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Thread: Lever action 22 LR - Which one?????

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    I have a new Henry and my Marlin. Hands down Marlin. Good luck.

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    I only have a Winchester 9422, had it for over 30 years now. Very accurate, need no other. But I grew up on marlin model 60's and 70's, my brother's and I shot them till they wouldn't shoot no more. Still a model 70 hanging in the milkhouse for coon's and such, the sole survivor.

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    Thinking back now, It was the Remington Thunderbolts we shot. Thousands of them. Weekly trip to Farm and Fleet to buy them when we got our allowance. It was all us poor farm boys could afford at the time, They shot most of the time, crap ammo that they are, but it served the purpose at the time. Then I got a Winchester Ranger 30-30, and I was a big boy! LOL!

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    Love my Henry H001T, and it shoots Thunderjams just fine. A new one will cost you the same as a really ragged 39 or 9422 and comes with Henry's great customer service backing it. The BL-22 would be my second choice, it's a super nice gun with Miroku quality at a very reasonable price. We have gotten a few of the Rossi guns in at my side job shop and I don't think they are a good value even if they shoot ok. They cost almost as much as the USA made Henry that they are loosely copied from and Rossi's QC and customer service doesn't have the best reputation.
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    The thing about a .22 RF is that it has to be accurate to be useful. Small game, small target. I always wanted a Browning, liked that short throw action. And I've shouldered a Henry youth model and thought it fit just fine. Make a very handy and portable .22. Whatever you decide to go with, I hope it is accurate. These days it may be difficult to try more than a few makes of ammo.

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    Marlin 39A. Love the pistol grip. Shot my late brothers Erma lever 22 ( now a Henry) and while compact and quality, I greatly prefer the Marlin 39A. After finding good examples at gun shows for others, I finally about 5 years ago got one for myself. It was slightly appearance challenged but for $250, I found a great deal with such a sweet action. I prefer it over the Mountie

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    My vote goes for the Marlin 39 A also. I bought my first one new in 1973 or 1974 and have shot the heck out of it and it’s very accurate. Just last month I went to a gun show and found a like new 39 A that just had a great look to it, nice dark wood perfect blue and I bought it just because ?
    I have shot most all of the common lever guns in 22 RF and really like the Marlin best. I have a Marlin 57 M in 22 mag and it’s a nice gun but still not the quality of the 39 . Just last fall I could have bought a Marlin 57 in 22 LR and a Ruger 96/22 at a great price but passed. Although the Henry, Browning, and Winchester are nice guns also the 39 A is just the best.

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    The only lever .22 I have, currently is a Marlin 39A. I have had a Erma, Ithaca, Browning, and 2 Winchesters. The browning is my 2nd choice. I had one Winchester, a 9422 and it was a shooter. Traded it for 22-250. Got another 9422 XTR new in the box, was the worst shooting lever rifle I have ever had. It shot every brand of ammo at a different zero, by as much as 4" off, and would not do better than a 2" group sandbagged at 25yds. I called Winchester, they said sounded alright to them. I sold it at a gunshow. Around here you can still buy a slick 39A for $600-700, money well spent in my book.

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    My Browning BL-22 is very smooth and is accurate. Shoots 1 - 1 1/2" groups 5 shoots at 100 yards with midgrade ammo like cci green tag.

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    I have a Marlin 39 Mounty and really like it but I always wanted a Winchester 9422. I think the Winchester is the most handsome of 22 leverguns but they are very pricey and the reason I have never owned one.

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    I have a Marlin 39A, Browning BL22 and a couple of Henrys. The Henrys were the best buy but not the best gun. The Browning is by far the most accurate and dependable of the others. The Marlin and Browning have had hundreds of bricks of WW Wildcats through them. The Marlin has been to the gunsmith twice but the Browning just keeps going and going. I’ve had the BL22 for 50 years. The Marlin was passed down from the FIL it’s about 50 years old between us.
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    Well, I found a nice Marlin 39A Mountie. Picked it up today and didn’t have to pay a premium price. Action is smooth and tight. It has a couple of character marks on the buttstock, but in nice shape for an older gun.
    Does anyone know where I can trace the serial number to find year of manufacture..

    Happy day!!!!
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    the marlin 39a or mountie is by far the best 22 lever today

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Sackett View Post

    Well, I found a nice Marlin 39A Mountie.
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    Does anyone know where I can trace the serial number to find year of manufacture..

    https://oldguns.net/sn_php/marlinlookup.php
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    Thanks!!! Looks like my new toy was made in 1969.

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    I got a Henry h001 and I installed skinner sights to it. My own small game carbine!

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