PT7 wrote:I think your "Square One" choice is very cool , ddd. At several Cabelas visits, I handled a brass Original Henry in .45 Colt (H011C), and that is one quality rifle. Two things I distinctly remember: how smooth the lever action was; and the folding ladder rear sight. I'd think that iron sight would be a definite keeper and not one that calls for any mod. Henry states that sight as "classic," and I agree.dddrees wrote:...my intentions initially were to get the Original Henry by Henry Repeating Arms.
...I skipped it ...In this case I think I need to go back to square one and get the one I missed.
I checked out the Henry web site, and they now offer five models of the Original. All five are offered in .44-40 WCF caliber. The brass model I listed above is the only one offered in .45 Colt. Which model are you considering? Best as you move forward to "get the one you missed!"
Cool, unfortunately the Cabelas in my area never has anything in stock that nice (expensive). I decided to go with the 45 Colt (H011C). I had considered the engraved version in Brass and the Iron CCH version as well but the additional expense and the fact that I already have another rifle and I am possibly considering getting a SA in 45 Colt made the 45 version an easy choice for me.
If I remeber correctly it's the Original Henry that actually got me looking at the older style lever guns in the first place. It wasn't until I looked at the Henry that I started looking at and consider getting the Winchester 1866 and 1873. Both because of the 2018 Shotshow Versions appealed to me greatly and the fact that I conuld get something in a caliber I already had were just more compelling at the time. Getting rifles in the older west style with great looking furniture was a big draw and priority for me as well. Anyway the fact that those versions might not be available new later on was the deciding factor. I still don't regret making that decision even if it meant waiting even longer to get the Henry. In fact there was another limited model I may have been willing to delay the Henry purchase yet another time.
Winchesters made by Winchester even though they are made in Japan was a big draw for me as well. Besides Miroku is known for making real nice guns. I took a good look at Uberti as well but for various reasons Winchester Mirokus appeal to me more. Anyway the time I spent researching these rifles over the last year plus before making my choices really paid off for me. It really has been a fun journey as well.
When I started looking at the Original Henry they only had the three versions availible. Now that they have 5 that tells me that even as expensive it is they have to be fairly popular.