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Old February 16th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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Which Rimfire Lever Action do You Like Best?

The Henry, Marlin or the Mossberg Tactical Lever Action?

(Just kidding on the Mossberg-- it isn't even in the equation-- it is a gun that never should have been)

Anybody have both the Marlin and the Henry??-- What do you think?


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Old February 16th, 2012, 08:26 PM   #2
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I've fired both and own the Marlin. The Marlin is a full sized rifle in length and weight, it just FEELS like a more substantial weapon. I owned three lever rifles at one point, the 39 is the one I still have.


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Old February 16th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #3
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Haven't had the chance to shoot the Henry we have yet, but I love shooting my dad's Marlin 39! I will say, the Henry I'm not real impressed with. It was a gift from my grandfather to my dad, and has never been fired by either of them. Yet when I went to clean it, I discovered the rod that goes into the tube mag was cracked in several places bad enough that it had to be pulled out (gingerly I might add) with a pair of pliers...and the lever on it feels like it was made out of plastic.


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Old February 16th, 2012, 08:31 PM   #4
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I have my Dad's Marlin 39A from the 1950's. I can't imagine a lever action rimfire any better.


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Old February 16th, 2012, 08:43 PM   #5
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I have a Henry Golden Boy and it's smooth and fun to shoot. I hear the Marlin 39a is the .22 lever to judge all others, but I've also read that the newer Marlins aren't what they used to be, so maybe something to look into.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 08:44 PM   #6
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I have seen a couple of the Henry's in 17 HMR, and seen them jam badly... Wasn't sure if it was the maker or the caliber, but one of the Henry Goldenboys I looked over had bad scratching on the brass PLATED receiver.... scratching all the way through the plating....

I haven't really seen too many of the Marlins, but know what fine rifles they make....


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Old February 16th, 2012, 08:45 PM   #7
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I will say that I wouldn't trust any Marlin made by Remington, not yet anyway.


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Old February 16th, 2012, 08:46 PM   #8
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I will say that I wouldn't trust any Marlin made by Remington, not yet anyway.
I'm with you on this!!!!


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Old February 16th, 2012, 08:46 PM   #9
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I have Marlin I honestly cant remember if its a 39 or not but its a lever 22 with a 16" barrel it breaks down and goes in a lil case it came with . They dont make them anymore but its a great lil shooter and pack gun .Ill dig it out tomorrow and find out what model it is .


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Old February 16th, 2012, 08:48 PM   #10
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Marlin......it's a full sized gun, even bigger than my M-92 in 44 Mag. The 39A is a 22 that you know isn't a toy or boys rifle.


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Old February 16th, 2012, 08:49 PM   #11
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I have been eyeballing the Ithaca M-49R .22
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Old February 16th, 2012, 09:13 PM   #12
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here it is . a Marlin 39tds . random online pick I didnt dig mine out .
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Old February 16th, 2012, 09:34 PM   #13
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Old Marlins, by a mile. Brand new Marlins (Remlins), no way.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 09:39 PM   #14
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here it is . a Marlin 39tds . random online pick I didnt dig mine out .
Oh I really really like that. Damn you for giving me something else to desire.
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Oh I really really like that. Damn you for giving me something else to desire.
I do apologize ,especially for this . They were only made for a few years and have become quite collectible and pricey .

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=273740298


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I do apologize ,especially for this . They were only made for a few years and have become quite collectible and pricey .

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=273740298
Ya I know, I had the same issue with a Marlin 1894P snagged one for around $500 but it took some working thats for sure! Why do they always discontinue successful guns?

Barring that beauty Ill stick with my Ithaca hunt (most are singles, the tube guns are fairly hard to get).
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Old February 16th, 2012, 09:51 PM   #17
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Ya I know, I had the same issue with a Marlin 1894P snagged one for around $500 but it took some working thats for sure! Why do they always discontinue successful guns?
My father bought it new in the late 80s early 90s for around $300 if I remember right . Ive got it now , it hasnt been fired much but when I did its a fun lil rifle .

And I agree they always stop making the good stuff they are great lil rifles .

Im still looking for a camp 45 . I missed one in the classifieds awhile back .


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Old February 17th, 2012, 03:45 PM   #18
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Go with the Marlin 39. You won't be sorry.
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Old February 17th, 2012, 04:16 PM   #19
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Buy once cry once,, I bought my kid a Browning BL22
You can buy a plain model up to a fancy model.
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Buy once cry once,, I bought my kid a Browning BL22
You can buy a plain model up to a fancy model.

Another great choice. They don't make a 'bad" Browning.


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