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#1 razorbill10

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 06:33 PM

i'm new to this site and i'm buying a lever action 22 lr and am interested in the henry mainly because of price.is there a reason why the browning bl and marlin 39 cost more (ie:are they better quality,or just paying for the name)or should i stay away from one of these.it will be used for hunting in the bush mainly,any opinions would be appreciated

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 10:57 AM

I recently bought the basic Henry H001, .22 lever action. I saw it at a gun show and fell in love with the walnut stock and forearm. I did not go to the show with the intention of buying a rifle, only a carry holster for my .380. I must say it is one of the most fun .22s I have ever shot. I grew up as a teenager shooting a Win 62A pump. I would give my eyeteeth for that .22. It was stolen while I was away in college. I later replaced it with a Rossi clone, and it shoots great, but it is not a Winchester. My brother-in-law that I used to hunt with as a kid had a Marlin mdl 39 I believe. he was about the only person that could out shoot me. That Marlin was slick and still shoots like brand new. We hunted together 50 years ago. I have never shot the Browning LA, but it is pretty gun for 2Xs the money. I have a Browning 241 I bought in the 60's to take the place of a 1926 Remington model 24 I shot untilI retired it when I go my Win. 62A in 1954.

Right now, I would say buy the Henry and don't look back unless $$ is a non-issue. And if that were the case I would buy one each. But I would look for one of the older Marlin's rather than something newer. The Browning has a very short lever stroke, but I don't see where the slightly longer throw of the Henry is a problem. It is shorter than the Marlin (as I remember it to be, anyway.) And the customer care of Henry is superb. Browning, Remington etc. are rightly proud of their customer care. The few times I have ever called on one of the major arms manufacturers they have responded. But never in 5 minutes to an e-mail that I sent to the president of Henry.



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Posted 22 December 2008 - 02:46 PM

QUOTE(razorbill10 @ Dec 16 2008, 06:33 PM) View Post
i'm new to this site and i'm buying a lever action 22 lr and am interested in the henry mainly because of price.is there a reason why the browning bl and marlin 39 cost more (ie:are they better quality,or just paying for the name)or should i stay away from one of these.it will be used for hunting in the bush mainly,any opinions would be appreciated




I have seen several Henrys at our local range. One friend of mine shoots one in our 50 yard silhouette match in the open sight class and has a blast with it (at least a dozen monthly matches so far). I have never witnessed his jamming or misfiring.



On the other hand, one is getting more than a name with the Browning BL22, Marlin 39, or Winchester 9422. I have a Marlin 39 and a 9422 and they are truly great rifles. The basic Marlin design has been around since 1899 and its marvelously machined steel receiver is a feeding and firing masterpiece. My 9422 is all steel and walnut as well and it edges out the Marlin and even a few of my bolt guns in the accuracy department. The Henry's receiver cover is made of zinc I believe.
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Posted 22 December 2008 - 03:44 PM

I've got the Browning BL 22 and it is a great rifle, except for the trigger. The trigger is VERY heavy, crisp, but heavy. I've been spoiled lately by the reworked triggers in my 10/22s and the triggers in my CZs, which makes the heavy trigger of the Browning a bit of an obstacle to accuracy, IMO. I still love the rifle, the short lever throw and the balance make it a lot of fun to shoot. Ammo seems to disappear about as quickly as with a semi auto biggrin.gif .
Whichever you decide to get, I think you'll be happy. The Henry is a great little rifle for the money and very accurate.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 07:11 PM

i just bought the henry 001 .22 lr and like it.i like the fact that its built in the u.s (all parts included),havn't tried its accuracy but it has a smooth action and shoots well.should be a fun little bush rifle and put a dent in the rabbit population.thanks for the comments.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 10:14 PM

No personal experience, but I've heard the factory service is very good for Henry. I have a 39A and it's deffinately a quality built steel and walnut rifle. I have handled a couple of newer ones that felt kind of rough... mine is a 1980 model, has been shot very little and is smooth.
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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:23 PM

Razorbill10, you won't be unhappy. It is a fun little gun to shoot. I had mine out Saturday supposedly to hunt squirrels, but since I didn't see one immediately upon getting out of the truck, I spent the next hour or so shooting targets, stumps, butterflies, and one big ole grasshopper. It is a really pretty little gun.
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 10:17 AM

I have a Henry Hoo1L which is the basic .22 with a larger lever. I also have a Winchester 9422m and a Marlin model 60sb semi-auto with scope. I like them all and the Winchester is the best quality, but I now shoot the Henry most of the time as it is the most fun, there is just something about moving that smooth lever over and over that I love. Squirrels around here are doomed, it hits everyone I aim at and I am old now and thought I needed a scope, hence the Marlin, but with the Henry I just hardly ever miss. Get one, you will like it, and it is made here which I liked.
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