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lever rifles

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by BCGUNCOLL, Dec 6, 2013.



    Dec 13, 2011
    Western Virginia
    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'.......:cool:
  2. Golddog


    Nov 26, 2003
    Parkton, MD
    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.

  3. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I love the old Winchester 94-22 rifles. My father has one in 22mag.
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  4. colin1230


    Jul 2, 2012
    Kansas City
    My brother owns a Winchester 94 XTR it 22 mag. SWEET!!
  5. 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.
  6. glock1911revolver

    glock1911revolver Vice-Emperor

    Nov 2, 2012
    I have a Henry, and I love it. But a buddy has a Marlin 39A that is much better.
  7. Short Cut

    Short Cut PatrioticMember CLM

    Apr 28, 2002
    Above ground
    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.
  8. pmwglock19


    Oct 10, 2008
    +1on the henry h001 lever gun. Bought mine used, and works great. No issues with the rifle. I would buy another.
  9. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    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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  10. 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.
  11. skeeter7

    skeeter7 Brass Vulture

    Nov 13, 2010
    Rhode Island
    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?
  12. Faulkner

    Faulkner Patriot Millennium Member

    Aug 21, 1999
    Arkansas Ozarks
    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.

    Last edited: Feb 16, 2014
  13. KILLERtj

    KILLERtj F.I.B.

    Mar 27, 2009
    Middle of Nowhere
    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.

  14. Ruger 96 is the best. But it looks like a 10/22.

    I joined the NRA, have you yet?
  15. ShallNotBeInfringed

    ShallNotBeInfringed NRA Business Al

    Feb 2, 2013
    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.

    sent from my rotary wall phone
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2013
  16. warndt


    Jul 14, 2013
    I be lovin' my Henry Frontier with the longer octagon barrel...SWEET!:cool:
  17. Jack Ryan

    Jack Ryan

    Apr 6, 2013
    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.
  18. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon

    You can spend more (a LOT more) but you will not have more fun in the woods/desert than you would with the Henry.
  19. arkdweller22

    arkdweller22 Cuhootnified

    Dec 26, 2008
    Another vote for the Henry.
    Mine has been solid and reliable from the get-go. A real hoot with shorts!

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  20. 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.

    The wonderful .22