Earlier ones have nicer finishes, if they are still in good shape.
Spend the extra dollars and get the Cadillac of .22 levers. We offer a simple limited lifetime warranty; if you have a problem at any time, and it's our fault, we will correct the problem immediately and at no charge.
In my case the Browning lacked the expected accuracy, but the Henry was fine.
I really did like the Browning, it's a sweet little honey to handle.
Check out the action of any shooter that is shot a lot and never cleaned. Haven't shot it much since I bought it (new.)__ Maybe 2 box's of L-R shells is all that's been down its barrel.
As far as Idaho goes, the most popular .22 is the 10/22 and the most lever actions I see are old 9422s or Marlin 39As... Couple disappointments I've encountered with my 39-A.