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    Default Henry caliber question

    I'm looking at 2 Henry rifles right now, one in .44 and the other in .45-70.

    I'm not a hunter, so whichever one I get will be a range toy or shtf high caliber rifle.

    Which would you choose, and why?
    Price difference is negligible.
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    Default Re: Henry caliber question

    Get Both !


    45-70 can get spendy if you do not reload

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    Default Re: Henry caliber question

    I’ve enjoyed both of them in lever action rifles. You really can’t go wrong with either. For the reasons that you’ve mentioned here, me, I’d go with a 44. Ammo is everywhere and is cheaper than 45-70, plus you can pair it up with a revolver and feed them out of the same box of ammo.

    Some of those Henry Rifles are very, very nice. Best of luck!

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    Default Re: Henry caliber question

    Quote Originally Posted by Jkinpa1 View Post
    I’ve enjoyed both of them in lever action rifles. You really can’t go wrong with either. For the reasons that you’ve mentioned here, me, I’d go with a 44. Ammo is everywhere and is cheaper than 45-70, plus you can pair it up with a revolver and feed them out of the same box of ammo.

    Some of those Henry Rifles are very, very nice. Best of luck!
    Yup for these reasons I'd go .44 mag if just a range/fun gun.

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    Default Re: Henry caliber question

    It's nice that you could shoot 44 special as well if you go with the 44.

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    Default Re: Henry caliber question

    44 is a fantastic round to reload/handload for....and henrys are great
    it's only metal, we can out think it....

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    Default Re: Henry caliber question

    I have both. 45-70 is more badass...

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    Default Re: Henry caliber question

    45-70 is capable of taking any game on this North American continent. This caliber has also taken every big game animal all around the world. A lee handloader and some powder and primers and bullets you will be ready to rock and roll. That being said a 45-70 lever gun can have a horrible recoil.
    Last time I was at the range 2 guys came over and was wondering what kind of shoulder canon I was blasting a way with (Marlin 1895 SBL). I also have a Sharps in 45-70. The recoil for that gun is really manageable.

    Go with the big boys get the 45-70. I would not hesitate on the Henry 45-70.
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    Default Re: Henry caliber question

    45/70 can also be tamed down to a meer nothing with a 405gr cowboy action shooting load.
    www.Steelvalleycasting.com is your new home for coated bullets and custom ammo.

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    Default Re: Henry caliber question

    I have a Marlin 1895 G in .45-70. I recently purchased a Henry Big Boy Steel carbine in .44 magnum. I can't say that I have a favorite, but for a range gun, I would go with the .44.

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