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CustomPC 10-05-2019 12:07 AM

How good are the Henry Frontiers?
 
I made the trip to the gun store this morning fully intending to buy a Browning BL22.

I'd never handled one before but had done some research and watched enough YouTube videos and read enough reviews and forum threads to figure they are a good rifle.

When i handled the rifle i loved the short throw of the lever and overall quality but was somewhat disappointed by the short length of pull and the rear sight being too close for my old eyes to see.

Then the salesman said "The Henry is a larger rifle and more suited to someone of your stature" (i'm 6'3").

I must admit I have overlooked Henry's until now and thus had not even considered one.
When I handled the Henry I was pleasantly surprised how good it came to the shoulder. The LOP was good for me and the sights were easy to see.
Then I racked the lever and wow, it was surprisingly slick and felt nice.

I was sufficiently enough impressed by the Henry that I didn't buy the BL22 and I left the shop to research the Henry before i make a final decision.

So here I am, wanting to know the good and the bad about the Henry Frontier models. How accurate are they? Any issues with quality, function or longevity?

The rifle will be used mainly for target work and I fully intend to fit either a Skinner or Williams peep sight as soon as possible.

Toomany22s 10-05-2019 01:57 AM

They are fine shooters. The big complaint is the receivers are cast pot metal and that the paint is subject to chips etc. the fancy ones , like golden boys hav sheaths that cover the receiver. No one complains about how they shoot.

I’m 6 ‘2 and I like little guns. So my Henry is a H001Y a youth model. It shoots as good as my Bl22 . But I like the bl 22 better because of the short throw. My bl22 is an early model with an oil finish and a decent trigger. The new ones are glossy stocks and a heavy trigger.

So if you think the Henry fits you better, go for it. You’ll love it!

Also the glossy stocks of the bl 22 are more susceptible to dings and scratches than the Henry stocks.

And Henry is a great company, with great customer support, and service.

TrblShtr 10-05-2019 07:10 AM

I have two Henry rifles, the first is a Frontier. I've shot it in numerous cowboy smallbore silhouette matches and it always shot better when I had less caffeine before the match, which is to say it wasn't the rifle holding me back. I've since bought a Frontier TLB with its 24" barrel and have seen a significant improvement in offhand accuracy, perhaps because of the longer sight radius but also because it seems the newer Henry's have a somewhat lighter trigger with a cleaner break.

Both rifles have been reliable with the only problem arising from some overly waxed CCI SV gumming up the works of the TLB on a day when the thermometer was struggling to reach 5 degrees. I have heard that sometimes a Henry has issues when it leaves the factory, but they have a lifetime, 100% satisfaction guarantee and a passion to live up to that promise.

Edit to add that I have other Browning firearms and they're some of my favorites in my collection.

CamP 10-05-2019 09:35 AM

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I've owned several Frontiers. I sold the 20" guns and bought a 24" Frontier when Henry started producing them. Originally, it was just going to be a spare gun for visitors at our silhouette range, but my wife preferred it over her mint 1958 Marlin 39A, so she competes with the Henry now. Great gun.

Pete44ru 10-05-2019 09:19 PM

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The octagon barrel alone is worth the price of admission...Ö :p

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Chucksolo1 10-06-2019 12:01 PM

I just bought one to supplement my H001 Classic and Golden Boy. Yeah, the octagon barrel is what I like about the rifle. It just looks so "western."

Cowpokey 10-06-2019 02:32 PM

How good are the Henry Frontiers?
 
I'm 6' 3" and prefer carbines, have two of them one being the Small Game Carbine and an Evil Roy...which even has a 1" shorter length of pull than the SGC.



They both shoot great!

MarkLH 10-08-2019 08:25 PM

Im circling my wagons on a Henry Rimfire..

On paper have narrowed it down to a classic carbine, small game carbine ( cause I think a receiver mounted peep is a plus ) or an Evil Roy cause I like the nickel finish & octagonal barrel.

Can always add a Skinner receiver Peep to the classic or ER.. albeit might require futzing w front sights.. but that’s ok ..

Any advice you can add would me appreciated as you Have two of the three I’m considering

tnx!
-Mark

Chucksolo1 10-09-2019 12:11 PM

I have both a Classic H001 and A Golden Boy. This Sunday I will Pick up my Octagon Frontier. My Classic is so accurate it really surprised me. I put a cheap Walmart scope on it and I can't miss with it. My GB is accurate with the iron sights. I won't ruin its looks by scoping it. Buy the Classic to try Henry's out. You will want another after that!

lastofthebreed 10-09-2019 03:41 PM

How good are the Henry Frontiers?
 
I have one of the Frontiers. I bought it for the looks, I think the octagon barrel makes it the best looking 22 out there.

What surprised me was how it shot. I have 2 Marlin 39A's and the Henry will out shoot both of them.

The action is as slick as STP and I have had zero issues with it feeding and firing. It is by far my favorite 22 LR for casual plinking and hunting.

Buy it, I predict you will like it.

Cowpokey 10-09-2019 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by MarkLH (Post 11632475)
Im circling my wagons on a Henry Rimfire..

On paper have narrowed it down to a classic carbine, small game carbine ( cause I think a receiver mounted peep is a plus ) or an Evil Roy cause I like the nickel finish & octagonal barrel.

Can always add a Skinner receiver Peep to the classic or ER.. albeit might require futzing w front sights.. but that’s ok ..

Any advice you can add would me appreciated as you Have two of the three I’m considering

tnx!
-Mark

My SGC was shooting 3 1/2" high at 25 yards with the rear peep sight bottomed out, ended up putting a .530" front sight on from Skinner ($18) and it's shooting bullseye @ 25 with the rear sight "one round up"*. I heard Henry will send a new sight or two free of charge if you contact them...I could have saved a little money.

On my ER, I put a barrel mount dovetail (in place of the factory buckhorn) rear peep sight on, and it zeroed at 25 no problem with the factory .450" front sight. I like the look of the ER better, but the longer sight radius of the SGC does give it an edge.

The ER does have pre-drilled holes under the rear buckhorn sight, I didn't know that until after I removed the rear buckhorn. Knowing what I know now; I would have spent more money and got the Skinner peep sight that mounts to the barrel with the pre-drilled and tapped holes, for that extra couple inches of sight radius. As for the receiver mounted peep sights that go on the 3/8" rail, I think that would require a taller front sight, as it puts the rear sight up higher than the factory SGC rear sight.

Hope that helps give you some more info on those two. Can't go wrong with either one, the buckhorn sights just don't work with my eyes, can't get the rear sight in focus with or without glasses...and having my head in a natural cheek weld on the stock.

*edit add: The Skinner peep sights are adjustable half a round up/down at a time, you just unscrew the rear aperture, and put it in the other side.

Cowpokey 10-09-2019 05:12 PM

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Here's the family, my daughter loves her Golden Boy.

Horsehead 10-09-2019 05:40 PM

I have the small game carbine and not only is it a ton of fun to shoot, but it is incredibly accurate with the receiver mounted peep sight!

I like it so much I got a .357 big boy carbine and put a Skinner peep sight on it as well so I could switch between the two with little to no appreciable variation except cost to shoot and marginal felt recoil. Hope to take a deer with the .357 this season!https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...b03a5da2e6.jpg

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Cowpokey 10-09-2019 05:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Horsehead (Post 11633375)
I have the small game carbine and not only is it a ton of fun to shoot, but it is incredibly accurate with the receiver mounted peep sight!

I like it so much I got a .357 big boy carbine and put a Skinner peep sight on it as well so I could switch between the two with little to no appreciable variation except cost to shoot and marginal felt recoil. Hope to take a deer with the .357 this season!

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You are another "enabler"...dang it, now I "need" a 357 Big Boy too...son of a :p

Horsehead 10-09-2019 07:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Cowpokey (Post 11633383)
You are another "enabler"...dang it, now I "need" a 357 Big Boy too...son of a :p

Dooooooo it. You won't regret it!

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tbates66 10-10-2019 03:31 PM

I don't own a Henry, but did buy a BL 22...big mistake. I hated it and sold it at a loss just so I didn't have to insult my other rifles with it's presence. Then went on to find a really fine Marlin 39A. A real gem; accurate and extremely solid. Good luck with your Henry.

Fotheringill 10-10-2019 03:50 PM

I had two Frontiers, now one. Minute of squirrel at 50 yards and that is about it. It is fun to shoot. Careful on the Skiinners if you are shooting various distances. The peep is a PITA to adjust and you may have to change posts for 100+ yards.

CamP 10-10-2019 07:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Fotheringill (Post 11634353)
I had two Frontiers, now one. Minute of squirrel at 50 yards and that is about it. It is fun to shoot. Careful on the Skiinners if you are shooting various distances. The peep is a PITA to adjust and you may have to change posts for 100+ yards.

Yep, the Williams FP-GR-TK peep sight is the better option when shooting at varying distances. It's a little bulky, but best when accuracy is important.

Chucksolo1 10-14-2019 02:08 PM

I just got my Octagon Frontier yesterday and am eager to shoot it. My H001 Classic is scoped and is a tack driver out to 50 yards. Should I scope my Frontier or not? Help me deicide.

Cowpokey 10-14-2019 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Chucksolo1 (Post 11638437)
I just got my Octagon Frontier yesterday and am eager to shoot it. My H001 Classic is scoped and is a tack driver out to 50 yards. Should I scope my Frontier or not? Help me deicide.

I thought about putting a scope on my Evil Roy, just to try it out...but I'm concerned the scope rings would mess up what I'm guessing is a clear coat over the shiny silver receiver cover. I did take the rear buckhorn sight off and put a Skinner barrel mount peep sight in its place...much better now, but I know it would be a real tack driver with a scope.

Washburn 11-10-2019 01:22 AM

Henry Frontier H001TMLB -- .22 WMR
 
Hereís my impression of the Henry Frontier H001TMLB (.22 WMR, 24Ē octagon bbl) -- the first new gun I ever bought. By the time I left the store with rifle in hand, it was dang near six bills with all the taxes and restrictive fees that Calif sticks gun-buyers with. Iím sure yaíll will have a better shopping experience wherever you are!

Was impressed, out of the box, with the look and heft of the Henry. Loved the octagon bbl, dark lustrous bluing and nicely finished furniture. But was not impressed with the way the lever did not retract up to the tang. It didnít close all the way (IMO). Probably a snarky nit on my part, but I contacted Henry customer service, which is second to none in making their customers happy. I explained my issue and they immediately sent me a new lever, free.

The cheat sheet they sent with the new lever was for installing the cowboy-style loop lever, which was good because it spoke to dealing with the innards of the .22 WMR version, which is different than the S/L/LR version. At the time the Henry website had no info on the WMR version. That was 2 years ago, so they may have updated their instructional videos.

The first time at the range, the ammo wouldnít feed out of the tube. The tube dia was slightly smaller than the ammo casing (think it was CCI) and the cartridges hung up. Took a car key and with a circular motion enlarged the tube opening slightly which solved the problem and itís been working great ever since. The rifle is a very fun shooter because itís accurate. Watching their company video, I see that they use Pratt & Whitney machine tooling to drill their barrels. (This impressed me because it was P&W machine tools that made the Lithgow, Australian versions of the .303 Lee-Enfield the most accurate of all Ė 100 years ago. I know, I have one and shoot it regularly).

Other commenters on this forum have remarked on the painted pot metal receivers. Iíve already got a few scratches on mine in the field. I would love to buy a blued steel version as an option if they offered it, but they do it this way to keep the cost down. Bottom line itís a very good shooter for the money, and fun. And thatís what itís all about with something like this. Something else to remember: Henry customer service is, in my experience, the absolute best. If you have any issues at all, theyíll cover you all the way down the line. Major compliments to Tony Imperato, president of Henry Arms. He gets it.

inspcalahan 11-24-2019 08:03 PM

I've got the 24" Frontier and absolutely love it! I've taken a good amount of small game and grouse with it over the last few years. I really like the octagon barrel, it's wicked accurate, feeds everything I've stuffed into it and best yet - I have a small silencer on it, thanks to the threaded barrel - makes taking game a pleasant experience. Kind of fun with a mix of modern (suppressor) and old school (octagon barrel).

PAndy 11-28-2019 09:41 PM

Handle one and make sure you like the way it fits. We have a couple 24" models and like them. One of them is pretty accurate, the other only shoots well with one kind of ammo but that works for us. I know quite a few frontier owners and the general satisfaction is very good.

spsix 12-08-2019 11:11 AM

I've had mine for about a year, I went with the 20''. It's has been very good, I have not had any issues with it at all. It seems to be very accurate, I can shoot any ammo with it and it cycles and shoot just fine. I like the extra weight of the Octagon bbl, it's nice for shooting off hand or on the bench. It ( my Frontier) usually goes with me to the range along with my other center fire rifles or pistols that I might be shooting. After probably 1000 rounds I took the cover off and gave it a good cleaning and lube, Works great.
I did buy the Henry fancy wood for it, boy, it's darn nice wood. It's a heck of a shooter and a looker. ;)

johNTO 12-13-2019 07:18 PM

My first Henry was a 20" Frontier....purchased many years ago. Loved the look of the octagonal bbl and the fit/heft of the rifle. Lever was smooth as butter and it shot very accurately with just the factory irons. (I'm one of "those" who believe a Lever should never be scoped). If I had to nit pick....I found the Frontier a little nose heavy and the fore-grip a little loose.

Like a fool I sold it and eventually replaced it with a bl22. Although the bl22 was a quality piece I hated the stiff trigger (thought the safety was on when I shot it the first time:confused:) and eventually hated the short throw lever. The high comb of the stock didn't fit as good as the Henry. The bl22 got sold without regret.

After a few years without a Lever I'm a happy owner of another Henry....Large Loop Carbine H001L. Love the balance of the 16.5"bbl, large loop for gloves and the hooded front sight is great for quick target acquisition even in low light. A keeper!
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