I own two lever action rifles, a customized Marlin Guide Gun 45/70 and a Henry Big Boy Deluxe II in 44 special/44 mag. Want to add a 22 lever action next. In Walmart tonight I saw the Henry 22 lever action (H001) for $299. Almost bought it, but wanted to research the subject a bit first.
Looks like for about $450 I could get the Henry Golden Boy, an upgraded version of the H001 I saw. Marlin 39A can be had for around $600. Browning BL-22 for about $700 (nickel with grade 2 furniture). Price is not a major factor with this purchase. I just want a really nice 22 lever action rifle.
Heard the Marlin is heavy, cumbersome, 24" barrel, etc.. Heard the trigger on the Browning is too heavy. Actually, I heard it was a terrible trigger, and it's design left little recourse in the way of trigger jobs and remedies. Heard the Henry was not in the same class as the Marlin or Browning, although everyone that owned one praised the gun's smooth action, trigger, and 'fun factor'. Love my Henry Big Boy, but having never seen or handled the Marlin 39A or Browning BL-22, I have limited insight.
What say you?