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Old 02-06-2020, 06:22 AM
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I've also owned the "Big Three", the 39A/39M, 9422 and the Browning.

I don't consider a Henry to be even close to the others, although they are accurate and smooth, to me they just look and feel cheap.

As far as quality, the Marlin and Winchester edge out the BL-22, but the sweet handling and short throw of the Browning have me grabbing it over the others nearly every time I go out.
We've had a mild winter here so far, and nearly every weekend, my birddog pup and I will head up a secluded canyon with the BL-22 and I'll plink at knotholes on logs, pinecones, or an inquisitive rock squirrel.
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Old 02-06-2020, 06:07 PM
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I do not like to knock Henry. They are a great rifle and a great company. I own a Henry Lever action shot gun. But their rimfires, they work well just never could trip my fancy. I really believe that their rimfires are made from a softer metal than I like. No proof just me talking about the way I feel.
Henry rimfire levers are 100% a softer metal. The receivers are "pot metal" (zinc alloy) that are painted.

Steel is vastly more expensive to make a gun out of and that's one of the reasons that Winchester stopped making the 9422 (or so goes the rumor). I still think there is a market for good quality rimfires (that aren't bolt action), but clearly most of the ones people buy are well south of $400.

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Old 02-06-2020, 07:25 PM
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I don't think i have ever seen a BL-22,i may like it but i don't like the Henry.
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Old 02-06-2020, 07:57 PM
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I have only seen one older 1980 truck gun. I bought it and that beat up thing after fixing it up a little is my favorite rifle. You never see them in my LGS either. I always have to order them.

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Not only the receiver but the barrel is softer metal. I had a bad barrel on a new Henry that had to go back to the factory. I had a Skinner sight on it and the Allen screw head was rounded. I had to use a punch and punch it out of the dovetail. It came out really easily and left a ditch in the Dovetail. That metal was so soft.
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Old 02-06-2020, 08:55 PM
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Good for you J. Of course you need 3 i only got 2, darn the Winchester 9422s are great. But nothing beats a JMB designed gun for feel. Quick to to hand Quick to shoulder, Quick to eye, and Quick to target.
JMB had been LONG GONE before the 9422 or the BL-22 were invented.
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Old 02-06-2020, 09:03 PM
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My 3. Win 9422( that I changed the walnut for laminate), BL-22 22'" octagon bbl and marlin 1897T octagon bbl.......Set for life!
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Old 02-06-2020, 09:16 PM
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Those are all Beautiful. Love them all. I have a Grade 2 Maple BL-22 that I really like. Just to pretty to shoot much. That octagon barreled one is always tempting.
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Old 02-07-2020, 01:41 AM
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I lost count of how many 9422's that I have. At one point I was trying to get most of the different variations but my wallet started to protest.

Of the two BL22's I have, one is the octagon grade II (that I sadly have not shot yet) and the other is a normal grade I with the most beautiful piece of tiger striped wood that I've ever seen on one. I really need to post a picture of that because I doubt folks would believe that a grade I would have furniture like that on it.
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Old 02-07-2020, 01:55 AM
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Please do post a picture of it. I sure would like to see it.
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The Henry is a great value.

For the money it is hard to beat. Having said that, is is built to provide a reasonably accurate, smooth rifle for a minimal amount of money. Comparing it to the others isnít really fair. It can compete on accuracy and smoothness, which is what most shooters desire, but not on quality of the receiver components. Zamak doesnít compare with machined steel or even machined, quality aluminum. That doesnít mean that it is junk. It just isnít in the same league as the others.
For a shooter, the Henry is a great option.

I recently picked up a new condition, pre cross bolt safety, Marlin 39A with the box for $550. It doesnít appear to have been fired since it left the factory in the 1970s. I would gladly pay the difference over the price of a new Henry, but some people donít know, or even care about the differences. I didnít need another one, but I figured it was a great deal.

For ďcollectorsĒ, most would prefer the Winchester or Marlin.
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Old 02-07-2020, 09:56 AM
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The Henry is a great value.

For the money it is hard to beat. Having said that, is is built to provide a reasonably accurate, smooth rifle for a minimal amount of money. Comparing it to the others isnít really fair. It can compete on accuracy and smoothness, which is what most shooters desire, but not on quality of the receiver components. Zamak doesnít compare with machined steel or even machined, quality aluminum. That doesnít mean that it is junk. It just isnít in the same league as the others.
For a shooter, the Henry is a great option.

I recently picked up a new condition, pre cross bolt safety, Marlin 39A with the box for $550. It doesnít appear to have been fired since it left the factory in the 1970s. I would gladly pay the difference over the price of a new Henry, but some people donít know, or even care about the differences. I didnít need another one, but I figured it was a great deal.

For ďcollectorsĒ, most would prefer the Winchester or Marlin.
I agree.
While I was a big Browning fan, I never owned a BL22-it just didn't speak to me.I'm a big guy that likes fuller size guns.It's build quality was never an issue for me. I have owned a Marlin and Winchester 94/22. If I was in the market now for a lever,the Henry wouldn't be on the list.
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I have that exact same Maple. Love it. Just picked my Micro Midas BL-22 up from the LGS today. This is a very bad picture but it will have to do for now.

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Love those maples
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Old 02-08-2020, 08:48 AM
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Yeah, the maple on these is gorgeous. I liked it so much, I also picked up a T-Bolt Sporter, and an SA-22 in Maple. I really like the Micro Midas as well, but would have to order a standard buttstock if I got one...
If I ever come across a BL-17, I'll add that to the collection as well.
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