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PRODUCT FOCUS

The Long Ranger comes with iron sights
on the carbine version.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HENRY

While bolt-action rifles are generally
considered a European invention, the leveraction rifle is pure firearms Americana and has
been in the hands of hunters for more than
150 years. First chambered for comparatively
anemic rimfire cartridges (that still performed
adequately within their limits), they have since
been improved to launch everything from
.22 Shorts to bruising .40 and larger calibers
adequate for big African beasties. Still, they

have been short-range affairs, with cartridge
pressures and bullet configurations limited
by the lever gun's very design. With its box
magazine, Savage's lever-action Model 1899
permits use of modern spitzer bullets with
higher BC, and the rifle is capable of utilizing
some higher-pressure modern cartridges. The
'99 extended the range of the lever rifle, but
not to the point of what we might consider
"long range" in today's parlance. The problem

HENRY LONG RANGER MAINTENANCE

D

ue to the complexity of the Long Ranger lever's rack and pinion gear system and
the need for precise reassembly to ensure proper gear timing, Henry discourages
owner removal of the rifle's bolt and lever. In fact, the factory routinely receives rifles for
reassembly from chagrined owners who attempt it on their own. (Shipping a rifle, by the
way, costs $35 or more.) Though instructions for bolt removal and reinstallation are not
included with the owner's manual, Henry will email a Long Ranger owner a PDF of the
disassembly/reassembly procedure upon request.
In a practical user's sense, what this means is that cleaning the Long Ranger's bore
by the less-mechanically inclined shooter must be done from the muzzle end if using a
cleaning rod. A properly fitting cleaning rod with a muzzle protector will help prevent
damage or wear to the muzzle, but a better way to accomplish cleaning is with a pullthrough type device like Hoppe's Boresnake. The Boresnake has an integral, caliberspecific brush; dropped into the chamber to start from the breech end, the brush and
several feet of cloth material make quick work of a dirty bore.
Boresnakes are available pretty much everywhere we find gun cleaning tools and
equipment, and Hoppe's has posted an instructional video on YouTube.

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