45-70 lever

bhudda

heffe'
... I’m interested in a Henry 45-70 X model, can anyone spit a few words about your experience if you have some with a 45-70 lever? The tracker style shorter barrel is also an option I like. Thanks for your info in advance.
 

theleo91386

Active Member
They make big holes, have a significant ark if your shooting past 150 yards or so, and don't require an expanding bullet to reliably put down game. I'm not really sure what sort of info your looking for though.
 

bhudda

heffe'
Just wondering if anyone has some great things to say about them or are they over rated... I don’t plan to hunt with it btw.
 

Pescaphile

Active Member
I used to carry a Marlin 45/70 at work on streams in AK. Wild West Guns in Anchorage has some really nice mods for the Marlin. I added an aluminum magazine follower (factory model is plastic), heavy-duty ejector and trigger upgrade to mine. Simple enoughThere are some pretty hot loads available off the shelf, see Buffalo Bore or Garret Ammunition (540 grain loads! Ugh!) for examples. Some of the marlins were really shoddy after the company was sold a few years ago but quality has returned from what I've heard. As stated above they drop a lot at even moderate range but that's really not its element. Sorry, no info on the Henry. I do know that you can empty the magazine on the Henry without cycling the action, a very big plus IMO.
 
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Roper

Idiot Savant
WFF Supporter
It’s hard to beat a Henry. Made in the USA and warrantied for life. The X is pretty set up and versatile. Drilled and tapped, 4 round tube and side loading gate for quick reloads, M-lock on the forearm. You can load milder loads to tame the recoil. I’m set up for it if you can find components, I can help. I’m curious of your intended use Jeff...
 

bk paige

Wishin I was on the Sauk
It has a kick that will knock your dick in the ground if your not used to shooting. It's what I carried in Ak. Shot a couple rounds and that was enough for me. As stated above lighter rounds can diminish the recoil. Take Roper's offer!
 

nwbobber

Active Member
I have a Marlin. I think the recoil is very manageable, albeit with the stock hard rubber recoil plate it was uncomfortable. I put a decelerator pad on it, and I can shoot it all day with that. I like that I can cast bullets for it and having a straight case they can be reloaded many times. If you shoot at steel it makes a satisfying WOP. If you ever did want to hunt with it, there is really nothing you can't hunt with it effectively.
Older Marlins had microgroove rifling, which is not so good for cast bullets, so watch out for that. I can't give you anything regarding the Henry, but I assume that they are made to modern standards, allowing you to use loads with higher energy than could be used in older firearms designed for black powder.
 

bhudda

heffe'
It’s hard to beat a Henry. Made in the USA and warrantied for life. The X is pretty set up and versatile. Drilled and tapped, 4 round tube and side loading gate for quick reloads, M-lock on the forearm. You can load milder loads to tame the recoil. I’m set up for it if you can find components, I can help. I’m curious of your intended use Jeff...
Honestly, I have a lot of check marks in the “want” box but no check marks in the “need” box...it’s just one of the firearms I’ve always wanted to have but have no need for. My Winchester can do anything this 45-70 could but man they sure do look sweet!!!! I love the lever action rifles, big fan.
 

Roper

Idiot Savant
WFF Supporter
Honestly, I have a lot of check marks in the “want” box but no check marks in the “need” box...it’s just one of the firearms I’ve always wanted to have but have no need for. My Winchester can do anything this 45-70 could but man they sure do look sweet!!!! I love the lever action rifles, big fan.
If you “pull the trigger ” I’m here to help...
 

theleo91386

Active Member
Honestly, I have a lot of check marks in the “want” box but no check marks in the “need” box...it’s just one of the firearms I’ve always wanted to have but have no need for. My Winchester can do anything this 45-70 could but man they sure do look sweet!!!! I love the lever action rifles, big fan.
If there's no need what will happen is you'll have a few loads for it that will slap your buddies around when you take it out, some milder load that are more along the lines of hot 45LC loads that are actually enjoyable to shoot, and after the curiosity where's off you'll rarely take it out of the safe.

They're fun to play with if you reload, but if you're relying on factory rounds they're an expensive plinker.
 

bhudda

heffe'
If there's no need what will happen is you'll have a few loads for it that will slap your buddies around when you take it out, some milder load that are more along the lines of hot 45LC loads that are actually enjoyable to shoot, and after the curiosity where's off you'll rarely take it out of the safe.

They're fun to play with if you reload, but if you're relying on factory rounds they're an expensive plinker.
Funny you should mention the cost of ammo, a friend said I should look at the cheapest ammo, and buy the gun that shoots it :) lol
Yeah, that box ammo is spendy!
 

bhudda

heffe'
With no intention of use, it would most likely see a few rounds through it and sit most of the time in the safe. My end result would be to pass them on to my sons.
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
I toyed with the idea a few years ago - actually have dies & components, but I reached the age/point where I started to shy-away from "thumpers" - calibers that were capable of significant stopping power at one end and detaching retinas at the other.
 

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