The company's been around for well over a hundred years, which has to amount to something and when their rifles are closely examined I believe the Henry's aren't equal. Just pick up each one and look at the wood and then the metal and then the fit. You can feel the difference holding it blindfolded. Marlin comes out on top and you get what you pay for. It's only my opinion and not gospel. I had a model 39A for a number of years that was great and 10 years ago I gave it to a family member who loved it and I know shot the heck out of it with no problems. My first 22 was the Crown Prince made in 1959 that I gave to my son and will soon be given to my grandson. They are very well made rifles that have been proven through history, but each person has to decide for themselves what they want. If price is the issue, then by all means go for the Henry.