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I’m looking at two different rifles the Henry and also the 10/22, looking at getting back into squirrel hunting. Really leaning towards the Henry because it’s something I’ve never tried and to be honest just looks cool, pretty sure you guys could help me make a choice both affordable rifles but I just don’t want or need two rim fires. Like which ones more accurate and your experience with both not really worried about shooting prone which is a con of the lever, also has anyone tried the Nikon rim fire scope not sure on the model but think that the scope I’m leaning towards thanks.
 

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I’m looking at two different rifles the Henry and also the 10/22, looking at getting back into squirrel hunting. Really leaning towards the Henry because it’s something I’ve never tried and to be honest just looks cool, pretty sure you guys could help me make a choice both affordable rifles but I just don’t want or need two rim fires. Like which ones more accurate and your experience with both not really worried about shooting prone which is a con of the lever, also has anyone tried the Nikon rim fire scope not sure on the model but think that the scope I’m leaning towards thanks.
I don't have any experince with the Henry in 22 lr, but there is very little in the way of after market support for the lever action. For the Ruger, the sky is the limit. You can change every part if that's what suits you
 

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I have a number of 10/22s, several of them have Nikon rimfire scopes on them. They make a good combination. They are plenty accurate for squirrel hunting. They are also way more versatile than a lever action IMO.
 

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I would not buy a average 10/22 . Theres a nothing special shooter to me . I have a henry 24" 22mag lever rifle I manage to buy locally new and for 477 dollars to go with a ria 22mag 1911 and a ruger 3" lcrx . Our two ruger's were bought used old and cheap some years ago and have little stock parts today . I would pick any number of bolt actions over a 10/22 or a lever action for both accuracy and for hunting . I dropped 6 ground hogs along our creek out to just beyond 100 yards with my savage bv 22lr and a 6x24x44 tmd scope . Looong discontinued . Lever actions cooler !! .

Remember nikons are no longer making scopes so choices can be limited . Now make up your own mind and buy what YOU really want
 

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Get the action that makes you feel better.

Squirrel accuracy is about the same, you'll find groups at 35 yards differ more from ammunition choice than choosing from those two generic rifles.

You're not using a sling, shooting jacket, spotter and spotting scope...

If investing in night vision, that's a different calculation.

If you are subsistence squirrel shooting, the semi-auto will give some tactical advantage. I've never seen any squirrel stick around after a single shot, but there must be some stupid squirrels left somewhere in the world.

Semi-autos are quicker on follow-ups. Lever actions are more romantic. You can't really go wrong.
 

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Really apples and oranges. Compare the 10-22 with the Marlin 60 (now both Ruger) and the basic Henry vs the Rossi Lever.
 

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I would not buy a average 10/22 . Theres a nothing special shooter to me . I have a henry 24" 22mag lever rifle I manage to buy locally new and for 477 dollars to go with a ria 22mag 1911 and a ruger 3" lcrx . Our two ruger's were bought used old and cheap some years ago and have little stock parts today . I would pick any number of bolt actions over a 10/22 or a lever action for both accuracy and for hunting . I dropped 6 ground hogs along our creek out to just beyond 100 yards with my savage bv 22lr and a 6x24x44 tmd scope . Looong discontinued . Lever actions cooler !! .

Remember nikons are no longer making scopes so choices can be limited . Now make up your own mind and buy what YOU really want
Love my Savage bolt action. Quite a tack driver for the money. Also pretty darn quiet with the right ammo. I also love my 10/22, but they are just very different animals.
 

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I would go to a gun store and handle both and see which one feels the best in your hands . I like the feel of my marlin 60 better than my 10-22 . I have handled Henry 22’s and I don’t like how they feel and I don’t like a scope on a lever action rifle .
 

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For the guys that might need a - quicker follow up shots - you might consider using a long barrel single shot and standard velocity solid 40gr ammo so you will learn to place that first shot well and try for head shots and only hear a soft putt sound from the barrel too .

bangman When I find my self at a gun range and happen to sit next to a guy with his hunting rifle shooting at some factory made generic target there is typical some fine print in a corner and I shoot a sub moa group in the fine print area and wait for the guy to retrieve his target and see that little group and grin at him . Yea I hunt with a 22lr rifle thats full capable of sub moa groups be it my wifes 16.25 inch 10/22 or my savage BV , Wifes lite weight 10/22 only has 3 stock parts too , a bolt firing , pin and receiver .
 

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Henry lever action is an icon IMHO. Everyone should own at least one.. I have 3 in different calibers. Plus they are 100% American!! Also , they are expensive, after you live with one you will understand why and wonder how you lived without. Now get out there and RACK that lever like a real cowboy. Be safe and enjoy the holidays.. no matter what the socialist , mask wearing leftist say.
 

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I say get both, I do own a Henry but not in .22 but its on the list. The Ruger 10/22 is hard to beat, its a good shooter I have a few of them. My pick is the Browning SA-22.
 

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My pick is the Browning SA-22.
I'm also fortunate enough to own a Browning SA-22 - and agree with you. I cannot deny that the 10-22 is certainly a high quality rifle. I just never "connected" with them and mods has never been a priority.
 

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I’m looking at two different rifles the Henry and also the 10/22, looking at getting back into squirrel hunting. Really leaning towards the Henry because it’s something I’ve never tried and to be honest just looks cool, pretty sure you guys could help me make a choice both affordable rifles but I just don’t want or need two rim fires. Like which ones more accurate and your experience with both not really worried about shooting prone which is a con of the lever, also has anyone tried the Nikon rim fire scope not sure on the model but think that the scope I’m leaning towards thanks.
I have a 10/22, and have shot a Henry lever action .22. Here are my thoughts:

1) 10/22 is a great semi-auto and functions just like you'd need a basic semi-auto rifle to function. Reliable, accurate, etc.

2) Lever action: It was fun to shoot and I'd love one. BUT, after one range session I was left thinking that it was almost a novelty. The lever action was cool but not something I'd want every time. Finally, the price is much higher for the lever action. If I was going to get a lever action, I'd rather have one in a larger caliber. The one benefit I see from the lever action Henry is I think it can use .22 LR, .22 Long, or .22 Short.
 

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I would not buy a average 10/22 . Theres a nothing special shooter to me . I have a henry 24" 22mag lever rifle I manage to buy locally new and for 477 dollars to go with a ria 22mag 1911 and a ruger 3" lcrx . Our two ruger's were bought used old and cheap some years ago and have little stock parts today . I would pick any number of bolt actions over a 10/22 or a lever action for both accuracy and for hunting . I dropped 6 ground hogs along our creek out to just beyond 100 yards with my savage bv 22lr and a 6x24x44 tmd scope . Looong discontinued . Lever actions cooler !! .

Remember nikons are no longer making scopes so choices can be limited . Now make up your own mind and buy what YOU really want
The Henry lever actions aren't anything special either. They don't shoot any better than a 10/22, and probably aren't more reliable. Secondly, they cost about $120 more than your basic 10/22.

Classic Lever Action .22 | Henry Repeating Arms (henryusa.com)
 

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I must agree that lever action is a novelty of sorts, although My collection would be incomplete without at least one(1). When my dad passed, he left me his 1971 Winchester model 250 lever.. shoots .22 short, long, and LR. Very accurate out to 75 yards. It is a lot of fun, but certainly a bit more work than a semi-auto. All depends what I am in the mood for. Henry rifles are works of art, built in america.. That counts for something with me. Practice, Practice, Then practice some more (if you have the ammo!)
 

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I must agree that lever action is a novelty of sorts, although My collection would be incomplete without at least one(1). When my dad passed, he left me his 1971 Winchester model 250 lever.. shoots .22 short, long, and LR. Very accurate out to 75 yards. It is a lot of fun, but certainly a bit more work than a semi-auto. All depends what I am in the mood for. Henry rifles are works of art, built in america.. That counts for something with me. Practice, Practice, Then practice some more (if you have the ammo!)
Yes, I'd like a good lever action at some point. But, it's not super high on the priority list compared to many firearms, for me.
 

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The Henry lever actions aren't anything special either. They don't shoot any better than a 10/22, and probably aren't more reliable. Secondly, they cost about $120 more than your basic 10/22.

Classic Lever Action .22 | Henry Repeating Arms (henryusa.com)

Funny Well heck I guess your as happy as a pig in his pig wallow then !! Now I don't have a scope in the henry full time yet but I do drag out an old burris 6-18 1/8" dot reticle I keep for seeing what a new rifle is capable of . Put some weaver 1" 22 rings on it and place a piece of cardboard with a couple 1/4" wide 2: long red crosses to aim at out at 100 yards in our back yard range after buying it . Not looking for adjusted zero just some group from my bench rest and I did manage to shoot a few 1.25" average for 4 groups at 100 yards groups . Could used a better aim point too . Not as good as our far from stock 10/22's or my savage bv but I've never seen a basic 120 dollar cheaper ruger 10/22 that shot very well at 100 yards with even 10 dollar a box ammo and a 24 power scope .

Now if you want a good shooter . Go buy most any bolt action even a ruger version and shoot circle around your basic 10/22 and do it for up to 120 dollar less money like with a marlin xt-22 . Opps I mean ruger / marlin xt-22 . HA
 
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