Finally, after kicking all those .17 H.yped-up M.oronic R.imfire guns to the curb, I finally invited a 22 magnum back into the house. I feel like such a traitor but a guarantee I'll redeem myself. I recently saw 3 individual sets of lynx tracks and over a dozen different sets of fox tracks out near my remote property and it's time to do some calling now that the weathah has warmed up a bit. I bought 5oo rounds of 40 grain FMJ, and 50 rounds of 50 grain hollowpoint (home defense). It feels nice to finally have the tried and true oldy back. since the inception (2002) of the 17 HMR, I jumped on that bandwagon..........never again. This Henry Lever Action Magnum seems to be a good gun and I'll do some accuracy testing this weekend. The only the major issue I have with the rifle is the plastic front sight/barrel band combo. I might have to make my own out of steel. The gun weighs 5.5 lbs, and I have a 2-7 power compact scope on the way which should put the gun right at 6 lbs scoped. The trigger pulls at a crisp 4 lbs, and it carries well with no protruding magazine coming out of the bottom.
Another MAJOR issue I found was that when I ran an oiled 30 caliber nylon bristle brush up into the brass tubular magazine sleeve (compressing the spring).......lot's of nasty stuff came out on the following patches. Having the inside of the tubular magazine brass sleeve cleaned and lightly oiled may be very important regarding spring tension and reliable feeding. In my past experience, the CCI total metal jacket 40 grainer will completely bludgeon it's way through a coyote out to 125 yds. Welcome back 22 mag.!