[QUOTE=pioneer461;4983]You get what you pay for.[/QUOTE
Respectfully, I would normally agree with you..
However, in at least one instance that theory does not necessarily hold true..
That instance being the Henry rimfire rifle..
I'm a big Marlin 39 fan.. I have 5 of 'em... 1950,1970(2),1975,1996. I've always read where the Marlin 39's are the "best" (or at least close to the best) lever action 22 rifles ever made. (I'm excluding the "Remington" new production 39A's, which seem to be doing a very good job of soiling the name of the Marlin 39 lever action rimfire rifle that had been doing just fine for over a hundred years prior to the takeover by Remington)..
My buddy kept telling me to "get a Henry", "get a Henry", and I kept thinking, "hey I already live in an aluminum hacienda"I don't need "no cheap 22 rifle" as well..
But, curiosity overwhelmed me and last week my bride and I wandered into a local gun store and I bought a new Henry HT001Y.. (Actually we bought TWO). JoAnn liked the "looks" of the little buggers (youth models) so much that she got off HER wallet and bought one too, with a consecutive serial number to mine no less.
Anyway we came home, I cleaned 'em, and we went out back to our little private firing range and after adjusting the windage (easy to do) we found the suckers to be quite accurate, and the actions, of both, were slicker than snail snot.. Certainly light years better than the actions of any of my Marlins.
The wood on the Henry's was American Walnut, and I like 'em.. Just as good, to my eyes, as that of my Marlins.
They both shot perfectly, no fails to fire or jams or "nuttin".... Just silky smooth actions, and more accuracy than my old eyes and hands (I'm 69) can take advantage of.
One place where the Marlins whip the Henry's would be in the receiver areas.. The Marlins receivers are all steel, and the Henry's receivers are all "something"... Having said that I'd bet the Henry's would last the lifetime of an owner if reasonable care was taken to maintain it properly.
I'd say if a person wanted a collectable, or "heirloom" 22 cal. lever action rifle the Marlin would be the way to go. In fact with the crappy new ones coming off the assembly line I'd guess the older (particularly the pre-rebounding hammer/pre-cross block safety guns) Marlin 39's would just keep on increasing in value).
But, on the other hand IF a person wanted a "shooter", I'd say the Henry would be a better choice.
I had been reading the various rimfire forums for over a year and it's obvious that the gentleman who runs Henry runs a tight ship, and apparently Customer Service is 2nd to none.
I've also read where that's not necessarily the case with the Remington/Marlin's deal at present.
If "best bang for the buck" is the idea then at less than $270.00 out the door for each of our Henry's vs the retail asking price of a new Marlin 39A is roughly $669.00 (or that was the retail price on the one on the shelf at the gun store when we bought our Henry's) I'd say the Henry is a mighty attractive package.
Don't get me wrong. I LOVE my Marlin 39's.. Don't plan to morph into a Henry disciple, but if giving credit where credit is due, I'd say the folks at Henry are due some credit, and respect..
They are, IN MY OPINION, making some darn good guns, at very reasonable prices, and I sincerely believe with a Henry you get MORE than what you pay for..
No offense to Marlin lovers ~ I R ONE 2..