Henry has become well known for its line of lever-action rimfire rifles,the Big Boy .357 and .44 Magnums with a brass receiver and octagonal barrels. Now the company has rounded out their line-up by adding a rifle chambered for the popular .30-30 Winchester.
No wonder the Henry .30-30 is so accurate. With a barrel that thick it should be included in the bull barrel category.Henry Repeating Arms Company is making an effort to help fill the gap left by the retirement of the Winchester Model 94 in .30- 30. Their new levergun is destined to compete with the Mossberg 464 and give it some serious competition. Henry already makes their 006 lever-action for the .357 and .44 Magnum pistol cartridges, but a new rifle chambered for a full-power hunting cartridge like the .30-30 was needed to round out the line.
The new Henry .30-30 is available in two versions – a steel-frame model with a round barrel and a brass-frame model with an octagonal barrel. I was sent the steel receiver Model 009 for evaluation. The rifle impressed me as being a very well- made, nicely finished and altogther desirable lever-action rifle.
It bears a close resemblance to Henry’s “Big Boy” with its massive solid-topped, stepped receiver and western styling, chowever, the receiver has been lengthened to accommodate the longer .30-30 cartridge.