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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.


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#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

#13777294 - 04/28/19 Re: need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice [Re: rockchucker]  
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Winchester 9422.

#13779012 - 04/28/19 Re: need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice [Re: rockchucker]  
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I have shot my Marlins in 39a s since about 1969, maybe a bit earlier... I love those rifles, but a few years ago I picked up a 9422mag.. I liked it so much I got a LR to match.. I find the action smoother and less complicated than the 39.. Either will do fine, but I would prefer the WW... About 20 years ago, I passed on a 9422 with maybe a 24 inch barrel... I have been kicking my self ever since...


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#13779182 - 04/28/19 Re: need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice [Re: rockchucker]  
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I bought a Henry H001 a few years ago. I'm quite pleased with it. Like anything mass produced you going to get good and bad ones.

#13784810 - 04/30/19 Re: need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice [Re: saskfox]  
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My choice is a Marlin 56

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#13823944 - 05/15/19 Re: need advice on a 22 lever rifle choice [Re: rockchucker]  
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I faced the same choice not very long ago. I actually bought a Henry Golden Boy initially but this was before I really knew what all was possible but they do currently make and sell Henry's which is something they don't do with any of the other choices. You really can't count the custom order Marlin 39.


Anyway the thing that really got me going was a NutNFancy YouTube Video and why he choose the Winchester 9422 as his favorite. After viewing this video I spent hours researching and comparing the Marlin 39 VS the Winchester 9422. Frankly I couldn't wait to replace the Henry Golden Boy with it's Brasslite cover. Anyway the conclusion after spending hours doing my research was no different than what and why he came to his conclusion on the Winchester 9422. Frankly I recommend you do the same and do your research and determine for yourself which one works best for you.


Me, I'm as happy as punch with my Winchester 9422.


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Oh, and by the way. Not that I recommend the Single Shot Lever as your first and only but these are also a great 22 Lever Guns as well. Winchester 1885 Low Wall.


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