventional of their design. The Lengthy Ranger line, although, modified the sport for Henry. Henry followers had been clamoring for a gun that would supply extra dependable lengthy vary accuracy, and one which was sooner to load, and the corporate responded: meet the Henry Lengthy Ranger.

henry long ranger .223

Artwork Fuente, staring down the barrel. The irons on this Henry .223 come normal.

The Henry Lengthy Ranger

The Lengthy Ranger line is, as its identify implies, meant for long-range taking pictures. Most of them, anyhow (extra on that in a second). With no journal tube hanging off the barrel, the gun is free to maneuver because it desires. Free floated barrels sometimes supply far more in the way in which of lengthy vary accuracy than barrels which might be sure up by gasoline tubes or magazine tubes, so the Lengthy Ranger has that going for it.

henry long ranger .223

The bolt’s journey can take some getting used to.

The field mags of the Lengthy Ranger are additionally sooner to reload. They’re not as quick as an AR magazine, however these drop free with the push of a button. They’ve shiny pink followers which might be simple to determine. The follower may even be seen beneath the bolt when it’s closed, which is a superb indicator of an empty magazine and an virtually empty rifle.

henry long ranger .223

With the bolt closed, you’ll be able to nonetheless see the pink follower within the Henry. Barely.


The mag-fed design additionally permits for a greater diversity of ammunition. Consider the .30-30. This spherical has an enormous flat nostril that’s meant to be fed right into a tube magazine. It additionally isn’t identified for its super-long-range reliability. With a conventional field magazine, you’ll be able to load any variety of pointy calibers–rounds that may be broken or doubtlessly harmful if stacked up in a tube.

The journal is constructed like a tank, and matches flush.

Henry’s making the Lengthy Ranger in .223, like this one, .243 Win, .308 Win, and 6.5 Creedmoor. In every of those, you now have the choice of carrying a spare journal or two. With the .308, you might have considered trying a FMJ to punch by way of a boar at 300 yards, or a delicate level for whitetail. Perhaps you need a magazine or two filled with surplus rounds for plinking. A number of mags make it simple to change out.

Henry is providing these in two manufacturing unit set-ups. One comes with scope mounts. If you recognize you’ll be taking pictures lengthy distances, this can be the most suitable choice.

Two Henry Lengthy Rangers. One model comes with sights, the opposite with scope mounts.

If you’d like versatility, decide one of many three fashions they provide with irons. You possibly can nonetheless mount a scope on these, however they don’t come from the manufacturing unit with mounts. Henry sells these as an additional.

Why .223?

I hunt in Arkansas. Hunt with a .223 is authorized right here. The caliber is right for whitetail and for hogs, and I hardly ever get pictures which might be greater than 200 yards. Most are beneath 100. For a brush-gun, nothing beats the pace of fine iron sights. Perhaps a pink dot. Presumably a fiber optic 1-4. However it is a lever-action. It has that really feel of custom, the way in which my uncles used to hunt within the 60s, solely higher.

Not a foul group for iron sights. The smaller holes are from a Henry 20 gauge.

And I can put down some efficient teams with the iron sights. The group above is from 100 yards, off a bench relaxation. You possibly can see I’m not hitting precisely the place I would like, however the consistency lets me know that each one I have to do is modify the sights.

The Henry Lengthy Ranger on this kind has an MSRP of $1,066. Not unhealthy for a gun that can lengthy outlive you.

David Higginbotham is a author and editor who makes a speciality of on a regular basis carry. He was a school professor for 20 years earlier than abandoning the academy for a extra sensible occupation within the firearms trade.


Latest posts