Herny vs Marlin 39

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Herny vs Marlin 39

Post by ChuckD » Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:19 pm

I know the standard is the 39, but how much of a real advantage is the Marlin over the Henry? How abkut if used at PCCLA also?

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Re: Herny vs Marlin 39

Post by Merlin » Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:40 pm

An extra 4" of barrel on the 39 is 20% more sight radius. That is a substantial advantage........
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Re: Herny vs Marlin 39

Post by Tlee » Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:06 pm

Merlin wrote:An extra 4" of barrel on the 39 is 20% more sight radius. That is a substantial advantage........

Not as substantial as one might assume, especially in the right hands... I've seen plenty of master class scores turned in with shorter barrels, including a couple national championships (as well as state honors).

While the 39A is the standard in SBCR, I've seen a 20" barreled Henry in more than one shoot off for top spot, and a 20" barreled Marlin win top honors in PCCLA at the nationals on more than a couple occasions.

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Re: Herny vs Marlin 39

Post by cedestech » Sat Jul 30, 2016 6:44 am

The shooter is the advantage. A good shooter will have roughly the same score. If you can find a decent 39a for a reasonable price great, if not you can do a full blown Henry for around $500 ready to shoot, rifle, sights, adjustable aperture, fiber optic insert, cheek riser and extended butt pad. A little work on the trigger and ammo testing you will have a very nice rig that will last you for years.

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Re: Herny vs Marlin 39

Post by Merlin » Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:17 am

Tlee wrote:
Merlin wrote:An extra 4" of barrel on the 39 is 20% more sight radius. That is a substantial advantage........

Not as substantial as one might assume, especially in the right hands... I've seen plenty of master class scores turned in with shorter barrels, including a couple national championships (as well as state honors).

While the 39A is the standard in SBCR, I've seen a 20" barreled Henry in more than one shoot off for top spot, and a 20" barreled Marlin win top honors in PCCLA at the nationals on more than a couple occasions.

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Re: Herny vs Marlin 39

Post by AMB » Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:10 am

I'll kick anyone's butt shooting a Herny 8-}

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Regarding PC, that's tough. There just aren't as many readily available PC rifles. I shoot a CL with a 22" bbl and it's competitive, but would rather be shooting a CB .357

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Re: Herny vs Marlin 39

Post by Ojaileveraction » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:05 pm

The Henry's longer receiver the 20 inch octagon sight radius is only 2.65 inches shorter than the Marlin 39 with similar receiver sights

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Re: Herny vs Marlin 39

Post by Doodaddy » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:16 am

Ojaileveraction wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:05 pm
The Henry's longer receiver the 20 inch octagon sight radius is only 2.65 inches shorter than the Marlin 39 with similar receiver sights
If we're updating old threads, we can also make mention that there is a 24" barreled version of the Frontier now.
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Re: Herny vs Marlin 39

Post by tnchicknsnipr » Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:51 pm

I would have to agree it's the shooter not the shooting iron. My wife and I have 4 henrys, 2 in 22 and 2 in 357. She shoots a h001 carbine with a youth stock which she has named baby henry. It is so short we have to use a wood dowel rod to put it in a rack. With this rifle she won aa class at the granite state last september. With her big boy steel she won a class in cla and set a new Womens long run record in chickens.
I shoot a 24 inch Frontier and won the aaa class at granite state.
The big difference is cost. My Frontier with sights is about 525. Marlin 39a in my area are much higher if you can find one. Most 39a are well used. If it breaks good luck finding parts. Henry breaks just call for repair.
Henry is coming out with a big boy steels in 327 mag which maybe the next best caliber for pccla. Time will tell.
I checked the stats for nationals and see more henrys are showing up.

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Re: Herny vs Marlin 39

Post by Ojaileveraction » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:43 pm

I've had both and for awhile I tried to decide with was the better rifle.
The both shot better than me.
I ended up deciding the Marlin was prettier and I gave it to my Daughter-In-law.
Living in the city she can break it down and put it a tennis racket bag and not draw attention going to the range.

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Re: Herny vs Marlin 39

Post by Ken Green » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:29 am

I would say go for a new Henry :-bd over a used worn out Marlin :( :D. With the used Marlin, you are taking a chance that it might shoot. The new Henry with shoot. If it don't just send it back to Henry and Henry will get it to shoot. :-bd

I have a Henry 24" Frontier for smallbore lever and a Henry Big Boy Brass receiver in .357 magnum for pistol cartridge. Later on, I will probably get a Henry 30-30 for the big bore lever action, but right now I will try the .357 for CLA.

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Re: Herny vs Marlin 39

Post by thauglor » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:01 am

If they made the Henry in a semi pistol grip version, I would buy both the 22 and 22mag 24" versions. But because they don't, I'm in the market for a Marlin 39a.

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