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Old October 26th, 2019, 12:01 AM #1
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Really Thinking About a Browning BL-22

I like the idea of a nice iron sights 22 plinker that's faster than a bolt action. Any experience with a BL-22? There is always a pump action Remmy or Henry as an alternative.
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What about a Browning SA-22? That is one fun plinking rifle. Combination of a light, fast action carbine with the feel of a gallery gun on some fair's midway.

It will give a 10-22 a run for its' money in the grins and giggles department.

For a lever action, it is hard to beat a Henry right now.

For a pump action, there are the Italian Colt Lighting reproductions from Uberti and Chiappa but they do cost a pretty penny.
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I like the idea of a nice iron sights 22 plinker that's faster than 1 bolt action. Any experience with one? There is always a pump action Remmy or Henry as an alternative.
I gave a higher grade BL22 to my younger son when he was about 11 or 12 years old. They are built with much better materials and to better specs than the Remmy or the Henrys will ever have. They shoot well and you son will be able to give it to one of his children.
The Browning is the best buy in 22 levers.
Stop in at Atlantic and look at them.
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Just remember that the Browning has a short throw lever. Some folks used to full travel levers can't get used to these.
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Short throw does take a bit of getting used to but you won't go wrong with Browning quality.
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I agree the Browning is in a separate, higher class than the others. Alternatively, in a lever action, you could seek out an older Marlin 39. Consider a Marlin 39M, with the 20" barrel.

Or as an alternate alternative, find a Browning T Bolt.
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You have to watch out for the salt stocks on the T bolt. Many had corrosion where you couldn't see it without disassembling the rifle.
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I agree the Browning is in a separate, higher class than the others. Alternatively, in a lever action, you could seek out an older Marlin 39. Consider a Marlin 39M, with the 20" barrel.

Or as an alternate alternative, find a Browning T Bolt.
What about the new manufacture T Bolts?
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What about the new manufacture T Bolts?
Not an issue with new manufacture.
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Not an issue with new manufacture.
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