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#6286718 - 05/04/16 11:45 AM Shooting the 22LR lever guns - observations
603Country Offline
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Registered: 07/03/12
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Loc: Central Texas
First observation is that the scope on the 39A is not off, which means I really did miss that recent shot because of me. Bothersome thought...

But, the point of this: we have 3 22 lever guns - a Marlin 39A, a Winchester 9422, and a Browning Micro Midas. It's a nice morning and I thought it'd be good to take a little time and shoot the rifles and just check the scopes (cause...ya know...I did miss, and surely it wasn't operator error...surely). Well, as I mentioned, it was operator error.

A SiL brought some new splatter targets, which we all enjoy blasting, so I got them out and set up to shoot. The observations:

The smoothest action is the 9422. Best trigger, I'll say it's the 9422, but the 39A is close. Worst trigger, by far, is on the Browning, but maybe it'll smooth up with time. Accuracy...hard to say, but I think I shoot the 9422 a little better. All three rifles shoot real well. Best ergonomics goes to the 9422, as it's light and really easy to handle.

If I could only keep one of them, I guess it'd be the 9422, though I've had the 39A since about 1980.

All three are scoped. The 39A has a Nikon 3-9 Rimfire scope on it. Really a clear scope. POI doesn't wander. The other two have old Leupold 2-7 centerfire scopes on them. Not quite as clear as the Nikon, but they have to be 35 years old at least.

Last observation is that the Browning Micro Midas is a tiny little rifle. Almost too small for a full sized guy to shoot well. The wife does fine with it though.

Oh, yes, I forgot to mention that I had several 22 rounds that didn't fire. I have a midsized box of jumbled up random 22 ammo. Some Federal, some Remington, and some Aquila. Maybe some CCI. All the rounds that didn't fire were in the Browning. Looks like a light hammer strike to me. All the duds had a C on the base of the bullet.

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#6287187 - 05/04/16 05:52 PM Re: Shooting the 22LR lever guns - observations [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 08/23/11
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Loc: Abilene
I keep threatening to sell my semi-custom 10-22 and buy a lever action, but I can't bring myself to do it. It just shoots too good. I may save my pennies and buy a Marlin sometime in the future.
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#6287269 - 05/04/16 06:43 PM Re: Shooting the 22LR lever guns - observations [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 08/18/12
Posts: 8642
Loc: Harris County
22 levers are a lot of fun. I prefer the older Marlins but Winchesters are very nice as well. Nothing like spotlighting rabbits with a 22 lever.
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#6287275 - 05/04/16 06:45 PM Re: Shooting the 22LR lever guns - observations [Re: 603Country]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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Registered: 03/22/11
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Loc: West Virginia
I have a Henry Golden Boy that is a very nice rifle. Very nice iron sights, accurate rifle, and it cycles so smooth you wouldve thiught someone had gone through it.

The bright sun is a bitch with that brass frame though. Itll hurt your eyes.

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#6287295 - 05/04/16 06:58 PM Re: Shooting the 22LR lever guns - observations [Re: 603Country]
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Nothing like the 9422. Smooth as a baby's butt.

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#6287324 - 05/04/16 07:15 PM Re: Shooting the 22LR lever guns - observations [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 09/27/06
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Loc: Texas
Had a Marlin 57 and Winchester 9422 and still have a 9422M and a Browning. Like the levers but for some reason I like the Winchester 62A better for a fun 22.
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#6287397 - 05/04/16 08:18 PM Re: Shooting the 22LR lever guns - observations [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 02/18/15
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Loc: Deep East Texas
IF your 39A is well broken in, it should have a pretty smooth action. Make certain it is well lubed (break it down and lube everything).

The 9422 is a nice rifle, definitely keep it. The Marlin (39 of any vintage) is iconic, would never sell that one.

Love my Marlin Golden 39 Mountie:

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#6287448 - 05/04/16 08:43 PM Re: Shooting the 22LR lever guns - observations [Re: 603Country]
603Country Offline
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Registered: 07/03/12
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Loc: Central Texas
Well, flintnapper, I guess I could clean and lube it this century. Not a bad idea, actually.

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#6287737 - 05/05/16 06:32 AM Re: Shooting the 22LR lever guns - observations [Re: 603Country]
colt45 Offline
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Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 5390
Loc: bastrop county
Originally Posted By: 603Country
First observation is that the scope on the 39A is not off, which means I really did miss that recent shot because of me. Bothersome thought...

But, the point of this: we have 3 22 lever guns - a Marlin 39A, a Winchester 9422, and a Browning Micro Midas. It's a nice morning and I thought it'd be good to take a little time and shoot the rifles and just check the scopes (cause...ya know...I did miss, and surely it wasn't operator error...surely). Well, as I mentioned, it was operator error.

A SiL brought some new splatter targets, which we all enjoy blasting, so I got them out and set up to shoot. The observations:

The smoothest action is the 9422. Best trigger, I'll say it's the 9422, but the 39A is close. Worst trigger, by far, is on the Browning, but maybe it'll smooth up with time. Accuracy...hard to say, but I think I shoot the 9422 a little better. All three rifles shoot real well. Best ergonomics goes to the 9422, as it's light and really easy to handle.

If I could only keep one of them, I guess it'd be the 9422, though I've had the 39A since about 1980.

All three are scoped. The 39A has a Nikon 3-9 Rimfire scope on it. Really a clear scope. POI doesn't wander. The other two have old Leupold 2-7 centerfire scopes on them. Not quite as clear as the Nikon, but they have to be 35 years old at least.

Last observation is that the Browning Micro Midas is a tiny little rifle. Almost too small for a full sized guy to shoot well. The wife does fine with it though.

Oh, yes, I forgot to mention that I had several 22 rounds that didn't fire. I have a midsized box of jumbled up random 22 ammo. Some Federal, some Remington, and some Aquila. Maybe some CCI. All the rounds that didn't fire were in the Browning. Looks like a light hammer strike to me. All the duds had a C on the base of the bullet.
I have been having a lot of duds with remy .22 ammo
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#6287756 - 05/05/16 06:52 AM Re: Shooting the 22LR lever guns - observations [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 03/09/16
Posts: 155
i have a 39A that my dad bought in 1957, can't imagine any lever being smoother.
It has killed many a coyote from the back of a pickup running across a hay field
more jacks than i can remember. It just keeps getting better.

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