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#13736537 - 04/13/19 need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice  
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planning on buying a lever action 22 rifle and need some wisdom and knowledge from you all.

I've owned a Ithaca m72 in 22 mag and a Browning bl-22 in the passed. Both were great guns accurate and reliable.

I'm on the hunt for a shooter/hunting rifle can you give me the pros and cons and reviews of the following rifles:

Marlin 39 (prefer the lighter and trimmer models)
Browning BL-22
Winchester 9422

whichever I pick will be scoped

I know all are quality rifles which is why im considering these 3 models

Also could someone tell me which marlin 39 models are the lighter and trimmer models

Thanks in advance.


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#13736642 - 04/13/19 Re: need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice [Re: rockchucker]  
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Get a Marlin Golden 39a and you will be happy with one of the finest 22 rifles ever made.I bought mine new in 1975.It cost me $125.Look at what they run today.It is a great rifle as well as a great investment.They are very accurate too.When I put a scope on mine,I really found out just how accurate it really was.


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#13736682 - 04/13/19 Re: need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice [Re: rockchucker]  
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Marlin 39 is a great choice......watch Gun Broker....or maybe you can luck into

a local pawnshop deal...one of mine here...39A from 1954..20"

Great shooter....also have 39M's...Mounties are 20" also

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#13738346 - 04/13/19 Re: need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice [Re: rockchucker]  
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I have a 39A, bought about 1980, and a 9422 (bought used). I couldn’t sell either. Accuracy seems about the same, with the Marlin maybe a touch better. The 9422 is much lighter, which is the biggest advantage to it. If you want light, go with the 9422. It’s the one the grandkids grab when they are here. Both have smooth actions and good triggers.

I also have a Browning BL-22 Micro Midas. Neither the trigger nor the action match up to the 39A and 9422.

#13738686 - 04/13/19 Re: need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice [Re: rockchucker]  
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Rockchucker: I would go shopping for a Marlin Model 39.
In case you have not been shopping for one of these they are hard to find on the used market.
I wish "I" could be picky when 39 shopping - I just can't be, because they are so few and far in between (in excellent condition)!
I have found the "heavier" (longer) offerings in the Marlin 39 line fit me, balance with me and shoot better for me.
They are all fun to shoot and again I am always on the look-out for more 39's.
I have just 5 Marlin 39's now they all shoot very well for me (no scoped versions) - my Marlin 39 TDS (with 16 1/2" barrel) is new unfired in the "pouch" and will remain so.
Again, I wish it were not so, but Marlin 39's in good condition do not often come up for sale.
Best of luck to you in your decision and search.
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#13739098 - 04/14/19 Re: need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice [Re: rockchucker]  
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The 39's are awesome but don't discount the new Henry's! I like both.



#13739602 - 04/14/19 Re: need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice [Re: rockchucker]  
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The Henry's are already 'discounted'......

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#13759355 - 04/21/19 Re: need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice [Re: rockchucker]  
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i own Henrys,Winchesters,Brownings, Marlins all 22 LR lever rifles > The Marlin 39A is the finest lever 22 ever made


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