The Henry was first designed and manufactured in 1860 and was used throughout the Civil War. After the Civil War the Henry saw more action as the country moved West and fought in many conflicts with outlaws, rustlers, and Indians. The “Golden Boy”, as it was called, won many battles that helped tame the west.
You can see the popularity of the Henry in movies like Lonesome Dove, Last Stand at Sabre River and more times than not with John Wayne. The Henry has a history and so do the men who use them.
Henry Repeating Arms sent me their new Long Ranger chambered in the new 6.5 Creedmoor to use hunting in Kansas. Several years ago I stopped using my bolt action rifle in favor of the lever action open sights. Actually in 1962 I took my first whitetail with an open sight lever action and found I never lost my love for the rifle. I remember that day as though it was yesterday. I’m in a swamp in northern Michigan, lost, but then again I’m always a little lost. When out steps a spike horned buck. I put the rifle on him and squeezed off a shot. He dropped at the sound and never moved. I beamed with delight as I told the story to my Dad and Grandfather who had let me use his old lever action that day.
When the rifle arrived and I took it out of the box, I found it shot amazingly well. I must have shot a couple of boxes through it to familiarize myself again with open sights. You know, where I needed to put the sight in the buckhorn for 100 out to 400 yards. Once you have that knowledge you can hunt anywhere for everything in North America. If you're looking for heavy game like elk, bear or even buffalo Henry makes rifles in numerous calibers like the 45/70.
The Henry they sent me was chambered in the 6.5 Creedmoor which is a relatively new round since 2007. The Creedmoor typically has a ballistic tip which is not conducive for what the Henry was designed for; a tubular magazine under the barrel. It is possible with that tip to have a misfire. Knowing this, Henry designed the Long Ranger to use a clip built into the receiver. It holds four in the clip and one in the chamber. Smart these Henry people are...for sure.
Henry Repeating 6.5 Creedmoor Long Ranger American Walnut Rifle is its’ official name. It has a round barrel and iron sights. It fits nicely in my rifle scabbard. The 22 inch barrel with a 1/8 twist gives the 6.5 Creedmoor all the control it needs for long distance shooting they say out to 1000 yards. While I feel I can shoot out to 400 yards comfortably I'm more of a 150-200 yard hunter. I found the cycling of the lever action smooth and no hang-ups making it a very reliable rifle for follow-up shots on any dangerous game if needed. Several people asked why the 6.5? My answer: Why not? It’s the best of both worlds.....a nostalgic look and feel with a modern cartridge. You have distance if you need it and the ability to send a second shot down range. I like the walnut stock against the black anodized receiver and barrel for that cowboy look.
Out on the plains of Kansas where I live I feel right at home with those who have gone before me. Buffalo Bill got his name a mere 20 miles from me. One day he shot 69 buffalo to capture the title from Bill Comstock. I'll bet if he had a Henry he maybe would have shot 70... maybe more. You can look up all the ballistics online for comparisons of the 6.5, to the 270 even the 308 and you'll find the 6.5 out performs them hands down. Check out your next Henry on line at www.henryrepeating.com or go to Cabela’s or Bass Pro.
You'll be glad you did.