So, in my quest to expand my stocks of “ban resistant” firearms, I’ve added a new piece to the stable. (click for full size)
It’s a Henry H010G in Straight Walled, Rimmed .45 caliber rifl... More
Lever Action rifles were basically the AR-15 of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They improved rate of fire dramatically over the break action, drop block and muzzle loading firearms that were common at the time.
They have advantages and disadvantages: They can typically only use round or flat nosed bullets because the pointy tips of one round against the primer of the next round in the tube magazine can cause chain fires of all the rounds in the magazine…which is bad. That means relatively low A measure of drag effects - Often abbrev... More bullets which means a more arcing trajectory and more loss of energy at range. Lever guns also aren’t as accurate as bolt action by nature just because the bolt doesn’t lock up as tightly, there’s a bit more slop in the action…but the difference is really marginal for my purposes…for a defense gun and hunting (in the areas I’ll be hunting) the max range I’ll ever need is 150 to 200 yards anyway. I can get plenty of accuracy out of a lever gun at those ranges.
Their capacity is relatively limited in the larger calibers. Pistol calibers can hold more ammo because the ammo is smaller and I thought about that, but I decided that I really wanted the extra oomph that comes from rifle calibers. Most bolt guns have a similar capacity as well so there was no real advantage there. There are a few bolt guns made that can accept removable magazines but they are expensive and the magazines are expensive. There is one manufacturer that makes lever guns that take a magazine…expensive and hard to find. So tube magazine it is.
Lever guns are faster to operate than bolt guns and as a lefty, bolt guns tend to be inconvenient for me to use unless I want to pay the premium price for a left-handed bolt. For a self defense situation, putting follow up shots on target quickly may be the difference.
So, I got it down to a lever gun, now what The bullet or Bore diameter of the gun -... More.
I decided to go with Straight Walled, Rimmed .45 caliber rifl... More over Bottle necked, Rimmed .30 caliber rifle ... More just because of power. There have probably been more deer taken in North American by Bottle necked, Rimmed .30 caliber rifle ... More than any other The bullet or Bore diameter of the gun -... More that exists, so no one can argue with it’s capability, but the energy that can be generated by a Straight Walled, Rimmed .45 caliber rifl... More with a heavy load is pretty awesome. I do lose a round of capacity by going with the larger cartridge (4 in the magazine rather than 5), but I feel that the extra power makes up the difference. If I put them on target, I shouldn’t need many to get the job done.
Plus, that big thumper is just fun to shoot. I took it to the range last weekend. After making sure the sights were on, with the stock “buckhorn” open sights I made a 4″ group in the black at 100 yards. This was with 350 grain soft nose hollow points at 1850 fps. I’m thinking about getting a 1-4x scope. I do like the “traditional” look and I enjoy shooting with open sights, but my eyes just ain’t what they used to be.
At any rate, that’s where I’m at. The only thing left that I think I might add is a pump 12Ga shotgun. I’ve got a really nice semi-auto that I love, but if they go whole hog and ban all semi-autos, it would be good to have a ban resistant alternative.