Winchester Model 9422


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ntex2000
January 5, 2012, 09:10 PM
I've been looking at buying a Winchester 9422 to use in my club's cowboy action silhouette matches. Rules let us use only slide action or lever action rimfire rifles (no magnums though), so it looks like the only lever action options I have are the 9422 or the Marlin 39A.

Is there anything else out there in a .22 rimfire lever action (new, used or vintage) other than the 9422 or 39A?

Anyone have a 9422 that would like to share any pro's and/or con's about it?

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highpower
January 5, 2012, 10:03 PM
How about a Henry?.

I have a 9422, very pretty rifle and fairly accurate. I have noticed the prices on ones in good shape have been going up lately.

http://highpower.smugmug.com/Other/Firearms/i-QjNzkrw/0/XL/IMG0867-XL.jpg

ntex2000
January 5, 2012, 11:11 PM
The length of pull on the one Henry I looked at was a little too short for me. I've not come across a 9422 in person yet, so I don't know how it would compare to the Henry. I've seen some 9422's online in the Cabela's gun library site for around a $1,000, but I've also seen some on gunbroker and a few gun store websites in the $500-$600 range, but they don't have the nice checkering that your's has.

Tommygunn
January 5, 2012, 11:27 PM
Highpower, I have a 9422 almost exactly like yours. I notice the rear half of the bolt on yours seems to be in the white, unless it's a trick of the light reflecting off it.
Is it a light trick or unblued?
Curious, as the rear half of the bolt in mine is blued.....

forindooruseonly
January 6, 2012, 12:12 AM
You might check out the Browning BL-22. They are nice, and have a very short throw. You can get pretty quick with them. I have both a Winchester (magnum version) and the Browning, I like them both. The Winchester has a longer length of pull and looks a little better IMO but both are accurate and fun to shoot. I'd go handle a couple first. Like highpower I've noticed prices going up too.

az_imuth
January 6, 2012, 06:39 AM
Having lots of experience with the Henry's, Marlins and Winchesters, I think the 9422 is an excellent choice. It's smooth, durable, accurate, and just an all-around great rifle. You should be able to pick up a really nice one for around $500. I saw what looked like an unfired brown laminate model sell for $495 just a couple of weeks ago.

To be honest, I think you'd be happy with any of the three lever guns I mentioned. They've all got their pros and cons so you'll just need to decide which one fits your body and your budget best.

http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr348/az_imuth/Old%20Album/9422-72s.jpg

highpower
January 6, 2012, 09:06 AM
I have a 9422 almost exactly like yours. I notice the rear half of the bolt on yours seems to be in the white, unless it's a trick of the light reflecting off it.
Is it a light trick or unblued?
Curious, as the rear half of the bolt in mine is blued.....

Nope, it's not a trick of the lighting, the rear of the bolt is in the white.

velocette
January 6, 2012, 10:02 AM
I have a Winchester 9422 XTR, it was the first rifle I ever bought. It was the beginning of an addiction that continues today, almost 40 years later. My safe is now full of .22s, .222s, .223s, .30s, 7.62s, 7.91s and a few other assorted rifles, not to mention the handguns.
That 9422 shoots today as well as it did 40 years ago, it took me a while to find the ammo that it liked best (CCI Mini Mag.) and the action just gets smoother and smmoooother the more I shoot it.
Expensive they are. Worth the price? You betcha.

Roger

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/RogerS_photo/firearms41410035.jpg

baylorattorney
January 6, 2012, 10:56 AM
New Winchester 9422's are designed to fire .22 long and .22 long rifle, meaning they are not designed to fire .22 short. Something you might want to consider.


Mark, esquire

rcmodel
January 6, 2012, 11:40 AM
My first year production serial F-42xx says S, L, LR right on the barrel.
And it works just fine with all three.

Why they changed that I have no idea.

But if you are going to buy a 9422, find an early one made before the last few years of production.

They stopped making 9422's because the tooling was completely worn out after 33 years.
There toward the end, they were not the same quality guns of old.

rc

joed
January 6, 2012, 11:54 AM
New Winchester 9422's are designed to fire .22 long and .22 long rifle, meaning they are not designed to fire .22 short. Something you might want to consider.


Mark, esquire
Then I got a good one, mine fires any .22 rimfire cartridge. I don't like buying a rimfire gun that will not shoot the shorts. Had mine for a few years and honestly don't remember where I got it.

ntex2000
February 8, 2012, 04:43 PM
My first year production serial F-42xx says S, L, LR right on the barrel.
And it works just fine with all three.

Why they changed that I have no idea.

But if you are going to buy a 9422, find an early one made before the last few years of production.

They stopped making 9422's because the tooling was completely worn out after 33 years.
There toward the end, they were not the same quality guns of old.

rc
Wasn't aware of this, and so appreciate the tip. So when was the last year of production on the 9422's? Or better yet, what model year's should I avoid???

stan rose
February 8, 2012, 05:27 PM
I love my 9422, first gun I ever saved the money for to purchase my self, father still had to do all the paper work though seeing how I was only 11. Works well with all the different ammo I have shot through it, accurate, comforatable, and reliable.

rcmodel
February 8, 2012, 05:35 PM
Or better yet, what model year's should I avoid???
They were made 1972 through 2005.

USRA got in the act in 1981.
Were it me, I would look for something pre-1980 with Winchester on it, with a plain walnut stock.

USRA started adding checkered stocks, laminated wood, etc, in an effort to put lipstick on a pig as the tooling got worse & worse.

rc

joed
February 8, 2012, 10:36 PM
I've had a 9422 for about 6 years now. It's a nice rifle, accurate and shoots any short, long or long rifle cartridge. Don't know what year it is but I'm happy with it. Sitting along side my 94 they're hard to tell apart.

az_imuth
February 9, 2012, 06:27 AM
I believe it was pretty late in production when Winchester started omitting the short cartridges from their caliber designation. Toward the end they seemed to be using whatever parts they had left to build rifles. You can see proof of this in that some of the later .22's were built on magnum receivers, and I've also seen several wearing magnum magazine tubes. The ejection port on the magnums are easy to spot because they are just a tad longer and leave a noticeable gap at the rear of the bolt. The mag tube for the magnum has a longer slot to accommodate the longer cartridge, which is also easy to identify once you're familiar with the difference. As much as I love the 9422, I would be hesitant to purchase one from the last couple of years without a good hands-on inspection.

One quick way to ID an early rifle is to look at the loading port. Unless replaced, the inner mag tube on the early rifles were steel (in the white), while the later models were brass.

guyfromohio
February 9, 2012, 07:09 AM
:banghead:When I think of why I traded my 9422, I get a little teary in the eyes. That's my kick-myself gun. Traded it for a scoped Remington BDL in .243 with scope and bipod that I NEVER shot. Ever. Never.

jsimmons
February 9, 2012, 07:37 AM
When I shot Cowboy Lever-action Silhouette, I used my Henry H001T with a marbles tang sight and a Lyman 17A globe front sight. In the time that I competed, nobody brought a 9422 to a match.

If you decide to buy a Marlin, avoid the newly manufactured rifles. Ever since Remmington bought Marlin, the Q/A has taken a BIG hit. Of course, you're going to pay a lot more for a "good" Marlin than you will for a new Henry (best price I've found lately on the H001T is $318), but if you absolutely have to have a Marlin, well...

Let me say though that you should give the Henry a try. If you're in/near San Antonio, I'd even let you try my Henry to see how you like it. The action is so buttery smooth, you'll be amazed.

Here's my Henry in it's current configuration (with over 12,000 rounds fired, and not a single failure):

http://www.paddedwall.org/guns/images/henry_h001t_01.jpg

BTW, Henry offers an unlimited lifetime warranty, even on used rifles.

ntex2000
February 9, 2012, 07:48 AM
My first year production serial F-42xx says S, L, LR right on the barrel.
And it works just fine with all three.

Why they changed that I have no idea.

But if you are going to buy a 9422, find an early one made before the last few years of production.

They stopped making 9422's because the tooling was completely worn out after 33 years.
There toward the end, they were not the same quality guns of old.

rc
Anyone know where to go on the web to look up serial number date ranges for the 9422.

I'm actually thinking of getting one each of the 9422, BL-22 and Henry golden boy.

ntex2000
February 9, 2012, 07:53 AM
I have a Winchester 9422 XTR, it was the first rifle I ever bought. It was the beginning of an addiction that continues today, almost 40 years later. My safe is now full of .22s, .222s, .223s, .30s, 7.62s, 7.91s and a few other assorted rifles, not to mention the handguns.
That 9422 shoots today as well as it did 40 years ago, it took me a while to find the ammo that it liked best (CCI Mini Mag.) and the action just gets smoother and smmoooother the more I shoot it.
Expensive they are. Worth the price? You betcha.

Roger

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/RogerS_photo/firearms41410035.jpg
What's the difference between the 9422 and the 9422 XTR?

K1500
February 9, 2012, 09:57 AM
I have what I assume is a later production gun. Brass tube, checkered stock, but S/L/LR on the barrel. It is in no way, shape, or form a pig with lipstick. I do not believe you will regret spending the money on a 94/22.

I believe SASS allows the Browning BL22 with a special exemption for the rimfire class. Under normal SASS rules, it would not be allowed because the trigger travels with the lever.

SwampWolf
February 9, 2012, 11:28 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by velocette
I have a Winchester 9422 XTR, it was the first rifle I ever bought. It was the beginning of an addiction that continues today, almost 40 years later. My safe is now full of .22s, .222s, .223s, .30s, 7.62s, 7.91s and a few other assorted rifles, not to mention the handguns.
That 9422 shoots today as well as it did 40 years ago, it took me a while to find the ammo that it liked best (CCI Mini Mag.) and the action just gets smoother and smmoooother the more I shoot it.
Expensive they are. Worth the price? You betcha.

Roger



[QUOTE]What's the difference between the 9422 and the 9422 XTR?

Quoting from Modern Gun Values, the Winchester Model 9422 XTR "Classic" has the "...same specs as Model 9422 except 22 1/2" barrel;39 1/8" oal; satin-finished walnut stock fluted comb; no checkering; crescent steel buttplate; curved finger lever; capped pistol grip. Introduced 1985; discontinued 1988."

az_imuth
February 9, 2012, 01:28 PM
What's the difference between the 9422 and the 9422 XTR?
I think most, but not all of the XTR's had checkered wood. They usually had a more polished blue finish as opposed to satin blue, and the wood often had a high-gloss finish applied.


Anyone know where to go on the web to look up serial number date ranges for the 9422.


This is probably the closest thing you'll find on the 9422 DOM (http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=115110). It's a list compiled by owners of the 9422. You can get the DOM for a particular rifle by calling Winchester's CS department and giving them the sn.

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