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PRODUCT FOCUS

Our second clue, the Henry loaned for test
and evaluation here came sans iron sights
as befitting a field rifle intended to reach out
there, though the Long Ranger carbine with
20-inch barrel does sport barrel-mounted
sights. Side ejection allows ready scope
mounting; Henry drilled and tapped the
receiver top for Weaver-type ring scope
bases that come with the rifle, and also
included a hammer extension for easier
hammer manipulation with a scope installed.
Going the extra mile to include the musthave scope mount and hammer extension is
thoughtful and practical.
Not immediately visible, we see our third
clue after removing the fore-end: a fore-end
hangar attached to the receiver that free
floats the barrel. Henry didn't cut corners
here with a thin metal strap; the hangar is
five inches of beefy steel to ensure rigidity.
Every AR-15 shooter will recognize the
bolt, engineered as a two-piece bolt carrier
and separate, six-lug articulated bolt head
that locks into a barrel extension. Extractor
and ejector are also similar to the AR-15 in
configuration. Dropping the lever to open
the bolt exposes an integral rack (gear teeth)

Henry's is the first factory lever gun made for the
6.5 Creedmoor long-range competition cartridge.

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The Long Ranger's slim hunting weight barrel groups
satisfactorily with three rounds, but opens up with
five rounds.

on the bolt bottom that engages the circular
spur gear of this rack and pinion system.
Comparison to the Browning BLR leveraction rifle's very similar system is probably
inevitable, though the Long Ranger differs
in the trigger staying immobile during lever
manipulation while the BLR's trigger is
attached to and moves with the lever.
Our loaner rifle's trigger breaks super
cleanly at 3.75 to 4.0 pounds with zero
overtravel, a big help to accurate shooting,
of course. There is no takeup. After wiping
out the factory preservative oil, a bore
tour with a Lyman Borecam showed what
appears to be a standard production,
unpolished, hammer-forged barrel.
Drop at the comb measures 1¾ inch at the
tip, tapering to 2½ inches at the heel, suited
for low mounting of a scope of perhaps
36 to 40mm and keeping the rifle/scope
combo compact, as befits the compact nature
of a lever gun. For accuracy evaluation, I
mounted a Redfield 3-9x40mm Hunter scope,
and carried the rig comfortably on several
days of a cow elk hunt.


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