I have the 30-30 blued version and the 44 Mag Brass gun. Also have a few Marlins but I really like my Henry's. Good shooting, accurate and they operate smoothly. Also as an added bonus NO loading gate to get your finger pinched in, I much prefer the Henry tube feed.
I have looked at the Brass 30-30 several times. Thats the direction I would go if getting one. The fit and finish on the Henery brass guns are fantastic and that octogon barrel is a plus in my opinion. There is a reason you see these big heavy barrels on the Sharps, Browning and Uberti big bores. Heavy and stable. I WILL end up with a brass 30-30 one day.
I have the blued version and am pleased with it. Fit and finish are equal to pre-Remington Marlins. Henry uses prettier wood than Marlin does, and even prettier wood on the brass models.
The action and trigger were just as good out of the box as a 1978 Marlin I compared my Henry to.
If appearance is your biggest priority, along with the octagon barrel, then by all means get the brass version. If utility is more important- weight, size, accuracy, ease in mounting optics, I would really seriously consider the blued model. It comes standard with excellent XS Ghostring sights. It also is drilled and tapped for a scope mount. It has a cap on the forend instead of a barrel band. It also is much lighter, slimmer, and less expensive.
Oh how I wish Henery would put an end cap on the Brass one instead of a band. That would be so cool. The Brass is drilled and tapped as well for scopes now a days. Plus if they would just do a tappered 26" barrel. Ohhhhh my..... Id be broke. They are making long barrels for that new 44-40. Throw one on a 44 and a 30-30 in brass and I have 2 new guns in the cabnet!!!!
If I was looking for a 30 30 it would be a Henry. If Henry rifles came 356 win. I would be at the range with it in the morning.
PS or if their pistol cartridge rifles came in blue and walnut.
I’ve had my brass Henry 30-30 for 5 years and have killed a nice buck with it. It really likes Fiocchi 170 gr and will shoot 1.5-2 inches with it very regularly. This is with a leupold scope on it of course.