I have the Big Boy with brass receiver in .44 mag. The barrel is the 20" octagonal which makes them a tad heavy to carry in the woods compared to my older Marlin 30-30. The brass receivers are softer than the steel so they will scratch and tarnish easier than their blued steel kin. They look nice for a conversation piece with their shiny looks. But if you want an utility lever from Henry go with their blued steel receiver models so you won't be in remorse with the first scratch on the brass receiver. Their customer service is outstanding!