The Long Ranger .308 Rifle
There’s never been a better time to be a Henry fan and a hunter. Over the past two decades, Henry’s offerings have swelled to over 150 different models including shotguns and high-power rifle calibers. Whether it’s quail, squirrel, or elk Henry now has a firearm that will take on just about any season you choose. Versatility is a huge aspect to consider when purchasing a new firearm for hunting, and the Henry Long Ranger in .308 is about as versatile as it gets.
Why .308 Winchester?
The .308 Winchester cartridge may not have the lengthy pedigree of something like .30-30, but its rather meteoric rise to widespread success since its introduction in 1952 certainly wasn’t a mistake or a fluke. It’s probably the most popular hunting cartridge in America right now, and that’s likely due to its sheer versatility. From wild hogs to whitetail deer and everything in between you could do much worse than .308. For beginners that don’t want to purchase specialized firearms for every different season, or for seasoned deer camp veterans, this fine cartridge fits the bill and then some.
Why the Long Ranger?
At first glance, the Long Ranger may seem like your typical, traditional lever action rifle with its forged steel lever and exposed hammer, but there’s a lot more going here once you take a look inside the receiver. One of the easiest ways to think about the Long Ranger’s operation is to think of it as a lever operated bolt action. A geared action drives a machined and chromed steel bolt with a 6-lug rotary head into a rear extension of the barrel for a strong and consistent lock-up from shot to shot to shot. This allows the Long Ranger to compete with the accuracy of a bolt action while providing much faster follow-up shots thanks to the detachable box magazine.
Because of the .308 cartridge’s spitzer bullet profile, our standard tubular magazine was out from the very beginning. The flush-mounted blackened steel release button drops a 4-round box magazine instead. The receiver itself is a super lightweight aerospace-grade alloy receiver that’s finished with a hard black anodizing process. This material reduces the overall weight of the rifle significantly compared to our brass and steel counterparts, so it weighs in at a respectable 7 pounds. The receiver sits behind a 20″ round and blued sporter barrel on top of a set of oil-finished American walnut stocks with laser-cut checkering, sling swivel studs, and a black rubber recoil pad.
This is a rifle where no corners were cut. They are all proudly made in Rice Lake, WI and carried by many of the employees into the deer woods every season.