View Full Version : Marlin 39a VS Henry Golden Boy

09-03-2008, 2:23 PM
I'm really interested in buying a lever action .22 cal rifle to add to my collection, and these two seem like the best of the best. I already own a few semi-auto .22's (a Ruger 10/22 among them), and I have a Henry pump
.22 (It's one of my favorites), also own one bolt .22 (CZ 452 lux), so the natural thing to do would be a lever action .22lr.
I'd really like to people who've had experience with both, but if you own either one, and really like it, please let me know the reasons.

09-03-2008, 2:52 PM
marlin is a classic it also cost more but hands down is the nicest lever action 22 you can get

09-03-2008, 2:59 PM

Nuff said.....

09-03-2008, 3:00 PM
I've never fired a lever action Marlin, but I have fired a bolt action Marlin and must say it was of good quality.

09-03-2008, 3:12 PM
A Marlin is quality and will always hold its value.

Black Majik
09-03-2008, 3:15 PM
Go to THR and check out the following on the 39a.

Then check for Henry's Golden Boy. (it ain't 100+ pages long ;) )

09-03-2008, 4:19 PM
The 39 and any of it's cousins date way back. All things considered the Marlin was a better gun than the Winchester.

09-03-2008, 6:46 PM
I have both. Well, the Marlin is mine and I bought the Henry for my son. The Henry is smoother cycling - yeah, I couldn't believe it either, but the Marlin is my / our favorite. The Henry is a good piece tho' and made right here in the U.S.A.

09-03-2008, 7:53 PM
I still have, and shoot fairly regularly, my Marlin 39A that I purchased in 1962 at the age of 12. Almost everyone who has seen or shot it has tried to buy it off me. No sale! I love mine! :D

09-03-2008, 9:00 PM
I have a Marlin, and it is a wonderful rifle. One of the earliest guns I ever shot, an excellent gun to use when teaching young shooters.

09-04-2008, 2:19 AM
The nice thing about the Marlins is there are 50+ year old rifles out there, eligible for C&R :D and the old rifles were VERY well put together- like little works of art.

The marlin takes down into 2 halves too- I'm not sure of the golden boy does that.


PS- in the old days, weren't the brass colored guns called 'Yellow Boys"? I'm sure us asians complained and it became 'Golden' :D