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Old 01-01-2010, 4:08 PM
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Default Best lever action .22lr on the market today?

What is the best lever action 22?
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Henry....
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Marlin 39a....by far.
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+1 Marlin 39A.
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I have a Winchester 9422 and had a Browning BL22. Both are excellent guns, accurate and tons of fun to shoot.

Henry is probably the best bang for the buck, you can get them for under $300.
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Henry is smoooooooooth.
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Henry does have the smoothest action, but the Marlin 39a is the best!
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Default Best .22 LR Lever Rifle

Current Production: Browning BL-22

Older version/s: Marlin 39, and the Winchester 9422 rifles made were of a fairly high quality as well.
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Henry dependable and accurate
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I wish the Marlin was available in stainless.
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Old 01-02-2010, 8:51 AM
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which one is the most accurate?
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The Micro Groove Marlins have always been known for great accuracy and are fine rifles. Probably the best levers built. I suspect the newer Browning's are good but I don't buy Japanese guns.
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The Micro Groove Marlins have always been known for great accuracy and are fine rifles. Probably the best levers built. I suspect the newer Browning's are good but I don't buy Japanese guns.
Most of the the .22 lever rifles are fairly accurate. But if pressed, I would agree and lean towards the Marlin because of the micro-groove rifling as well. For $100+rifles I have shot and seen others shoot some tight groups with what many consider a budget type gun (semi-autos 60/ bolts 925, etc.).

I do agree with your assessment on the Marlin 39, definitely the Cadillac of lever rimfires. Especially the older versions.

After shooting several Winchesters though, I would also add that the 9422s are capable of fine accuracy as well.
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Browning BL-22---light, handy, short lever throw and very nicely made.
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Marlin 39A
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I have a Henry Golden Boy, very accurate, dependable and good looking. It can also shoot 22lr, 22long and 22 short
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There's a 39a in the Classifieds right now or $400. Get it.
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I realy enjoy my Henry octagon H001T model, but still kicking myself for not spending $80 more to get the golden boy
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I'm picking up my new Henry this weekend. It's the regular blued model, not the Golden Boy. I, too, struggled whether to shell out more $ for the golden look, but decided that I didn't want to extra just for the cosmetic difference.

In fact, after having owned a quite few rifles, I'm finding myself liking the traditional wood/blued look the best. So, I think I'll be happy with the Henry.
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I have owned the winchester and browning but recently purchased a ruger 96/22... I really like that 96/22... The 96/22 takes 10/22 barrels and has shorter lever throw.
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I have owned the winchester and browning but recently purchased a ruger 96/22... I really like that 96/22... The 96/22 takes 10/22 barrels and has shorter lever throw.
I'll stick with my Marlin 39A that I bought new in 1959. It never has neede a different barrel. Never could understand purchasing a rifle because it needed a different barrel??
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+1 for older Winchesters.
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I'll stick with my Marlin 39A that I bought new in 1959. It never has neede a different barrel. Never could understand purchasing a rifle because it needed a different barrel??
There are 3 different types of guns

Guns you buy for show, 0 round count revolvers from the 40s, intricately engraved double guns etc

Guns you buy to tinker with, 10/22s, ARs, square blocks of steel you intend to turn into guns can all fall into this category

Guns you buy to use, lever guns fall into this category IMO, buy them and shoot the snot out of them.


This thread makes me sad. I've passed up Marlin 39s too many times, I am now up to 5 Marlin .22s, and no 39s
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It is built like a full size rifle. Very well made but the action is starts off stiff, I've heard that it will smooth up with more use. It is easily a gun you can enjoy on a regular basis and still pass on to the next couple of generations. It also is a takedown which is a small pluss.
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My Henry Large Loop Carbine is the most fun rifle I have. Way smooth out of the box, reasonable price, reliable/not ammo picky, every single part made in America in a family run company on the East Coast. Incredible customer service, email them and the President himself gets back to you shortly. I like the Brownings, Marlins, and of course Winnies, but for simplicity and fun factor Henry is your answer.
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Browning BL-22.
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I like my base model Henry, $238.00 out the door!
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so far, i absolutely LOVE my marlin golden 39a. its a 57-58 with the micro-groove barrel, and a substantial amount of neglect before it got to me. the aperture sight works very well once i tightened it down to the action, and got the pocket lint out of the peephole.
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Straight stocked Marlin Mountie. My personal favorite of all lever rimfires. Never quite warmed up to the pistol grip of the regular 39's...


ETA-Henry makes the smoothest cycling for the least amount of $$
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I've got a Winchester 255 that has performed flawlessly for thirty years. Great gun and I can shoot 1.5" groups at 100 yards all day.

//probably doesn't count, as its a .22 magnum.
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