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  •  I wanted a 39A when I was looking for a 22 but (2+ / 0-)
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    Marlin had just been bought and they were having issues right then. I bought a CZ as someone here suggested and am very happy. I have to work the bolt every time but I'm ok with that.

    A friend got a Henry 22 mag a few years ago as his rimfire, he's way happy and it has a little zip to it.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 06:57:50 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, I want a CZ as well (1+ / 0-)
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      Actually, I want a couple, one rimfire and one centerfire. I've heard nothing but praise for their bolt action rifles.

      But I already have a couple of bolt actions. My wife and I have yet to scratch the lever action itch. Though we'll go with an older 39A if we go the Marlin route. Apparently quality control isn't so hot after Remington bought Marlin.

    •  I just don't trust Henrys (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm sure they have very solid, reliable .22s, but I spent a lot of time lately shooting a friend's Henry Survival .22, and I was shocked at how often that thing jammed. Last time I was out at the range I must have put 70 rounds through it and had to deal with a dozen jams.

      I'm told you have to spend a lot of time finding which brand of ammunition your particular one likes and will reliably shoot, and that there's always at least one that fits the bill. Thanks, but no thanks.

      "Speaking for myself only" - Armando

      by JR on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:39:10 PM PDT

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      •  FWIW ... Wiki on the AR-7 (2+ / 0-)
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        Reliability of the AR-7 is highly dependent on the condition of the magazine and on the ammunition used, perhaps more so than with other models of semi-automatic .22 caliber rifles. The feed ramp is part of the magazine and subject to damage from mishandling. Flat-nosed bullets tend to jam on the edge of the chamber of the barrel. The transition of cartridge from magazine to barrel can be smoothed by minor beveling of the chamber of the barrel, by using round-nosed as opposed to flat-nosed bullets and by paying attention to condition of the feed lips and feed ramp of the magazine. Later production magazines include an external wire spring to align the cartridge; earlier magazines used two pinch marks at the top of the magazine body, which could become worn over time.

        All iterations of the AR-7 from the Armalite to the Henry use bolt and dual recoil springs that are heavy compared to most other .22 semiautomatics. The AR-7 requires high velocity ammunition for reliable functioning. The manufacturer recommends use of 40 grain round nose bullets in high velocity loadings. It is still possible to manually load a single round into the firing chamber, allowing use of flat nosed bullets or low velocity or subsonic ammunition.

        The barrel takedown nut tends to loosen after firing and may need hand tightening to maintain both accuracy and reliability.


        Since Charter Arms sold the design and rights to Henry Repeating Arms in 1980, the Henry AR-7 has regained a reputation for reliability.[citation needed]

        With the Golden Boy, from these forum comments even the simpler lever action does apparently present occasional feeding problems with short/half stroke or slow cycling.  Henry's customer service response is also praised.  

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