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Ruger 10/22 vs Henry Lever Action or Golden Boy

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Old 10-05-2010, 02:37 AM   #11
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If you get the Henry you will not regret it. If you can afford it get it. Rugers are so common and you can get one any time and you will get one sooner or later.
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:31 AM   #12
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If you get the Henry you will not regret it. If you can afford it get it. Rugers are so common and you can get one any time and you will get one sooner or later.
i agree with bond. i have owned both and the henry is definitely more accurate than the rugers i had, but, the rugers were 100% reliable. after a couple hundred rds of cheap dirty ammo the henry will need its innards lubed with some sort of penetrating oil, but i still prefur the henry. i called henry service dept and was advised to not try to take out the innards for cleaning, just lube up and clean what i can reach. small price to pay for such a classy accurate little rifle.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:47 AM   #13
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If your considering a lever action 22 rifle checkout a Marlin ! The Marlin lever 22 is better quality than any of the 22 Henry's. The Marlin {any Marlin for the matter} is a bit heavier, but that's because it's more sturdy and strong. I had 2 Henry 22's one a 20 inch barrel, one an 18 inch with a large lever loop. They were nice rifles and shot very well but there is a degree of plastic parts used in all Henry's except the big bores. The Marlin is all steel with a forged receiver !
Forged is better than milled, better than stamped ! It's easy to take down to clean and could stand endless shooting. Your better off starting with that rather than the 10/22. The 10/22 is a great rifle, fun to shoot, and strong but as in the case of any auto vs a manual, more complicated ! Once you become good with your lever gun then go to an auto. I wouldn't recommend an auto for a first gun, even in a handgun. I started with a 357 mag and loaded it with 38 Special +P's. My first rifle was a Marlin 22 LR and I was 21 at the time !
If your planning on doing a lot of shooting go with the Marlin. It is very, very easy to clean. An auto is a bit more tedious especially if you never had one before. Check them out ! If dad was willing to pop for a Golden Boy, im sure He'll go for a Marlin ! Heck try to get a Winchester 22 out of it if you can, hee, hee. If not get a Marlin !

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Old 10-06-2010, 02:27 PM   #14
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I don't have either one. But if you were going to make me choose, I would go with the Henry just on looks alone. I say get the Henry, then if you still must have a 10-22, get one later. It's not as though they are going to stop making them next week.
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Old 08-25-2012, 07:11 PM   #15
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If you like and want a lever action, the Henry is sweet! I have the 45 colt (2nd from the top in my photo) but know 2 people with the 22lr and I want one....bad!
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I have both. The Henry is fun to shoot but I am still much more accurate with the 10/22
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I just took my Henry out for the first time. The Henry was a pleasure to shoot and the lever action almost becomes an unconscious act.

For me, the lever action creates a nice cadence the semis lack.
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The Henry comes with a good trigger and smooth action. The 10-22 has to have some work dun to it to be any where close to the Henry. There are all sorts of sights that tell you how to do the work on the 10-22. That is work that don't have to be dun on the Henry. Good luck with what ever you pick.
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I've not got either, but I've shot my Winchester 9422 a lot and shot a Remington Speedmaster a lot, and I'd say I enjoyed the lever action much more. They're classic, beautiful, super reliable, and practical.
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I liked the Henry until I saw a used standard model. No blueing, just painted parts to look blue...and this was all peeling off. Would hate to see what a golden boy looks like with years of field use. If you want a good lever, get a marlin. If you want a great auto, get a 10/22.
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