I'm a Marlin guy, but I do have one of the Small Game rifles in .22mag. Too smooth, too slick. Seriously. I like levers because of the personality they have, and the Henrys just don't seem to have it. To me they feel like pot metal with a polyester coating. The Henry works--flawlessly, but it still feels like it was made by Hasbro. I can't stand the "big loop" either, but I can change that. Unfortunately, Marlin 1894s in 22 mag are hard to find and usually priced beyond what I have to spend, so for now, my 22mag lever gun is a Henry.