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Old 07-09-2019, 2:50 PM
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I would go for the Henry, mostly because they're pretty widely available and very affordable used and new. I have the octagonal barrel "frontier" model in .22LR, I bought it brand new for $380. Had I looked for it used I probably could have grabbed it for much less.

The reason I say this is that I am not sure build quality is much of an issue with .22LR lever action rifles. The Winchester 94s do have some really cool looking engraved receivers and walnut stocks and everything, if that's worth the extra $650+ dollars, then go for it. But, if I were going to drop the cash on a Winchester 94, I'd just go with one of the larger caliber ones (like the 30-30). Just my thoughts.

A lever action .22 is going to be a blast plinking and shooting snakes and squirrels with no matter which one you get. I would go with whatever one you feel makes you look cooler while shooting. The extra flair does look cool, I just liked the finish of the stock on the Henry and I wanted the longer octagonal barrel so I went with that one. The octagonal barrel on the 94/22 is significantly more scratch and I didn't want the nickel engraved receiver bad enough to pay the difference. BUT the Winchester's I've seen in person are basically heirloom quality.
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Holding the Winchester 9422 you feel liked you the only kid on the block has the Winchester. The price tag for the Winchester 9422 is around 1K, I am a cheap guy, for 1K to spend on the .22LR rifle instead of get the Winchester 9422 I will get : a Henry lever, S&W 15-22 and Ruger 10-22. Or a Henry Golden Boy and 20K rds of .22LR ammo
And of course you can get the Winchester if money is no subject.

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I have a once fired 1974 Winchester 94 30/30 and a 1950s ridden hard and put away wet Marlin 336 30/30. Having only shot the Marlin but cycled and handled both, I really prefer the Marlin.
Is the difference between the Winchester 9422 and Marlin 39A equivalent to the difference between the Winchester 94 30/30 and the Marlin 336 30/30?
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I have a once fired 1974 Winchester 94 30/30 and a 1950s ridden hard and put away wet Marlin 336 30/30. Having only shot the Marlin but cycled and handled both, I really prefer the Marlin.
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Is the difference between the Winchester 9422 and Marlin 39A equivalent to the difference between the Winchester 94 30/30 and the Marlin 336 30/30?

Probably not. The 9422 is a lot like the 94, but the 39A is not much like a 336 IMO (the Mountie has a straight wrist unlike the 336 or full size 39A, so if anything itís more like a 94!).




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The pistol grip of the 336 is more comfortable and points more naturally for me than the straight stock of the 94. The 336 also cycles as smooth as glass whereas the 94 has several distinct clunky motions to cycle it. It could very well be that the 94ís action will slick up once itís been fired more.

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Probably not. The 9422 is a lot like the 94, but the 39A is not much like a 336 IMO (the Mountie has a straight wrist unlike the 336 or full size 39A, so if anything itís more like a 94!).
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I havenít picked up our 39A yet but it has a pistol grip and looks a lot like the 336 to me.
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The pistol grip of the 336 is more comfortable and points more naturally for me than the straight stock of the 94. The 336 also cycles as smooth as glass whereas the 94 has several distinct clunky motions to cycle it. It could very well be that the 94ís action will slick up once itís been fired more.
Yeah I was wondering if it was the stock. I grew up shooting straight stocks so pistol grips feel a little odd to me, but I like them fine. As for the action, the 336 is a (relatively) more modern design, having been created in the 40ís rather than the 1890ís. The cylindrical bolt definitely helps give the smooth feel, and I believe it has fewer moving parts. (Iíve completely stripped both, but not for a while now so donít hold me to that)

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I havenít picked up our 39A yet but it has a pistol grip and looks a lot like the 336 to me.

Ok thatís probably a full size, not a Mountie. The action should be nice and easy to work, but to me at least not the same feel as 336. The action dates from the same era as the 94.

Iíll be curious what you think about the length after youíve had it for a while. I had both Mountie and full size but sold the full size because it felt unwieldy as a plinking gun with its 24 inch barrel. The Mountie has a 20 inch barrel like most 94 and 336 models.

Anyhow I hope you & your kid enjoy the gun! Canít wait until my kids are old (and responsible) enough to shoot!


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Old 07-13-2019, 8:25 AM
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When I was shopping for lever 22s late last year I was lucky enough to see a few in person. I now have a Winchester 9422 XTR. It’s beautiful and has a very smooth action. I paid a lot for it, $800, and that actually seems like it was a good price.

One shop had a Marlin 39A Mountie. It was a nice gun, but the action was not as smooth and the finish was not as nice as the 9422. The shop wanted $600, and the rifle had a few scratches.

The Henry lever 22 seemed as smooth as the 9422. The Henry levers are nice gun’s at a great price in my opinion.

Because a lever gun is a classic style, I decided to go with an older classic gun instead of a new production gun. After seeing and cycling the 9422, I was willing to pay the extra money. Also, I already owned a Marlin 1894, and did not own a Winchester.

You won’t go wrong with any of them. They will all be fun to shoot. Get the one that gives you the biggest smile when you pick it up.

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Marlin 39A is another excellent choice. And there are plenty used ones in great shape.
I have the carbine (Mountie) version. love it.
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Old 08-11-2019, 10:02 PM
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That Henry Long Ranger in 6.5C appeals to me. I have drank the 6.5 kool aid. New pet round, plus mag loaded.
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I own both the Winchester 9422 and 9422M. They are jewels indeed! They look brand new. I love them both. If you can find one, get it.
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Browning BL22 is a great lever gun in .22. I have heard good things about Henry but my Browning is awesome!
I bought a Henry and my son in law bought a Browning the same week. The Henry is nice but the Browning is fantastic.
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Old 08-14-2019, 8:39 PM
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Winchester 9422 - Michael Jordan
Marlin 39A - Kobe Bryant
Browning BL22 - Allen Iverson
Henry H001 - Ray Allen
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Winchester Model 250

http://guncollectionsonline.com/winchester250.htm

I've seen them go for the $175-$350 price range.

I "inherited" a mint Model 255 which is the 22 mag version. I had no idea what it was until I researched it. Found out with the wood checkering and metal engraving it's the "deluxe" model and auction prices are above $700!
So instant "safe queen", with me on the hunt for a decent priced different 22 mag rifle of some kind to shoot along with my 22 mag handguns.

http://www.guncollectionsonline.com/winchester255.htm
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i'm currently finding myself deciding too.

but only between the henry golden boy or the browning bl-22

checked online and the golden boy can be had for about $431.5 before tax and the bl-22 i found online would cost me $529 before tax

(gun + shipping + FFL transfer fee added already)

so the difference is $97.50 ; is the browning worth about $100 more than the henry golden boy?
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Never owned the browning (have marlin). When I was looking though, I recall the browning was rather complicated (assembly).
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Best 22 LR lever action is a Marlin.

Marlin Mode 39. Heavy barrel. It is the best hands down. Good luck OP.
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If only Henry made the 22lr in a steel frame.
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i'm currently finding myself deciding too.

but only between the henry golden boy or the browning bl-22

checked online and the golden boy can be had for about $431.5 before tax and the bl-22 i found online would cost me $529 before tax

(gun + shipping + FFL transfer fee added already)

so the difference is $97.50 ; is the browning worth about $100 more than the henry golden boy?
For me, Golden Boy is too heavy to hold and shoot offhand. It's a bench rest gun. But it's got a slicker action and better feeling trigger. BL22 is lighter. Can be comfortably shot offhand.
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Never owned the browning (have marlin). When I was looking though, I recall the browning was rather complicated (assembly).
BL22 is a PAIN to reassemble. I will not fieldstrip that EVER again unless I HAVE to. There's a tiny spring that's the source of pain. I don't know why John Browning made his guns so complicated.
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I don't think John M. Browning had anything to do with the BL-22.
The Man was dead 50yrs before the BL-22 was introduced.

But I could be work, My Wife tells me that all the time.
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I just purchased a straight stock marlin 39A off of gunbroker and it's now working its way out of the Midwest toward my FFL.
Gunbroker is full of pistol grip 39As, Golden Mounties and the like but the listed straight stock versions are in limited quantities.
I missed out on a 60s BNIB Golden Mountie a month ago that went into several "overtime" periods and sold for around $1050.00 but I couldn't pass up this gold triggered pre safety 1988 39A for a "buy it now" price of $449.00. I couldn't believe it either!
Photos look very good and from a respected dealer so I'll see it in a couple of days.
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The current American Rifleman mag has a review of the Henry lever guns.
Original Henry, My Golden Boy, Big Boy steel, Big Boy classic, .30-.30 steel, .30-.30 brass and the .45-70 case hardened models.

Accuracy varies but that .22LR Golden Boy beats all of them at 50 yards.
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The current American Rifleman mag has a review of the Henry lever guns.
Original Henry, My Golden Boy, Big Boy steel, Big Boy classic, .30-.30 steel, .30-.30 brass and the .45-70 case hardened models.

Accuracy varies but that .22LR Golden Boy beats all of them at 50 yards.
Jimi, did you ever get that Henry "Long Ranger" you were thinking about?

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I JUST GOT MY HENRY FOR $250 ALMOST BRAND NEW.. ITS the classic.. very nice and easy to handle. i can shoot clothes pins off a line at 25 yards.. i actrually shot the damn clothes line off too...ooops.. the other ones are two heavy for 22lR .. now i want to buy 22Short ammo for higher capacity.
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Nope, it still nags at me. If I ever see one I might break down and buy it. So far they are rare in California.
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Another vote for a Browning, love mine...
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The BL-22 is a quality and fun rifle.
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I probably won't pick up a Henry, since I found a screaming deal on an Ithaca 72 saddlegun. Basically, it's the same gun as the Henry but was made in West Germany. I'm real happy with mine and they are a lot cheaper (being only available used) and most people don't know about them.
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I have a Winchester 9422. It's in a different league than a Henry.
I thought the Henrys were pretty smooth... until I handled a '60s vintage (IIRC) 9422. Made the Henry feel like it was full of gravel.

Kinda still kicking myself for letting it get away.
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BL-22
Winchester 9422 straight checkered stock
Winchester 9422 XTR Classic - curved neck and steel buttstock
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I thought the Henrys were pretty smooth... until I handled a '60s vintage (IIRC) 9422. Made the Henry feel like it was full of gravel.

Kinda still kicking myself for letting it get away.
Yeah, just opening the action and looking inside gives it all away. The Winchester is made so much better than the Henry. Mine doesn't shoot better then the Henry but its $600.00 manufactured better.
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I own a 9422 and love it, but they tend to be on the pricey side. I have shot several Henry's and for the price they are amazing. Everyone I have handled showed great build quality.
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I have a Browning BL 22 grade ll that I bought new in 1979. Still in great shape and I think I paid about 200 dollars for it. In 2000 I bought a Winchester 9422 Trapper for my wife after I found out they quit manufacturing that model. At that time Gordon's Guns in San Bernardino was able to get one of two that were available from his distributor. I paid about 435 dollars for it brand new and to this day it remains in the box unfired.
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