Henry Rifles’ reputation precedes them. Known for producing some of the highest quality and most attractive lever-action rifles on the market, Henry offers one of my now favorite .45-70 rifles in an All-Weather offering. This rifle was designed for the hunter, farmer, rancher and working man (or woman) in general, as it is designed to take the abuse that everyday life can throw at it. Whether it be long rides in the truck, rainy days out in the field or a trek in a salty horse scabbard, the hard chrome plating and specially formulated industrial wood finish will keep this rifle rust and scratch-free. Coming in with an MSRP of $1050.00 and street price of around $850.00, the All-Weather is one of the toughest guns for the money.
Focusing on the Details
Starting at the front and working our way back, the Henry .45-70 All-Weather has beautifully constructed and functional parts. The bead sight near the muzzle is crafted with anti-glare ridges and a brass bead to quickly draw the eye. It is held in place with a sturdy dovetail cut into the barrel. Just below it, the magazine tube’s end cap is outfitted with appropriately aggressive knurling which definitely helped me with its manipulation. With a quick twist, the magazine tube unlocks with a satisfying click thanks to the tight tolerances and a rubber O-ring to keep the fit snug. The brass tube itself, of course, slides in and out of the magazine tube easily due to its self-lubricating properties.
Moving back, Henry was kind enough to include a sling swivel stud on the forend and a mirroring one on the buttstock of the rifle. As those of you who use them know, this is a small, valuable detail if you are wanting to carry a rifle like this for any distance in the hand. Being one of the two wooden parts on the gun, the forend is a dyed hardwood with an industrial-grade finish that Henry designed. Unlike most wooden rifle furniture, this design has proven itself to be incredibly tough, resisting scratches, moisture, and dings. And of course, the forend fits snugly in place, leaving no gaps between it and the barrel or receiver.
The rear sight is adjustable for both elevation and windage with very little effort. It is held firmly in place with spring pressure against the barrel and its sturdy dovetail mount is locked with a set screw, ensuring that it doesn’t go anywhere. The rear sight has an attractive and functional semi-buckhorn with diamond insert.
On to the Receiver: this part of the gun seems fairly simple, but peering through the ejection port into the belly of the beast, you can see that there are a lot of moving parts perfectly synchronized within. Like the rest of the gun, the receiver itself is steel in construction with a hard chrome plate finish. On the top, it is drilled and tapped so that you can install an optic. This rifle accepts a Weaver 63B rail. Contributing to the All-Weather construction, all of the parts inside and bolts visible on the outside seem to be stainless steel.
Moving further back, the lever locks tightly into place with no wiggle or play, showing just how solid this rifle is built. The .45-70 model’s buttstock is crafted with a pistol grip wrist profile which is ergonomic in the hands. And the butt pad on the rifle is a ventilated rubber style. This pad has some give to it, but this will not make the hard-hitting .47-70 cartridge easy to shoot by any means. I can promise this after shooting the rifle 50+ times in one sitting while accuracy testing.
Because I wanted more precision than iron sights have to offer, I installed an optic rail on the rifle and slapped my favorite available optic on top. The Leupold MK5 5-25×56 is definitely not an appropriate match with the gun, but it is an exceptional optic and it worked extremely well for my purpose.
Please forgive me here because there was some flinching going on while shooting the Henry .45-70 All-Weather. By no means is this gun a light hitter. I trashed several groups because I knew I messed them up with shooter error, but the following below are ones that I feel confident in. The ammunition used in each is specified in the text box on the picture and all groups were shot at 100 yards.
In the end, the Winchester and Hornady ammunition seemed to be liked by this rifle a tad more than the Remington bullets, but this may vary rifle to rifle.
- Model number: H010AW
- caliber: .45-70 (All-Weather is also available in .30-30
- 4 round capacity
- 18.43″ barrel
- hard chrome-plated steel 1:20 twist barrel
- 37.5″ overall length
- 7.08 pounds
- fully adjustable semi-buckhorn w/ diamond insert rear sight
- brass bead front sight
- accepts weaver 63B scope rail
- stained hardwood stock
- black rubber ventilated recoil pad
- 14″ length of pull
- transfer bar safety
- swivel studs in forend and buttstock
- MSRP $1050.00
- Street price of around $850.00
I had a blast shooting the Henry .45-70 All-Weather because the stout recoil coupled with a fine firearm made it a thrilling and pleasing experience. I carried this rifle for miles and miles on horseback in a sweat-soaked salty leather saddle-scabbard while bear hunting in the spring this year and it was not harmed in the slightest. If you need a gun for a similar purpose that needs to be bulletproof to the elements and abuse, this is the one.
The gun is just short enough to be mobile and convenient in a pack and in the bush, but long enough to utilize the energy of full power .45-70 loads. At 7 pounds, carrying the All-Weather was a simple task. In the end, this is a rifle that I would trust my life to while hunting dangerous game and it would be among my first picks in a bad situation as well as an easy-going hunt.