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Old 09-10-2015, 08:25 PM   #1
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Got a new pump and finally got to the range

I posted this on the Henry forum, but it cuts and pastes nicely here too.

I really like pumps and this one is a winner.

I was able to purchase a .22lr Henry Pump brand new at a good price, from my favorite LGS. I was stoked to get it, but funds didn't allow. A windfall happened and I picked it up in June, 2015. It sat in a corner as life passed by.

Today was the day. It saw day light, briefly. I went to my parents and the range is OOOh so close. About four miles in all. I stopped at the range and the police were there. I went to a range that no one was on, there are three. One pistol range that the police have booked mostly year round, and two rifle ranges. I went to the short rifle range as I wanted to shoot at 50 yds, off hand, to sight it in. About the time I got set up, the local police instructor approached me and asked how long I would be there, as they were intending to use the range in about an hour. I said fine, I was about a half hour and gone. Time was that the pistol range was all they needed. Now, they have pistols and shotguns that suffice on the pistol range, but they also pack rifles and want a 75 to 100 yd range too.

I was gone in the allotted time. Just enough to put 50 downrange. I got it sighted in and was gone, onto the next task at my parents place.

Here are a couple of photos.











I love my new pump. It cycles very smoothly and sharply. It has a great trigger and shouldered well. The octagonal barrel balanced just the way I like it.

All in all, I like it better than all the other .22 lr Henry's. I like pumps. Shotguns and rifles, I have several. This is the first .22lr and it's a keeper. I'm sure you will hear more about it as we are about to kick the pump section on the forum up a notch or two. :guns:
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Congratulations on your new Henry!
I'm glad you got to squeeze some shootin in.
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Old 09-11-2015, 02:48 AM   #3
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Congrats on the purchase dave! Lookin fwd to readin more about this one!
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Congrats! Reminds me of the gallary guns.
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Now I want one.
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Congratulations on your new Henry!
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Like the rifle, and your taste in coffee!
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Great report, Dave. Sounds like you had a good time.

Funny how the shooting world has changed, over the years, with pump action rifles going from very popular to darn near neglected, now. Up here, a lot of the oldsters still favor Remington and Savage pump rifles for deer hunting. I see a lot of Remington 760s, 7600s and even some of the older 141s at the range just prior to deer season as hunters are sighting them in.

As for rim fires, I think the problem was the cost. Bolt guns have always been cheaper than pumps and lever guns, but lever guns never declined in popularity as much as pump guns. Glad to see that Henry hasn't forgotten the pump gun.
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Great report, Dave. Sounds like you had a good time.

Funny how the shooting world has changed, over the years, with pump action rifles going from very popular to darn near neglected, now. Up here, a lot of the oldsters still favor Remington and Savage pump rifles for deer hunting. I see a lot of Remington 760s, 7600s and even some of the older 141s at the range just prior to deer season as hunters are sighting them in.

As for rim fires, I think the problem was the cost. Bolt guns have always been cheaper than pumps and lever guns, but lever guns never declined in popularity as much as pump guns. Glad to see that Henry hasn't forgotten the pump gun.
As a former south-paw I have always liked levers and pumps over bolts. But now that I'm shooting right-handed I still like them. I have an old hammerless Winchester 61 that I should shoot more often.

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That's a nice gun 303.


ncg, I like the pump rifles too. I have two Remingotn 7600 deluxe's set up almost identical, in .30/06. They are my deer hunting rifles. I have a Remington bolt action in .30/06, but use that as a loaner. I prefer the pumps.

I have a Remington pump .223 also.
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303, that Model 61 is a collector. Hang on to it. it's appreciating in value. Very smooth pump gun.

Dave, a pump 223 would be fun. Up here, mostly see pumps in traditional deer calibers.
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Dave, a pump 223 would be fun. Up here, mostly see pumps in traditional deer calibers.

It's a retired police gun. It was made by Remington as a rifle for officers trained on the 870 shotgun. It is a great gun in my opinion.
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Congrats on the new Henry. I haven't seen a pump in any local shops yet. Probably the reason that I don't have one yet.
I am looking forward to hearing more about it. And I noticed that you have a coffee sponsor like someone else we know.
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Very nice looking! Congratulations
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Congrats on the new Henry. I haven't seen a pump in any local shops yet. Probably the reason that I don't have one yet.
I am looking forward to hearing more about it. And I noticed that you have a coffee sponsor like someone else we know.
Dave has a better sponsor. Especially when you figure in the donuts.
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Dave has a better sponsor. Especially when you figure in the donuts.
The baristas at Mercury Coffee are young and pretty.
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Actually, if I have to buy coffee, I prefer McDonald's. It is my favorite away from home. It wasn't available on the way to the range that day.

I hope I'm not bursting anyone's bubble.
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The baristas at Mercury Coffee are young and pretty.

You can't argue with young and pretty.

Incidentally, how does it taste, or does it even matter?
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Actually, if I have to buy coffee, I prefer McDonald's. It is my favorite away from home. It wasn't available on the way to the range that day.

I hope I'm not bursting anyone's bubble.
It's just not hot enough, since all the frivolous lawsuits.
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