I recently purchased a "like new" Marlin model 39 (1970 Century Limited) off GunBroker for less than $500 shipped..
The CL came in beautiful condition, but even better, the original owner (I bought it from) had installed an all steel Redfield peep sight (and higher front sight) right after he bought it in 1970..
I already had one CL and I thought it was pretty darn accurate (with factory sights) until I dialed in the Redfield on the 2nd CL..
Now it is very, very accurate.. In fact IF I can see the target (I'm an old fart) chances are I can hit it, pretty much where I want to....
I have a 1996 39A with a Bushnell 4 power scope on it, and at 50 yards I'm as accurate with the CL w/Redfield as I am with the scoped 39A..
That surprised me.
Folks really brag about the 39A's (particularly the older ones), but I'm pretty darn high on this "blinged up" Mountie..
For your purposes, I'd say, for the money, a Henry would be a good place to start.. You might like it so much you'll never buy another 22cal rifle, and if that's the case more power to ya.
You seldom read negatives about Henry's from owners, and that's always a good sign.. I'm seriously considering buying one myself just to see what the hype is all about..
Plus I've got all sorts of other 22cal rifles to shoot against it, head to head, for "fun" comparison.
Good shopping and good shooting with whatever you wind up buying.