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Henry Golden Boy, Marlin, or Winchester ???

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by cherzog, Oct 7, 2012.

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  1. Crowcifier666

    Crowcifier666 Member

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    Good choice on the Marlin, that's what I went for too. here's my 2003 "1897 Texan"

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    I don't have an issue with the safety, though I suppose it isn't "period correct". No big deal for me.
     
  2. rzberry

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    Can't go wrong with the Golden Boy. I've got one, and it's a real tack driver once you get it sighted in right. The walnut stock and brass receiver are gorgeous, and the gun, while pretty heavy at about 7lbs, is a real pleasure to shoot. The action is untouchable, and it's an heirloom quality piece.

    That said, Marlins are fine guns also, and you wouldn't regret a 39A either.
     
  3. ifit

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    only have experience with the golden boy, its a fine looking shooting lever action rifle. actions is super smooth and great trigger has octagon barrel, first got mine shot high and a bit left, since made adjustmenst and shoots fine now. some pics and range results if considering the golden boy
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  4. x_wrench

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    i bought a Henry for a couple of reasons. the main one being cash available. it shoots fine, and the action works like greased silk. but as stated earlier, the internals are rather cheaply made. it will still out live me. partly because i do not shoot a ton of rimfire rounds, and part because i am old. not sure if my kids will want it or not. the winchester or marlin are both made much better. and they will be around for your great, great grandchildren to learn on. i guess it depends on 1) how much are you actually going to shoot it, 2) does leaving a legacy behind for your great, great grandchildren matter to you, and 3) the amount of cash you want to spend.
     
  5. thralldad

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    Nothing beats a Henry H001 for smooth action and value. The new ones have metal barrel band and front sights now. I emailed them and they sent metal replacements for our older Henry, no charge!
     
  6. CaliCoastie

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    Don't know on the best value part s far as Henry, I have seen cheaper used 39a's than used Henrys (175otd for 39a's, 200 its the best I have seen for a Henry). Granted every part of the country is different, but if you shop around you might be surprised.
    I believe this conversation though is moot as I believe the op already bought a rifle.
     
  7. BYJO4

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    I bought my Marlin 39A new in 1957. I've had many afternoons of fun shooting it over all the years. The accuracy has been great and it still looks almost new. I would never part with it.
     
  8. greyling22

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    I'm late to the party and I've never handled one, but the uberti silver boy looks interesting.

    congratulations on the marlin. now on to and action job!
     
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