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Old 02-14-2013, 9:13 PM
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Default Henry lever - optic opinions

So I traded for a Henry H001 and Im trying to decide what to use to aim it with. Previous owner had installed a small scope on it which I intend to remove. Right now Im considering better irons, PA 1x4 "tactical" scope, PA micro dot, or PA 30mm red dot. My convoluted thinking:

Irons - need upgrading but will defintely be fun. Right now Im considering Hi-Viz barrel band front sight and Williams dovetail rear.

PA 1x4 - Should be quick to shoulder and shoot and allows some magnification if I ever do decide to hunt with it (pretty small chance but hey, dont bash my dreams....). Will need an adapter rail.

PA Micro - Should be faster to shoulder and fire than the 1x4. Will also need adapter rail.

PA 30mm - Needs adapter rail. Size, plus the adapter rail, is kinda overkill for such a small rifle and will place optic too high above the rifle (IMHO).

I also have a Marlin 60 in Boyd stock, DIP'd out, bipod, and 3-9 variable mil-dot scope. I can consistently put rounds into a 1x2 square @ 100yds. I recently bought a Marlin XT22 which will definitely need a new stock and I'll probably also be putting a bipod and scope on this one. My 15-22 has a PA micro right now.

What I may end up doing is putting a PA RDS (micro vs 30mm) on the 60, irons on the Henry, and using the bipod and scope off the 60 and putting it onto the XT. I plan on keeping the micro on the 15-22 since it mimicks my primary AR in this set-up.

Thoughts???

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Old 02-14-2013, 9:21 PM
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I've had the best luck with irons on my Henry.

I'll elaborate. I had BAD vertical stringing when I mounted a Simmons 3-9x as the barrel heated. Never had that problem with it when I shot it with irons. Might have just been my particular H001, you might have better results.

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Old 02-14-2013, 9:25 PM
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I'd want something really small on that to maintain the fine balance and therefor my first choices would be a Leopold VX- 2-7x28 rimfire or a FX-1 4x28 rimfire but they run about $220. My next choices would be a Weaver RV7 2.5-7x28 rimfire or a RV4 4x28 rimfire. I wouldn't put anything physically larger on it.

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I'd want something really small on that to maintain the fine balance and therefor my first choices would be a Leopold VX- 2-7x28 rimfire or a FX-1 4x28 rimfire but they run about $220. My next choices would be a Weaver RV7 2.5-7x28 rimfire or a RV4 4x28 rimfire. I wouldn't put anything physically larger on it.

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Anything larger and the combo begins to look awkward and ruins the balance of the rifle. Skinner sights makes a nice dovetail aperature sight that mount nicely. May have to change the front sight.
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Old 02-15-2013, 8:11 AM
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The only change I've made on my H001 was to put Firesights on it. Sure, I could be more precise with a scope, but it's just a plinker.
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I think you have convinced me to stick with irons, at least for the time being. Im gonna do the hi-viz front with barrel band and the williams dovetail rear peep sight. The Firesights look good but Im used to the AR peeps sights so I'll stick with that for now. Like Izzy mentioned - the light weight and balance, as well as asthetics, kinda scream out for irons.
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For a Henry I'd recommend the Skinner sights. Link

If you scroll down the page you'll find the rimfire sight.
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Personal preference for me is a simple and CHEAP 4x32 scope. I use mine almost exclusively for ground squirrels great combo for a light and accurate rifle
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Nikon P-22 Rimfire Rifle Scope 2-7x 32mm

I've shot through these and they are great. Clear, works well, and they are affordable.
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ARGH!!! I thought I had my mind set on irons and now the magified optic guys chime in... DOH!
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ARGH!!! I thought I had my mind set on irons and now the magified optic guys chime in... DOH!
. This place is good at that. Helping you spend your money is a close second too. Lol
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+1 for Skinner - his work is great, quite a few options, aim well and fits style fo gun way better than an optic.
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I put the HI viz front and rear sights on mine and was not happy with the rear sight. it was just not for me. I ended up putting a leopold mark ar 1.5 - 4 x 20. Now it is my favorite gun to shoot it goes to the range with me every time. the balance is great. It is very fast to get on target and very accurate.
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I put the HI viz front and rear sights on mine and was not happy with the rear sight. it was just not for me. I ended up putting a leopold mark ar 1.5 - 4 x 20. Now it is my favorite gun to shoot it goes to the range with me every time. the balance is great. It is very fast to get on target and very accurate.
If you are going to scope a Henry rifle that is an excellent scope choice. Doesn't overpower the look of the rifle. You done good!
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Finally got around to taking a couple of pics of the Henry with scope. Rings are a little too tall and I am looking for replacements but have not found any that I like better yet.





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I had the same issue. The cheek weld is not conducive to using a scope.
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the leather cheek pad helps but it is still about 1/4" - 3/8" high
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Finally got around to taking a couple of pics of the Henry with scope. Rings are a little too tall and I am looking for replacements but have not found any that I like better yet.



How do you like the hi-viz front? Im thinking that Im going to do the Hi-viz front and either Skinner or Williams rear sight.
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i like the front sight but not the rear
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I much prefer an old school brass bead front with a marbles flat top rear.
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I much prefer an old school brass bead front with a marbles flat top rear.
wouldnt mind the brass bead front but where to buy? Ive searched and the closest thing I can find is the skinner brass front blade.
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Use a small shotgun brass bead, and just drill and tap a hole for it in the stock front blade. A Google search will find many sources. Midway or Brownells has them for sure.
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A friend of mine has a henry rifle in 30-30, I don't have much trouble hitting clay targets at just over 100 yards with the iron sights that came on it
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the round barrel 30-30 have a nice ghost ring sight but unfortunately that is not what the h1 have.
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I have Skinner rear sight mounted in the barrel's dovetail and this KNS Sight 3/8ʺ Dovetail Hooded .425ʺ High Duplex Reticle Matte for the front of my Big Boy in 44mag, great combo!
Get ready for a bit of work to get them into the dovetails though, the Skinner will need filing and the KNS is undersized
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For my H001 I'm going to use the Nikon Rimfire 3x9x40. My eyes are too shot to hit 100 - 200 yard shots at tiny squirrels unless I scope it.

I do have the Skinner barrel mounted on my 30/30. It works well for my eyes out to about 100 yards. It's a bush rifle.
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