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22LR lever actions

#1 Post by mickbr » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:37 am

So I'm just researching 22LR lever actions for someone rejoining the hobby after a long time. Wondering if I missed any as 22LR levers not really my area?

Current Browning- good reports
Current Henry- has aluminium and plastic parts?
Winchester 9422, out of production but good if you can find one for a decent price
Marlin 39A- are they still in production?

Any I missed or thoughts in general?

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Re: 22LR lever actions

#2 Post by AJMD429 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:00 am

For the money, I think the Henrys are great. There are two different grades though, and I don't know the details but the used one my son bought had a plastic ramp and sight on the front, but we were able to order the better version from Henry and upgrade the rifle. Used Winchester's and other 92 clones are out there as well that you might find for a decent price.

My personal favorite is the Ruger 96/22, and I have one that has an inner girly suppressed barrel* The barrel is actually one they make for a Ruger 10/22, but it is easy to modify for installation on the 96. It makes a great pest elimination rifle as well as beginner gun for new shooters since the noise is eliminated pretty effectively.

* otherwise known as an integrally-suppressed barrel; that was a voice-to-text that I just had to leave in there... :lol:

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I had a second 22 WMR one I converted to 17 HMR, but I think it would explode a squirrel unless there is non-fragile bullet loads you can get.

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Re: 22LR lever actions

#3 Post by 2ndovc » Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:05 am

Lots of used levers on Gunbroker.com

I have two Marlin 39As, one is a Century LTD, that's quite accurate but has to be cleaned every hundred rounds or so to feed properly. The other one I have was made in the late '50s and is one of my favorite .22s, feeds everything and can go through a whole brick of 22lrs or more w/o needing to be cleaned.

I've had a couple of the 9422s and they worked fine, I sold them after they were discontinued and shot up in prices.

Good luck on your search, that's part of the fun!

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#4 Post by Chuck 100 yd » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:20 am

The Marlin is now a custom shop gun and come at a very high price. I am told. I bought mine about 5-6years back ,A very accurate rifle ,made before Rem. buy out.

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Re: 22LR lever actions

#5 Post by Pete44ru » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:22 am

mickbr wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:37 am

Wondering if I missed any as 22LR levers not really my area?

Current Browning- good reports
Current Henry- has aluminium and plastic parts?
Winchester 9422, out of production but good if you can find one for a decent price
Marlin 39A- are they still in production?

Any I missed or thoughts in general ?


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Re: 22LR lever actions

#6 Post by gamekeeper » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:34 am

I'm still trying to wear out my old 9422 so I can buy a brand new Henry carbine.... :?

Pete, Uberti also made a 73 in .22 I still regret selling mine... :cry:
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Re: 22LR lever actions

#7 Post by hfcable » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:11 pm

there are a few I still need to get: the current Mossberg, the uberti silver boy, etc
here are the ones I have on hand now:

my current list [ not complete, and there are more than one example of a number of these ]

winchester original 1873 22 long
marlin 1891 sideloader 22 lr
marlin 1892 22 LR
marlin 1897 22lr
marlin 39 22lr
marlin 39A 22lr
marlin 56 22lr
marlin 57 22lr
marlin 57M 22 mag
Mossberg 402 "palomino" 22 lr
remington 76 22lr [ nylon stocked ]
ithaca 49R 22 lr [ the repeater, american made, and poorly at that]
ithaca 72 22 lr [ german] [ was also sold by iver johnson as their wagonmaster ]
ithaca 72 22mag
winchester 250 22lr
winchester 255 22 mag
Noble 275 22 LR
marlin 1894M 22 mag
Browning BL 22 22 lr
winchester 94 22 lr
winchester 94 22 mag
ruger 96/22 LR
ruger 96/22 mag
Uberti 1873 SRC 22 mag
Uberti 1866 SRC 22 LR
Uberti 1866 SRC 22 mag
Uberti 1866 rifle 22 LR
Rossi/Taurus LA 62 22 LR
Colt Colteer 22 LR prototype ( the only one)
Henry Golden boy 22

the marlins include Mountie, and century limited
I have shot all these rifles
and my favorite of all is the 1897 marlin, deluxe, with 28" tapered octagon barrel, tang sight, etc and it really shoots well.
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Re: 22LR lever actions

#8 Post by 2ndovc » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:39 pm

Skip the Ithaca's, they're junk and made of soft metal.

I'm sure someone will be along to tell me I'm wrong, but I was given one as a teenager by a family friend that didn't know anything about firearms. Total piece of junk.

Anything that says Marlin, Winchester or Browning will do what you need. Henry too, from what I hear but I've never shot one.

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#9 Post by t.r. » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:15 pm

Henry's rifle is built under an older ERMA patent. It is a keeper!

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Re: 22LR lever actions

#10 Post by hfcable » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:25 pm

t.r. wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:15 pm
Henry's rifle is built under an older ERMA patent. It is a keeper!

TR

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thought so....and the Ithaca 72, the Iver Johnson, ERMA, and maybe other brand names were all the same West German import

they seem to work well and are accurate in my experience.
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#11 Post by Marvin S » Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:51 pm

I have one 22 lever gun, a Marlin 1897 Texan. Sweet little rifle.

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#12 Post by fordwannabe » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:32 pm

I have several of the afore mentioned 22 levers and most will do what you want. I have recently been playing with my Marlin model 57 and am impressed with it.
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#13 Post by rossim92 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:47 am

i Have a henry .22 lever. one smooth action rifle!!!. also have the henry pump action .22wmr . sweet thing too. nothing wrong with henry far I can tell. ( I don't see very far either) :D
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Re: 22LR lever actions

#14 Post by Larkbill » Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:41 pm

Remington Nylon 76

Still want an older 39 but for now this will do.
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Re: 22LR lever actions

#15 Post by Tanqueray » Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:31 pm

Norinco made one too, although no doubt a copy of someone else’s.
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#16 Post by JB » Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:16 pm

I'm not impressed with the Henry rifles, but the 9422's and 39's are great fun guns. I always loved the looks and short lever throw on the BL22's though. I never owned one of the Rugers. I'm sure they're good guns, but they just don't have the classic lever gun look to me.

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Re: 22LR lever actions

#17 Post by mickbr » Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:42 am

JB wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:16 pm
I'm not impressed with the Henry rifles, but the 9422's and 39's are great fun guns. I always loved the looks and short lever throw on the BL22's though. I never owned one of the Rugers. I'm sure they're good guns, but they just don't have the classic lever gun look to me.
Yes thats why I sort of left the ruger 96 and some of the rarer historical pieces out of the question. More after traditional lever types and they want something still pretty common or still in production.

Thanks all for the info though, there are some great lists of information above by Pete44 and hfcable.

Btw the Chinese norinco mentioned is the Jw21 , just googled it.

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#18 Post by 2ndovc » Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:13 am

I know the Henry .22s aren't all that attractive, but someone here (I wish I could remember who) did a marathon torture test on one it held up quite well. I've been wanting one of their .327 Federals for some time. I have a gift card just wating to be spent at one of my favorite shops. Maybe time for an early Christmas present. 8) Or one of the .410s :D :D

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Re: 22LR lever actions

#19 Post by barbarossa » Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:29 am

The 410 lever gun Henry's are great ,I have one and love it

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#20 Post by t.r. » Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:54 pm

I've been shooting targets like this for several years with my Henry carbine. Scope is Bushnell 1.5 to 4.5X. It's a keeper!

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Re: 22LR lever actions

#21 Post by DPris » Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:51 pm

I did the Henry Golden Boy marathon endurance run.
At 22,000 rounds, when it started to show extraction problems, I cleaned it for the first time.
I ran it to 28,000 rounds total, replaced one extractor myself.

After the run, shipped the gun back to Henry for analysis, it was returned with ONE part replaced. The coil locking block spring had busted into three pieces along the way, but the gun had continued to function to the end of testing.

Henry found no severe wear or tolerance changes needing refurb.
I bought that gun at the end, I was that impressed.
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Re: 22LR lever actions

#22 Post by GunnyMack » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:54 pm

I had a BL22 many moons ago, what no good. it couldn't shoot a 3" group at 25 yds. I even tried scoping it but it still wouldn't shoot so down the road it went.
I've shot a few Henry's, I like them, smooth and accurate enough.

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Re: 22LR lever actions

#23 Post by DPris » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:57 pm

I did a head-to-head between a BL22 & a Golden Boy.
The Golden Boy won.
Slicker & more accurate at 50 yards.
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Re: 22LR lever actions

#24 Post by 30-30 » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:26 am

I too only own a HENRY Classic Lever Action .22 Carbine (H001L). It is the most accurate .22-cal. levergun I have ever owned. I had a Browning BL-22 for several years but it didn't shoot as well as the Henry...plus I really never liked the short throw of the BL-22 lever... :)
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