Originally Posted by northhike
Humm....I always hear this "its plastic vs. metal" opinion. Lots of guns are made of plastic and have plastic peices these days and they are just as reliable....maybe more so then metal. I have a few guns like my M&P's that have plastic on them. My carry gun has plastic on it....we need to get over the "all metal" mentality. Things have evolved and yes....plastic can be cheaper, but that doesn't make it "cheap" (as in quality).
Here is what I say....if you want your opinion to hold some water on one brand vs. the other lets use some logic. How many Henry .22's are sent back due to breakage, malfuction, complaints, etc. because they have plastic as compared to Marlin who uses more metal? Lots of opinions out there and little facts. I personally enjoy both makers as well as others. Just go out and shoot....I am quite certain any gun you choose (high price or low) will give you many years of enjoyment.
One thing you might not have noticed about plastic is the fact that it deteriorates with age...
you just can't coat it with gun oil and keep it forever like steel...plastic will get harder with time, then start coming apart...
and there is NOTHING anyone can do about it...its just the nature of the beast!
The only way to make it last as long as possible is to keep it out of the sun, in a cool environment, and clean it regularly.
But it will eventually fail.
Great example, the "Soft Spot" on the Marlin 60/795/70 series are the plastic buffers...
which need to be replaced about every 20 years or so...quicker if you use Hyper Velo ammo...or leave it in a hot truck...
Same thing with the internals on a Henry...they will degrade over time...quicker than metal.
Most of you young pups won't keep a rifle for 20+ years...you'll move on to the next great thing...
but us old fogeys try to keep things forever...and we appreciate things that can be easily fixed, or those that last a long time!!
Not to mention those button-rifled Micro-groove barrels...if you take the time to mate ammo to the barrel,
the precision you will get from a Lever-action will rival that from a bolt-action...nobody but Marlin does it!!