The Henry 44 Magnum is an excellent lever action carbine. The finish is beautiful with a walnut stock, and is very accurate at 100 yards. The sights are okay and, in my opinion, are better than the Winchester carbine sights. The lever action is very smooth, and the recoil is more than acceptable. I own several Henrys and I like all of them, but my favorite is the Henry Long Ranger chambered in 308. I am not a hunter, but i think the 44 magnum would be excellent at 50 to 100 yard shots. If you are buying a rifle to shoot at a range, and you do not reload your ammo, there are better choices because the 44 magnum ammo is expensive. I have been shooting 240 grain Magic Tech and American Eagle and the cost is around one dollar per round. PMC 180 grain cost $340.00 for 500 rounds (.68 per round). Shooting 240 grain ammo, there is a 2.2 inch rise at 100 yards and a 14 inch drop at 200 yards, and my guess is the 180 grain would be about a 20 inch drop at 200 yards. The cost of 500 rounds of 308 PMC $319.00(.64 per round) and the trajectory has a 2.7 inch rise at 100 yards and 1.7 rise at 200 yards. Another excellent choice is an AR15 or a Ruger Mini 14 in a 223-or 556 cartridge. PMC 223 cost $299.00 per 1,000 rounds. Very accurate at 100, 200 yards and beyond. My advice to anyone buying one rifle is, talk to your local gun dealer and go to a range and try out anything you are interested in buying. If that isn’t possible read reviews posted by people who own guns that you are interested in. I posted two videos from You Tube shooting the Henry Big Boy Carbine 44 Magnum.