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THE LONG RANGER IS A 19 TH CENTURY CONCEPT BENEFITTING
FROM 20TH CENTURY IMPROVEMENTS AND UPGRADED TO
CHAMBER 21ST CENTURY CARTRIDGES.

H

enry Repeating Arms, best-known for its
Golden Boy line of rimfire and centerfire
western-style rifles, is challenging
our assumptions in creating the Henry Long
Ranger lever-action rifle. The Long Ranger
is a 19th century concept benefitting from
20th century improvements and upgraded to
chamber 21st century cartridges-including
one birthed for competition at extended
ranges, the 6.5 Creedmoor.
Especially if your favorite game takes your
shots beyond 300 yards, as a competitive
shooter and hunter the first question about
the lever-action Long Ranger that comes to
mind is, "How far is 'long range?'" We'll see if
we can agree on that in a minute, but first let's
look at the rifle and see if it gives us a clue.

CLASSIC AESTHETICS,
MODERN FEATURES
The first thing we notice out of the box is
the Henry's aesthetics. The Long Ranger's
receiver and lever have a matte-black
finish; the bluing on the 22-inch barrel is
dark and blends well with the aluminum
alloy receiver. The fore-end tip is steel,
blued dark to match the rest of the rifle. The
American walnut fore-end and buttstock
have respectable figure and a satin-oil finish.
Laser-cut checkering on each piece consist
of a single wraparound panel in a bordered
point pattern. The soft rubber recoil pad
measures one-inch thick; QD sling swivel

Henry's rack and pinion gear system mimics that of
the Browning BLR.

studs are included. Wood-to-metal fit is
superior to most production rifles, with only a
bit of proud wood around the lower receiver
tang. Overall length measures 42 inches and
length-of-pull is 14 inches. A minor flaw is
with the stamped metal magazine: it fits a
bit loosely, but happily does not rattle during
carry. The mag-release button on the right
is recessed into the flat receiver side. The
Henry does not have a hammer half-cock
stage or an external safety; instead a transfer
bar safety mechanism ensures a chambered
cartridge cannot fire unless the hammer is
first fully cocked and the trigger is pulled.
Our first clue to the Long Ranger's potential
is the box magazine that permits the use of
spitzer type, high-BC bullets. It also eliminates
the lever gun's traditional under-barrel magazine tube which, being attached to the barrel
via a band, interferes with inherent accuracy in
those old-school guns.

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