Receiver material: Aerospace aluminum alloy, Sights: None; Weaver type scope bases supplied, Stock: Checkered American walnut w/butt pad and sling swivels. The flat meplats found on typical lever rounds limit their ballistic qualities; long-distance properties typically suffer because of that and the straight-walled cartridges they occupy. The extractor seems to function reliably, although it grips only a small area of the case rim. By doing this, you are reserving both the current advertised price and your position in line to receive the item from our next available shipment. The NRA would hold its annual matches there in the following decades and attract international competitors. Carbines are all well and good in thick brush country or confined spaces, but it takes at least a 22" barrel to come close to realizing the ballistic potential of the .308 Winchester, or any other high intensity cartridge. Despite the longer-than-normal stroke, I didn’t experience any failures to feed with any of the ammo I used. Weight as tested: 8-3/4 pounds w/scope, empty mag. For those looking to ring steel or keep their “back 40” clear of unwanted critters, I opted for Hornady 140-grain American Gunner soft points (SPs). After years of performing wildlife surveys, conducting avian activity budgets and looking for nuisance critters through a set of crosshairs, it takes a lot for a piece of glass to impress me.
The soft rubber recoil pad does a good job of softening the blow to the shoulder, but the short 20" barrel produces considerable muzzle blast. There would be no breaks in the clouds that day. Because of the magazine tubes found on lever-action rifles, bullet selection was limited to flat-nosed projectiles. And the receiver lockup with a lever gun is usually about as secure as a factory bolt gun’s; this gives them an upper hand when it comes to accuracy potential. The diminished light provided a good approximation of the crepuscular periods of dawn and dusk, and the moisture-riding winds would have surely found their way in had there been any vulnerability in the scope tube or lens assemblies. The magazine release is a small (about 2/3 the diameter of a dime), flush mounted button in the right side of the receiver. Ejection is to the right through the solid top receiver's oval ejection port. The magazine was easy to load, and inserting and removing it from the rifle was accomplished with equal ease.
As a deer gun, I’d likely set the scope at 4X and leave it. The subjective recoil is what you would expect from a rifle of this weight shooting full power factory loads. With a scope mounted, we were ready to hit the Izaak Walton gun range south of Eugene, Oregon.
Unlike a semi-auto, however, you never need to worry if your ammo produces enough pressure to cycle the next round. And for those looking to chase larger game, I chose 140-grain Remington Core-Lokt rounds.
I didn’t bother with any match offerings, as 200 yards isn’t a sufficient test of this rifle’s accuracy.
The view was bright, crisp and clear throughout the entire magnification range. Henry Long Ranger Deluxe Lever Action Rifle .243 Win 20\" Bar, Henry H014243 Long Ranger No Sights Lever 243 Winchester 20" 4+, Henry H014D223 Long Ranger Deluxe Lever .223 REM/5.56 NATO 20, Henry H014WL223 Long Ranger Wildlife Lever .223 REM/5.56 NATO, Henry H014WL243 Long Ranger Wildlife Lever 243 Win. I’m confident the gun would print better under more ideal circumstances. The Henry® Long Ranger™ Lever-Action Rifle greatly extends the effective range of traditional lever guns by using a 6-lug rotating bolt head, a box magazine, and side ejection that accommodate modern, high-pressure cartridges. I went to the last vestiges of farmland and rural countryside left on Long Island. We fired three shot groups for record. you will be notified automatically via email
The walnut in the test rifle is better than what most companies would call semi-fancy and much better than the walnut in the photo (supplied by Henry) of the rifle at the top of this page. The hammer face contains a small transfer bar that eliminates the need for a manual safety and allows the rifle to be safely carried with the chamber loaded. To keep things steady for groups, I utilized my favored Caldwell Rock shooting rest. This item is viewable at our retail store in LEXINGTON, KY.
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