Lever Action Rifle blog by Henry Repeating Arms
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Lever Action Rifles are alive and well on the Hunt
There’s never been a better time to be a hunter. Rifle and shotgun choices are abundant, almost overwhelmingly so. Then perhaps it is The Paradox of Choice that is driving the return to the simple, reliable lever action rifle.
Over the past two decades the offerings from Henry Repeating Arms, the leading lever action rifle manufacturer in the world, has swelled to over 150 different models including shotguns and high-power rifle calibers. Whether it’s quail, squirrel, or elk Henry now has a firearm that will take on just about any season. They’re reliable, accurate, and versatile.
Versatility is a huge aspect to consider when purchasing a new firearm for hunting. How many different hunting seasons will a given firearm be able to tackle effectively and give you the most bang for your buck? When it comes to versatility, the Henry Long Ranger delivers in spades.
Why the Long Ranger?
At first glance, the Long Ranger may seem like your typical, traditional lever action rifle with its forged steel lever and exposed hammer, but there’s a lot more going here once you take a look inside the receiver. One of the easiest ways to think about the Long Ranger’s operation is to think of it as a lever operated bolt action. A geared action drives a machined and chromed steel bolt with a 6-lug rotary head into a rear extension of the barrel for a strong and consistent lock-up from shot to shot to shot. This allows the Long Ranger to compete with the accuracy of a bolt action while providing much faster follow-up shots thanks to the detachable box magazine.
The lever action rifle is chambered in .223/5.56, .243, .308, or the venerable 6.5 Creedmoor. Due to these cartridges’ spitzer bullet profile, Henry’s standard tubular magazine. The flush-mounted blackened steel release button drops a 4- or 5-round box magazine instead. The receiver itself is a super lightweight aerospace-grade alloy receiver that’s finished with a hard black anodizing process. This material reduces the overall weight of the rifle significantly compared to our brass and steel counterparts, so it weighs in at a respectable 7 pounds. The receiver sits behind a round and blued steel sporter barrel that is free-floated over a set of oil-finished American walnut stocks with laser-cut checkering, sling swivel studs, and a black rubber recoil pad.
This is a lever action rifle where no corners were cut. They are all proudly made in Rice Lake, WI and carried by many of the employees into the deer woods every season.
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