Replacement plinker for my old Winchester 62A


November 27, 2008, 02:37 PM
I have a Winchester 62A that I got on my 10th birthday a looooong time ago. I decided to keep it in the near mint condition and find another 22LR that is accurate and classy-looking. Dick's has a Henry lever for about $250, but I have seen great reviews of the Marlin 39A. My first gun was a Marlin that I got for selling Christmas cards (The old Boy's Life magazine had a company that advertised - sell cards, get great prizes). It was a nice gun, but Dad gave it away while I was away in the Navy. I'm wondering if the nostalgia of the Marlin is worth the extra money. Any ideas out there?

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November 28, 2008, 12:42 AM
Have you considered a Browning SA-22?

These are a really classic design (IMO) and are accurate, rugged, and easy to take down for cleaning. (Not just the barrel, but the action is easily removed.)

John Browning's last design, I've read. Used to be Belgian, but now Japanese manufacture. Quality is still top-notch.

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November 28, 2008, 12:54 AM
You could still find a Taurus M62 on a shelf somewhere but they were discontinued not to long ago. It's a copy of what you have now. Only complaints I've heard is maybe you'll need to drift the front sight. Mike

November 28, 2008, 08:40 AM
I'd get the Marlin 39A myself. You can probably afford it and in my opinion it is a much better made rifle than the Henry. Either way, you'll have fun shooting.

November 28, 2008, 11:42 AM
When did Taurus/Rossi discontinue the M-62? It's still featured on their website and they're pretty common in shops and shows around here.

I have two myself and they're favorites with my nephews and nieces for our plinking sessions.

They've been perfect performers in that arena and have proven to be both quite accurate and extremely durable over thousands of rds and many hours of fun.

November 28, 2008, 11:44 AM
If you want a semi-auto, you could get a Ruger 10/22, a Marlin model 60, or a Marlin 795.

November 28, 2008, 07:08 PM
I love the CZ-452.
It's one of only a few .22 LR rifles that you can shoot at 200 yards with the issue sights and possibly have a chance of hitting something.
Two hundred yards with your .22 against some balloons tied to target stands or stakes is a lot of plinking fun. ;)

November 29, 2008, 11:19 AM
thanks to all of you. Now I need to go check the sugesstions at the local Bass Pro or Dick's. I love the old 62A but I think I need to shoot it sparingly, you gave e a lot of great ideas.

November 29, 2008, 12:33 PM
Just shoot the darn thing and take good care of it, as you must have already done through the years.

One person simply cannot live long enough to wear out a Winchester 1890, 06, or 62A pump!

As long as you don't use it for a fence stretcher when climbing barb wire, it will still be going strong way after you aren't!

Then somebody will buy it at your estate sale for a hundred bucks and saw the barrel off and put a $20 laser sight on it!!


November 29, 2008, 12:40 PM
Get the Marlin 39. I have never met someone who regretted owning one. I grew up shooting a little 39 mountie and just recently got one to fill the void. Best money I ever spent.

November 30, 2008, 11:58 PM
I've got one of the Henry Lever actions, not the most high end rifle on the market but the dang thing shoots well. Receiver is painted, scratched it up so I stripped the paint off. Hasn't failed to fire one round on me and the straight stock is nice. I've taken more then one groundhog and squirrel at over 50 yards with it and the action is incredibly smooth

December 1, 2008, 12:08 AM
I bought a Henry rifle for my wife,she loves it,I like it a lot too,it's a nice rifle,and seems very accurate,I can't tell how accurate cause' it's got open sights on it,and she won't let me change em'
Better than my 597 Remington anyway.

December 2, 2008, 11:44 AM
I bought a Ruger 10/22 to replace the 62A, but I'll still shoot the Winchester on occation. I looked at a Henry Golden Boy also. Dick's has it on sale for $299. I told my wife that it would be a nice one to own also, so maybe Santa will show up with one.

December 2, 2008, 08:47 PM
I love my Henry H001. I feel like John Wayne when I shoot it........:D......Well......almost like John Wayne...........:D:D:D

Infidel Cowboy
December 2, 2008, 08:57 PM
+1 on the Henry. Mine's a Golden Boy with the 20" Octagon barrel. After the first 550 box of Federal bulk, it's harder to spread hot butter than working the action. IC

December 3, 2008, 01:50 AM
You can't go wrong with the yellowboy, my wife brought one home for me last christmas and i love it. I can cycle the action with my pinky its so smooth.

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