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Looking for lever action rifle

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by mayhem23, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Bob Hafler

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    Wasn't planning on buying another 22 but was taking another look at the Henry, and man everytime I see and handle one it gets harder to walk out of the GS without it.
     
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  2. My Dad gave me a NIB Marlin 39A golden mountie straight stock in 1958 for my 8th B day. I just finished shooting it from my back patio. I installed a peep sight and replaced a extractor,,,,after thousands and thousands or rounds it is still just as accurate. Only inaccuracy are my old eyes thru a peep sight...in my good days I could shoot playing cards out of my GF's hand.
     


  3. AA_Khost

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    I have a pre-Remington Marlin 39a. The QC of Marlin is crap nowadays. Also own a Henry in .22 and .22 WMRF, great rifles!
    Enjoy your Browning. I'm sure it will serve you well.
     
  4. The best lever I have is the Ruger 96 in .22 mag :) Not traditional style but very well designed. Uses rotary detachable mag, which I prefer to the tube.

    The Winchester 94 is nice. I've had a .22 mag version with pistol grip (curved grip, not the protruding AR type), and a couple straight stock long rifles. I still have a straight stock 9422xtr, unscoped. The mag was nice, but I had it scoped and it wasn't quite a benchrest friendly longrange gun that the magnum round is capable of. I needed money and it wasn't worth me keeping at the time.

    The Ruger, however, has several good features. The stock is flatter on bottom to rest nice on a bench. It is lighter and shorter overall, thus more handy in the field. The stock doesn't have as much drop so keeps your eye in good alignment for a scope. I already mentioned the detachable mag. But finally, the accuracy, at least in mine is astounding.

    But the actions in all the Winchesters and my Ruger, and even my Ithaca lever action (which you are unlikely to find), have all been smooth and reliable. The Ruger is no longer made but there are probably still new ones out there.


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  5. mayhem23

    mayhem23 Far East Sailor

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    Its great to hear all your stories on the .22 rifles. I have a third which is a Savage Model 6A. Its well used and requires cleaning after about eighty rounds through it. It belonged to my Dad and I acquired it about two years ago from my oldest brother. Its missing the right extractor but is still a tack driver today. Started looking for replacement part at Numrich to get it back in full service. The stock is well nicked up and I prefer to shoot it over the Ruger 10/22 that my son has. My son doesn't like it because his is newer, but one day he will understand that that old gun is still a damn good shootin firearm.
     
  6. barebow60

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    I have the Henry's in .22 and .22mag for the money they are excellent rifles and very accurate.
     
  7. Homechicken

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    I'd take a Browning or Henry over the Marlin. I've shot all three, but only owned the Marlin 39A. The 39A I had was a POS. I could have done better throwing the bullets at the target. Very disappointed in the 39A. I know I'm just one case, but it was enough to sour me on the 39A. It has been a long time since I handled a Browning, but I remember I liked it. I shot a Henry not too long ago and it was quite fun, smooth and accurate. Also, the Marlin is the longest, heaviest and most expensive of the three. To me a .22 lever action should be short, fast handling and light.
     
  8. barebow60

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    You can't go wrong with a Henry, I just picked up another for $311.00 over the counter. Henry customer service center is also above par. Good luck with your decision.
     
  9. Golddog

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    Never shot a Henry. My Marlin was clunky and not extraordinarily accurate. Loved the handling characteristics of my 16 1/2" Winchester 9422 and wish I had kept it, although it occasionally had mis-feeds. I've had a Browning BL-22 for 40 years, and I love it; it's the only rifle I've ever kept for a long period of time - light, slick-handling; the short lever throw spoils you for other lever guns.
     
  10. hunter won

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    I have the Golden Boy .22 and it is a very accurate. The action is so smooth. I would buy the plain version H001 because the Golden Boy is too pretty to use for hunting.
     
  11. JBL13

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    I had a Golden Boy for about a decade. Fantastic gun. I sold it to a friend about a year ago because I wanted a .22 lever I could toss in my truck without thinking too much about buggering up such a nice-looking gun. I also wanted something a bit lighter and more compact. I replaced the GB with a Henry youth model.
     
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  12. Bob Hafler

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    Well The Henry finally got the best of me, and I bought it last Friday and shot it for the first time this morning. I paid $309 for it and after shooting it this morning my opinion is it was worth every penny.
     
  13. Congrats! Sounds like a good deal, post a pic of it :)

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  14. Bob Hafler

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    Thanks
    I would post a pic, but this site seems to be the only site where I can't do that directly from the pics on my computer to the forum. Anyhow it's the HOO1 Henry 22 with the 18-1/4 " barrel. It's a good looking very nice shooting rifle.
     
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  15. Unk

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    If I can NOT scope a rifle, at some future date, I do not buy it.

    Unless you have great genetics your vision will challenge you on open sights at some point in time..vision focal point corrected shooting glasses can help with pistols but scopes for me on rifles. Age 75.
     
  16. Sensai

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    I have a Henry Golden Boy. It is a beautiful gun. Fit and finish is perfection. The action is as smooth as silk. And best of all, it's made in America.
     
  17. Bob Hafler

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    You can put a Scope on a Henry. The reciever is already set up to except one.
     
  18. I also regret getting rid of my Winchester 94/22. If I had to buy a lever action .22 at today's prices I'd get another Henry H001. Should have kept that one too. tom.:embarassed:
     
  19. ShallNotBeInfringed

    ShallNotBeInfringed NRA Business Al

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    Just Walmarted a Henry. The walnut stock is very nice. I have owned a 39A as well as a BL22 grade 2. All are nice guns.

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