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dmceuend
08-05-2012, 9:22 AM
A firstime gun buyer friend of mine wants a lever action 22lr.
He wants a good one that he can hand down later in life for his kids.
Mostly will be used for plinkin at the range.
What are some solid, proven, brands to consider?

Casket
08-05-2012, 9:36 AM
Marlin or Henry.

ih8ca
08-05-2012, 9:40 AM
Marlin 39 or Browning bl-22

davek8s
08-05-2012, 9:44 AM
Henry

I have the HOO1T, awesome rifle

ptoguy2002
08-05-2012, 10:18 AM
He wants a good one that he can hand down later in life for his kids.


Given this requirement, find a Winchester 9422.

Ron-Solo
08-05-2012, 10:56 AM
Browning makes an outstanding lever action .22. My son has one that his Grandpa bought for him when he was only 18 months old. My dad died two months later, so that rifle is very special in our family. It is very accurate, has never had a malfunction, and the lever works very smoothly.

The Winchester 9422 is also a fine rifle. There is one in our safe that will be passed to my grandson someday. It belonged to his Great-Great Grandfather. It is .22 Magnum and is unfired.

0321jarhead
08-05-2012, 12:02 PM
Henry!!!!!

23 Blast
08-05-2012, 12:44 PM
Marlin 39a. Hey, it was good enough for Annie Oakley! :D

Seriously though - I had one and it was a marvelous gun. Deeply blued steel and walnut. It's too bad I sold it because it was definitely a gun worthy of passing down to the next generation.... :(

xibunkrlilkidsx
08-05-2012, 12:52 PM
Henry.
Made in America or not at all.

cudakidd
08-05-2012, 7:21 PM
Sine I own a Henry Golden Boy, a Marlin limited Cowboy II, and a Browning Bl22...

For the best action out of the box and looks, Henry Golden Boy

For light easy lever action quick to use (and my most accurate) the Browning BL22

For a Higher end, classic styled rifle, the Marlin...

CobraRed
08-05-2012, 8:50 PM
Have a Marlin 39A in the safe. I make it a third generation rifle.
It's usually the only .22 i bring out with my .308 stuff because its the only one that can hit the stuff i put that far out reliably.

robcoe
08-05-2012, 8:57 PM
Henry

watchmen
08-05-2012, 9:22 PM
I have only shot (And I own it) the Henry H001 and I love it. Its easily one of my most favorite 22s I have shot. Its also at least 200 dollars cheaper than the Browning and Marlin. The only downside that a lot of people don't like about it is that it comes with an aluminum receiver that has been painted black. It does scratch fairly easy, but with a little bit of time and effort you can make it look like this.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Coloradoglocker/100_0760.jpg

Drills
08-05-2012, 9:35 PM
Marlin 39A...or 39M...or Mountie...or the other special models if you can find them. Get a used pre-safety. Really well built and accurate. Definitely one that will last generations.

http://i1143.photobucket.com/albums/n635/Drills/39A39Mcloseup.jpg

KTM RICK
08-05-2012, 9:53 PM
HENRY! American gem.

shamaz
08-05-2012, 10:02 PM
I have only shot (And I own it) the Henry H001 and I love it. Its easily one of my most favorite 22s I have shot. Its also at least 200 dollars cheaper than the Browning and Marlin. The only downside that a lot of people don't like about it is that it comes with an aluminum receiver that has been painted black. It does scratch fairly easy, but with a little bit of time and effort you can make it look like this.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v726/Coloradoglocker/100_0760.jpg
The Henry lever-action .22 rifle has a receiver cover of ZAMAK or sometimes called ZAMAC which is an alloy of zinc, aluminum, magnesium and copper.

redcliff
08-05-2012, 10:28 PM
My heirloom type .22lr lever action is a Winchester 9422 trapper, I like it a lot. I also have a Winchester 63 .22lr semi-auto and Winchester 62 .22lr pump.

Although I never intended to be a Winchester rimfire collector, I'm always attracted to them by their quality, appearance, accuracy and feel.

Furncliff
08-06-2012, 11:56 AM
We shoot a lot of rimfire, I gave my wife a Browning BL 22 and I have a Marlin Mountie. The Browning is light, compact and has a quick stroke lever. I have never completely taken it down, the complexity intimidates me. But it's very accurate and it's size makes it perfect for a youth or adult of small stature.

The Mountie is much larger and heavier. Marlin Golden 39A represents the oldest and longest continuously produced shoulder firearm in the world. Accurate and well made, shop for a good used one.

The Henry I have not used yet, but the one I hefted at the LGS had the smoothest lever action by far. This rifle should be highly considered also because it gets good reviews and is the least expensive.

jyo
08-06-2012, 2:20 PM
I vote BL-22, or failing to find one an 39M Marlin (older production if you can find).

MrMirth
08-06-2012, 5:08 PM
I have a Henry Frontier model. It's very accurate with a smooth action and is a total blast to shoot.

Chaos47
08-06-2012, 6:54 PM
Marlin 39a. Hey, it was good enough for Annie Oakley! :D

Seriously though - I had one and it was a marvelous gun. Deeply blued steel and walnut. It's too bad I sold it because it was definitely a gun worthy of passing down to the next generation.... :(


This!

My girlfriend has one passed down from her Grandfather. It is really nice! Dream to shoot!

covingtonhouse
08-07-2012, 5:56 PM
If you can find one......Marlin model 57/JC Higgins 44DL. Tube fed short throw lever action made in the 60's. You might be able to find one for 250-350. Mine was handed down to me from my father. First .22 I ever shot.

MiddleKingdom
08-07-2012, 8:44 PM
I love my Marlin 39A pre-safety. I'm not sure how easy they are to find now, but if you do it's well worth it. I've shot the Henry and that was nice to shoot as well.

A1sauce
08-07-2012, 10:11 PM
Just picked up a 1960 Mountie...so glad I did, what a great rifle.

waverave
08-08-2012, 5:09 PM
I recently picked up a Henry 22 lever action and like it a lot. It is a little small for my frame but it is pretty accurate and has a smooth action and nice stock for such a cheap rifle. I have shot a few different types of cheap ammo through it with no issues at all.
The Henry is my 40 yd tin can range rifle of choice.
If you want something that is going to last forever...drop the $$$ on a Winchester...they are simply the best.

2nab
08-09-2012, 4:07 AM
For the price, Henry is hard to beat. Any of the others mentioned here are also great (I'm not saying better) but there is an added cost.

CharlesV
09-07-2012, 9:11 PM
Ok....this is hard.....if youre going to shoot the gun often try the Henry and Marlins in your hands and see which you prefer. I consider both to be excellent.

If its a keeper and not shot so so often then Win 9422. They are about $600 now. For the 9422, there are websites you must read to familiarize yourself with the history to understand the differences between the models as to quality, features and company management, then search for the year model you decide on. I would be fussy and picky about which 9422 i buy.

Also, as you notice in the pics above, you have to decide on top or side ejection and it makes a difference how a scope can be used.

That said, i have a Marlin 336W 30-30 and am thrilled with it and lever action in general. When i have the budget i'll buy a 9422 just to keep. What i buy .22's for these days is for shooting, not heirlooms. I consider 9422 a heirloom and cant afford it right now.

That all said, lever actions have an amazing feel quality about them. For me, 9422 is the best, finest feeling gun ever, ever in my arms. If in my hands i cant bare to put it down and for budget reasons i look the other way in gun shops. No no no, dont look at that 9422....change the topic...talk weather or sports....no no! dont look there...stop it...ok hurry leave the shop.....

Marlin lever actions have that same power of persuasion but my 30-30 is not as well balanced as the 9422. My friends love their Henry's and Marlins and i cant blame them. Its not an easy choice.

TrailerparkTrash
09-07-2012, 10:20 PM
Marlin 39 or Browning bl-22

+1 on the Browning BL-22. What a fine gun. That's the "Citori" of lever action 22's.

When the Winchester 9400 was made, that too was a great .22LR. I have two of them and a 9400M (.22 magnum). Fine walnut stocks that my kids will get. Sadly, Winchester stopped making them.

So, I'd highly recommend a "cadillac" lever .22 as the BL-22.
;););)

Canucky
09-08-2012, 2:44 PM
Just picked up a 1960 Mountie...so glad I did, what a great rifle.

I hate you:43: Have 39a makes me look like a can shoot. Hence the Mountie> Canucky. Maybe on day.:)

Joe Register
09-09-2012, 12:13 PM
If you find one at reasonable price 9422 is great.

NickMc
09-09-2012, 3:22 PM
Shopping for a .22 rifle, we looked at Mossberg, Browning, Ruger and Henry. I just put a BL22 in jail for the wife's birthday present. She likes the non-embellished one. A rifle for the wife is that... a wifle?

rkt88edmo
09-09-2012, 3:39 PM
All of the above - but don't overlook the older pump .22s as well, they are fun! and like the levers they will last forever.

ca2111usmc
09-10-2012, 10:18 AM
I have a 9422 and a golden boy. Both great rifles. I usually grab the winchester when I have to choose. I guess it is because I am afraid to scratch the pretty Henry reciever. I have dispatched a lot more sqirles, gophers, and other vermin with the 9422 because I have had it a lot longer (20 yrs).

I would say 1st choice 9422 if you have the extra cash or can travel back in time.
Second choice, it's hard to beat the Henry for the money.