Henry Big Boy Rifle
Henry Big Boy .357 Magnum
Model Number H006M
Caliber .357 Magnum/.38 Special
Capacity 10 rounds
Weight 8.6 lbs
We were having soo much fun with the Henry Big Boy during the caliber consolidation review, decided the gun deserved it’s own. This is not a handgun review, but one of a rifle that shares a common caliber. The Henry Big Boy rifle comes chambered in .44 Magnum, 45 Colt, and .357 Magnum. The .44 Magnum and .357 Magnum variants have the ability to fire their less powerful counterparts. 44 Special for the .44 Magnum and .38 Special in the .357 Magnum. This gives the shooter a nice range of ammo variations for the non-reloader.
In the caliber consolidation review we were carrying the Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum revolver. For trips up to the mountain property, it seemed too easy needing to pack only one type of ammo. The .357 Magnum is a very versatile round, even out of a handgun. Take the same ammo and put it through a 16-20” barrel and it really performs! Looking for a brush gun for hunting dense wooded areas? One of these might be perfect for you. The .357 Magnum is a proven hunting round, and it just gets better with rifle length barrels. Same goes for the .45 Colt and .44 Magnum. This one will be hitting the woods in the fall.
At the range, we really fell in love with this rifle. Every shooter who laid hands on it felt the same. It was hard to miss steel out to 100 yards. We knocked down everything from auto-poppers down to 6” plates on a rack. With the standard iron sights, we were hitting between 1 to 1.5 MOA groups outdoors at 100 yards. The receiver is tapped to accept a scope, which should tighten the groups even more. Shooting steel was where the velocity differences between the .357 Magnum and .38 Special really could be heard and seen. The .357 Magnum we used for the review runs 8.6 pounds. Recoil when shooting hot .357 Magnum was very light. Not .22lr light, but between that and a .223 AR15. Definitely youth friendly and a great way to step a kid up from a .22lr rifle to a caliber capable of taking game.
Highly recommend the Henry Rifles. We ran everything from light .38 Special to Heavy .357 Magnum, and hardcast reloads throughout the spectrum. The rifle ate everything with 100% reliability. If shinny brass is not your thing, they do make a blued steel version in 16.5” and 20” barrels. Best of all, every Henry is American made!