Are you a long distance hunter or marksman?
Do you like lever action rifles but need more distance from the cartridges they shoot?
I review the Model Number H014S-308 Henry Long Ranger Lever Action Rifle in .308/7.62×51 NATO caliber to see how it performs.
I received a call from my good friends at Silverado Arms Ltd that the Henry Long Ranger Rifle had arrived. Opening the box I found quite a beautiful weapon staring back at me. From the stock, to the bluing, that sure is a nice looking rifle.
Many shooters love the traditional lines of a classic style lever action rifle for hunting and target shooting. Most of those traditional tubular magazine rifles require blunt nose bullets to avoid the possibility of a chain fire in the magazine. Long distance accuracy is not a usual feat for that style of rifles. Sure at typical big game hunting ranges in thick cover a lever action rifle throwing a blunt heavy caliber projectile is sure meat for the freezer. As distances get longer pointed more aerodynamic bullets are necessary for precision.
The detachable magazine is just the ticket for pointed projectiles. The Henry Long Ranger .308/7.62 NATO caliber rifle supplied sports a 4 shot detachable magazine that fits flush in the receiver. A button under the ejection port is the release mechanism in an easy spot to access in a hurry. One round in the chamber and four in the mag of a quick shooting lever action rifle is serious medicine for any big game animal to be encountered.
This rifle is certainly full of other great features too. The 20″ round blued steel barrel has a 1:10 rate of twist. Overall length is 40.5″ with a weight of 7 pounds. The supplied iron sights have a .062″ ivory bead front sight with a folding fully adjustable rear sight. It is drilled and tapped for a scope mount if one prefers. The other available model number H014-308 rifle is without iron sights for scope only users.
The hard anodized black lightweight aerospace alloy receiver keeps the weight down. The American walnut stock and the black solid rubber recoil pad allow the length of pull to be 14″. Sling swivels are already mounted and ready for your sling of choice.
Henry Repeating Arms has been quite busy with the Long Ranger Rifle. It is offered at the time of this review in .223/5.56 NATO, .243 Winchester, 6.5 Creedmore and the .308 Winchester caliber that is supplied for this review.
Now that I have told you the features of the Henry Long Ranger I would like to discuss my first thoughts before I ever fire a shot. The wood on this rifle is beautiful. The gorgeous grain is present and the checkering is well done. The rubber recoil pad is indeed soft and has a nice rounded edge on the corners. This is a feature that will help any hunter when a quick shot presents itself as the recoil pad will not bind against clothing. This rifle has the looks and certainly would be a great addition in any gun collection.
As with any purchase the user should read the instruction manual. This is certainly the case with the Henry Long Ranger Rifle. The manual cautions against any disassembly by the user. A pull through cleaning kit to clean from breech to muzzle is recommended.
When you examine the lever action itself you will see the construction is much different that the other Henry lever action rifles. I was most impressed by the fine construction of this action. That area should be left alone for the good folks at Henry Repeating Arms to help you with if it becomes necessary.
The moment of truth had arrived. How well will this fine looking rifle actually shoot? For the first range day I took a bunch of various manufacturer loads and vintage ages (partial boxes I had of this and that) to test with. The groups were average 2″ or under at 100 yards for the mix of left over old stock loads. The action was very smooth and positive. The detachable magazine loaded easily. The trigger pull was perfect for a hunting rifle and broke clean. Out of the box (after a barrel swabbing which is always a good idea with any new firearm) the rifle was dead on for windage at a targeted 100 yards. The elevation was low but with a one time adjustment of the rear sight the rounds were hitting the center of the target. That certainly was an easy initial sighting in to say the least.
With the early sighting in and practice achieved it was time for a more thorough group achieving range day.
The next factory fresh cartridge shot for record was the PMC Bronze 147 grain FMJ-BT .308 ammunition. Loading up the detachable magazine to a full capacity of four cartridges I fired from a rest with about five seconds between shots without stopping. The below two inch diameter group was the result.