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Old October 11th, 2011, 06:54 PM   #1
 
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New Henry lever 22

Went to a gun show last WE. Couldn't find any Ruger lever action rifles - especially the 96/22 - so I bought a new Henry H001 lever action 22. Now I would like to know whether this rifle (or any other Henry rifle) needs to be taken down to clean the action before firing as did my SR9c pistol. There doesn't seem to be any grease in the receiver visible from simply working the lever action. Also, the manual indicates no cleaning is necessary before use and the action should rarely need to be disassembled for cleaning. Anyone here had problems with a new Henry?



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Old October 11th, 2011, 08:12 PM   #2
 
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I have a H001 and a H001L (shorter barrel and large loop lever) and have never taken the action down on either of them for cleaning.
I do clean them after each session at the range, using pipe cleaners in the tight areas of the action slide and wipe the rest with a rag. I concentrate more on the barrel and chamber area. Any .22 is going to get really dirty around that area.
After cleaning I lightly oil the areas of the slide.
Both rifles shoot well and have never had any trouble with them.
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Thanks for the feedback. I have a 22 Bore Snake that I plan to use along with the Q tips. Seems like a nice, solid little rifle. I'm looking forward to taking mine out to the range soon.
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Henry's lever .22's are among the best, at a very reasonable price. Shoot the heck out of it and enjoy it. Clean it as you would any other rifle. Mine has about 10,000 rounds thru it, by me & my Grandkids, & functions flawlessly & is very accurate with the right ammo. My eyes aren't those of a 20 year old any more, so when I use it for squirrel etc. I have a scope I mount on it. The grandkids like it better with (slightly modified) open sights.
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Congrats on your new addition. Always wanted a lever action so finally got my Henry 22LR about 10 months ago. I have only cleaned by pulling a bore snake through after shooting and then with cloth and Q tips to swab the action with CLP. The recommendation is to not dis assemble to clean. Another nice plus is Henry also has a lifetime repair warranty like Ruger. If something goes wrong Henry will fix it.
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Dont know how they do it but a Henry lever out of the box is super smooth,Find Marlins,winchester levers are not near as smooth
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Took my new H001 to the (indoor) range for the first time today. As said above it has a really smooth action. I had a hard time seeing the front sight clearly (an in-between distance for my progressive trifocals) but after a few tries I was able to get a few 5 shot rested groups at about 1 1/2 inches at 60 feet (pretty good for me). I didn't think til later about taking off the front sight shroud to see the sight better indoors, but may try that next time. I use a red dot on my 22/45 with very good results so may try that on the rifle as well. I really is a solid and fun gun!
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Really like the smooth lever on Henrys,beats out the Marlins and Winchesters
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I have a Henry H001 along with my 10/22. Both have a 4X scope and shoot about equally well at 50 yards sillouettes. The scope on the Henry is a Simmons. It is a fun gun to shoot. Enjoy!
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I went to a gun show today and got my first Henry. I have heard a lot of good things about them and I sure hope mine is the same way.
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Be careful of scratches. I've seen the finish on the receiver flake especially on their "brass" .22 which is what they call brasslite. Its an alloy with a brass finish. The Big Boy is the only brass receiver lever they sell.
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Congratulations! One of my hunting buddies bought a Henry H001 with him to the lease a couple of months ago and we hope to try it on snakes and turtles at one of the nearly dried-up tanks/ponds. No snakes or turtles but we had a ball with a few sticks and mud balls.

The lever action is very slick as already pointed out.

About eight months ago I read a review of the Henry pump-action and it brought back great memories of the gallery rifles I use to shoot. I decided I "needed" another mouse gun/.22 rifle to go with my two Ruger 10/22s. I ordered the Ruger Pump-Action Octagon H003T. That is a sweet little rifle. I started to break it down, but when I looked at the metal and stock finish I decided minimal approach was best. I clean the barrel, clean around the bolt and chamber face and wipe the metal exterior down with CLP. It's a great shooter and even with my tired old eyes and progressive lens the brass bead front sight sits neatly in the buckhorn rear.

I might point out that after the first shooting session with the Henry Pump, a chip came off the pump handle. I immediately emailed the company and received an answer within 24 hours from the daughter of the owner. It appears the most or all the Imperato family who own Henry Rifle Company are involved with the company. A week later I received a replacement for the wooden hand grip.

I'm still amazed at the quality of these rifles and dreaming about a Henry Big Boy .45colt in the blue.
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I bought a Henry 22 about two years ago. It's a great gun to shoot. When I bought it I really didn't like the plastic front sight. I e-mailed Henry about it and got reply from Antony Imperto the owner. He sent me a new metal sight. They got my business. Great customer relations.
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I bought one when they first came out and it has been nothing but trouble. It has too much plastic in it and at about 10,000 rounds it was worn out.
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I bought one when they first came out and it has been nothing but trouble. It has too much plastic in it and at about 10,000 rounds it was worn out.
did you send it back to Henry for repair? l would think they would replace it if it was worn out with the lifetime warranty.
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