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    Lack of loading gate, The Henry advantage.

    Seriously, the 39a has no loading gate, we love em. So why do we think we need a loading gate on the center fire rifles? Tube loading allows us to easily unload the gun without having to cycle the whole magazine empty. We don't have a problem with rim fires so why the Hang up with center fire?
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    It just wouldn't be a Marlin without a gate, besides shucking them cartridges also smooths out the rough edges on the internals. Some say that Henrys' are the slickest ever, that's fine, don't own a Henry, might someday but I'm not going to hold my breath and turn into Papa Smurf anytime soon. Mr Fixit
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    Quote Originally Posted by electricmo View Post
    Seriously, the 39a has no loading gate, we love em. So why do we think we need a loading gate on the center fire rifles? Tube loading allows us to easily unload the gun without having to cycle the whole magazine empty. We don't have a problem with rim fires so why the Hang up with center fire?
    It's just a Paradigm of the way we "think" things need to be................

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    I think the tube loading would be great. I personally don't enjoy using a loading gate. Been thinking of switching out my 357 for a Henry and if Henry were to make a 41mag I would switch it out also.
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    For me it's the ease of reloading. I have a Henry .22 lever gun. It holds 16 rounds in the tube so I can shoot a lot before I need to reload. I also have an 1895 45-70 that wears a cartridge sleeve on the butt stock. If I use a couple rounds to put down an elk I can quickly slip a couple more in the tube and it's full again. That can be really handy in bear country. I've never heard of anyone being mauled by a gopher, bears are another story.
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    Just a thought... when the lever gun was introduced, I imagine it was as much (if not more) a fighting, self defense firearm than a hunting firearm... I imagine fast reloading was just as important as fast follow up shots... the loading gate provided for faster reloading than a tube magazine... the loading gate may be less necessary today than it was back then... but to me it is the way a lever gun should be loaded... and cycling the lever a couple times to empty the tube at the end of the day is just a natural part of the lever gun experience...
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    My Marlin 1894 32 H&R Mag doesn't have a loading gate....
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    I grew up shooting box magazine guns and find the tube awkward to deal with. I do have a Henry 22 and it is a good gun but still shoot my box mag the most.
    However, Henry is now listing a .41 mag in the steel version that is supposed to hit the suppliers after the first. If I can get one enough under the SRP of $999 I would buy one. Or, If I am patient it may decrease demand on the Marlin 41 and those prices may recede some.
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    I believe the ORIGINAL Henry, the grandpappa (load on Sunday, shoot all week!) of all lever guns, did not have a loading gate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkie View Post
    I grew up shooting box magazine guns and find the tube awkward to deal with. I do have a Henry 22 and it is a good gun but still shoot my box mag the most.
    However, Henry is now listing a .41 mag in the steel version that is supposed to hit the suppliers after the first. If I can get one enough under the SRP of $999 I would buy one. Or, If I am patient it may decrease demand on the Marlin 41 and those prices may recede some.
    Arkie where did you see the 41 listed.
    I have e-mailed Anthony a couple times this year asking about a 41.
    He responded sayin they were considering it, and that it was a possibility.
    But I've not seen it listed in the new catalog, or on their site.

    To the OP, the absents of the loading gate doesn't bother me.
    Have a BB in 44 mag. and would love to have a Steel version in the 41 mag.
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