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Old August 24th, 2013, 07:27 PM   #1
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Henry 45-70 lever gun

I just got the new American Rifleman in and they do a test on the new Henry 45-70 lever gun, It is not bad looking but I have never seen a center fire Lever gun that loads the same as a 22 rimfire, brass tube and all. Any body have one?


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Old August 24th, 2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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I have a Henry in 30-30. Shoots like a dream...very accurate but kicks like a mule.

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Old August 24th, 2013, 08:46 PM   #3
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I just got the new American Rifleman in and they do a test on the new Henry 45-70 lever gun, It is not bad looking but I have never seen a center fire Lever gun that loads the same as a 22 rimfire, brass tube and all. Any body have one?

I have a Marlin 1895. It is a 45-70. I have the STBL version. It has a 6 shot tube and is similar in operation to my Marlin Model 39a level action which shoots 22. Obviously, the big difference is center fire with the 45-70 and beefier parts but concept of operation same as 22LR Marlin Lever.

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Old September 4th, 2013, 09:50 PM   #4
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Probably a cost thing. Cost less to make it load into the magazine via a slot in the magazine vs milling a slot in the receiver and installing a spring loaded loading gate. The feed operation is still the same.

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Old September 5th, 2013, 03:52 AM   #5
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I agree it is probably a cost thing though I really can't tell it by the suggested retail price these rifles seem to have. Also something that bugs me is the seemingly cheap front sight band/sight thing going on. I have one of their .22 lever guns and the front sight assembly is the cheapest piece of plastic they could put on. Just seems to me they could do better since the rifle is, overall, a pretty decent machine.

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Old September 5th, 2013, 05:00 PM   #6
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I have some concerns about the 45-70 until users starts discussing more about it.

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Old September 5th, 2013, 05:23 PM   #7
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My Henry 22lr is smooth...

but it is a 22. I live with the tube feed.

Not interested in a tube magazine for any other caliber in a lever gun; lever guns should have a loading gate imho, easier to load.

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Have been a fan of the 45/70 cartridge for quite a few years and had/have them in 1886's, Marlin 1895's and also have a Ruger No 3 built into a 45/70. If you check one of the common reloading manuals you will find that load data for the above mentioned rifles is way above the "off the shelf" ammunition power wise and are not intended for the original Trapdoor Springfield. All of the above rifles will take quite a strong load and curious if the Henry version is capable of withstanding the same power level of the others?? The 45/70 is a great hunting round for ranges out to some 200yds and w/ right loads is very accurate. Lived/hunted in Alaska for some years and Marlin hit a real homerun with their Guide Gun in 45/70. It will take very stout loads and w/ it's short, handy barrel length makes a great close quarter hunting rifle, IF recoil does not bother you, it is stout!!
A lot of the old timer residents depend on their '86 for game getters and yes it will takedown moose or bear. Will say I never felt that comfortable using the 45/70 on large bear, grizz or brown, but many do and have for many years. Again with the right loads the round is quite capable for any North American game in my opinion and the lever gun gives you quick follow up shots if needed.

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Old September 25th, 2013, 07:42 AM   #10
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I have several 45/70s. It is my fav round.
I have a pre Remlin 1895, which I will have for the rest of my days.

I fondled the Henry, it didnt fit me. Im a big guy. felt compact like an SKS.

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Old September 25th, 2013, 01:32 PM   #11
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i call them pez dispenser guns...

i figured it was a historical thing ? wernt these rifles designed before the side load ?

i have fired a good friends .44 mag many times they are very nice display worthy pieces. NOT a hunting rifle that u drag through the brush.

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