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marlin 39a or winchester 9422

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by hunting freak, Jun 11, 2009.

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  1. hunting freak

    hunting freak Member

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    Looking to get a lever action 22 rifle. Perferabley a marlin 39a or winchester 9422. I already have a marlin model 60 i love it.
     
  2. jkingrph

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    Marlin all the way!
     
  3. 22-rimfire

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    Cost will be about the same. I would choose the Marlin myself as the first choice, but would yearn for a 9422 down the road.
     
  4. jmr40

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    I have both and like the Marlin better, but they are still making the Marlin and have been for a loooong time. Buy the Winchester if you get a chance at a good price. They only made them for a few years and have since stopped.
     
  5. 76shuvlinoff

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    Having owned a 1979 39A since 1983 and having lusted after my Dad's 1952 version for about as long, I'm a bit biased but if it were me I'd get the Winchester..... because I don't have it.
     
  6. XTerminator

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    Winchesters are at a premium now because they're no longer made, but you can still find a nice pre-safety 39A for less than $400 if you look a bit.
    I have 3 Marlins so I'm a little prejudiced. ;)

    Steve
     
  7. Clint C

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    The 39a doesn't even compare to the 9422. If you were to just look at them you could tell. I well give that the 39a is a good shooter, But I am sorry the 9422 is just pure quality. I can hit clays at 100 yards iron sights with mine.

    One more thing they only go for a premium if you want to pay a premium. If you were to buy one of these and had to sell it because of the hard time upon us, which do you think would resale for more? I bought this one for $280.00 three month ago. It was made in 1976. These are the ones that well bring a "premium".

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    Go over to RFC.com and do a search on the 39a. Mostly what well come up are threads on people asking what is wrong with their Marlin 39a.

    If anyone wants to pruve me wrong send me a pm and we can go see who's is better at the range.

    I would strongly recomend buying the Winchester 9422.
     
  8. Clint C

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    What ever you do make sure you don't buy a Henry. I would recomend buying a Browning BL-22 if you can't buy a Winchester.
     
  9. hunting freak

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    thanks for the advice now give me some advice on the ruger mk.III hunter and the heritage ruff rider
     
  10. Clint C

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    I don't have any experience with the Heritage Rough Rider or the Ruger MKIII. I do have experience with the MKI, MKII, MK10. I loved the MK10 because you could shoot it and not have your ears bothered one bit, But I had to trade it for a Winchester 1894 30-30 made in 1942. I had a Ruger single six once and I'll tell you that is one neat wheel gun. I am going to have to get another, maybe one with a longer barrel. Oh and they are a single action, I didn't know it when I bought it. You might want to check the Heritage for that if it matters to you.

    Hope this helps,
    Clint
     
  11. Clint C

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    Here is my mk10, this thing shot like a rifle.

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  12. Clint C

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    Sorry guys I like to show off me toys. Even if I don't have some of them anymore.:D
     
  13. Gunther

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    Have both, Winchester is a safe queen, Marlin 39TDS gets the nod for shootin
     
  14. gun nuts

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    i have a mk.III hunter i killed a bobcat with it at 55 yards 2 days ago thats 55 yards with a 22 pistol it has a fluted bull barrel and 3 mags
     
  15. 351 WINCHESTER

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    The winchester is a lot smoother than the marlin. My truck gun was a 9422 mag. for years. It saw abuse beyond description, was never cleaned (until last year). It never dawned on me that one day it would be a collectors item. It looks like heck, but still shoots like it was new. My son has a marlin that has given him problems. I'll take the winchester every time.
     
  16. Dr.Rob

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    In the 40 some years my dad's Marlin has been around I don't think it's ever had problems.

    I'd go Marlin.
     
  17. hunting freak

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    has any body had any trouble with the marlin 39a or winchester 9422
     
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    I'm a bit confused by your logic. You say Winchester will bring a premium, yet you paid $280 for yours... I would buy every decent 39 I could find for $280.

    Sure, the Winchester name is worth something but for a shooter the Marlin is still the standard by which others are compared IMO. I am a fan of Winchester and own several (mainly 97's), but in this particular gun the 39 is better.

    I have a 90%+ 40's era 39 that I picked up a couple of years ago for $350 and it was a bargain. It's a toss-up between the 39 and my 40's era Winchester 61 as to which is my favorite plinker rifle.



    I have a dozen or more .22 pistols and have been exposed to plenty of the heritage rough riders with cowboy shooting (kids shoot them) although I have never owned one. Their name fits the gun, rough. But for the money people like them.

    Hard to go wrong with a Ruger but I would look for a used MKII as opposed to the MKIII. In that price range Buckmark's are great as well.

    Since I bought a Smith model 41 though my other .22 pistols just sit around a lot.

    Here's a few of mine (sold the slab side though)

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  19. offthepaper

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    as a matter of fact, yes.
    I bought a NIB 39A 3 weeks ago, took it to the range, loaded the rifle,took aim, squeezed the trigger, and ...."Gong" a very metal-on-metal sound instead of bang! :cuss: went through this until the tube was empty. Out of 14 rds loaded into the rifle, only 2 actually fired. I tried some other ammo, but that didn't fire at all. So I contacted Marlin and was told to ship the rifle back to the factory (which I did). No word yet, but was told repairs normally take 30-45 days. Kind of sucks with a brand new rifle that won't fire right out of the box. I bought the rifle as a Father's day gift from me to me (that's another story). Looks like I won't be shooting my new toy on that day.
    At the time I was torn between the CZ453 and the Marlin 39A. I hope I made the right choice.
     
  20. Walkalong

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    I have a very old 39A, and it shoots lights out. I always lusted for a 9422, but never pulled the trigger, so to speak. Maybe one of these days.
     
  21. ArmedBear

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    I have a 39M and a 39A. They're great rifles.

    I have not owned a 9422, but they have always seemed really nice as well.

    Tough choice.:)
     
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    I bought one of each new in 2005. I sold the Marlin in 2006. The quality of the Winchester was just better overall.
     
  23. Vern Humphrey

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    I traded a Model 39A for a 9422 and never looked back.
     
  24. Clint C

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    I would also since a decent model 39 is worth around $3000.00.

    I am also, you say you have a 39 from the 40's era. The last year a 39 was made was 1938.

    I bought my Winchester at Jack Smith Gun Sales, and he said " that he can't sell these types of guns because all people want are black rifles that hold 200 rounds and fire as fast as you can pull the trigger". He also had a High Standard H-B second model from I believe 1948 in mint condition ( I don't use that term loosley) and he was asking $350.00 for it. If you can't sell em no point in having a high price. Like I said they only sell for a premium if you find someone that wants to pay a premium.

    Every now and again you come across a deal, like your 40's era 39. It must be priceless since they were never made in the 40"s. That is a nice Smith and Wesson model 41 you have there cpirtle. I have set out to buy one often, but just can't bring myself to pay as much as they are asking for them.

    Now I am seeing a pattern here, all the older model 39a's are great reliable rifles, but the newer ones are seeming to have a few problems. So you can pay $900.00 for an older model 39a, or you can buy a Winchester 9422 at half the price and have a rifle that is not all beat up. 39a's are so ugly to, they have all those screws sticking out of them they look like my old Coast To Coast shotgun.:neener:
     
  25. Leadhead

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    They are both good guns but they feel quite different.....

    My 9422 is slimmer feeling and very smooth action!
    It has a rimfire groove on top so mounting optics or peeps is easy.
    20 inch barrel is nice!
    Straight grip

    I've got a newer 39AS with the rebounding hammer and it feels thick in the hands ( fat wood) and is not as smooth as the 9422( but still pretty smooth)
    It's got the long 24 " barrel which I find a little longer then I'd prefer.
    I like the comfort of the pistol grip.

    I've got an older 39A that has had the wood slimmed down and the barrel cut back to 18"........Sweet!
    It's drilled and tapped on the side for a peep sight but with the Marlin's you need to mount a rail on top if you want optics which is not as clean or convenient as the 9422
    Still not as smooth as the 9422 but handles nice and feels solid!

    i like them all and if I see a 9422 legacy with the pistol grip I might have to pounce!
     
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