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Old 12-06-2013, 12:22   #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, 14:01   #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, 15:02   #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, 15:12   #4
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My brother owns a Winchester 94 XTR it 22 mag. SWEET!!
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Old 12-06-2013, 16:15   #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.

posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.
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Old 12-06-2013, 17:48   #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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Old 12-06-2013, 18:53   #7
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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, 21:05   #8
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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 12-07-2013, 00:03   #9
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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 12-07-2013, 12:42   #10
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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, 19:03   #11
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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, 09:32   #12
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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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Old 12-08-2013, 09:58   #13
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Lever action rimfire's are a blast. I love my Winchester 9422, its a sweet shooter. I have shot Browning's, Henry's and Marlin's... I don't think you could go wrong with any of them.


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Old 12-08-2013, 10:19   #14
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Ruger 96 is the best. But it looks like a 10/22.

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Old 12-08-2013, 10:22   #15
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All 22 levers are wonderful.

I have owned several of them. Browning BL22 grade 2, Ithaca 's 49 and 49R, two Henry's, rifle and mares leg, Winchestes, Marlins. The 39a is stout. Center fire robust almost. The BL22 is almost feminine. It should come in pink. My favorite was my first, the 49. Wonderful rifle. Most recent are my Henry's. They are well made.

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Old 12-11-2013, 17:39   #16
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I be lovin' my Henry Frontier with the longer octagon barrel...SWEET!
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Old 12-11-2013, 17:42   #17
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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'.......
I gave my wife a Winchester last year for our anniversary. She said it was the best gift ever. She shoots that thing all the time. Says she can't miss with it.
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Old 12-17-2013, 22:39   #18
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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 12-17-2013, 22:46   #19
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Another vote for the Henry.
Mine has been solid and reliable from the get-go. A real hoot with shorts!


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Old 12-23-2013, 21:13   #20
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I remember shooting a lever .22, using "short" ammo and how it was almost silent.


Great "city" squirrel gun for sure.


All that said, I cannot complain about my 10/22 purchased back in 1979. Thousands of rounds at small game and the unlucky beer can have given me many smiles......heck, it still does.


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Old 12-24-2013, 19:02   #21
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I picked up a browning bl22 a while ago from a coworker and it has been a great gun, I would highly recommend one but they are pretty expensive new.

I am looking to change the sights out to some peep sights as the stock ones are a little small for my aging eyes.
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Old 12-31-2013, 19:50   #22
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Got surprised with a Browning BL-22 for Christmas. It is a FINE piece. Love it! Just feels good in my hands. Almost too pretty to shoot.... ALMOST. :D
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Old 01-12-2014, 20:41   #23
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I bought a Henry 22 from Walmart after thanksgiving with the 20% off sale, 250 OTD. Finally got out today to shoot it and gotta say I love it! Pretty accurate little rifle but I wasn't trying to get real serious with it. The action is damn smooth, and I ran federal bulk through it and Some CCI. No hiccups whatsoever, just a fun range toy!
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:19   #24
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I admit that I am biased towards the Marlin 39. I got my first 39A while I was in the Marines back in the early 90s and I picked up another used 39M about 10 years or so ago. VERY accurate, reliable are about as rugged as they come. Both of these rifles have seen untold thousands of rounds over the years in my hands alone in addition to what their former owners may have put through them as well and they are still going strong. To be fair though, about a year ago I did have the tang of the firing pin break on my 39M but getting a replacement wasn't an issue and it went right in as well.
Now again, both of these rifles are old pre-Remlin, pre-idiot button rifles with excellent fit, finish and attention to detail when they were built. I can't vouch for the current crop of Marlin rifles coming out these days.
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Old 01-14-2014, 10:45   #25
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Ok people. I've acquired a browning bl-22. It's a little rough,but just make up and rouge. Some blueing that can be touched up, but functionally sound. Came with a bsa 4 power scope and mounts. Needless to say, I'm ready for some lever action plinking.
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