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Old November 10, 2018, 10:54 AM   #1
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Henry 30-30 inbound

Well, after having fun for over a decade with Marlin lever actions (have an 1894 in .357 and an 1895) and having read about all the Henry goodness (Dpris, you're a bad influence!), I decided to dip my toe in the water and order myself up a Henry! Brownells had the one I was looking at on sale plus a one day coupon which made it too attractive to pass up (wasn't planning on buying one yesterday).

I ordered up a Henry H009CC, the 20" color case hardened 30-30. I really like the color case hardened receiver and the octagonal barrel. I'm not giving up the Marlins, but it will be nice to try a different brand and loading system. Everyone says they are very well screwed together and are beautifully finished. Also like the fact that it's built here in Wisconsin! I'm hoping it arrives by the end of the week, and of course, pictures forthcoming!

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Old November 10, 2018, 10:58 AM   #2
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Nice ... 30-30’s got some whomp behind it .... gonna reload for it?
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Old November 10, 2018, 11:07 AM   #3
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You bet! My FFL is near our local Cabelas, so I'll be picking up a box of factory 150gr. RN's and 165 gr gummy tip rounds to try, and also a die set when I pick the rifle up. I currently reload everything except blasting ammo for my AR and AK. As I reload for my 7 lb. 1895 in 45-70, I'm guessing the recoil shouldn't be much more than that (300 gr RNFP's at 1,100 fps), especially as the Henry weighs 8 1/2 lbs. Will probably be reloading 150 or 165 gr. pills at around 2000 fps. to start.

Also, this past spring when I was at the range, I saw a whole bunch of 30-30 shells on the ground and decided to pick them up "in case" I ever wanted to get a 30-30, so I already have 20-30 empty cases! I have no particular need for a 30-30 (will be a range toy), but when has that ever stopped any of us from a purchase.

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Old November 10, 2018, 12:05 PM   #4
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No apologies for the bad influence.
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Old November 11, 2018, 07:49 PM   #5
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The recoil won't be anywhere even remotely close to the 45-70.
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Old November 12, 2018, 11:51 AM   #6
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No, in an 8.5 lb rifle it should be fine. As an aside, I went to my local indoor range yesterday for some 1911, G19, 22/45 and AK-47 fun, and to my surprise there was a gentleman in the lane next to me showing his two grandsons how to shoot his Marlin 336. Happy to see they both did pretty well! When they were done, I approached the gentleman and asked if he reloaded his brass? He said no and that I could have it if I wished, and I "acquired" another 15 pieces of once fired 30-30 brass! Must be a sign...
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Old November 12, 2018, 08:15 PM   #7
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Those "gummy tip" bullets, as you call them, are the way to go. High B.C. compared to flat or round, and from what I have seen, much better expansion and accuracy.
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Old November 12, 2018, 09:56 PM   #8
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You will be very pleased with your new Henry, again for the money the Henry's a VERY nicely built and assembled. I'm impressed by the Henry's very nice wood for a factory mass produced gun.
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Old Yesterday, 04:29 AM   #9
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Had the Henry stainless steel all-weather "Big Boy" 44 mag version with 20" bbl for a month or so this past fall.
Really tried but I just couldn't get used to the tube loading and the gun was just too big and heavy.
I was told the Henry was accurate but with several brands of ammo my Taylor Alaskan 92 takedown was more accurate.
Long story short the Chiappa/Taylor Alaskan 92 takedown got to stick around and the Big Boy moved on.
Gave it an honest try.
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Old Yesterday, 03:43 PM   #10
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I have a brass receiver 45-70 Henry with the octagon barrel. Has some nice looking workmanship, and hits the 100 yrd mark well, with it's semi buckhorn sights. I decided to leave the sights as is, because I like them, and still have good eyes for an older guy. Thanks to reloads, I'm able to shoot my two 45/70s often. Far cheaper than $35 to $49 for a box of 20. At least that's what I was thinking as I loaded 60 more yesterday, in three variations. Stocking back up on 30-30s today.
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If you hand load for the 30-30 you may want to try H322 and also AC2230. I have had outstanding accuracy from my Marlins shooting 170 grain bullets with those 2 powders.
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Old Today, 09:26 AM   #12
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I am hoping that the rifle arrives at my FFL today or tomorrow. On my way there I'll be stopping by Cabela's to pick up a set of RCBS 30-30 dies, shell holder and hopefully some Hornady 150 gr. RN bullets to begin reloading with. I have CFE223, H4198 and Western TAC powders to begin experimenting with (Wyosmith, thanks for your powder recommendations too). As I calculate it, I should be able to reload a box of 50 30-30 rounds for just north of $20.

As winter has come to Wisconsin, I will probably be just shooting it for fun (not groups) over the next few months at my local indoor range, and save the serious accuracy experiments (using the 160 gr FTX bullets) until it warms up outside come spring. Also, for now I'll be using the iron sights, no optics. We'll see how that goes (works fine on my Marlin 1894C).

Also, any thoughts on barrel "break in"? I know they shoot a proof round and some additional rounds at the factory, so I'll give the barrel a good cleaning with patches and solvent when i get it home. As this isn't a bench rest gun, I was thinking of putting another 5 rounds down the tube after that and cleaning, and then just shoot.

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Old Today, 11:28 AM   #13
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I don't see how it will cost anywhere near $20 a box to reload .30-30.
30cents for flex tip.
3 cents for primer.
11 cents for powder.

44 cents per round x 20=$8.80

That's assuming reloading and not buying new brass. Honestly, if you are going to put $20 a box in reloading, just buy leveroution loaded ammo. They are scary accurate and you won't top their velocity.

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