Strongest Repeater 22LR besides bolt actions??


Harve Curry
June 2, 2009, 08:20 PM
What's the opinions of THR members for the strongest action/lock of old or new 22LR repeaters?? Such as:
Marlin 1897/39A lever actions,
Winchester 9422,
Winchester pumps and copies made by Rossi/Tauras,
Remington pumps
The new Henry lever 22 LR.
Any others I failed to mention?

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June 2, 2009, 09:01 PM
You forgot semis, like a Ruger 10/22.

June 2, 2009, 09:03 PM
My Rossi 62a pump gun shoots circles around my 10/22 and is a lot more fun. The savage markII bv is my favorite but bolt action followed closley behind by the Rossi.

June 2, 2009, 09:05 PM
My vote goes to the Marlin 39A, which I have been priviledged to own over the last 57 years, absolutely problem free!!!

Harve Curry
June 2, 2009, 09:54 PM
Just wondering about strength and durability of levers and pump/slide action:) 22 repeaters , not bolt or semis. They always get talked about.:D

June 2, 2009, 10:06 PM
I picked up my Rossi used at a garage sale around 4 or 5 years ago. I am not sure as to when it was actucally made. A previous owner bored out the side of the stock and glued a 1967 silver dollar in it. I assume this is when it was made but have no real way to tell. I have put several bricks of shells through it without a single misfeed or hangup. I honestly don't remember a single misfire. It has shot shorts, longs and long rifles very accuratly. Nothing but pleased with my pump action.

June 2, 2009, 10:29 PM
Marlin 39A is nothing but steel and wood. Doesn't get much more durable, or strong (or fun). I've seen 1897s that have obviously been used a lot, but still work like a new 39.

Some of those old Remchester pumps have been going for generations, too.

June 2, 2009, 11:17 PM
Sorry Harve Curry. :)

June 2, 2009, 11:23 PM
I would agree with the 39A, my brothers is rock solid.

New User
June 2, 2009, 11:33 PM
My Rossi 62a is a well-used and well-loved firearm. I received the rifle new back in the early 90s and have put a high number of rounds and a variety of rounds through it. Back then, getting ready for the weekend meant having two bricks of whatever .22LR was on sale at Bi-Mart.

Last year I lost a pin that holds the tube magazine in place, but I ordered a new one from Numrich for less than the reasonable cost of shipping. With all of the ammo and abuse I have fed the gun over the years, I am surprised that it still shoots so well. The rifle has even survived two squib loads when shooting CCI CBs (which I now only shoot out of my revolvers).

The only limitations on the gun's accuracy is the lack of a scope, but Rossi 62a with a scope would look silly (in my opinion).

That said, I have found myself wanting another .22LR rifle. My 10/22 is starting to bore me. I think a nice scoped Marlin 39a will fill the bill.

June 3, 2009, 12:47 AM
I would have to say, a lever is the strongest. marlin made a mod 56, in 55, with a levermatic action. it was all steel, with a square top receiver. this action proved so strong, they made it in 22 mag, 30 carbine, and I think something called 356 winchester. and the cammed action, meant you could just flick the lever down, about 2 inches max, with your pinky and ring finger, and as fast as you could flick it, you would work that action no probs.

June 3, 2009, 12:49 AM
if you don't like that, try a Henry; made in America, the heart of new york city no less, quality parts, and that action is like butta... so smooove.

Harve Curry
June 3, 2009, 12:53 PM
The Marlin model 56 Levermatic sounded interesting, all steel reciever, so I found a picture of one:

June 3, 2009, 02:35 PM
My father has a Marlin model 38 (yes, 38) hammerless pump rifle in 22 s, l, lr and it was seen some considerable use since, I don't know when but the last patent date was 1926 IIRC. It is old is all I know, before Marlin was crowning barrels, at least on that model. It still shoots groups as tight as you can hold. If it had a scope I thihk it would give my brothers Anshutz 54.18 a run for the money. Just an estimation though. Still as tight as a new gun would be.

June 3, 2009, 02:39 PM
I'd go with the Winchester 1890/06/62A pump as the strongest.

It has been said John Browning designed the 1890 strong enough for center-fire calibers like the old .22 WCF, but Winchester never followed through with them.
Then he later went back and re-designed it with even bigger locking lugs that ran clear though the sides of the receiver. It would take a massive failure of some kind, and way more then a .22RF to blow one open or apart.
I have also seen in print from a trusted source that they would hold .22 Hornet pressure if a Hornet would fit through the action.

I know personally they don't wear out, as I'm shooting three of them that are between 50 - 110 years old and still going strong.

Following that, I'd say the Winchester 9422 & 9422M lever-action, as it was made in .22 Magnum. Solid steel action & lock-up tighter then a bank vault door.

Next, probably the Marlin 39A, if only because they have never been offered in hotter calibers.

I can't comment on the Rossi & Taurus 1890 copy as I have no idea what steels they used, and quality has run all over the map at various times.


June 3, 2009, 03:51 PM
Though never even chambered in .22 Magnum, my vote still goes to the Marlin 39 based on the robust appearance of the design and the quality of the material and workmanship. I admit that I have no empirical basis for said opinion.

June 3, 2009, 04:36 PM
Any others I failed to mention?Browning BPR

June 4, 2009, 12:28 AM
... that's it, that's the marlin, double tough to beat. great rifle, just fab.
notice the square back , on the receiver. Aluminums from marlin all have the rounded off back now. Only the steel ones, have the square back like that.

June 4, 2009, 01:58 AM
You do realize a .22 doesn't exactly NEED to be strong, right?
It's even impossible to shoot out the barrel.
Pretty much all of the ones mentioned are going to last generations. As long as it's reciever is steel or quality aluminum you shouldn't have anything to worry about except sear and hammer wear or rust.

Uncle Mike
June 4, 2009, 06:19 PM
Strongest Repeater 22LR besides bolt actions??

You did say... strongest... Maybe the Stevens 30 'Favorite" Take Down.
or one of the H&R/NEF break action handi rifles.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
June 4, 2009, 06:55 PM
Well, in centerfires, levers are *usually* stronger than pumps, but can't say about rimfires, because their actions concerning lockup are different. But if had to guess, it does seem that it'd be hard to beat the Marlin 39. Why do we want a "strong" .22, anyway?

If it weren't a repeater you need, I think they make 1885 Browning Hi-Wall replicas in rimfire calibers, IIRC.

June 4, 2009, 10:01 PM
Winnie 9422 or the Marlin 39A

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