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Old 02-14-2011, 05:02 AM
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Please share with all of us your preference between these two fine rifles. Which one do you think is better and why. I believe the Henry is more expensive, but I know it's made in the USA. I'm not sure if the Marlins are made here or not.
Which one do you like better?
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Pick one both great rifles, i like the Marlins because of the grips and smooth actions. But yep i have and old 94 and can't part with it. Only reason i don't have a Marlin is money go's for other thing's such as ammo.
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Go with a Marlin

Put a scope on it

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Henry make some wonderfully crafted rifles.
I'd go with the Marlin. Proven rock solid and accurate.
I don't own either. lol I love my Winchester 94'.
All great rifles. Last you many lifetimes.
30-30 is a great round within it's limits.

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Henry make some wonderfully crafted rifles.
I'd go with the Marlin. Proven rock solid and accurate.
I don't own either. lol I love my Winchester 94'.
All great rifles. Last you many lifetimes.
30-30 is a great round within it's limits.

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I've got a 94 too in 44 Magnum though. I also have a Henry Golden Boy Big Boy 45 Colt and they are both smooth as butter. I owned a Marlin 1894 44 magnum about 25 years ago and sold it, wish I didn't and it too was a fine lever action rifle and I probably would have bought another one if it was in stock when I bought my Winchester. Now that I own and have shot the Winchester I love it, shoots straighter than I can and never gives me any feeding or ejecting problems though I only shoot Hornady LEVERevolution 225 flex tips through it.
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For the 30-30, either would be a good choice. Marlin used to be made in Connecticut. But they closed that plant. I didn't follow up to see were the new one was. The walnut used though may not come from the USA though.
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I think Marlin builds about the toughest lever action of its type going. They are also wonderfully accurate. That would be my first choice.
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Yes, Marlin rifles are made in the USA.
I'd get the Marlin because I've had them in the past and they are very well made, very durable rifles, bombproof you might say.
I've not owned a Henry rifle, but hear good things about them, and they are a family run business that seems to take pride in their product.
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I'd ctually go for used marlin 336. I have several and they are very robust, easy to clean properly (removing the bolt with only one screw). They are accurate enough for a .30-30, most times even better.

I owned a henry 22lr and had a bad experience with it. It went back twice. The second time they claimed to replace a part, and did not. I left some markings on the part to ensure it didn't come back, and it did.

Made is USA isn't that bad, as long as they built it good over here. Not always the case.
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Marlin fan here as well, Tho may wind up with a Henry in 22 LR, because finding a new Marlin 39A for the right price is nearly impossible.
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Marlin fan here as well, Tho may wind up with a Henry in 22 LR, because finding a new Marlin 39A for the right price is nearly impossible.
OHHHHH MAN.... wait for the 39A. I had both and there is NO COMPARISON. I mean the Henry was fun, but the 39A is a fine rifle. With the 30-30 there isn't that much difference between the two companies, but when it comes down to the .22's Marlin 39A is far superior. But as you can see, the price reflects that fact.
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Both are great but Marlin is the one. The Lever Evolution is the best ammo for um'
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Another thumbs up for Marlin, but I like the 30AS myself - endcap instead of a barrel band.
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OHHHHH MAN.... wait for the 39A. I had both and there is NO COMPARISON. I mean the Henry was fun, but the 39A is a fine rifle. With the 30-30 there isn't that much difference between the two companies, but when it comes down to the .22's Marlin 39A is far superior. But as you can see, the price reflects that fact.
I'm holding out for the 39A...it isn't easy....
I really like the marlin 30-30, and would love to have one in stainless. Classic old school look, made from corrosion resistant material.
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I'm holding out for the 39A...it isn't easy....
I really like the marlin 30-30, and would love to have one in stainless. Classic old school look, made from corrosion resistant material.
I overpaid for my 39A a little. But I have never regretted it. It is my favorite rifle.
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I overpaid for my 39A a little. But I have never regretted it. It is my favorite rifle.
That may well be what I wind up doing...

I'm familiar with Marlins. If I buy one I already know what I am getting. Not so with the Henry. Not saying the Henry is a bad rifle. Rather Marlin has always been able to meet or exceed my expectations, so I just never looked any further.
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That may well be what I wind up doing...

I'm familiar with Marlins. If I buy one I already know what I am getting. Not so with the Henry. Not saying the Henry is a bad rifle. Rather Marlin has always been able to meet or exceed my expectations, so I just never looked any further.
I am still waiting to replace my Mountie. But I am afraid that the days of low cost Mounties are long gone. Going to have to shell out 5-800 for a good one nowadays. I still check pawnshops every once and a while just in case though.
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imho henry out of box smoother action

marlin smoother after time or smoothing a little
marlin flat top and side eject

as lefty marlin is my choice
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I am still waiting to replace my Mountie. But I am afraid that the days of low cost Mounties are long gone. Going to have to shell out 5-800 for a good one nowadays. I still check pawnshops every once and a while just in case though.
Sounds about right cost wise, at least thats what they are going for around here.

The reason I'm looking to pick up 39A is that I have the opportunity to shoot smallbore lever action silhouette. I've looked at the Browning BLR in 22 RF It is a very nice rifle and has a lot going for it, then again it will set me back about about the same $$$ as a 39A.

I haven't been to the shops in a while, you have me thinking I might have to take some time and look around this weekend. Who knows, in a moment of weakness I might be persuaded to buy a Henry.
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