Henry Big Boy All Weather Rifle in 357 Magnum, My New ATV Gun

By Major Van Harl
The Major adds the Henry Big Boy All Weather Rifle in 357 Magnum to his tool box.

Henry Big Boy All Weather 357 Mag Lever Action Rifle
Henry Big Boy All Weather 357 Mag Lever Action Rifle
Major Van Harl USAF Ret
Major Van Harl USAF Ret

Wisconsin –-(Ammoland.com)- It would appear that Joseph Jakubowski was not happy with his world and wanted it to change.

His problem is he tried to change things allegedly by stealing rifles, handguns and even a fully automatic rifle from a south central Wisconsin gun shop. He then compounded his problems by mailing a 160 page manifesto to the President of the United States. Oh, and he had to video himself mailing the package to Mr. Trump. The concept of a domestic terrorist comes to mind.

In Wisconsin the Jakubowski story was on all the local TV stations and because he involved the White House the national and international press had the story.

We have a farm in western hills of Wisconsin. A couple of weeks ago I was out there shooting the new Henry lever action 410 shotgun and the news coverage of Jakubowski was on the radio the entire time we were at the farm. I mentioned to the Colonel that is was a little creepy. Jakubowski could very easily head west and be hiding out in the hills around my farm.

As we drove home there were electronic billboards on the interstate with warning messages for the public to be aware of Jakubowski and that he was armed and on the loose, but nobody knew where.

On 14 Apr 2017 on the news I heard that Jakubowski was captured and no shots had been fired, but I did not know where they found him. So I went to my computer and discovered he was found sleeping under a blue tarp on a farm about 33 miles from my farm, both farms are in the same county.
Ten minutes after I read about Jakubowski being illegally armed and that close to my property, I got an e-mail that said my new Henry Big Boy All Weather 357 mag lever action rifle had just arrived at the Shooters Sports Center in Racine, Wisconsin (www.shootersonline.com). The little gray cells started to go into overdrive and I made the decision that the All Weather Henry was my new field rifle.

Henry Big Boy All Weather 357 Mag Lever Action Rifle

Henry Big Boy All Weather Rifle and stainless 357 mag revolver.
Henry Big Boy All Weather Rifle and stainless 357 mag revolver.

I carry a stainless 357 mag revolver when I am at my farm. I work hard and I want a handgun that does not rust because it is riding on my hip as I am sweating doing manual labor. So a rifle in 357 mag as a companion to the handgun makes perfect sense to me.

Henry's All Weather Big Boy has a hard chrome finish that is very resistant to moisture damage and resistant to the knocks and bangs of field use. Going on line I ordered a set of rifle racks to mount onto my ATV so I can now take my Henry with me as I travel the woods of my land. Other than during deer season I have never come upon a trespasser on my land, armed or otherwise – so far that is.

Now during deer season I have run into people armed and on my land and not happy that I want them to leave. Even the big city deer hunter who only has a rifle in his hands one week a year can become a little too emboldened when he is armed and you tell him “no.”

I have made up my mind that I will put the Henry All Weather 357 mag rifle on my ATV and along with my chainsaws, ax, shovel, hammer, and pick I will consider the rifle just another tool I need to take with me into the woods.

Mr. Imperato the president of Henry Repeating Arms does not believe in the use of plastic stocks on his lever action rifles. When you first see a Henry All Weather rifle you might think the stock is black plastic. It is in fact a walnut stock with an extremely durable and scratch resistant coating on the wood.

Think of the expensive, long lasting, wear resistant sealants that are used to protect the hard wood floors of high end homes.

There is no plan to leave the rifle mounted on my Honda and parked out in the rain and snow for days on end, but I do have plans to have the All Weather Henry strapped onto my four wheeler for long days of backwoods field management.

Running into Mr. Jakubowski or anyone else of a criminal like-minded attitude without a long gun at hand is something I need to prevent. Always remember, the primary use of a handgun is to fight your way back to your long gun. If you don't have the long gun with you in the first place you may be headed to a fair fight. There is no honor in losing a fair gun fight.

The Henry All Weather Big Boy holds ten, plus one rounds of 357 mag ammo. You can get eleven, plus one if you load the rifle with 38 Special. An extra fifty round box of 357 mag ammo takes up very little room on an ATV. So if you have both a handgun and a rifle chambered in 357 mag you can resupply both firearms with less stress in a crisis. That crisis being a Jakubowski want-to-be roaming your land with a load of stolen firearms, some as in Jakubowski's case fully automatic.

Henry Big Boy All Weather Rifle in 357 Magnum
Henry Big Boy All Weather Rifle in 357 Magnum
Henry Big Boy All Weather Rifle and 357 Magnum Ammo from Buffalo Bore
Henry Big Boy All Weather Rifle and 357 Magnum Ammo from Buffalo Bore

Mr. Tim Sundles' Buffalo Bore ammunition is the 357 mag ammo already chambered in the handgun I carry everyday on my farm. It will be a simple matter to take some of this rather warm and fast shooting ammo and load it into my Henry All Weather 357 mag lever action rifle. The Buffalo Bore 19D/20 357 mag ammo uses a 125 JHC bullet that travels at 1700 fps in a pistol. In a rifle it generates the energy of the 30-30 Winchester cartridge.

A “Henry Delay” is the concept of delaying evil from harming you or your family. In most cases the person carrying a Henry rifle in the woods is not in law enforcement. It is not suggested you need to stop evil, by taking the law into your own hands, that is what a cell phone is for after you delay evil.

Call the law, but expect the reality that you are standing in the woods miles from the nearest Sheriff's deputy, your holding a firearm that can change your entire life in a split second. If you cannot retrograde out of the area and stay safe from evil you may have to engage that evil. The problem is you have to be prepared to withstand potential violence when you are in the bush.

You must be armed and have given serious thought to the idea you might have to use your firearm or you could perhaps come out of the woods strapped on the back of the ATV. You know, the way they bring deer out after a successful hunt.

The All Weather Henry is a Big Boy steel rifle that Henry has been making for years. There is no question about the quality of the rifle. What you are getting with the All Weather Henry rifle is the ability to be a bit rougher with your firearm in the field, have that lever gun take the punishment and keep functioning as the expertly manufactured tool Henry made for you.

Henry Big Boy All Weather Rifle in Hard Chrome
Henry Big Boy All Weather Rifle in Hard Chrome

Man is a pretty weak creature without his tools. We do however have the ability to develop sophisticated ones. I would suggest the All Weather Henry Big Boy lever action rifle is sophisticated enough to keep you alive in a back woods crisis or your home in the city at 3:00 am. You just have to make the decision to own the tools that will keep you safe and afford you that edge that allows you to prevail in a crisis. Even more importantly you have to make the decision to take the tools with you when you go out into the world.

You will not get to pick the time and place you have to engage with your Henry to save your life, evil gets to pick that. Your requirement is to have the skill to successfully engage and the ability to make the split second decision to delay evil.

I believe a quality Henry rifle in your hands will make the difference in surviving the day.

Major Van Harl USAF Ret. / [email protected]

About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret., a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School.  A retired Colorado Ranger and currently is an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Cudahy PD in Milwaukee County, WI.  His efforts now are directed at church campus safely and security training.  He believes “evil hates organization.”  [email protected]

  • 16 thoughts on “Henry Big Boy All Weather Rifle in 357 Magnum, My New ATV Gun

    1. Think I’d opt for the Taylor Alaskan 357 magnum Takedown.

      A bit more $$$ but: it’s takedown…..5.9 lbs ( I believe Henry is at least 7 lbs )…..& has side load gate.

      To me, the extra $$$ is worth it.

    2. i have a decided disgust for “military” style firearms. so anybody posting how a “military ” style firearm is better … i suggest you join the military ! I like civilian sporting firearms. I also read my bible. It says that they pounded their plows into swords, then after the battle, pounded their swords into plow shears. I’ll take a civilian rifle over a military one any day.a civilian one requires care to keep it in good working order. i don’t know of any respectable firearm owner that won’t take care of their tools. So, my point is he refered to the henry as a tool. He also seems to know that if need be it can become a defensive tool as well as a varmit getting tool. I truly think that most of you can only think of a firearm as a human killer. That is simply not the case. also most engagements in civilian settings are over with only 4 to 6 rounds fired. the need for a 20 round clip, and good lord knows how many spare clips, is useless to a responsible firearm owner. i have never seen the amount of rabbits, snakes, skunks, or whatever in one place to justify that nonsense.i have carried firearms since the mid 60’s. I now carry a “doc holiday” 3 1/2 inch barrell in .22mag as my daily carry firearm. 6 shots, single action, and not easily or fast to reload. it has never been a problem yet. how many of you are just “computer warriors”, and never carried a firearm for civilian purposes? If i sound disgusted … you’re right.

      1. Your position mystifies me. The vast majority of modern firearms, including your “doc holiday” single action, are the modified descendants of military arms, some obsolete, some still in service here and there. For rural land owners, ranchers, hunters and others enjoying the outdoors on public and private lands, today’s reality includes not just wild animals and the occasional lone two legged predator, but the very real potential of running afoul of drug smugglers and human traffickers, often armed with actual, illegal and fully automatic military weapons. THIS HAS HAPPENED to me and other members of my family, so don’t even try to tell me I’m just some keyboard Rambo fantasist. I’m not a big fan of “black guns” either, but spending several tense moments backing our truck down a National Forest trail, away from the very nervous pot field guard we’d inadvertently surprised, who wasn’t quite pointing his AK at us, while trying to keep him covered with our two revolvers without appearing to, all the while knowing if he got trigger happy we’d be faced with five or six more of his similarly armed associates in short order, was a learning experience. It clearly illuminated the true purpose and value of the Second Amendment, as well as the comfort factor that having a few twenty round mags on one’s person provides.

        The Henry is a fine rifle. It just might not be the best choice for today’s rural landowners or outdoors people in some situations. This is the point most of the commenters here were discussing, nothing more. Ignoring reality will not change it. As for thinking of my firearms as nothing but human killers, far from it. The only personal weapon I can think of that deserves that viewpoint, because it is the only small arm for which there truly is no other purpose, is a sword. Even that has its proper place among private citizens in a free republic. Save your disgust for those who deserve it.

      2. Your statement strikes me as one saying ‘I love a good pocket knife, but am disgusted when I see someone with a Bowie’, the so-called military style weapons are guns, plain and simple, not unlike a Remington 7400 although considerably less powerful than a 30-06 version. FYI I do not own an AR-Ak type of rifle i dislike the things myself, however, i have no issue with those that do own the things.

      3. 22 magnum revolver as a carry weapon? Better practice hitting yourself in the head with it because that is what will happen when the suspect that you shot with same takes it away from you after the round(s) FAILED TO STOP THE LETHAL THREAT PRONTO.

        1. It’s all about shot placement, Clark. The round and the gun would not be my first choice, but I wouldn’t volunteer to be the target either. The .22 Magnum is ballistically similar to the 5.7 x 28mm. Fired from a rifle, it can punch through level IIA armor inside 50 yards or so. From a handgun, some .22 Mag loads are on par with the .380 auto.

      4. Your comment is one of the most ignorant, uneducated, ridiculous and condescending I’ve read in a long time. If you don’t like “military style firearms” then don’t use them but berating their utility is simply willful ignorance. All firearms are tools regardless of what they look like. You seem intent on labeling other gun owners to convince yourself of your own perceived superiority.

        It’s interesting that you base your decision that the rest of us should use only the firearms you approve on your comment that “most engagements in civilian settings are over with only 4 to 6 rounds fired”. Unfortunately for you your facts are as ridiculous as the rest of your argument. Back in the day when the only handguns available were six shot single action revolvers your 4-6 shot claims actually held water but those days effectively ended long ago. You must be pretty high up on your arrogance horse to label “most” of the people that read these articles as only “thinking of a firearm as a human killer”. To be fair the highest percentages of population in any given area are found in cities. In those cities they don’t have to deal with coyotes, foxes or raccoons killing their chickens and eating the eggs. They don’t have to deal with rabid skunks around the house. They don’t have to deal with bears trying to get in the house for a smorgasbord. The primary, and often only, use for their firearms are for defense of themselves and their families against other human beings. That doesn’t make them bad people nor does it mean they look at firearms not as tools but as “human killers”. It just means that the danger they face on any given day at any given time is going to come from human beings intent on doing bad things. Let’s not forget that a human being is far, far, far more dangerous than any wild animal simply because they are more intelligent.

        I spent several years in the military and several years as a police officer after that and can honestly say that your claims that a “20 round clip” is useless, as are the spare “clips”, to a responsible firearm owner is as ignorant as the rest of your diatribe. If this were 1873 and 99% of the people were armed with six shot Colt’s (loaded with 5 for safety of course) I’d probably agree except that if that were the case handgun and rifle magazines wouldn’t even exist so it would be a moot point. If you want to defend yourself with a 6 shooter and lever gun by all means have at it, a lot of people do, especially those who live well outside of big cities. However to chastise and berate those who choose a modern firearm with the capacity to keep them in an extended fight without running out of ammunition and potentially being killed soon afterwards is mind boggling.

        As I said, I spent several years in the military and several years as a police officer following soon afterwards and I can tell you from real life experience that depending on a six shot revolver or a single shot rifle (or even a lever gun in some cases) can put you at a huge disadvantage against opponents who carry handguns with 13 to 20 round magazines and rifles with 30 round magazines. Should something bad happen and you need to draw your handgun in self defense during your daily tasks it doesn’t take much intelligence to see that there is a huge disparity of capability when pitting a single action of any caliber let alone a 3.5″ .22WMR vs a S&W M&P 9mm with an 18 round magazine or a Glock 21 with a 13 round magazine of .45acp. Hopefully the bad guy in that case knows about your “it only takes 4-6 rounds” story and stops shooting at you after he fires 4 to 6 shots. There are some Cowboy Action folks out there who can make a 6 shot single action do amazing things and I wouldn’t question them carrying one for personal protection for a second but I’ll bet that most of them are also carrying a second handgun as well. As for you carrying your single action 6 shooter that’s “not easily or fast to reload but hasn’t been a problem yet” being the justification for your comments on folks carrying guns with a higher capacity than you I don’t have to be a mind reader to tell that the reason it hasn’t been a problem yet is because you’ve never had to actually use it. You’ve never been in a gunfight and you’ve never had to face down an opponent with higher capacity firearm so your argument has absolutely zero relevance. I’ve no qualms with folks carrying single action revolvers for personal defense, I do it on occasion when I’m out of the city and in the field. Carry what you prefer, I support that 100% regardless of what I may think of it’s overall ability to do the job well. Claiming that you are right and everyone else is wrong just because they don’t do just like you is silly.

        It’s pretty arrogant to assume that the folks who comment on here don’t carry, open or concealed, while you do. Maybe you’ve not been keeping up with the times and don’t know that personal carry has been a big thing for a long time and only continues to get more popular. Also, all the hate for folks owning and defending themselves and family with what you call “military style weapons” that you say have no place with responsible gun owners…just about every popular handgun and, especially, rifle today that is seen as a “civilian style” gun started out as a military weapon. When self contained cartridges were invented and soon thereafter integrated into the military the people didn’t protest them being available to the public because they were needed and huge improvement over even breech loaded paper cartridges. The same with lever guns, once again they definitely had a place among civilians trying to survive in a harsh world. However, once the military went from cartridge shooting breech loading rifles such as the Springfield “trapdoor” and switched to bolt action rifles (a lesson hard learned), when those bolt action rifles began becoming popular with civilian hunters there were actually people (much like yourself) who cried out that it was wrong! Hunting animals with a “military style” bolt action rifle was unnecessary and unsporting and hunters weren’t real hunters if they were using military style rifles instead of the single shot breech loaders common to the day! Sound familiar? Fast forward to the end of the second world war when most returning GI’s had gotten their first experience shooting semi automatic rifles like the M1 Garand and M1 Carbine. They naturally saw a use for these accurate and reliable semi auto rifles for defending their homes and for hunting. Once again they were attacked by small groups of folks, like yourself, who decried that hunting with a “military style” firearm was unsporting and unnecessary because true sportsmen hunted only with bolt action rifles! Ah, but those bolt action rifles were “military style” rifles just a few decades earlier. Interesting. Semi auto “military style” rifles (primarily internal box magazine because the external removable box mag hadn’t come into it’s own yet) soon became as common a hunting rifle as the bolt action. Then the M1A or M14 became the main battle rifle for the US replacing the M1 Garand due to upgrades such as the M1A’s external removable box magazine which did away with the M1 Garands 10 round clip (actually a true clip) which had to be pushed into the breech of the rifle to load. The M1A’s replaceable magazine was a huge improvement for the battlefield and returning GI’s saw it’s potential as an excellent hunting rifle as well. No surprise, the “traditionalists” again railed against the use of these rifles and others styled like them because it’s magazine held 20 rounds and it was unsporting and unnecessary when “real” hunters using semi-autos used those with internal magazines or bolt actions. With every advancement in military arms comes the advancement of civilian arms as well. It’s just a fact of life. As technology improves in every sector for our military it also improves in our lives and as long as military weapon improvements have trickled into the civilian market there have been people complaining about how unnecessary it is because whatever was being usurped as “the best” was “good enough”. If those folks arguments had any merit at all we’d all still be hunting and defending our families from bad guys armed with AK-47’s with our breech loading single shot Springfield trapdoors! Nothing against the trapdoor, I own one and I love it but when it comes to someone breaking into my house or attacking me or my family outside that house, I’m going to defend them with the best weapons I have available to me. I’ve got a beautiful single action Ruger Bisley Blackhawk .45 Colt that is capable of stopping a rampaging grizzly bear and it’s a fantastic revolver but in this modern world it is far from the best choice for defense against human beings in this world at this time. Instead I will perhaps choose my Beretta 92A1 9mm with it’s 20 round magazine or my Glock 21 .45acp with it’s 13 round magazine or my S&W M&P40 .40S&W with it’s 17 round magazine or even my STI Elektra with it’s 6 round magazine (plus a spare mag or two). Not because my 6 shot Ruger New Vaquero Bisley .45 Colt is a bad choice but because, fortunately, there are much better choices.

    3. It is sad that the author is encountering so called hunters who don’t have the common sense or moral character to obtain the land owner’s permission before setting foot on his property.

      I own a Henry Big Boy in .45 Colt. It’s an excellent rifle. The removable tube system makes it easier and safer to unload than other lever guns, but that same feature is the reason it isn’t my go to for bumps in the night. It’s just too slow and cumbersome for high stress reloads. While this would not be an issue during the average self defense encounter (usually three or four rounds expended), I remember the L.A. riots. In the author’s case, it can also be an issue because the typically long police response times in rural areas might necessitate a prolonged defense.

      I would suggest that for those like me, who live in virulently hoplophobic states, a Marlin or Winchester lever gun is a better choice for self defense, or even a Ruger Scout rifle (while the Mini 14/30, SOCOM 16 and M1A1 Scout are still available here, some jurisdictions might be more inclined to prosecute owners of these, self defense not withstanding). For everyone else, I’d say go with an AR or Mini 14/30.

    4. A 357 in a handgun & rifle is an excellent choice especially if you hand load. I have a Ruger 77 in 357 and it is so accurate and flexible. I have chronographed loads in both and the difference is very pronounced. I have fired the Liberty in the rifle & got just under 2700 FPS & in a 4″ about 2000. Most ammo is 3 to 400 FPS difference. With a good 180 or 200 gr big game is on the menu. I can shoot 30’s in & am thinking about rechambering to a 357 maxi which would be a single shot though the magazine can be loaded with 357’s I think that there is an article published on Ammoland regarding that Ruger

    5. A lot of people on farms and ranches use 4 wheelers
      For all kinds of chores including riding fence. A good
      All purpose rifle is the Ruger Ranch rifle come in .223 or .308 with 20 round magazines that do not extend to far making it easy to carry and handle. that I would think would be the better choice.
      As far as which hand gun its about which kinds of critters you have in your area. But a .357 side arm is not a bad choice it’s just and individual choice

    6. I would never own a rifle with a tubular magazine unless it could be loaded by a receiver side-loading port. It might work for a plinking .22 rifle, but not for a defensive firearm.

    7. Nice gun and a good choice for you but just 2 things. #1 Slow to load with the sliding tube magazine, and #2, the law in many states is that no long guns can be loaded in or on a motor vehicle. if you get into some kind of pickle, reference problem #1. It’s hard to beat an AR-15 that’s just as weatherproof, way quicker to load, and can cost less. Obviously, it’s your local law situation that will be a big factor of what will work best for you.

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