Henry Mare’s Leg .22 S/L/LR

Henry sent me their Mare’s Leg for T&E review.  This model is chambered for .22 Long Rifle, .22 Long and .22 Short cartridges.  It is a pistol version of their ‘Lever Action Carbine’ featuring a docked stock and a truncated barrel and magazine tube.

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Specifications:

Manufacturer:  Henry Repeating Arms
Model:  Mare’s Leg .22
Caliber:  .22 S/L/LR
Capacity: 10-LR, 11-L, 15-S (+1)
Weight:  4lbs. 5.2 oz.
Length:  25 in.
Barrel:  12.875 in.
Trigger pull:  2 lbs. 6.9 oz.

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The Mare’s Leg features a large loop lever, perfect for large hands or while wearing gloves.
     

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The stock has a nicely checkered butt-pad.
What for? I don’t know, as this is not a shoulder fired long-arm.  Maybe for grip while firing supported from the thigh or probably just for protection from splitting the wood.
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Adjustable rear sight and hooded front sight.  Hooded cover is removable if an open sight picture is desired.
          

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 Hammer is deeply grooved for a secure grip.
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Hammer:  Fired position (down)  -  Half-cock position (safety)  -  Full-cock position
          

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 Trigger pull average of 2 lbs. 6.9 oz.
(Lyman digital gauge)

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A saddle ring is located on the left side of the receiver.

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Loading is accomplished by disengaging the stud and removal of the inner magazine tube.
     
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Disassembled for cleaning and familiarization.

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The smooth American Walnut stock and forearm and richly blued barrel make for a very attractive firearm.  Out of the box the action was exceptionally smooth but after applying some additional lube during re-assembly the action became butter slick.  For a little lever action .22 the trigger test really surprised me.  The fit and finish is faultless.  So far I’m pretty impressed with this stubby ‘thing’, but I need to get out to the range and see what its good for.

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Range report:

Temperature was 60° F.  Variable winds 8 -12 mph.  CCI and Federal ammunition was accumulated for the test.

Velocity results were first priority.
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Shooting Chrony F-1 Master set at 10 ft.

 Firing pin strikes appear sufficient

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Velocity results:

CCI  22 Short 29 gr. CPRN…..1108 fps.
CCI  22 Long 29 gr. CPRN……1135 fps.
Federal 22 LR 36 gr. CPHP…..1159 fps.

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50% sized B-27 Silhouette
Head group is 10 rounds of CCI 22 Short at 10 yards, standing.

All torso groups are 10 rounds at 10 yards, standing.
Thorax: CCI 22 long
X :  Federal 22 LR
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20 yds:

5 round groups were fired from a bench at 20 yards.

CCI .22 Short   –                     CCI .22 Long   –               Federal .22 Long Rifle
          
Note:  Targets’ Bullseye – 2″ dia.; outer – 8″ dia.
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There is a lot of fun plinking with a .22 rimfire and even more so with a lever action.  I’m actually very surprised with the quality of this firearm.  Another thing I’m pleased about is it ate all the different lengths of .22 ammo.  Some rimfire firearms chambered for .22 Long Rifle claim to work with .22 Short and seldom reliably do.  I didn’t experience a single malfunction of any type with either the .22 Short, Long or Long Rifle cartridges.

I don’t know where this lever gun fits in. It’s not a rifle nor a true handgun – somewhere in between.  It is kind of awkward to try and shoot; can’t really hold it like a handgun and the stock isn’t long enough to shoulder it like a rifle.  I found that if I rested the buttstock against my cheek like you would do with a full length stock it does provide an ample amount of stability for a close range shot.  The accuracy is more than adequate and will contribute that to the quality of the firearm and a sweet trigger.  With practice it should be capable of taking small game at close range.  The compact size and light weight makes it capable of being packed easily into camp for critter control and a total of 16 rounds of .22 Short makes for a lot of fun as well.