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Old 04-09-2008, 17:47   #1
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Choosing my Henry

Does anyone know the major differences between the Henry Golden Boy and the Henry Lever Octagon Frontier (other than the obvious golden receiver)?

Anyone who has shot both?

The golden boy is pretty, but i'm a college student right now and am considering the frontier cuz its about 100 cheaper.

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Old 04-10-2008, 11:19   #2
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Isn't the golden boy in .22? My only criterion aside from cost (i'm also in college) would be caliber size. I'd like a .30-30 lever action if possible. They are fun to shoot most definitely.
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After some research I'm torn between 4 rifles: (prices found online, not MSRP)

- Henry Golden Boy 22lr: about $380: 'brasslite' receiver, octagon, irons only
- Henry Octagon Frontier 22lr: about $300: blued receiver, scope-able, octagon
- Henry Lever Action 22lr: about $ 250: scope ready, blued, but round barrel
- Marlin Golden 39A: about $480: reviews say this is a sturdier rifle overall, but not octagon

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Man I'm really torn. Can't decide whether to go cheap and skip the octagon, go henry golden boy cuz its the best looking, or go marlin because its all steel and apparently the most durable and rugged.
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I just bought a Henry H001T (Frontier octagon barrel). The action is smooth (as the Henry's are known for); the trigger on mine is much too good to be expected from a rifle at this price point (in fact it is almost too light for my preferences); accuracy is more than acceptable; finish is excellent on both the action and the exterior; the only thing I don't like is the rear sight and this is more of a personal preference as I am not a fan of buckhorns because I haven't used them that much.
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Thanks for the input! I still haven't decided. I was leaning in the Henry direction because of the lower price. You may have just tipped the scales in the Frontier Octagon's direction.

I've never owned a lever action. What is a "more than acceptable" level of accuracy for a rimfire lever? Say at 50 yards?

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This is also my first. I have an old Rossi Gallery Rifle that is the most accurate .22 I have ever owned and I don't know if the Henry will shoot with it or not but I have no reason to believe it shouldn't. Barrel whip won't be an issue with the octagon barrel because it is heavy, the action locks up tightly, and there is no play in the action/stock fit so it should shoot.

The Frontier comes with Marble sights and metal barrel band as does the Golden Boy I believe. You can get the H001 for a bit less and buy the Marble sights and metal barrel band from Henry for I think less than $50.00.

The sights will take some getting used to for me. I am going to contact Marble and find out what kind of optional inserts if any are available for the rear sight and if nothing else is available I am going to put a rear tang sight on mine I think.
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Just tossing my .02 in here since I've been looking at Henrys: I like the basic rifles a lot, but I've got my doubts about the Golden Boy "brasslite" stuff on the receiver. It appears to be a separate piece over the steel receiver, possibly alloy. I'd be interested in finding out how it stands up over time to being knocked around and exposed to solvents etc.

I'll probably end up with a H001 when its all over.
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Originally Posted by markw76 View Post
..... It appears to be a separate piece over the steel receiver, possibly alloy. I'd be interested in finding out how it stands up over time to being knocked around and exposed to solvents etc.....
Just a heads up,......the H001 model's receiver is exactly the same construction. Is the H001's outer shell steel?
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H001 is all steel. That comment was intended for the Golden Boy models...they add a brassy looking piece to the outside.
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Originally Posted by markw76 View Post
H001 is all steel. That comment was intended for the Golden Boy models...they add a brassy looking piece to the outside.
I realize that,......
Looks like I learn something today.
The "brasslite" receiver cover is a brass plated alloy piece.
Could be a cause for conmcern,.....?
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Given a choice between an aluminum and a brass part on this type of firearm, I'd prefer brass. But unless it is a structural part i.e. not for looks, I'd prefer all steel. Concern? I wouldn't be. Doesn't sound like it would be all that corrosion resistant, but I don't know what research they did either.

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I looked at the Big Boy, .357 Mag.
It is definately a solid "brass" receiver, not a cover like the Golden Boy.
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None of the Henry 22's have a steel receiver. The GoldenBoy's receiver is a different shape because it has a more dramatic drop at the comb, but other than that, they're the same material.

The covers are also all made of the same material. The GoldenBoy's is brass plated, and all of the others are painted black. In both cases, the factory plating/painting can be stripped off, and the cover can be polishing to a chrome-like finish.

If you're going to get a Henry 22 lever gun, get one of the octagon barrel versions so that you can improve the sights. The round-barrel guns can have their sights upgraded, but they require the attention of a gunsmith to do it right.
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For my money, if you want a .22 lever action, you can't beat the Marlin 39A. I owned one for years and it never failed once. You can expect good accuracy from a Marlin at, say, 50 yards but it won't be sub-minute of angle. I have a CZ452 American that will shoot .25" groups at 50 yards all day long with CCI Green Tag but it's a whole different animal altogether that's had quite a bit of work done on it. If you want a good little squirrel gun, get the Marlin. You can put a scope on it if you want smaller groups.
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Originally Posted by dvdstdg View Post
The sights will take some getting used to for me. I am going to contact Marble and find out what kind of optional inserts if any are available for the rear sight and if nothing else is available I am going to put a rear tang sight on mine I think.
Marble makes several optional rear sights. You can see what's available on their website at marblearms.com.
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Originally Posted by Twolves View Post
For my money, if you want a .22 lever action, you can't beat the Marlin 39A. I owned one for years and it never failed once. You can expect good accuracy from a Marlin at, say, 50 yards but it won't be sub-minute of angle. I have a CZ452 American that will shoot .25" groups at 50 yards all day long with CCI Green Tag but it's a whole different animal altogether that's had quite a bit of work done on it. If you want a good little squirrel gun, get the Marlin. You can put a scope on it if you want smaller groups.
But we're not talking about Marlins. This thread is about a guy that's trying to decide which Henry to buy, and for *my* money, a Henry can keep up with the Marlin in terms of accuracy. Neither gun is necessarily more accurate than the other.

I changed out the sights on my Henry (now using a globe front sight and a rear tang sight), and shooting offhand, I can get sub-4-inch groups at 50 yards. At 100 yards, I can get sub 8-inch groups (groups consist of 17 rounds fired from a full magazine using high-dollar ammo).

I also have a CZ-452 (two, actually) that shoots pretty well. Of course, it's scoped. They both have Brooks trigger kits installed.
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Originally Posted by Twolves View Post
Marble makes several optional rear sights. You can see what's available on their website at marblearms.com.
I had a Marbles sight on my Henry for a while, but I wanted something that was more period correct in appearance, so I got a Pedersoli from Track of the Wolf.
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Originally Posted by jsimmons View Post
But we're not talking about Marlins. This thread is about a guy that's trying to decide which Henry to buy, and for *my* money, a Henry can keep up with the Marlin in terms of accuracy. Neither gun is necessarily more accurate than the other.

I changed out the sights on my Henry (now using a globe front sight and a rear tang sight), and shooting offhand, I can get sub-4-inch groups at 50 yards. At 100 yards, I can get sub 8-inch groups (groups consist of 17 rounds fired from a full magazine using high-dollar ammo).

I also have a CZ-452 (two, actually) that shoots pretty well. Of course, it's scoped. They both have Brooks trigger kits installed.
If you had taken the time to read JHC5's 4/10/08 post, you would see that he, at that time, had included Marlins in his possible choices. Is it reading you have problems with or the comprehension?
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I own both. Go with the frontier. Both shoot well, but I just like the blue.
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I bought my wife a Golden Boy in 22 Magnum for her birthday...she loves it.
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Originally Posted by saltydogbk View Post
I own both. Go with the frontier. Both shoot well, but I just like the blue.
I just bought one of the Henry .22's. I ended up buying the regular ole .22 with the round barrel(Wally World carries these for 257 and change. I paid alittle more, and purchased it from a local dealer.). The extra hundred for the octagonal barrel was more then I could justify.
I actually went looking for clones of early models, and just couldn't see the money/value in them, for the prices they ask. I had a gap in the .22 S/L/LR rifle category, and the little Henry grew on me after looking at it abit. I had considered a Ruger 10/22, but this one filled the lever gun and small .22 card all at the same time.

Of the two ....."the Frontier model, versus the Golden boy".... I liked the Frontier model better also. The brass is just a bit gaudy for me, and the ears on the sides of the reciever are just for show. The Marble sights on the heavier octagonal barrel look good. The little diamond that is completed by the front sight was neat.

I see some alteration to the sights on my new rifle, with some high vis paint in the future.
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If it was a real brass receiver and not a brass color alloy sleeve over the receiver I'd feel different about it. I fondled a Frontier the other day again. I feel the need for another .22....
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