I’m a rookie but there certainly seems like there’s a lot of tradition when it comes to firearms. I can’t remember any actors loading from the front when it came to the movies or TV at least when it came to westerns anyway. Besides aren’t all the Winchester’s both Japanese and Replicas made this way. How about the Marlins and such?gqucool, If you examine your Marlin or Uberti, they are also tube fed …. it's just a matter of loading from the side or loading from the front with a Henry. I can tell you this from personal experience …. I have dropped several cartridges in the snow when trying to feed from the side in cold weather. Besides being harder to push the loading gate in, if you don't push the case in far enough to catch the rim, it will literally jump back out …. plus sideloads are notorious for scratching up cartridges. Loading from the front is much easier and is far superior when unloading. Just pull the tube and point the muzzle down. With a side loader, you end up jacking the lever several times …. not so safe and pretty slow. I guess I just don't understand why people are so reluctant to buy a "front loader"??? Maybe its just tradition but certainly not for any practical reasons.
I may have said it poorly but I got it. Your post really made a lot of sense and I just had to laugh. The tradition is a real strong pull however. I mean that’s why I got my Single Action pistols in the first place. That first Henry only comes to mind when thinking about my 22s not when thinking about Jimmy Stewart or the rifleman.Dddrees, If you give Henry's "front load" and most of the rest of the lever action manufacturers "side load" an honest an unbiased test, mechanically you will like the front load much better. If you are a history buff and want your lever action to be "Winchester '73 "authentic, then you need a side loader.
BTW, for you history buffs ….. The Henry Model M-1860 was the first successful mass production lever action rifle. If you look at it, you will notice something ….. there's no side loading gate because the magazine tube loads from the front. Winchester contracted with John Browning to modify Henry's design and make their first lever action rifle (Model 1866) with a side loading gate. So if you really want to be historically correct, Henry's front loading concept is 6 years older than Winchester's side loader …. not that it will sway opinions.
My only experience is with the Rossi 92. Mine is a .357 with a 20" octagon barrel. I use it for pistol caliber in NRA cowboy silhouette matches. It's a fun rifle, but is not in the same class as Ubertis, Winchesters, Henrys or Marlins. The wood is not walnut and fit and finish are pretty rough. I did a lot of polishing on the internals and it is now a slick, good shooting little carbine. I replaced the ejector spring, main spring and the plastic magazine follower. If you don't mind learning to disassemble/assemble an 1892 and a little elbow grease, they make a nice little gun. Don't expect one to be great right out of the box.There is a gunsmith in Port Arthur, TX named Steve Young AKA Nate Kiowa Jones that will sell you Rossi 92's that have had his action job done and the barrel recrowned. I had one for awhile and it was first rate and not very expensive; about $600 as I recall.Thinking a 16inch 44mag would be handy. The rossi IS hard to find! Like the idea of a 44 in the 1892 as I reload it.
The new marlins 1894 are around. Not crazy expensive. Maybe one of those. I have a local guy that can slick it up some.
Then a fancy 1873 in 45.
Be interested in anyone's Henry experience as well.
I think the value & quality of both Uberit/Cimarron , Miruko Winchester are both equal. I would get the Model that appeals to you the most and thats by looking at both. I had the Uberti 1873 Win. Short Rifle in .357 magnum this rifle had some very fine features lots of precision served me very well with both my reloads and factory loads, good luck to you!!!Started shopping for a 1873 lever gun in 45LC. I have a few ruger single actions in that and can reload it.
Looking for something a little fancy, pistol grip stock, 20-24 inch barrel, case colored. Will be shot but not a lot. Wall hanger.
A uberti (taylor or cimmeron), or a Jap made winchester? Don't know enough to get an older winchester. Spending around 1400. give or take.
Will a new winchester be worth more down the road, over a uberti winchester?
My Henry Steel in .45 Colt.Any first hand experience with the Henery's out there?
Considering a steel bigboy in .327 since it's about all I've found in that caliber.