For more than 150 years, Henry has been the preferred brand for hunting enthusiasts. And for more than 20 years Henry h001 has been one of their largest sellers. But one thing that can make them a cut above the rest is a scope.
Should you use one in your hunting rifle is a much talked about topic and it calls for a different article for itself. Since you are reading this, we assume that you are looking to buy the best scope for Henry h001.
1. Steiner T5Xi Tactical Rifle Scope
With a wide range of 5x to 25x zoom and an MOA SCR reticle, it grants clarity and precision, allowing the shooter to get an idea about each Mll of elevation through the turret so that you can adjust your shot accordingly.
Now if you hunt professionally and shoot at long-distance targets, this should be on top of your lever-action gun or rifle due to the accuracy it provides over such distance. Another small but noticeable feature is the consistent eye relief that it offers, where you can adjust your magnification range without having to reposition your eye.
The scopes are larger in width and length but lighter than they seem in weight. Its water, fog, and shockproof with a locking diopter for avoiding accidental rotation. Not only this, an easy to grip Illumination Knobs extend efficiency while adjusting the diopter and parallax settings.
It offers an extended illuminated area of windage 2/10-mil and handover lines of ½ mil. As for precision while shooting, a 1/10-mil ranging brackets takes care of it. T5Xi is known to provide better quality vision than other well-known brands such as razor HD and Nightforce as well.
2. Vortex Optics Strike Eagle Second Focal Plane Riflescopes
You can easily buy these in place of Steiner T5Xi as an alternative if you don’t wish to spend too much. The outer shell is made with one-piece aircraft-grade aluminum for making them water and fog proof.
Even at the max illumination, the red dot is fairly visible, making them a delight to have for those who require high lighting. Adjustable from one to six power for close to long target scenarios, respectively.
The lenses come multi-coated to ensure crisp, smooth, and optimal performance even under low lighting. 11 illumination setting adjusts to a wide range of quick light changes. These features make them a great companion for hunters to have from dawn till dusk.
It equips a 30mm rugged tube that can withstand harsh impacts and reactions even after firing at 42 pm and 53 pm. A third-in throw level promises quicker spotting than any other rifles. BDC-3 MOA reticle can withstand winds up to 5 MPH wind increments and accurately shoot targets between 20 to 600 yards. This makes them one of the sought out the scope for your Henry golden boy.
3. Vortex Optics Diamondback 3-9×40 Second Focal Plane Riflescopes
The riflescope is available in two models, Dead-Hold BDC and V-plex, offering a range of power and magnification to choose from. The main difference between the model is, BDC stands for Bullet Drop Compensator.
The BDC estimates the rollover drop that you might face when firing at a longer distance, and accordingly helps you adjust to hit the bullseye. But mind you, there are a few cons in this type, since these reticles can’t be illuminated, it can become difficult for you to spot the target in low lighting conditions. Hence, if you are going to hunt in a more traditional sense, we suggest you prefer the V-plex because it will end up giving you more clarity.
Every marksman has to calculate his/her rollover, whereby you aim over your game to hit it. Because as soon as the bullet is released, gravity works in pulling it down.
It is a common misconception that BDC reticles eliminate rollovers, but at the end of the day, that is what it is, a myth. What the Diamondback’s BDC reticle lenses help in is to easily adjust the rollover angles. These lenses are multi-coated for clarity, and to provide quick and easy reticle focusing.
Tracking and repeatability are taken care of by a precision glide erector system, and metal on metal turret offers an option to zero resets after sight-in. The one-piece tube has a hard-anodized finish ensuring its shockproof and durability.
At the rate at which they are available, we found the turrets to be really sturdy, and all zoom planes easy to adjust with an unbeatable glass quality. The Diamondback is by far the ablest scope for a lever-action rifle at this price range, even when we compare it to a brand like BSA.
4. BARSKA Varmint Mil-Dot Riflescope
BARSKA provides magnification even up to 40x with a 50mm objective lens. The light transmission in this scope is at the finest due to the large objective and fully multi-coated lens.
The scope is fog, water, and shockproof. The 1-inch tube comes with an adjustable objective for parallax corrections for catering to the distance you are shooting at. Equipped with extra-high windage and easy-gip, it also provides elevation corrections and 1/8 MOA finger clicks.
1/8 MOA turret, windage, and elevation adjustments with Mil-dot reticle for accurate range estimation and rollover points. A quality scope for your Henry h001 at this value range. Though it does come with a few defects, which we will cover in the negatives. Overall, we found it to be a trailblazer in this category.
You could use it during your competitions as well for a few seasons, after which, you might have to replace it. Known to hold zero position for at least a few years without making any significant adjustments.
5. Tasco Red Dot 1 x 30mm
This red-dot rifle has an 11 position rheostat for controlling the resistance and the light, with an illuminated 5 MOA red-dot. The parallax setting extends up to 50 yards with a 1 x 30mm riflescope for accuracy. A black matte finish gives it the finishing touch and makes it an eye-pleasing piece of equipment to have on top of your rifle.
Pretty accurate up to a 100 yard, and the lenses are multi-coated for extending a clear vision. This red-dot scope is known to be durable for a long time, in some cases even up to 5 years.
The red-dot sight itself is easy to adjust, and crystal clear, unlike other entry-level compasses for Henry 22. Only one of the downfalls being the rimfire scope, which does not offer a large zoom (only 1x field of vision) as compared to others, but works perfectly as a peep sight.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to choose the perfect magnification?
Like you would have already guessed, there is no perfect magnification that exists. A large part of this depends on the situation, location, and the kind of game you are hunting for with your lever gun.
For instance, if you are aiming at a small sport or an object that’s not moving, you can use high power and magnification. Something you find in scopes such as BARSKA Varmint Mil-Dot and Steiner T5Xi.
On the other hand, if it’s a big game you are after, you could use medium or low magnification/power, depending on whether your target is on the move or not. The fittest scope for this activity would be any of these two: Vortex Optics Diamondback or Vortex Strike Eagle.
Finally, if you are out hunting on a close-range or your quarry is constantly on the move, it is advisable to use low power and zoom on top of your gun. Something that Tasco Red Dot 1 x 30mm or Vortex Diamondback can provide you.
If we had to go with one from this list, it would be Vortex Diamondback hands down. Well, because of the hybrid convenience it provides to lever-action rifles. It is the perfect equipment for a short and long-range hunting location. And most importantly priced right at a level, which might not come across as too aggressive or light for your pockets.
Cost is one of the biggest factors we look at while buying anything. Keeping that in mind, we have tried to cover the most suitable scopes for the Henry Golden Boy gun through these reviews. The scopes mentioned above start from as low as $60 and go up to $2000+ so that you can choose as per your appetite for price.
We have also tried to explain which would be the most appropriate scope to choose depending on the conditions you are expecting to hunt in. But we do realize it’s just one factor among the multiple while selecting a range for your lever gun. Therefore, as you know, you can always reach out to us and we will help paint a more in-depth picture for you. Happy hunting and stay safe!