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You picked a good starting place for a rifle. A Henry H001L, "Lever Carbine", was my choice as a first rifle (when I was 36 years old). It is an excellent rifle, and it is still my favorite. The action is smooth, and the rifle is 100% reliable. I, too, shoot whatever is the cheapest. Usually Academy Sports & Outdoors has some kind of Federal .22LR ammo in the $7.00-to- $10.00 range/ 500 round brick. Super Colibris are great for plinking in my back yard. They contain no gunpowder, and are very quiet. :t

When you get your Henry, inspect it, then clean it. Get all of the factory grease out of it. Check it for machining "crumbs", and general dirt. After that, lightly lubricate, then shoot it. When you're done shooting it, clean it, lubricate it, etc.. It will give you many years of good service.

In case you aren't aware, the Henry H001-series rifle is based on a thirty-plus-year-old design. The barrel is steel, the lever is steel, the wood is walnut, the guts are steel, and the reciever is ALUMINUM ALOY. There is a serious lack of knowledge on the part of some "shooters". They may never have picked up a modern Henry, and then they continue to say it is a "potmetal" or "zinc" piece of junk. Aluminum appears nowhere in their vocabulary, when thinking of the Henry. I believe the propogation of this eronious information causes some new buyers to hesitate.

As I understand it, the H001 design goes back at least 33 years. Anthony Imperato, the president of Hnery R.A.C., told me his father designed the rifle. Originally, Erma Werke of Germany manufactured it under contract with Ithaca Gun Company. Ithaca sold it as the Model 72. Erma sold it as the EG712. 1970s vintage Erma EG712:

Later on, Iver-Johnson sold a version of the 72 that they called "The Wagonmaster". In my Internet searches, I have come across a minor reference to a company called EXCAM. It appears they were an American company that sold imported guns. They may have also sold an edition of the Erma-built rifle, but I can find little on EXCAM. Today, Henry R.A.C. sells that same rifle, with few, if any, changes. Mr. Imperato told me that overseas manufacturing costs became prohibitive, so, at some time, years ago, production was moved to the U.S.A.. If you can find any of these old rifles for sale, they usually are advertised for at least $100.00 more than a new Henry costs.

...in summary:

You made a good choice. Take care of it, and your new Henry will last for many years. :t

Good shooting! :AR15firin
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