Best Scopes For Henry Big Boy .44 Magnum – Reviewed 2021

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Henry Rifles' Big Boy 44 Mag brings the classic handgun round to a lever gun. You shoot the same round in a rifle and a revolver.

The Henry Big Boy shoots the .44 Special and the 44 Magnum rounds. The .44 Special is a shorter case and pack less of a wallop than the longer-cased version.

Both rounds are considered short-range guns and bullets. Performance, of course, depends on the ammo and the barrel length. The same bullet fired from a Henry Big Boy or Marlin 1894 will seriously outperform the same bullet fired from a Ruger Blackhawk with a 6-inch barrel.

Gunner's Den charted the .44 mag shot from a 20-inch barrel rifle and a pistol. Scroll down to the .43 Caliber chart.

While the two charts do not track exactly, you can see the difference in performance with a little math. The rifle chart has the bullet sighted in at 100 yards. At 100 yards, the line of sight bullet drop is around 5 inches. In the handgun, the bullet drop is 8.9 inches.

National Interest makes it even simpler, "When fired from the 20-inch barrel of a lever-action rifle, a 240-grain .44 Magnum bullet can reach velocities of up to 1,760 feet per second, 27.54% faster than when the same bullet is shot from a 6-inch revolver."

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Products

BEST FOR CLARITY

Leupold VX-Freedom

Leupold VX-Freedom

  • Diameter: 33mm
  • Magnification: 2-7x
  • Length: 11.04 in
BEST FOR PERFORMANCE

Simmons 8 Point 3-9x50mm

Simmons-8-Point

Simmons 8 Point 3-9x50mm

  • Diameter: 50mm
  • Magnification: 3-9x
  • Length: 13.2 in
BEST FOR ALL WEATHER

Nikon P-Tactical BDC

Nikon P-Tactical BDC

  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Magnification: 3-9X
  • Length: 12.4 in
BEST FOR ACCURACY

Holosun HS510C 2

Holosun HS510C 2

Holosun HS510C 2

  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Magnification: 1x
  • Length: 4.75 in
BEST FOR LONG LIFE

Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5

Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5

  • Diameter: 20mm
  • Magnification: 1x
  • Length: 4.72 in
BEST FOR THERMAL IMAGE

AGM Global Vision Comanche-22 NL3

AGM Global Vision Comanche-22 NL3

  • Diameter: 45mm
  • Magnification: 1x
  • Length: 6.40 in
BEST FOR NIGHT TIME

ATN TICO LT 320 50 mm

ATN TICO LT 320 50 mm

  • Diameter: 50mm
  • Resolution: 1280x960 px
  • Length: 7.7 in

Brush Gun

The .44 Mag has a reputation as a brush gun. The idea that it won't deflect while shooting through leaves is not borne out by the research. This test even used a .45-75 Government and it showed deflection.

How much deflection is going vary based on what the bullet is trying to punch through and the distance to the target.

Picking A Scope

Bearing in mind the .44, even from a rifle, is a short distance gun, getting one with a high magnification level is not necessary. Some people do it anyway. I find as I get older, I appreciate higher magnification as it helps me to see the target better.

A large objective lens, also called a bell, is always good. It means better light gathering and gives you a better picture in low light conditions.

Because the barrels are short, the rifles do handle better in thick bushes than something with a long barrel. It swings fast. Having a scope that delivers a fast sight picture is a good idea and another reason for a large bell and at least a 1-inch tube.

Some may wonder about compatibility with a pistol scope, and the answer is that it can be done, but only with some work and a bit of compromise.

The Big Boy is designed to mount an optic on the receiver with a simple weaver base and a set of scope rings. This gives you 3-6 inches of eye relief. Riflescopes are also meant to focus at this distance.

A pistol scope is mounted at arm's length, at least 18 inches. The scope focuses properly at this distance.

To put a pistol scope on a Henry Big Boy, you have to find a way to mount it to the barrel or some extended cantilever arrangement. In other words, it can be done, but if you're looking for the best scope for 44 mag rifles like the Henry, your best bet is to stick to dedicated rifle scopes.

Finally, it's always important to keep durability in mind - full-power .44 magnum loads are no joke, and an inferior scope may not hold up to the recoil for long. It's worth spending a bit extra to get a quality scope that won't fail on you, especially if you plan on hunting with it. Keep in mind that this goes for the scope mount, too.

7 Best Scopes For Henry Big Boy 44 Magnum

1. Leupold VX-Freedom

best scope for henry big boy 44 magnum

Leupold scopes are built to last. This is the kind of scope you can hand down to your grandchildren with the rifle, and they've got a great warranty policy, too. The VX Freedom is a new line of scopes from the company and it is well suited for the .44 mag rifle.

The magnification range runs from 2-7, which is good for close to mid-range work. It has a duplex reticle.

It has a 33mm front bell, which is in the middle for front lenses on rifle scopes. Since Leupold also brings superior glass and excellent coatings to the table, this 33mm bell will outperform cheap scopes with a larger front, making it a solid pick if you're looking for something that can handle both hunting and target shooting.

Tech Spec

• 1 inch tube
• Second focal plane. American Hunter explains the difference between second and first focal planes.
• 1/4 MOA click value
• 75 MOA of elevation and windage adjustment
• Field of view in feet at 100 yards (FOV) 43.8-29.8
• Parallax fixed at 100 yards
• Waterproof, shockproof, and fog proof

Leupold VX-Freedom

Leupold VX-Freedom

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2. Simmons 8 Point 3-9x50mm

scope for henry 44 mag

The 8 Point, named for a classic trophy deer's 8 tines, is ideal as an entry-level scope. Simmons is known for producing inexpensive scopes that will do the job. They do not come with a lot of features. I have several and each one works fine.

The HydroShield coating on the lens keeps the water away if you are hunting in the rain.

The beginning magnification setting at 3 is the highest minimal setting you need on a .44 Mag rifle.

Tech Spec

• 1 inch tube
• Second focal plane
• 1/4 MOA click value
• 60 MOA of elevation and windage adjustment
• FOV 31.4-10.5
• Waterproof

Simmons-8-Point

Simmons 8 Point 3-9x50mm

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3. Nikon P-Tactical BDC

scope for henry big boy 44 magnum

In a lot of respects, the Nikon P Tactical is similar to the Leupold in. They both have a 1 inch tube, both are waterproof and have very high quality glass. Professional photographers rely on that glass quality for their cameras.

At a 3x9 magnification level, you get a slightly tighter view than with the Leupold. The two are also very similar in price.

It has a 40mm front bell.

Tech Spec

• 1 inch tube
• Second focal plane
• 1/4 MOA click value
• 65 MOA of elevation and windage adjustment
• Parallax fixed at 100 yards
• Waterproof

Nikon P-Tactical BDC

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Red Dots

Short-range carbines like the Henry Big Boy .44 Mag are ideal candidates for red dot or reflex sights. Quick target acquisition, easy zeroing, compact size and the ability to co-witness with iron sights in some models makes these scopes a top choice for many .44 carbine shooters.

No matter what the manufacturer says, replace the battery at the beginning of hunting season each year.

4. Holosun HS510C 2

best scope for.44 magnum rifle

This scope is a top choice among competition shooters these days. It features a 2 MOA red dot, about 2 inches at 100 yards, or a 65 MOA ring. Further, you get the choice of having that dot only, the ring only or both at the same time. One version comes with a green dot instead of red.

Holosun has the shake awake feature. Turn the scope on and after a few minutes it goes into standby mode. When the gun moves, the scope comes back on. This saves battery power.

Tech Spec

• CR2032 battery
• Quick detach mount
• Waterproof
• 1/2 MOA click value
• 50 MOA elevation and windage

Holosun HS510C

Holosun HS510C 2

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5. Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5

best scope for henry big boy

This Sig Sauer red dot scope is made by the same company that produces handguns. This scope comes on an elevated mount so you can co-witness under the scope if need be. This sidesteps the issue of having to work around the iron sights visible through the scopes.

It has a 2 MOA red dot.

This scope is also motion-activated when turned on.

Tech Spec

• CR2032 battery
• Waterproof
• 1 MOA click value
• 100 MOA elevation and windage

Sig Sauer SOR52001 Romeo5

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Night Vision

As wild hogs become more and more of a pest, more states are opening night hunting in hopes hunters can control the populations. The Henry Big Boy .44 Mag is a great gun for nighttime feral swine hunting. The bullet's reach is about the same as the distance you can effectively see with a mid-range night hunting scope. That big bullet also anchors a hog.

The Romeo 5 is compatible with add-on night vision devices. The Leupold, Simmons and Nikon will also support a different class of night vision devices.

6. AGM Global Vision Comanche-22 NL3

best scope for henry 44 mag

This attaches to the front of your rifle scope and provides the traditional green-screen night vision. A top feature is the ability to use AA or CR123A batteries to run it.

To get more range on cloudy or moonless nights, add the ATN IR850 Pro IR illuminator. The combination will give you the shooting distance you need to put some wild pork chops in the freezer.

AGM Global Vision Comanche-22 NL3

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7. ATN TICO LT 320 50 mm

scope for henry big boy

Thermal scopes are more expensive than traditional night vision, but also offer more range and work in complete darkness without an illuminator. The ATN Tico mounts to the front of a traditional rifle scope and turns it into a nighttime hunting beast.

It has an internal battery, chargeable with a USB-C cable. It is waterproof and weighs 1.2 pounds.

ATN TICO LT 320 50 mm

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