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Old 12-09-2019, 09:03 AM
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Who makes the best current production lever action 22lr rifle. My future daughter in law is look at getting my son a gun he wants. He is saving up cabela points, bucks or what ever they are called with their credit card to buy a henry rifle. He hasn't told me which model though. Personally I think a winchester or browning would be better but not sure. I have never owned a lever action.
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Old 12-09-2019, 09:16 AM
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Henry, all day long

excellent products, even better customer service, second to none. If you want to get fancy, get a model with an octagon barrel. Be advised the Golden Boy series have different stocks with more "drop". I have 2 Henry's and they are fine shooters and I have received excellent customer service....no problems with the rifles, just cosmetic updates. American made rifles for Americans.
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Old 12-09-2019, 09:31 AM
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Henry makes a very good rifle. I have the 24" Frontier and it is an excellent rifle. I have not had any issues with it and prior to it's issuance, I had questions about it that were answered by the President of the company in personal e-mails. Customer Service is premier.
Look at the Henry threads on this site.
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Old 12-09-2019, 06:45 PM
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I have a nice used lever action 22 in my gun room,, Have to check and see what brand it is....good shooter, I know that,, has a scope..
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Old 12-09-2019, 07:16 PM
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If you insist on new, go with the Henry, the more expensive models totally turn me off with the Gold and Silver plating but if garish looking guns do it for you by all means go for it. If on the other hand a real nice used lever gun will do, go with the 39 as parts for the 9422 could very well be an issue in the future.
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Old 12-09-2019, 07:20 PM
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I would go for the Henry H001. The Goldenboy has way too much drop in the stock for me, let alone a young man. I cheeked one one time, and opened my eyes, and I was looking at the bottom of the hammer where is goes into the receiver. 2" below line of sight, and if a scope would need to be added, I would need to be 3" or more above the stock to see through it. Get the blued model, H001.
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Old 12-09-2019, 07:23 PM
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For current production, I would go with a Browning BL-22.

Used, I would consider a Marlin 39A or a Winchester 9422.

If you want the least expensive, yet still decent rifle you can try a Henry.
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Old 12-09-2019, 10:27 PM
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if i were you i would seek out an older marlin , henry , winchester , browning , all were made well and have great reputations , do look at fit they are not all the same but each have their high points
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I bought a Browning BL-22 forty years ago and will probably be buried with it! Excellent weapon; has the short lever throw that you can cock by opening your hand up... I like it but some don't. Old Winchesters have silky smooth actions, as do the Henrys. Henry's used to be affordable but have sky-rocketed in recent years. You will have to dish out the $$$$ for a good Winchester. Yeah, my vote is for a Browning...
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Id go with the basic model H001. The action is great the stock is good and the Company is great! Me i like smaller guns, so i have a H001Y, the youth model, and its a hoot to shoot

The Marlin 39s , except for the Mounty, and a few other rarer models, are big guns.They are great guns, but not my cup of tea. I prefer the Winchester 94/22, but those are all used and pricey. The Bl 22 is also great, but the high gloss stock is fragile, making it odd for a gun that belongs in a scabbard, or pickup truck gun rack.

Wait till after xmas, there will be a few NIB Henry’s on the used gun racks at great prices , returned grandpa gifts

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Who makes the best current production lever action 22lr rifle. My future daughter in law is look at getting my son a gun he wants. He is saving up cabela points, bucks or what ever they are called with their credit card to buy a henry rifle. He hasn't told me which model though. Personally I think a winchester or browning would be better but not sure. I have never owned a lever action.
When someone asks for “the best”, they usually mean the highest quality.
The highest quality usually has the highest price.

Currently you have 3 options that I know of.

#1 is the Marlin 39A out if the custom shop which is around $3000.

#2 is the Browning BL-22. Some don’t like the short throw lever and the trigger. Mine isn’t bad at all.

#3 is the Henry which is a good value. Some folks consider the Henry, the “best” value.

To me the best isn’t a current production rifle but a used Marlin or Winchester, but you asked for current production. I bought a used, NIB condition Marlin 39A made in the 1970s, at Cabelas a few months ago. I paid $600 OTD. To me, that was a great value.
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Old 12-12-2019, 05:48 PM
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I'm a 9422 fan, but also own a 39A and a 24" Henry Frontier. If buying new, the Henry is the best bang for the buck. If shooting with iron sights, I highly recommend the 24" H001TLB.
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Old 12-12-2019, 07:24 PM
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Who makes the best current production lever action 22lr rifle. My future daughter in law is look at getting my son a gun he wants. He is saving up cabela points, bucks or what ever they are called with their credit card to buy a henry rifle. He hasn't told me which model though. Personally I think a winchester or browning would be better but not sure. I have never owned a lever action.
best is relative.

if he's young where he's "saving" for it, chances are there will be other toys in his future and other times for "saving" for whatever he chooses.

If he gets a henry to learn from, its not bad and its a decent gun to start. Would he want to get a 1K gun to learn and screw up? So, get a henry and go from there.
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Old 12-12-2019, 10:00 PM
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I've had the Henry basic H001 for years and it has been great. It is the smoothest action I have ever seen and was under $300 new.
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The Henry's look like they would be a lot of fun. Too bad I have no space for one in the safe, otherwise ...
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