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Old 06-15-2009, 02:01 AM   #11
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The Winchester and Henry are good rifles. The Marlin 39A is a GREAT rifle! Pick up up and hold it. You will be addicted. Machined steel, black walnut. Pricy, but a rifle your GRANDKIDS will still be shooting.
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Both are all steel & walnut rifles. Both are well made rifles. Either will outlast you, and probably your kids with proper care. The Marlin is still being made. Choose the 1 that fits YOU best after handling both.
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I think it's hard to beat a rifle that been in continuous production, with very few changes for over 100 years...... if memory serves.

Marlin 39A....... I have a Winchester 9422, but I have 3 Marlin 39A's
you want to sell a 39a. $200
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Old 09-03-2009, 01:37 PM   #15
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Default Wanting to buy a used Marlin 39A, or two...

Make me an offer. Email me direct fcb98292 at yahoo dot com with "Marlin 39A" in the subject line. Will use local FFL.

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Old 09-04-2009, 02:26 AM   #16
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This is my first post here so let me first say hello to everyone. I'm relatively new to rimfire shooting, having stepped into it a few months ago as something my son and I can enjoy together. I let him make his choice, and he picked a 10/22 Deluxe. I chose a Marlin 39A. Then by shear coincidence we were in a store and spotted a left hand CZ452 Lux with tiger stripe walnut. Being a southpaw, I could not leave it there, so now we have three 22 rimfires.

Multiple trips to the range, and shooting from the bench on sandbags until our results are repeatable has taught us a lot and led us to form to some opinions about these rifles.

The CZ 452 was perfectly sighted for 50 yds. right out of the box. It is the most accurate of the three, and shot tight groups from the first rounds we put through it. CZ included a factory test fire target in the box. I can consistently shoot groups inside the 9 ring at 50yds with iron sights and my 55 y.o. eyeballs. If I concentrate, I can shoot a group that a silver dollar will cover. At 100 yds, I have gotten groups inside the 8 ring, and I'm still working on improving that.

The 10/22 was not accurate out of the box and the sights were nowhere near right. But with adjustment and after running about 300 rounds through it, it is a different rifle. It will give the CZ 452 a run for the money at 50 yds, at least with my son's 15 y.o. eyes! At 100 yds, it can't equal the CZ yet, but we need more experience with it at that range.

The 39A has not equaled the accuracy of either the CZ or the broken in 10/22. Out of the box, the sights were off. After sighting in, we cannot reliably achieve tight groupings with this rifle. An average grouping at 50 yds would be inside the eight ring with a stray or two in the seven. I don't think I've ever gotten a grouping tighter than a 4x6 index card. At 100 yds., forget it. I have done several cleanings, and we've now run about 250 rounds through it. We use only copper coated ammo, and have tried CCI, Federal, and Aguila. My son and I get comparable results with it. I am surprised as my expectation was tack driver accuracy from the 39A with its heavy barrel and Marlin proprietary rifling. I'm dissapointed and not quite sure what to do next with it.

Again, this is certainly not an expert report, but I thought I would relay our experience with the 39A. My son likes his 10/22. I am thrilled with everything about my CZ 452 Lux, accuracy, sight, and trigger all great. The Marlin 39A I would return if that was possible.
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I like the feel and pointability and not to mention rugged reliability of the 9422
I still have one after over 25 years, I think the marlin is a solid rifle (dont like the stamped sheet metal chamber guide that broke one two winters back) on a 39A Ive had a marlin 56 levermatic and a Winchester 250 lever, Ive never had the privlage of shooting a Henry but they seem solid and well put together, you get what you pay for, the Winchester was more expensive back in the day than the Marlin and the workmanship just isnt reflected in the end product like the winchester, I love the 9422 and traded off the Marlin 39A because of compareing the two is like a snap-on wrench and a craftsman.
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:42 AM   #18
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I've shot both, and have a 39. It's my favorite small game and varmint popper. If I had the Winchester, I would put it up to make interest. A buddy of mine used his on a trade and about doubled what he paid for it back in the early 80's. As far as accuracy, it's hard to beat a 39 straight from the box, my 39 has been a very good one for me,,, wait a minute,, my wife claimed that one, because she was shooting the eyes out of the" Shoot N See" squirrel targets with it. Reckon I'll have to pick up another one.

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Old 09-15-2009, 01:29 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by c3shooter View Post
The Winchester and Henry are good rifles. The Marlin 39A is a GREAT rifle! .
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Marlin 39A....... I have a Winchester 9422, but I have 3 Marlin 39A's
I have 1 Winchester 9422, but I have 20 Marlin 39's. Two each for each kid and grandkid, and a bunch for me - I never want to be without a Marlin 39.

I dont like the Henry, the drop in the stock is at too steep an angle, and I have to put my chin on the stock instead of my cheek. I wanted to by a Henry, but its just too uncomfortable.

The winchester 9422 is the best looking. I have one in the magnum, it works fine. It works great, but its not a Marlin 39.

I also have the Winchester 250 lever action, but it went out of production about 40 years ago.

I have about 20 different Marliln 39's. I really like the Mountie 39M, or the 39 Centennial, both of the with straight stocks but the centennial has a curved buttplate and octogon barrel.

Obviously, the Marlin 39 is MUCH better than any other 22 in the world in my opinion . Its the longest running rifle in continuous production in the world. They have sold millions of them. Dead accurate, and the little Mountie, esp with sling swivels, is so easy to carry.

Like somebody else said, although she had lots and lots of guns, Annie Oakley's favorite 22 rifle was the Marlin 39/1897.

One caveat, I dont like the current/new Marlin 39 with the rebounding hammer. I had one and I gave it away. Maybe it wont bother you, but after shooting a couple dozen conventional Marlins for 50 years, I could not get used to the rebounding hammer. I buy used older Marlin 39's at gunbroker, etc.

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