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Old February 5th, 2017, 07:07 AM   #1
 
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Henry Big Boy

Anyone own one? What caliber and what length barrel?

I sure like what I'm seeing in this video. .44 mag, but can't tell the barrel length.
https://www.henryusa.com/rifles/big-boy/



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Old February 5th, 2017, 07:28 AM   #2
 
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Howdy,
The one in the video appears to be the 20" bbl...
The octagonal bbl models do seem a bit heavy..
I have several BB steel carbines.. (16.5" bbl)
Thinner bbl, somewhat lighter rig..
Best warranty and service you'll ever find...
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I really like the ones I have....

Bud's Gunshop has very good pricing.... + free shipping..

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Oh, I have the .30-30, .357, .44, 1860-.44-40, .45-70 ...

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Smart Pig, I've got one with the 20" octagon barrel and the brass receiver, in .357, but it feeds .38 special without a problem. It's very smooth and extremely accurate. I just love mine and I got it from Bud's guns, quite a bit cheaper than any place else, The only problem is I had quite a wait, ordered just before Christmas (a week and a half before) and it took a week after Christmas before I took delivery. I've ordered several firearms before, from them and they've always took there sweet time in shipping it out. However the wait was worth it and the free shipping, so "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" as the saying goes. I'm sure you will like it. The only negative I can see is that the hammer sits on the receiver, as it doesn't have the safety notch like a Marlin or the older Winchesters, but has a transfer bar so unless your finger is in the trigger guard you can't fire the arm accidentally without the hammer fully cocked. Reckon that is a safety feature. Personally I like the old way, as I've been around lever guns my entire life, well over 60 years, and never had, or even heard of a an accidental discharge with the older guns.
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I have the 44 mag/44 special with 20" barrel. The brass receiver is fairly large and with the octogon barrel it is a fairly heavy rifle. Beautiful blue finish and the wood to metal fit is excellent. Very smooth action, accurate and fun to shoot. Am looking at getting one in .41 mag also.
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45 colt 20 inch brass 45 colt.
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Ihave the Big Boy Silver in 357 Mag and the Big Boy Steel in 41 Mag. They are both very smooth (right out of the box) and very accurate. I just use the steel sights and will get more as money allows.
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45 colt 20 inch brass 45 colt.
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We have the Golden Boy 22.
About the Safety, me think's that if you pull back on the Hammer about 1/4" you can feel it Click.
If you leave the Hammer in this Position, now it is in Safe Mode.
At least on ours you can not pull back on the Trigger.
If ya have one in the Chamber it will not Fire.
To Fire it just pull back on the Hammer.
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I have 2 Henry .22's, one in Lr and the other in WMR.
Both are extremely well built firearms.
My first Henry Big Boy will be in my safe by the end of next month.

The new .327 Fed/mags are due to start shipping in March and I plan to have one from the first run.
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Here's mine with steel receiver in 357 magnum. Cycles 38 specials just fine too.
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I have the 44 mag/44 special with 20" barrel with the brass receiver. Great rifle. I'd suggest also adding the larger lever over the standard lever. MUCH easier on the hand and I think it looks better.

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I had a 357 Big Boy. Very nice rifle and great customer service. I did end up selling the Big Boy because I wanted a smaller, lighter gun. As long as you know ahead that the rifles are heavy you will like the Henry. I replaced with a Rossi. It's about 3 lbs lighter than the Big Boy and also has a load gate. I'm happy with my Rossi. Absolutely nothing wrong with the Henry though. Just know what you are getting ahead of time.
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OrgLongHair, I do believe the .22 is quite different, as I've thoroughly checked my Big Boy, and it does have a transfer bar, so the hammer rests on the transfer bar. Perhaps the older ones might have the that safety click, I'm not entirely sure, but I'm certain mine doesn't. Anyway thanks for the info.
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I have a 357 version 20" octagon barrel, am convinced the weight of the gun is a big factor in accuracy because it does not bobble like a lighter gun. Maybe its just me but it sure is a joy to shoot offhand but after a few rounds you will be looking for a rest, but those few rounds should be on target.
I would not buy the gun to hunt with unless it was still hunting because of the weight.
Its a beautiful well made gun that my family will cherish for generations ( I hope)
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I have the 357 20" barrel. Beautiful and accurate, feeds 38 special just fine. Like everyone says it is heavy, but very fun. 38 specials basically have zero recoil, 357 recoil a bit but nothing excessive.
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