I would recommend handling both. I had a Henry on my list up until recently. I found one at Sportsman's Warehouse and was slightly disappointed in the quality upon handling it. Now, that's just one rifle, so it's not to say every Henry will be disappointing - that was just my experience.
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~Doctrine and Covenants 134:11