Gun Report

Henry Lever Action Octagonal No. H001TV 17 HMR, $550

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Quality American walnut, easy to load, and generally well-mannered handling and ease of use combined with a competitive price tag all added up to an “A” rating, in our view.

Henry Lever Action Octagonal No. H001TV 17 HMR, $550

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

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Though the 11-shot tubular magazine does not exactly “shoot all day,” it was the highest capacity of the tested rifles, did not rattle, and the loading port (shown) is cut so you cannot load a cartridge upside down. Henry made it easy to use, as easy as any tube-fed array we have tested.
The forearm of the Henry had a small cosmetic flaw; a spot of rough, improperly sanded wood at the muzzle end. Henry rectified this tiny flaw immediately, overnighting a brand new forearm to us.
The overall winner of the test, the Henry, by nature of being a lever-action is not as suited to shooting off of bag and cradle as a bolt action. If target shooting off a rest is your primary use, it might sway you to a bolt action for ease of repetitive shots without canting the gun to cycle it. As a light varmint field gun, this is of little consideration. It was easy to cock and decock, even with gloved hands.

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