Which .22lr Lever


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Scrumbag
May 6, 2013, 04:18 PM
Hello folks,

Am wondering about a .22lr Lever Action rifle and have whittled it down to:

Browning BL-22
Winchester 9422

Or am open to other suggestions?

So, please let me know what you think and why.

ATB,

Scrummy

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Paul7
May 6, 2013, 04:29 PM
Henry Golden Boy.

Roadking Rider
May 6, 2013, 04:52 PM
^^^^ Agree

Those Henry Lever action 22's are hard to beat. I have the Hoo1 that I bought a couple months back,and it such a blast to shoot. It is also very accurate. I wish I would have bought one years ago. (Kicking self in arse)

dakotasouth
May 6, 2013, 04:53 PM
I have the Browning and am quite enamored of it. Looks and shoots good.:)

I know practically nothing about the Winchester.

thralldad
May 6, 2013, 04:54 PM
Price point on a Henry is awesome. We love our H-001!

Inebriated
May 6, 2013, 05:04 PM
For me, the Henry is the one.

jmr40
May 6, 2013, 05:05 PM
I don't know what is available in Switzerland, but one of the Marlin 39's or the Winchester would be the classic preference. The Winchester is no longer made and prices here have gone up considerably. Most people consider the Marlin to be the iconic American lever 22. Both are all steel and walnut with no shortcuts in materials. Both are very accurate and reliable. I have 2 older Marlins from the 1960's and a 1970's era Winchester. The Winchester is the better gun.

The Browning is too. It just never has reached the cult like status of the other 2. Being made in Japan vs USA is part of the reason.

If you just want something to shoot the Henry's are good enough for the money. But they are not even close to the same quality. A good gun for plinking at the range, but not a good long term value and not something you'll be proud to pass along to your grand kids one day.

Geno
May 6, 2013, 05:05 PM
Marlin M39.

Geno

C-grunt
May 6, 2013, 05:16 PM
A friends dad has had a Marlin 39 since before we were born (early 80s) and its still an awesome little gun.

My uncle has a Browning lever 22 that he uses as his all around hunting 22. He loves the thing and I think its really nice myself but I don't have a whole lot of time with it.

Never shot a Winchester 22 that I can remember.

crestoncowboy
May 6, 2013, 05:28 PM
Do a quick search. Many threads on 22 lever guns. But those two and the Marlin are superb guns. Opinions differ on the Henry.

Vern Humphrey
May 6, 2013, 05:45 PM
Marlin 39A, going away.

WoodchuckAssassin
May 6, 2013, 05:48 PM
Does an Ithaca Saddlegun count? It's only a single shot, but the lever's still there :neener:

stan rose
May 6, 2013, 05:50 PM
First rifle I saved for and purchased with my own money was a 9422. I may be biased, but it is still my favorite .22, although I like my 39a also.

az_imuth
May 6, 2013, 05:57 PM
Just recently came into possession of a BL-22. Very nice, quality-built rifle that seemed quite accurate on it's one and only outing thus far. I also have a few Winchester 9422's and I would personally choose them over the Browning for several reasons. The 9422's are take-down rifles and are easy to disassemble and work on, whereas the Browning is a bear to disassemble/reassemble from what I hear. While I like both rifles, I also prefer the 9422 due to the more traditional style lever operation. On the Browning the trigger is part of the lever, unlike most all other lever action rifles. However, the Browning is a beautiful rifle and I do love the design of the magazine tube latch mechanism. Either one of those two would make a great rifle. Most important of all since you're the one that'll be shooting it, shoulder them both and choose the one that feels best to you.
(My BL-22 on the bottom)
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr348/az_imuth/Levers/Browning_Duo_zpsd216bb3f.jpg

danoam
May 6, 2013, 07:18 PM
I voted other.

Golden Boy

TCB in TN
May 6, 2013, 07:33 PM
Have owned both plus the marlin shot a couple of Henry's. I now own 3 Marlins and none of the others. I like them better in every way except finish. Browning then winy then marlin as for finish. But I mostly have guns so I can shoot them, that's where the marlin shines.

Vette
May 6, 2013, 07:35 PM
Henry

Steve51
May 6, 2013, 07:58 PM
I voted Henry. I have two in .22lr. One is a golden boy (it is heavier). The actions are unbelievable smooth and mine are both accurate.

DM~
May 6, 2013, 08:06 PM
I guess i've owned/used all the poplar lever model 22's too, and i now own 3 Henry lever 22's... My Henrys have worked perfectly right out of the box

I just don't like heavy lever 22's, If i wanted that much weight, i'd carry one of my target guns around...

Of the two rifles you have chosen, i'd take the Browning, the ones i've used have been verry nice and shot well...

DM

444
May 6, 2013, 08:09 PM
I own a Marlin 39A, a Winchester 9422 Trapper, and a Browning.

I have shot them all extensively. All of them with the factory iron sights. For me, hands down I liked the Browning the best. I like the fit and finish, I like the short lever throw, I like the accuracy, and I like the factory iron sights. It seemed to be the right size and weight.

The biggest issue I had with the other two mainly centered around the factory iron sights. They have big round sights that I didn't feel were ideal for precision accuracy. This is obviously an individual preference and one that can be changed fairly easily (I think). The Marlin is also much larger and heavier than the other two FWIW.

jackblack86
May 6, 2013, 08:38 PM
other Henry :neener:

351 WINCHESTER
May 6, 2013, 08:46 PM
The Winchester is a better gun followed by the Browning. My truck gun for 20 years was a 9422 magnum and it never failed me.

witchhunter
May 6, 2013, 09:01 PM
351 SL is on my page...I have 9422mag too. it is my favorite. I also have a 9422 that is just as sweet, don't shoot it as much, love the magnum.

mbopp
May 6, 2013, 09:14 PM
I have a BL-22 and my brother has a 9422.
I prefer the short throw and enclosed trigger on the Browning but like the heft of the 9422.
Overall I'll stay with the Browning. Bought it new for $100 right after dinosaurs went extinct.

Handi Man
May 6, 2013, 09:19 PM
Henry's shoot as good as you'd want from my experience.

kbbailey
May 7, 2013, 01:53 PM
I got a BL-22 30+yrs ago.
Good sights
Short throw lever
compact size
very accurate
excellent quality

I bought a 9422XTR(.22mag) 17yrs ago
superb fit/finish
long but smooth action
quality steel hardware(buttplate, barrelbands etc)
very accurate
full size rifle

-----of the two options----I choose the 9422.

We got our son a youth size Henry for Christmas
smooth action
highly accurate very reliable
aluminum reciever(looks tacky when worn)
plastic/aluminum furniture
lightweight/well balanced
modest price

39a Marlin never owned one, but my late shootin' buddy did...
very accurate
long throw lever
take-down ability is a +
top quality
full size rifle
good sights
steel furniture
a classic

WaywardAce
May 7, 2013, 01:57 PM
I have a Henry 001L, it's a great rifle that I will never sell. However, my grail .22lr lever action rifle is a Marlin 39A.

scallop
May 7, 2013, 07:52 PM
Browning
Marlin
Henry
Winchester

I have owned all at one time or another and my favorite by far is the Browning. Love the balance and the short lever throw is superb. Next shot is just a "flick" of the wrist away.

Marlin is very nice, smooth action but a little heavy compared to the others.

Henry great price point, smooth action and shoots well. Do not like the mag tube retainer, they always seem to work loose.

Winchester nice gun but for some reason never really sat as well with me as the others.

Really you cannot go wrong with any of them just find the one that fits you best and enjoy. Nothing like the smile workin a lever puts on your face!

NormB
May 7, 2013, 08:06 PM
I bought the Browning BL-22 for my son when he turned ten. We got it at a sale at a local gun store, thought I was paying for the basic model. At a great price. When I checked out they had given me the next grade - gold inlay, better checkering - for the lowball price of the basic model. I didn't ask, didn't look back. That rifle has shot more critters in the past ten years than almost any other gun in our safe. Except maybe for the Browning .22 LR takedown model. Big Browning fan here.

Mr.Revolverguy
May 7, 2013, 08:52 PM
Henry Sight Modification and Range Review
http://www.dayattherange.com/?p=2174

ridgerunner1965
May 7, 2013, 08:54 PM
ive messed with them all. the browning is a fine gun.light, handles well and accurate.

the winchester is a good gun but pricey and you dont see a lot of them around here.i wish they were more prevalent as i like them and would love to own one.had plenty of chances to own one when i was younger.but since i had a good marlin i just didnt see the point.

the henry, a good gun also but nuttin like the rest of them.very good gun for the money tho.but not really a family heirloom.

the marlin 39, is to me the best.i know nothing about the new ones but my old 1950 one is solid steel and walnut.very accurate and reliable.

the gun i miss the most tho is a old ithaca alloy reciever lever, tube fed repeater.it was a copy of the browning i think. i sold it to a friend becuz he liked it and he gave it to his step dad becuz he liked it.never have seen one like it for sale.

Scrumbag
May 8, 2013, 04:42 PM
Thanks folks, good to hear the opinions about something I know little of but am very interested in. Keep'em comin'!

ATB,

Scrummy

MasterSergeantA
May 8, 2013, 05:02 PM
I like my Henry. I like my Marlin 39. And I really like my Remington 76. Lightweight and the shortest throw of any lever...about 30 degrees.

chez323
May 8, 2013, 05:26 PM
Marlin 39a or the shorter 39m if you prefer, great guns!

T.R.
May 8, 2013, 08:14 PM
Henry builds a smooth and reliable levergun. Original design is by ERMA.

TR

guyfromohio
May 8, 2013, 08:22 PM
My 9422 that I sold 18 years ago is my biggest firearms regret ever (the sale of which).

Paul7
May 8, 2013, 09:54 PM
I guess i've owned/used all the poplar lever model 22's too, and i now own 3 Henry lever 22's... My Henrys have worked perfectly right out of the box

I just don't like heavy lever 22's, If i wanted that much weight, i'd carry one of my target guns around...

Of the two rifles you have chosen, i'd take the Browning, the ones i've used have been verry nice and shot well...

DM
Exactly, the Marlin seems bigger and bulkier, I find the Golden Boy more attractive, and its smooth and accurate. What's not to like?

Bushpilot
May 9, 2013, 11:56 AM
The Marlin 39 is THE standard by which all other lever action .22s are measured and has been for over 100 years. It's very accurate and with proper care will truly last several life times... Champion and exhibition shooter Colonel Larson, "The Marlin Man," fired over 1,000,000 rounds through his 39 Mountie, the same rifle that he set numerous records with. The Winchester 9422 and the Browning BL-22 are both very nice rifles but if I could only own one 22 lever action it would be the 39...

Orion8472
May 9, 2013, 12:13 PM
Bushpilot, . . . I agree. I am in the process of saving an abused 39a. It will cost me a few hundred more than it will be worth [currently], but it will be very nice at that time. Of course, that will be seen on the 39a thread when done.

Bushpilot
May 9, 2013, 12:59 PM
Good luck with your 39-A Orion. One of my favorite rifles is my 1939 39-A. I look forward to seeing the pictures. I hope you will have some before and after shots. I'm currently doing the same thing to a very old and very neglected Remington model 12, pump 22.

Orion8472
May 9, 2013, 01:40 PM
Bushpilot, actually I have posted pics on the 39 Club thread on this forum. They're towards the end posts, . . . a few pages from the end, anyway. You will see the pitted surfaces, worn off blueing, and a few scratches in the wood. Now, the wood has been redone by me. The metal is being worked on by an excellent smith who will reblue it. I'll post pics then over on that thread.

TCB in TN
May 9, 2013, 08:59 PM
I learned to shoot with a little 1965 39m. Spoiled me for any other other lever gun. Bought me another 1963 39m a couple of years ago then bought a 1978ish Frankenstein 'd 39 a few months after that. Can't beat them in my opinion. The 39m is lighter and handier than the 39a but they all shoot like a dream.

ApacheCoTodd
May 9, 2013, 10:21 PM
Used - Marlin 39, Golden please.
New - Henry fer sure.

kBob
May 10, 2013, 09:51 AM
Marlin 56 or 57 depending on what magazine system you like.

Barring that the Marlin 39 in whatever configuration blows your skirts up.

Just for cool I might search for the illusive Uberti Model 1866 "Yellowboy" in .22 LR......if money and time were no issues. Why get just the name "Henry" and plastic when you can get a real Henry type action?

-kBob

aka108
May 10, 2013, 09:57 AM
There are some nice lever rifles on the market. I think what you should do is to actually see and handle some different ones then make up you mind which one suits you best.

Fleetman
May 10, 2013, 09:59 AM
I don't understand the nay saying on the Henry's.....ours has AT LEAST 15k rounds through it....still shoots great and looks just like the day I pulled it out of its box.

bannockburn
May 10, 2013, 11:58 AM
1) Marlin 39M
2) Browning BL-22
3) Winchester Model 9422

gopguy
May 10, 2013, 12:26 PM
I had the Winchester but sold it. I kept my old Marlin 39, that rifle is a tack driver.

CB900F
May 10, 2013, 06:16 PM
I also voted "other", which is to say Marlin 39A. Go to the thread "The 39 Club" here, but it's gonna take a little time to read it through!

900F

Drue
May 10, 2013, 06:34 PM
Another vote for the Marlin39

JohnBT
May 10, 2013, 08:09 PM
"I don't understand the nay saying on the Henry's.....ours has AT LEAST 15k rounds through it"

That's barely broken in. I got my Marlin Golden 39-A Mountie in 1963, late '63, so I haven't had it quite 50 years yet. Good rifle, and it balances well with the 20" barrel and straight stock.

John

mtrmn
May 10, 2013, 09:29 PM
Henry Golden Boy w/Skinner brass peep sight and a hi-visibility front bead. Speed/accuracy of a red dot sight and keep the overall traditional looks.

CaliCoastie
May 11, 2013, 12:15 AM
Didn't vote, no Marlin option, and for me? Being able to find 39a's for under 300otd, makes it easy. I wouldn't nay say anything about Henry, but i don't like the misleading information on their website (and evidently from documentation received sooth their rifles). And i have got all my 22 Marlin levers for 280 and less(lowest was a 1894 in 22mag for 175), haven't seen a Henry new/used theses days for under 250(the Marlins were in the last 18 months).

CB900F
May 11, 2013, 06:39 AM
CaliCoastie;

If you got a 1894M in any kind of decent condition for $175.00 you either:
A. Bought it from the little ole blind widder lady. :scrutiny:
B. Are going to roast for eternity. :evil: Or
C. Should never buy a lottery ticket. You've used up all yer luck. All of it.

:D 900F

DM~
May 11, 2013, 09:49 AM
Didn't vote, no Marlin option, and for me? Being able to find 39a's for under 300otd, makes it easy. I wouldn't nay say anything about Henry, but i don't like the misleading information on their website (and evidently from documentation received sooth their rifles). And i have got all my 22 Marlin levers for 280 and less(lowest was a 1894 in 22mag for 175), haven't seen a Henry new/used theses days for under 250(the Marlins were in the last 18 months).
It's nice to know that the "resale" on my Henrys is better than the "resale" on your 39's... lol

That makes them an even BETTER deal!

DM

CaliCoastie
May 11, 2013, 10:55 AM
Cb900 Pawn shops my friend. I thought they got a mountie in, and they would have went even lower. I called a friend and he picked up the two 39a's they had for 175 apiece also.it wasn't in the best condition, but really worth more.

TCB in TN
May 11, 2013, 12:29 PM
I will tell you guys what, for every 39a or 39m you find in good or better, condition for $175 to $200 I will give you $100 extra if you will ship it to my FFL.

chicharrones
May 11, 2013, 12:40 PM
I will tell you guys what, for every 39a or 39m you find in good or better, condition for $175 to $200 I will give you $100 extra if you will ship it to my FFL.

Once you get your inventory filled, I'm next in line! :D

Vikingsoftpaw
May 11, 2013, 02:30 PM
Henry or Marlin

CB900F
May 11, 2013, 07:36 PM
CalCoastie;

OK, I forgot dumb pawnshop appraiser. They are a relatively endangered species though. Good for you. Butcha still used up all yer luck. All of it, and ferever too!

900F

CaliCoastie
May 11, 2013, 09:44 PM
Nope, but I'm no longer in that area i used to haunt..... Still finding deals though, 224otd for abrand new s&w 642, deals are out there. If i find a Winchester 9422 for a song and dance (or the Browning for that matter) I'll snatch them up to.

knifeman32
May 11, 2013, 09:45 PM
I am also fond of the Marlin 39. I had one a few years back and regretted parting with it.

History.Doc
May 11, 2013, 10:19 PM
Used - Marlin 39, Golden please.
New - Henry fer sure.

I own both and agree with this.

Scrumbag
May 15, 2013, 05:12 AM
Well folks, yesterday I went to an LGS and he put a 9422 in my hands and it had to follow me home. He also had a commerative Marlin but it was twice the price.

Think I got a good deal, plenty of ammo thrown in as well.

Pictures will soon follow!

ATB,

Scrummy

Vern Humphrey
May 15, 2013, 12:03 PM
Good choice -- long ago, I traded a Marlin 39A for a Winchester 9422 and wasn't sorry until my daughter confiscated it.:rolleyes:

Scrumbag
May 15, 2013, 02:34 PM
Thanks Vern, can't wait to take her out and shoot her.

Also my first lever action. Perhaps fitting it should be a 'Chester...

ATB,

Scrummy

dbarky
May 16, 2013, 04:57 PM
I've owned a BL-22 for over 30 years and I love it...looks, feel, reliable, accuracy, etc. Wish it was made in the U.S. or Belgium. Glad its not made in China!

Deltaboy
May 16, 2013, 09:28 PM
Browning.

bikemutt
May 16, 2013, 10:19 PM
Ruger 96.

CraigC
May 18, 2013, 05:47 PM
The Winchester is probably the finest, domestically made levergun in the last 50yrs. Followed by the Marlin. Older, pre-safety Marlins still being quite affordable, tend to be fit and finished better than later offerings. The Brownings are also excellent rifles and well made, although the revised design and Japanese origin may offend some purists. Henry's are decent guns for the money but you get what you pay for. Pot metal and plastic offends others and we are usually called snobs for our trouble. Personally, I prefer to pay more for better rifles.

357Shooter
May 19, 2013, 12:53 PM
Used - Marlin 39, Golden please.
New - Henry fer sure.

I'd have to go with this too ⬆⬆⬆

loose noose
May 19, 2013, 01:50 PM
Do like my 9422 XTR's one in .22LR and one in .22 Mag, both are tack drivers, and both were bought brand spanking new in the mid 1970s thus no additional idiotic safeties. Wouldn't part with either of them.:D

Scrumbag
May 22, 2013, 02:50 PM
As a man of my word, here's the new thread with pics and all other mod cons (actually, just pics).

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?p=8938678#post8938678

ATB,

Scrummy

SwampWolf
May 22, 2013, 10:35 PM
More than a few very nice .22 lever-action rifles have been made but the Marlin Model 39 is one of those iconic firearms that I think every serious firearm aficionado should own.

jack44
May 23, 2013, 08:07 PM
Henery!

InertiaDriven71
May 23, 2013, 08:58 PM
I have a Henry .22 carbine--it is VERY accurate but problem is it hangs up badly. When you eject a spent round the next one gets hung up by throwing the nose up too high above the chamber, so it jams. You have to throw the lever at the right speed (not too slow, not too fast), or it gets hung up every time--need a pocket knife to pry the nose downward and work it into the chamber. So my opinion of Henry is Lukewarm. That is to say nothing of the fact of an aluminum receiver and plastic parts. That said, I want to support the company. I just need a reliable rifle.

I had a 39A in the late 80's that was a lemon. Repeated repairs, sucking my $3.35/hour minimum wage as a teenager. I gave it away.

The only lever I had that I loved (and still have) is a Winchester 9422, 1970's model, I think? (inherited from grandfather). However, where I live, I need a bonafide utility gun (snakes, beavers, etc) and the 9422 is now a safe queen.

So now I am in the market for a solid 22 or 22mag, preferably a carbine (16" barrel") that shoots with no reliability issues. I may try a golden boy, as there is not much out there available.

Sun Tzu warrior
May 24, 2013, 12:34 AM
Winchester 9422 if you can find/ afford one.

Scrumbag
May 24, 2013, 03:41 AM
Winchester 9422 if you can find/ afford one.
Yep, that's what I did!

Roadking Rider
May 24, 2013, 09:02 AM
I can't speak for the other Lever action 22's. However ammo availability being what it is today I've found that the ability of the Henry's to shoot LR-Long -as well as Shorts a major plus for plinking. It leaves the LR's for the 10/22 and 22/45. Till last Wednesday I haven't been able to buy a 22lr round, and they would only sell me one box of a hundred, but I was able to stumble onto some Longs and Shorts during this time. They might not be my favorite 22 round to shoot but at least it kept me shooting to the point where I didn't have to dig into my emergency stash of 22 lr ammo. Love that little Henry more all the time.

Stargazer65
May 24, 2013, 09:24 AM
I have to say I like my son's Henry. It is very accurate and I like the fact that I can feed .22lr, longs, shorts, super colibris all day long and it doesn't seem to hiccup.

teetertotter
October 4, 2013, 08:35 PM
I wonder if any one of them[marlin vs henry] is more accurate than the other at 100 yards. With Aquila Match Rifle at 109 meters, off sandbags, with 6-24 simmons target dot, calm afternoon, 3 five shot groups, last week checking sight-in, 1.52 - 1.77 inch groups. I wonder what it would do with SK+ or Wolf Match?

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