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Discussion in 'Long Guns' started by nitesite, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. nitesite

    nitesite Average Guy Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    I do not own a Garand but would like to. I know I won't shoot a butt ton of ammo thru it. And when I pass away my wife and kids really would not care that it is a Garand. If I shoot 500 rounds thru it at short range it would be a miracle.

    Here is what I would be looking at::: The RM1 SERVICE for $750. Delivered to my door. And I would also be in for a bunch of ammo.

    For similar money I could buy a crap ton of decent .22LR and spend years shooting it up at my home range of 25~150-yards. I have several .22LR pistols and rifles.

    OR"""" for the same money I could get a HENRY Color Case hardened lever gun in .45-70 or .357 Maggie. And a $250 ammo budget for .45-70 to get into brass and dies and moulds. I can shoot .357 Maggie right now.

    Range is not that long.

    What Say You??????????
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  2. hombre243

    hombre243 .30-06 Elite Member

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    Get the Henry in .357. If it is a fun gun, go less expensive and then you will be able to take Mama Cat out to dinner. Bury the rest in a tin can under the back porch.
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  3. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    I know that you like the 357. We both have a lot in common there.

    But you already have the HR to scratch that itch.

    A case hardened 45-70 would look awesome in your gun cabinet. But after a while, that's probably where it would stay more than anywhere else.

    Of all of the ones you mentioned, the Garand would be my first pick. And a really nice compliment to the M14 too. And if your wife and kids wouldn't appreciate them as much as you, I might know a guy that would. ;)

    As for 22lr, now that it's available again, I've been buying some when I have a few extra dollars. I have finally started to get a lot of it replaced that got shot up during the sandy shortage.

    22lr and 7.62x39 are the only two calibers that I still buy commercially. Everything else has been reloaded for a couple of years now. I can't reload 22's and the x39 is still cheap, so I still buy it.

    Would you be interested in a Fal? They don't call it the right arm of the free world for nothing. I could get you some current pics if you'd like.
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  4. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    I agree with John on the color case hardened Henry. I have the brass 45-70. Shot it once and put it in the safe. It sure looks good in there and is a nice addition to the collection.

    I do like the color case look though and would probably add that if I could. Sine I already have a 45-70 I would go with that since I have ammo already.
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  5. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    Few years ago I’d say garand. But since I’ve been building AR15 and AR9 and soon to be AR45.... I just enjoy the shit out of PCC right now and building them.

    I’ll vote .357 maggies from your list.

    If Garand - go .308. Serious. Way better shooter and you can shoot commercial ammo with it.
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  6. dieselmudder

    dieselmudder .30-06 Elite Member "Philanthropist"

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    I'm gonna vote for the Garand. Even if you dont shoot it much, it will be enjoyable to shoot when you do. I feel like it's one of the firearms every collector should have.

    Sent from my SM-J727V using Tapatalk
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  7. nitesite

    nitesite Average Guy Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    I have a truly fun .357 Magnum Handi Rifle and I absolutely love it. It is short and light and just a hoot to shoot.

    I realized that getting into .45-70 would take a lot of money and effort to reload, and also use up my lead wheel weight stores at a much faster rate.

    There is a shoe box of .44 Special once fired brass out in the garage, and I can buy .44 Magnum brass either as loaded ammo or virgin brass for a fraction of .45-70 brass or ammo.

    The .45-70 has a very heavy octagon barrel, it is like a nine pound rifle unloaded. Ten loaded.

    The .45-70 has a pistol grip stock and I really prefer a straight stock

    So I made a decision and Friday I bought a Henry Carbine Steel in .44 Magnum.

    It weighs 6-1/2 pounds, has a much lighter round barrel profile, has absolutely gorgeous cut checkered American Walnut, Shoots Magnums or Specials, and would make a fantastic hog gun in the woods and national forests around here. I can carry it all day.

    I veered from the original question didn't I?

    Thanks for all your opinions and thoughts!

    https://www.henryusa.com/rifles/henry-big-boy-steel/
  8. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    It looks like a great choice. Should thump those hogs really good.

    Plus, I really like Henry rifles.

    I don't want to hijack your topic, but I'd like to share a little story with you that you may appreciate hearing.

    When I had first gotten my FFL's, my Mom and Dad had stopped by the shop while I was getting everything set up and before I opened the store. While they were there, Mom asked to see a little rifle that was setting up on the glass case. I hadn't even gotten it out of the box yet. It was a Henry lever action 22.

    Needless to say, she took that rifle home with her that evening and she was the very first NICS check that I ever called in.

    I have some video of her, my youngest uncle and me shooting it up above the graveyard that I put on DVD and keep in the safe. You can't ask for any better time or memories than that my friend.
  9. nitesite

    nitesite Average Guy Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Oh, and it comes with a 4-pound trigger right out of the box. No safety either.
  10. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    Good. Just the way that it should be.
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  11. cmcdonald

    cmcdonald Forum Moderator Staff Member Moderator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Congrats on a really nice rifle nitesite! I’m a lever fan too! Let us know how it shoots, I’m hoping to be in the market for another one.

    I’ve been eyeballing the Marlin 1895 in 45-70 for a few years now. But I could be persuaded away by the right gun. I love shooting my model 94 in 30-30...such a soft shooter and accurate too.

    Looking forward to a range report when you have some time.
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  12. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    Sha range reports!
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  13. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Congrats on the new rifle. You should get much enjoyment . Color me envious.
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  14. Bobster

    Bobster .30-06 Supporter

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    I think you made a good decision. I see a lot of .44spl in your future... ;)

    I traded a Hi-Point 9mm carbine and a few mags for a Henry .22 base model plus $100 in my pocket. Nice gun and like new. Put Hi-Vis fiber pipe sights on it for $20ish. Toyed with a big loop lever but $45 was a little more than I wanted to spend. It is accurate enough that it could use a scope--probably put a 4X on it once I figure out where I put the rings I bought for it... :rolleyes: I think it holds 15 LRs but is a pure "hi-cap" gun when loaded with 21 .22 shorts... :D

    PS: spend the rest of the G-note on ammo...
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  15. nitesite

    nitesite Average Guy Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    So today I bought another 50-rd box of Winchester 240-gr Magnum ammo making that 100 rounds of loaded ammo for brass. I have about the same amount of brass in Special and I have already tumbled that nicely. Of course I have primers and powder and Thursday there are 600 bullets coming in.

    I'm close to having the fun start!
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  16. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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    I don't want to see another post until you produce pictures and video.... you beautiful bald badass
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  17. CaddmannQ

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    That's going to be a real fun gun I suspect although I've never shot much .44 mag.

    I think I'm going to spend some time with the 22 magnum Henry. I haven't shot nearly enough ammunition through that puppy yet.

    I loaded up a ton of wad-cutters for the .357 lever gun, but it's too much for the Italian Cowboy 6 shooter. I'm shooting the thing apart!
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  18. nitesite

    nitesite Average Guy Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    @Water Monkey , here just for you is part of your request...... <Hehehehe>

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  19. Water Monkey

    Water Monkey The man, the myth, the monkey Moderator Supporter

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  20. nitesite

    nitesite Average Guy Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    The dog?

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