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I am new to rifles so i figured that starting with a small caliber would be a good idea. anyways i was wondering if any these guns (listed below) are good or bad, has any issues?, bad quality?, etc.


What i am looking at so far:

Marlin Golden 39A
http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/22Rifle/Golden39A.aspx

Browning BL-22
http://www.browning.com/products/catalog/firearms/category.asp?value=005B

Winchester Model 9422
http://www.winchesterguns.com/prodinfo/catalog/category.asp?cat=004C

Ruger 96/22
http://www.ruger.com/Firearms/FA-Fa...r Action&famlst=36&variation=Model 96 Rimfire
 

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I don't have much experience with the lever action .22's but if you want something else I highly recommend the Ruger 10/22. There are many parts and the configurations are endless.
Just my .02
 

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I don't have much experience with the lever action .22's but if you want something else I highly recommend the Ruger 10/22. There are many parts and the configurations are endless.
Just my .02
yeah when i was searching this forum the Ruger 10/22 got A LOT of praise, but i just dont like the look of the 10/22. i know i can buy aftermarket conversion kits for it but i just love the look of rifles with lever action
 

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I say go with the Marlin or actually look into the Henry repeating arms lever actions as well. They and Marlin are the ones who basically killed the Winchesters market share.
 

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Ruger makes a nice product and their warranty can't be beat (they honor them). But their lever action guns do not have the “look” of a lever action gun. I like the other three on your list better. I know that it’s just an aesthetic thing but I like lever action guns to look liker lever action guns.

I don’t have direct experience with the marlin lever action but they make a very nice and inexpensive semi-auto. Mine has never given me any trouble and it’s good for paper plate size targets at 50 yards on the open sights and beer can size with a good scope.

The other two I don’t have any experience with in that caliber. I have shot many Winchester 30-06 lever action guns and they were all fine rifles. The only experience I have with Browning is their tier one guns. My next door neighbor had a soft spot for them and had many of them in bolt action and semi-auto. They were very nice looking and precision fit machines priced at north of 1K. Needless to say they were all nice looking pieces. The only one I shot was the 7 mm and it was a shoulder killer. I can’t imagine that you would go wrong with either of these tow brands.
 

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Of the 4 listed I'd recommend eithe the browning or marlin. Winchesters quality has some issues and the Ruger doesn't have the lever gun look.

Marlin and Browning both make very good guns, I picked up the Browning BL-22 w/octagon barrel a few weeks ago but haven't got a chance to even get it out of the box yet.

As Adler said, Henry also makes very nice lever .22's I've never shot 1 of their .22's but their centerfire's are very nice to handle.
 
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