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Old 12-06-2013, 13:22   #1
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lever rifles

ive been pondering heavily on gathering up a lever action 22 rifle. im really drawn to the mossberg more so than the henry or marlin. the mossberg seems heavier and well made. the henry seems too light and not as well made. i havent actually handled a marlin. im not sure you can even get new marlins anymore. any thoughts, comments, or opinions, will be greatly appreciated. keep on bangin'.......
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Old 12-06-2013, 15:01   #2
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I've owned lever .22's from Marlin, Winchester, and Browning, and I've shot a Henry. The slickest-handling, most accurate for me is the Browning BL-22, which I've owned since it first appeared around forty years ago. The Winchesters are quite nice, but the Browning has a much shorter lever throw.

All of 'em are a hell of a lot of fun.
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Old 12-06-2013, 16:02   #3
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I love the old Winchester 94-22 rifles. My father has one in 22mag.
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Old 12-06-2013, 16:12   #4
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My brother owns a Winchester 94 XTR it 22 mag. SWEET!!
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Old 12-06-2013, 17:15   #5
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My brother owns a Winchester 94 XTR it 22 mag. SWEET!!
Does that make you Bac's uncle?

I have an octagon barrel 39 from the 1950's. Fun old gun.

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Old 12-06-2013, 18:48   #6
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I have a Henry, and I love it. But a buddy has a Marlin 39A that is much better.
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My brother owns a Winchester 94 XTR it 22 mag. SWEET!!
I have the 94-22, but sure wish I could find one in 22Mag. If anyone wants to sell one let me know.
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Old 01-23-2015, 21:27   #8
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I have the 94-22, but sure wish I could find one in 22Mag. If anyone wants to sell one let me know.
I wish someone, even if Winchester has Miroku do it, would start making the 9422 again. As good as the 39A is, as good as the BL-22 is, I think it's possible the 9422 was the best .22 ever made.

Meanwhile, I still love my Henry, but hey- there's always room for another .22.
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Old 01-23-2015, 21:38   #9
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As good as the 39A is, as good as the BL-22 is, I think it's possible the 9422 was the best .22 ever made.
I don't know if the 9422 was the best 22 ever made, but I do think it was possibly one of the best Winchesters ever made.
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I love the old Winchester 94-22 rifles. My father has one in 22mag.
I have a couple that are 1/2 and 1/2. Bought a carbine for my daughter and rifles for my boys and I. Two of the rifles were the very last run they made. They have .22 Mag magazine tubes with the longer opening. Just hope no one ever jambs them up with mags.

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I have a couple that are 1/2 and 1/2. Bought a carbine for my daughter and rifles for my boys and I. Two of the rifles were the very last run they made. They have .22 Mag magazine tubes with the longer opening. Just hope no one ever jambs them up with mags.

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Wrap a turn of black electrical tape around the tube to shorten the opening for the LR. Can be removed easy enough down the road. May need to powder it tape where it might stick to the sliding part.


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Old 02-10-2015, 18:52   #12
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I love the old Winchester 94-22 rifles. My father has one in 22mag.
I have the 9422XTR. Fires .22long, LR and short.

Built in 1983 and has 100 rounds through it.
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Old 12-06-2013, 19:53   #13
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I bought my son a youth size Henry .22 about 6 years ago. It's been a terrific little rifle that I enjoy shooting too. The lever action is really smoooth and it's quite accurate with the stock buckhorn sights.
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Old 12-06-2013, 22:05   #14
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+1on the henry h001 lever gun. Bought mine used, and works great. No issues with the rifle. I would buy another.
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Old 12-17-2013, 23:39   #15
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+1on the henry h001 lever gun. Bought mine used, and works great. No issues with the rifle. I would buy another.

You can spend more (a LOT more) but you will not have more fun in the woods/desert than you would with the Henry.
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Old 12-07-2013, 01:03   #16
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The Marlin's not going to be cheap but the 39A is pretty much the oldest production (continous) rifle in the US for a reason. They run, and run, and run. Your great grandkids will be using it. It's not a kid's rifle, it's a man's rifle made in an inexpensive, highly useful caliber. Kids can shoot it, but it's adult sized.

Annie Oakley used a Model 39, or it's predecessor.

The Henry's aren't bad for the money.
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Old 02-12-2014, 00:59   #17
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The Marlin's not going to be cheap but the 39A is pretty much the oldest production (continous) rifle in the US for a reason. They run, and run, and run. Your great grandkids will be using it. It's not a kid's rifle, it's a man's rifle made in an inexpensive, highly useful caliber. Kids can shoot it, but it's adult sized.

Annie Oakley used a Model 39, or it's predecessor.

The Henry's aren't bad for the money.
You just saved me a bunch of typing as I totally concur. I have a Marlin 39A made in 1951 and a more modern one from around 1996. The 39A is the best 22 rf going, in my opinion.

The 1996 version is a much better finished gun than the 1951, believe it or not. Better polish and blue job and nice looking checkered walnut stock.
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Old 12-07-2013, 13:42   #18
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Thumbs down IMHO on the Mossberg. Henry H001- you can't go wrong. $300 most places. If you want to spend more, and want a longer, heavier 22, look for a good used Marlin 39A. The current new production Marlins, if you can find one, are made by Remington, and the quality is hit and miss.

If the Henry H001 is too light, try a Henry Frontier with the octagonal barrel. Henry rifles have walnut stocks. Mossbergs cost more, and have mystery wood stocks.
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Old 12-07-2013, 20:03   #19
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I have the Henry Golden Boy and it's a pretty sweet lever action rifle if you ask me. Looks good, shoots good. What more could ya want?
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:32   #20
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The Browning BL-22 is the best on the market today. It's not inexpensive, but it is a quality rifle. When I bought mine I was on the hunt for a Winchester 9422 or a Marlin 39A and the local gunstore owner pulled out the Browning and laid it side by side with the other two. I walked out with the Browning and have been very pleased with it.

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