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    My new Henry 45-70 Government

    Wow......what can I say......

    My Dad and I have always shared the hobbies of shooting sports and gun collecting (I'm 51 and he's 74). But lately, we have gotten more into this crazy battle on who can out-do the other when it comes to gifting firearms.

    This is what he got me for Christmas (and all I got him was a Ruger PC Carbine and a Ruger Air Hawk! I really need to up my game!):

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    What a surprise! I've always admired the Henry rifles from the opposite side of the counter, but had never actually handled one before. I have to say......I'm even more impressed with their quality NOW than I was before! The action is butter smooth and the fit and finish is incredible. I've never handled a nicer rifle.

    If that wasn't sweet enough.....he ALSO bought a Vortex 2-7X32 scope, rings and Henry mount to go with it. AND.......a leather wrap kit for the lever, AND 120 rounds of ammo!

    Here's what it looks like all decked-out:

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    Now....it was pretty cold the day we took it out to shoot it for the first time......so we never worked on zeroing the scope. But it's still holding pretty much on the center of a 10" steel gong at 50 yards. Not too shabby for taking it straight out of the box!

    The action is as smooth as you'd expect out of a rifle of this level.......smooth and jam-free.....although I truly have nothing else to compare it to, as this is my very first lever-action rifle. The trigger is crisp and light. We were afraid that the recoil was going to be brutal without a buttpad, but it was quite manageable. Yeah....it gave me a hefty bruise on the shoulder.....but it's not nearly as harsh as my Mosin or Enfield.....and to be honest, I was kind of hoping it would be!

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    ...........to be continued........
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    ......as I was saying, the fit and finish on this rifle is incredible......and I just can't get over how beautiful it is!

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    It truly is a work of art! (I think I'm going to hang it over the fireplace! )
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    Henry really does a great job, hard to believe they come out of Bayonne, NJ. Beautiful rifle, congrats! I have two .45/70s from Marlin, one from H&R and have a single shot coming from Henry next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBlue View Post
    Henry really does a great job, hard to believe they come out of Bayonne, NJ. Beautiful rifle, congrats! I have two .45/70s from Marlin, one from H&R and have a single shot coming from Henry next week.
    Thank you so much!!

    I just can't help but think it needs an old, hand-stitched, leather sling or scabbard.....
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    Good looking rifle. I bought the Marlin 1895SBL 45-70 last year.
    Great caliber and classic look.
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    Congrats on your beautiful new lever gun.
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    Wow, that is a great-looking rifle! Congratulations! I was several photos in before I was sure that was a brass receiver. Yeah, a nice handmade sling would look really good on that.

    Looking at those rounds, your recoil report is surprising.

    You and your dad are making heirlooms with this "competition." That's great!
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    That is a mighty fine-looking lever gun.

    I always planned on buying a Rossi R92 for a lever gun, but those pictures have me reconsidering getting a Henry instead, especially now that they're started making them with side loading gates. Honestly, now all they need is to start making models out of Stainless Steel and I'll have nothing else to consider.
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    I have a Henry 45-70, I bought it 4 or five years ago maybe 6. I wouldn't like to shoot my reloads with brass on the butt stock. I mounted a Leupold 2x7 VX2 on it, very similar to your setup. I will say I am very impressed with Henry barrels, 1 MOA at 100 yds. is easy. That is one very nice looking rifle, mine is the plain version complete with scratches from deer hunting. Henry 45-70's are made in Wisconsin.

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    That is one fine looking rifle! Dad did good!
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