The one with the scope is .22 mag. the other is .22lr.
May 14, 2012, 01:12 AM
That's the gun I'm coveting: my buddy can ring the top rail of his fence all day long from about 100 yards with that. I thought he was lying till I did it. Then, standing in the same spot about another 10-15 feet on the other side of the road I knocked a squirrel off the log. Don't know why he wont sell it to me ;)!
May 14, 2012, 01:25 AM
The other lever action that I like but do not have is a Marlin model 39, but I do not know if any model 39 or variation of a model 39 was available in .22 mag. The Marlin is accurate and reliable. The 9422m is a great 100 yard varmint rifle for fox and coyote. The .22lr is better suited for squirrel or crow. The scope is a plus for me, but most people prefer the lever left with open sights or peep sights. But for each his own and it is what I like.
May 14, 2012, 06:52 AM
I'm not aware of Browning ever producing a lever in .22 mag. If you want a high quality, reliable and accurate lever action .22 magnum, the Winchester 9422 is going to be real tough to beat. Forged steel and walnut with a tight, smooth action and I find mine to be quite accurate. Certainly one of my favorite rifles.
May 14, 2012, 07:59 AM
Winchester 94/22 all the way for me. Browning did produce the lovely BPR in .22Mag though.
May 14, 2012, 10:52 AM
Have you looked at Henry Rifles yet? They are very well built and affordable. Their Varmint Express and Frontier models would serve you very well.
May 14, 2012, 02:26 PM
I'm a Marlin fan.......and they did build two lever 22mags, I have both, a 57m in the 50s-60s, and a 1894m from the early 80s. Both shoot good, the 57m shots the best though.
May 14, 2012, 03:12 PM
9422mag all the way, expensive but very worth it. The last of them were STILL high quality, but I don't think they are made anymore.
May 14, 2012, 03:19 PM
I have one of the new Henry 22 mags, I haven't used it a lot, but it is quite accurate and I didn't have any problems with it when I was sighting it in; 50 rounds or so of various manufacture. It shot the rubber tipped v-max pretty well.
The smiling swordsman
May 14, 2012, 03:46 PM
I agree with some of the previous comments. The 9422M is a work of art. It's a real shame that they aren't being made any more.
May 14, 2012, 03:55 PM
Here's my ~1965 Marlin 57M Levermatic. Crazy accurate and such a short lever throw you can stay on target very easily.
I've been shooting a Henry lever 22 mag. for a couple years now.
I'm very happy with the way it works, it's accurate, reliable and a great buy in a lever 22WMR.
May 15, 2012, 11:21 AM
Ruger made the 96/22 in .22 mag with 9rd rotary mags. Prices are climbing since they have been out of production for a few years.
May 15, 2012, 10:12 PM
Henry is the only one making a lever action 22WMR now.
Ruger 96/22M,Marlin 57M,and the Winchester 255 are all short throw lever actions in 22WMR,and they can be found used in great shape.
The Winchester 9422M and a German copy made by Erma Werke were very good shooters in 22WMR,but they go for premium prices anymore.
Erma Werke EG73-Bottom rifle in pic.
May 15, 2012, 10:33 PM
Call me crazy...I've been called worse :)...but I just like the hammer on the lever action (even my auto pistols are the 1911, M92, and Ruger P89).
I'm just going to have to find a Win 94.
I appreciate all the comments though: and I am def going to look at the Henry...I think I unfortunately scoffed at it for too long. Perhaps I need to look a bit more closely.
May 15, 2012, 11:02 PM
ExAgoradzo, My advise would be to read up on the Winchester 9422m so when you find one you like and the price is right you wont hesitate. I have been wanting a Marlin 39 for 3 years and have screwed up three times by not jumping on one when I found it. I was thinking poorly and once the difference was only $50.00 and in the long run I wasted that in gas money. Others I have found are no where close to the condition of the first three a came across. The .22 mag cartridge is nice, but the .22lr is less expensive to shoot and not far behind the .22 mag in performance. If you already have a .22lr then go for the Mag. If not, think this out and price out the difference in ammunition costs. I use my .22lr for lots of target practice and small game hunting. I zero the .22lr at 59 yards. I use the .22 mag for mostly hunting and only occasional target shooting. I zero the .22 mag at 80 yards. These are just my thought. I can explain the 59 yard if you want.
May 15, 2012, 11:13 PM
DMH: that sounds like good advice.
To be honest: my interest is mostly lusting after Tim's gun (and I already love the lever action...I just do). I have a 10-22, and happy I do b/c my boys get to play with it at the range: but I was thinking about a dad's rimfire.
I'd love to know the story about 59 yards and how you do that??? 9 yards behind the bench when no one is there???
May 15, 2012, 11:25 PM
The .22lr zeroed at 59 yards is so when hunting from 25 yards to 75 yards I'm good to go as far as p.o.a. at a Raccoon, squirrel or crow. 1/4" high at 25 yards and 1/4" low at 75 yard. I have found that depending on the ammunition manufacture and load that being 4.5" low at 100 yards is very common. Some are worse and some better. I like Blazer .22lr cartridges and use them the most. So for me most of my shots fall into the range of 25 to 75 yards and the 59 yard zero works perfect. I did not come up with this strategy, It was taught to me. But it works. I use this with open sights or scopes on all my .22lr rifles.
May 15, 2012, 11:29 PM
You also anticipated my next question: Blazer 22lr.
May 15, 2012, 11:51 PM
.22lr is less expensive to shoot and not far behind the .22 mag in performance.
Sorry, it is alright to love the 22lr. but it does not even come close to the performance of the 22mag.
May 15, 2012, 11:56 PM
Read the quote, and pick your poison. Was not intending to indicate the .22lr was better than or equal to the .22mag. OP wanted to buy a .22 mag in a lever configuration. Showed him two that I use, what I use them for and what yardages I use them at. Explained the pro's and con's of the two cartridges. I apologize for any misleading information as to the merits of the .22lr round.
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