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Can You Compare These Rifles?

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Sold a 10/22mag several years ago, a little too soon I see. But it was a problem rifle with poor accuracy to boot. I want to replace it with a new lever action 22 mag. Can anyone comment on the accuracy of the Henry versus the Ruger lever guns?
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Model 96

I have the 17" 1:14 twist GM barrel in 22MAG on it most of the time (ported), and I will commonly switch to HMR or HM2, or 17 Aguila, or rarely the 1:9 twist 22lr barrel. I have bedded it and spiffed the trigger pull a lot, but the bottom line is that no Henry is going to outshoot it in any of its top three accurate calibers unless the Henry has had some breathing done to it, and even then it will never be nearly as versatile, the Model 96 can switch to any of the common rimfires in just a few minutes.:)
 

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2nd extractor groove

You do NOT even need the second extractor groove on a Model 96 barrel because the second extractor doesn't do anything, I just took mine out completely and use an aftermarket 10/22 extractor on the right side only, just like in a 10/22 action. That means a 10/22 barrel of any sort, or a 77 barrel with a spacer will bolt straight on, no messing around is needed. On my 96 the head spacing was already a very tight .047, so it works well with either type of ammo, lr based or Magnum.:bthumb:
I've always wanted a Henry with the octagon barrel, so maybe one in 22MAG will find it's way this direction some day, then we can see what it can be made to do.:bthumb:
 
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