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Old November 7, 2018, 09:19 PM   #26
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after loading the 73, after 4 or 5 time, it can get a little hard on my fingers.
Why is it hard on your fingers? Surely you're not pushing them all the way in with your fingers.
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Old November 7, 2018, 11:59 PM   #27
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Ya gotta get that last round in past the gate. Which can get pinchy. Ive even had lever guns that’ll spit out the previous round so you have to push each one just past the gate to get it ti stay put. Also and be a little grabby. Do that for several tubes and the thumbs starts getting raw
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Old November 8, 2018, 12:13 AM   #28
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I come home with Sidegate Thumb every time I work with a non-Henry levergun.
And I KNOW how to load a levergun.
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Old November 8, 2018, 01:42 AM   #29
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Ya gotta get that last round in past the gate.
Use another round to push it on in.

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I come home with Sidegate Thumb every time I work with a non-Henry levergun.
And I KNOW how to load a levergun.
Hmm I never had a problem with Winchesters and Marlins but I don't use my fingers to push them home either just to get them started
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Old November 8, 2018, 09:55 AM   #30
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I've tried the cartridge-pusher & it's slower & more awkward for me.
Also tends to kickback & dump rounds on the ground.

On a lever gun I intend to keep, I have to get the gate's edges rounded off, after which it's no longer as much of a problem.
The only exceptions to this are my '51 Model 94 in .30-30 & my new-this-year Winoku Model 73 in .45 Colt.
Neither of those have the typical sharp edges.

Otherwise, after putting a hundred or more through a standard lever-action in range testing, my thumb always comes home sore & torn up.

Henry centerfires are always a pleasure to work with, the loading is entirely painless.

The cartridge-pusher is just too cumbersome, for me.
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Old November 8, 2018, 10:04 AM   #31
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This discussion just shows once again that there are Ford and Chevy people. Some like Henrys and some don't. It would not be a problem for me if anyone, or for that matter, everyone else bought Henrys. I won't and that's my choice. You have yours. Make it, own it, and move on.
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Old November 8, 2018, 01:59 PM   #32
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Late to the party, but that's not news... Of the rifles I kept when I down-sized a few years back, the only non-semi-autos are two Henrys. One in .22LR, the other in .357, both carbines. Both load the same way, so no need to adapt, and as others have said, both are easy to unload as well.

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Old November 8, 2018, 08:07 PM   #33
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Contact Henry. They are very cooperative with customers. They may put a straight stock on it for you. It's worth a shot. Company is personally owned and run by a great man. Email him and tell him what you want.
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Old November 8, 2018, 09:03 PM   #34
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I handled one of the new steel frame 44 Mags, round barrel. It's an armful compared to my Miroku and Rossi made 92's. Barrel seems excessively thick. If it was a 460 or 500 S&W it would be great.
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Old November 9, 2018, 04:34 AM   #35
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It wouldn't bother me to have a tube loader. I have a Henry Golden Boy and it's the slickest lever action I've ever seen. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I just never had a problem with a gate loader.
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Old November 9, 2018, 08:30 AM   #36
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The only Henry’s I have shot are my dads .22 that I bought him and his .357 Golden Boy. Great rifles but that Golden Boy is HEAVY!!! Like Hawg said, the action on that thing is about as slick as it gets, I real treat to cycle.
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Old November 9, 2018, 07:30 PM   #37
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I've got 3 Henrys. I cast and shoot mostly a 240 grain bullet but it shoots a 285 just as good. Wide flat big meplat and it does a good job in the 44 mag.
I'm shooting a 397 grain cast from my NOE mold in 45-70 but have shot some 485s a friend sent me. I like the tube loader. My other one is a 22 but eats everything I've put through it.
The accurate molds from Tom casts both bullets for my 44. I think you will like the Henrys. I've tried reloading jacketed but my gas checked cast are more accurate.
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Old November 9, 2018, 11:11 PM   #38
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I have a BB Steel Carbine in .357 and love it. Hammer down on empty chamber loading the tube doesn't bother me a bit.

Busting clays offhand at 100 yards is just a hoot. Have to hold 6-8" low with .38 but .357 is dead on. .38 is more fun cause it's slow enough to hear the thwack on the dirt berm.
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Old November 10, 2018, 08:55 AM   #39
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I got real skinny fingers so I can single port load my Henry 30-30 but it's very tight.
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Old November 10, 2018, 11:42 AM   #40
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My friend owns a 45 caliber Henry. His only complaint is that it won’t feed well on various hardcast loads unlike the marlin levers do
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Old November 10, 2018, 12:53 PM   #41
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Henry lever actions

Dano 4734, of your friends problem is only a feeding problem have him/her call Henry and send a dummy round of the ones that won’t feed from the magazine. They fixed mine and now it feeds all in spec. rounds as well as Hornady Lever Revolution.
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Old Yesterday, 06:12 AM   #42
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I have a Henry .22 lever carbine, it's a fun little small game & pinker. Well made.
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