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Old 06-03-2021, 10:36 AM   #1
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Looks like I'm going to decide on the Henry for my youngest. His first gun.

I haven't found a clean Winchester 9422. That is our preference.

Does anyone think something else should be considered?
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Old 06-03-2021, 10:40 AM   #2
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My son has a little henry 22 and he loves it. It does have an aluminum receiver that is painted. The paint does chip off since he uses his quit often.
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Old 06-03-2021, 10:41 AM   #3
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Marlin 39a would be my first choice
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Old 06-03-2021, 10:51 AM   #4
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Marlin 39a would be my first choice
I haven't handled one. You like it more than the 9422?
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Old 06-03-2021, 10:56 AM   #5
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Marlin 39a would be my first choice
Absolutely this. A better rifle than the 9422 IMO. Especially an older model rather than the remlins that are out there.
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Old 06-03-2021, 11:06 AM   #6
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An older (pre-Rem) 39a would be my first choice as well but they are quite pricey - if you can find one. I have several Henry lever guns and have been very happy with them - they make a youth model in .22LR
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Old 06-03-2021, 11:14 AM   #7
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I'd do a bolt action for a "first" rifle. Both Marlin 39's and Winchester 9422's are overpriced, IMHO, and parts availability on the 9422 is already kind of spotty. The Henry is a good rifle, as well, or a Browning lever .22, if going with a lever.

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Old 06-03-2021, 11:16 AM   #8
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My goldenboy is currently my favorite .22

I've fondled, but haven't shot the winchester.
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Old 06-03-2021, 11:47 AM   #9
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My all time favorite was a Remington Gallery gun made on a browning patent.
Been kicking myself for the last 50 years for ever letting it go.
https://www.remingtonsociety.org/rem...loading-rifles

I used to shoot these at the Texas State Fair many years ago (1950's) and try to win a teddy bear by shooting out a little red dot. Finally got it done after a dollars worth of quarters and the hawker tried to cheat me out of it. Some grownups came to my rescue and offered to whoop his ***** if he didn't give me my prize. Hey a dollar in quarters back then is $25 bucks today.

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Old 06-03-2021, 11:48 AM   #10
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I love my Henry H001 so much that I bought my daughter one for her first birthday. Going to be a while before she can shoot it though lol
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Old 06-03-2021, 11:52 AM   #11
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Marlin 39a would be my first choice
Mine too
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Old 06-03-2021, 12:10 PM   #12
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I got my boys the marlin model 60... It's been a good gun to plink and hunt with for them.
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Old 06-03-2021, 12:22 PM   #13
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I haven't handled one. You like it more than the 9422?
I like them better Extremely well built rifles
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Old 06-03-2021, 02:10 PM   #14
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Savage Rascal. Cheap and ACCURATE!
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Old 06-03-2021, 04:18 PM   #15
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Just me but if I were buying it would be a Anschutz or CZ bolt gun for his first one. Thinking if he is capable of a more complicated lever gun a bolt rifle should work too.
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Old 06-03-2021, 04:52 PM   #16
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my opinion is that bolt or semi autos are better for first guns. having to de-cock the hammer is tough on new shooters when they decide not to take a shot.
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Old 06-05-2021, 08:35 AM   #17
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He's been shooting a single shot pump open sight bolt .22 pellet gun for 2 years. Lever is what he wants and he's ready for. His gun safety habits are flawless.

Haven't found a clean and reasonable 9422 like mine (45 yrs). Trying to decide if the BLR is $200 more gun than the Henry.
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Old 06-05-2021, 09:12 AM   #18
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He's been shooting a single shot pump open sight bolt .22 pellet gun for 2 years. Lever is what he wants and he's ready for. His gun safety habits are flawless.

Haven't found a clean and reasonable 9422 like mine (45 yrs). Trying to decide if the BLR is $200 more gun than the Henry.
I think you on right trac...I not a fan of Semi auto anything...Teaches them BAD HABITS..Learn to make first shot count...and then step up to semi afew years down road if wana
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Old 06-05-2021, 09:33 AM   #19
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The 9422 is worth the money. Balance, fit, and finish makes it desirable.
The Marlin 39 is decent. More wood than necessary. Rattling forends are common on older models.
The Henry is made in the USA but looks like it was made in China.

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Old 06-05-2021, 12:35 PM   #20
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What is your budget for a clean 9422?

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Old 06-05-2021, 06:53 PM   #21
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Browning BL22 is a very nice gun too. The lever is different though.
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Old 06-05-2021, 06:59 PM   #22
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I think the BLR is worth $200 more than a Henry
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Old 06-06-2021, 01:23 PM   #23
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My experience with Henry in general has left much to be desired. I had an Evil Roy that was a hunk of junk. Not to say they don’t work but they are equal in manufacturing to heritage rough riders except way overpriced.

There is no substitute for a 9422 except maybe a Browning. No doubt I’d lay the extra $$ down for the Browning.

I never liked a Marlin 39 I’ve owned

I’d just buy a regular ole Ruger 10/22 if you don’t wanna spend much

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Old 06-06-2021, 01:30 PM   #24
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Browning BL22 is a very nice gun too. The lever is different though.
I have one from my childhood. They came out a few years ahead of the Winchester and are still being made today. That speaks volumes. The lever only opens to about 30 degrees making it very fast and comfortable to cycle.
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Old 06-06-2021, 01:37 PM   #25
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I'd hold out for a 9422.
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Old 06-07-2021, 08:24 AM   #26
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I'd hold out for a 9422.
I would too, I have been for a while. I had one, probably the best overall 22 LR I have ever owned. That thing was a great gun. I have had a couple of 22s that were more accurate, but they were not lever guns, they were expensive bolt actions. For a lever action, they are quite accurate, and extremely reliable.
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Old 06-08-2021, 02:12 PM   #27
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Cant go wrong with a Winchester XTP or Marlin lever 22.
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Old 06-09-2021, 10:59 AM   #28
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i have a marlin 1897 texan that is pretty awesome . basically a 39a with octagon barrel and fancier wood and straight stock.
i added williams peep sights on it and it shoots great on nra steel pigs to 150 yards.
my eyes are getting worse however and i might sell it in the near future.

my cz 452 silhouette is my favorite throw around rifle , it shoots ragged 1 hole groups at 50 with eley subs. just ordered a 25 moa base so i can get it to 200 and 300 ..

my favorite of all time 22lr is my krico 340 silhouette ... but that's a unicorn , you won't find one. https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...ighlight=krico
buddy of mine just got a tikka t3 22lr ... we shot them as a little friendly competition last weekend ... barricade rifle match , tikka did well to 300 yards .. 19.5 mil to get there but he was able to connect on 12x12 sheet of steel without a single miss ... good enough in my book .

my ruger 10/22 franken gun made it to 400 on steel prone using cci mini mag , but i had pretty bad vertical dispersion and could only connect 50% ... subs didn't even make the cut at 400 ...
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Old 06-09-2021, 11:57 AM   #29
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Its to bad Ruger stopped making the 96/22. This was the first gun I ever bought when i was probably 12 years old. I have several tube fed lever actions and nothing ruins the hunt like loosing your tube plunger.
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Old 06-09-2021, 12:03 PM   #30
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I’ve had both, I prefer the Henry evidently, because I still have it. He won’t be disappointed. Unfortunately, the Winchester name doesn’t mean as much as it used to.
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Old 06-11-2021, 07:24 AM   #31
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Bought my son a Golden Boy 3 years ago. It’s his favorite. I have a 94/22(not for sale) and it is a great gun but no better than the Henry IMO.
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