First Look: Three New Hunting Rifles on Our Wish List
By Kristin Alberts
The banner headlines that always accompany SHOT Show in glamorous Las Vegas, NV have not even hit, yet we’re in the know about several sweet new firearms for 2020. For hunters stashing their Christmas money for the new year’s latest and greatest, here are three serious rifles for the new decade.
Henry Side Gate 45-70
Henry debuts its H024 Side Gate with a tubular, side loading gate. (Photo: Henry)
SHOP THE SIDE GATE
Henry’s introduction of the H024 Side Gate rifles marked the greatest innovation in lever-action rifles for ages. Not only does the company maintain its tubular loading gate but also engineered the design to include a much-anticipated side loading gate. Shooters can now load the magazine tube via either option, trumping other lever gun companies loaded solely through the receiver port.
It’s especially helpful–and safer–to unload via the tube without having to cycle live rounds one-by-one through the action. Likewise, topping off a few rounds can be done much more quickly through the side gate. The new design also puts Henry rifles into legit cowboy shooting competition where speed reloads are key.
While the three original calibers — .30-30 Win, .38-55 and .35 Rem — hit home for many nostalgic shooters, many folks clamored