Shooting the Henry Repeating Arms .30-30 Lever Action Wildlife Edition


Arrows and MinnowsBack in mid-September, I had the opportunity to put a few rounds through a brand-new Henry Repeating Arms .30-30 Brass Wildlife Edition rifle, with a colleague, friend, fellow hunter, and our sales director here at Ogden: Bob Legault. Right out of the box, without adjusting the open sights, we were hitting pie-plate-sized targets at 100 yards — and tighter groups yet at 60 yards. And, up until November 17, 2016, you have a chance to win your very own brand-new Henry Repeating Arms .30-30 Brass Wildlife Edition rifle; GRIT is teaming with Henry Repeating Arms to put one .30-30 (MSRP $1,250) into the hands of one of our lucky readers.


A few different characteristics really stand out on this firearm. First, the thing is beautiful. Henry’s made-in-America craftsmanship really catches the eye, and the rifle would be a definite point of conversation and pride around the campfire in deer camp. I’m a huge fan of wooden stocks, and the American Walnut on this gun looks beautiful. Then you have the brass plate that is special for the Wildlife Edition, featuring the head of a whitetail buck on one side and a leaping buck on the other. When I first brought this gun home, I spent at least 10 minutes just looking at the different features and admiring the beauty before I messed around with the lever action and then put it into the safe.


Rifle closeup

Next up, you notice when you look down the barrel, the rear semi-buckhorn sight features a nifty little white diamond, which I liked for trying to seat the brass-bead front sight into the rear sight consistently, and I can also imagine that white diamond on the rear sight might come in handy at first light and twilight — I’ll let you know for sure when rifle season arrives in my part of Kansas. But we did like that it was an open-sights tool that seems to help you place the brass-bead front sight into the notch of the rear sight more or less the same every time. From there, it’s up to the marksman to not flinch and push or pull the shot.

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