Gun Report

Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy .44 Mag./Spl.

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Fancy walnut and a shiny brass frame set off the blued octagonal barrel of the slick, accurate Henry Big Boy. The barrel band and butt plate were also brass. Any cowboy worth his horse would be proud and happy to pack this rifle, we thought.

Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy .44 Mag./Spl.

Gun Details

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Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Length of Pull
Action Type
Action Finish
Barrel Finish
Trigger Pull Weight

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Workmanship was generally excellent on the Henry. The lever was far slicker than the Winchester's, one of the best and smoothest lever actions we've handled. The trigger pull was good, too.
This reflects what was a typical group with the Henry at 50 yards - three shots touching. The Big Boy shot small groups with three of the test ammos, but it was best with 250-grain Winchester Partition Golds, which notched 1.4-inch groups.
The rear sight blade was not only adjustable within the big buckhorn background, it could give a U-notch or V-notch by inverting it. This was a heavy rifle, though for most uses the weight would be a help, not a hindrance.

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