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Browning BL-22 Grade II Lever Action .22 LR, $567

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This was a lightweight, nice-handling product that has eye appeal. For juniors and small adults, we'd pick it over the Henry, niche-grading it an A- for that group. Lots to like here, including a grooved receiver top, great cosmetics, and slick function. But middling accuracy and a high price keep it out of the A range overall.

Browning BL-22 Grade II Lever Action .22 LR, $567

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One of the upgrades on the Grade II is checkering on the fore-end and buttstock grip.
Scroll engraving is another visual cue that your BL-22 has moved uptown. The slim, trim receiver had a high-polish blue metal treatment that we really liked, but we wondered if the cosmetics package would be worth it on a rimfire knockaround gun. Our testers said probably not.
We'd rather have a thin rubber buttpad on the BL-22 rather than the slick plastic plate that comes on the guns. Moving the lever downward can jerk the gun away from your shoulder.
The top arrow calls out the too-thin front blade, which was hard to see. The bottom arrow points to the magazine cutout, where rounds entered the tube.

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