marlin 39A


November 25, 2006, 08:44 AM
I came into a patially disassembled really good condition .22. however the buttstock is cracked. The gun is in two parts (buttstock and lever assembly) and the frontstock. no idea what i should do (ie. replace stock, repair stock, how to put the two pieces back together etc.) Looking for help or suggestions with much appreciation.

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November 25, 2006, 08:57 AM
The stock on a Marlin 39A is made from black walnut wood. It is one of the most desired woods in the furniture business and has a unique grain that stands out from the crowd.

I have no idea what Marlin would want for a new stock but I bet it would not be cheap. The gun itself goes in the $360 or more range if I remember correctly so the stock would probably be in the range of $100 or so.

If it is broken at a critical stress point it may have to be pinned to get a strong enough mechanical bond to hold if you decided to glue it with a good woodworkers glue.

You could try a simple glue and clamp then sand the joint and re-stain it to the original color. That would always be a weak point and an area that had to be cautiously handled and watched.

I would call Marlin first so you could make an informed decision.

The trigger on that gun is a bit rough so the first thing I did when I got mine was break it down and do a trigger job. Now it smooth with a perfect let off.

November 25, 2006, 08:57 AM
I have a 39A handed down from my dad. Great shooter. The Buttstock/Reciever should have a thumbscrew about 5/8 in diameter that attaches the two assemblies. Hammer should be in the cocked position when taking them apart and putting them together. Start the buttsock/1/2 reciever psection at an angle like in the pic and kinda fold together. Screw in thumbscrew. Hope the pics show this well.
There is an assembly in the part of the reciever that is attached to the barrel which must be in place to put it back together. It holds the firing pin and does not come off during dissasembly unless it's taken off seperately. Hope this helps.:)

November 25, 2006, 09:01 AM
Whoops, here's the pics.:banghead:

Dean C
November 25, 2006, 11:50 AM
See if this helps any. Check out the owner's manuals near the middle of the page.

November 25, 2006, 11:06 PM
If at all possible, try to save the original stock.

Marlin does, or did, final fit the stocks by heating the receiver tangs and pressing the stock on.
If you remove the stock you'll see scorched areas.
This process insured one of the tightest wood to metal fits in the industry.

A replacement stock won't fit as well, will be rather expensive, and won't be original.
A crack can be repaired by a number of methods, including using epoxy or a special "Crazy Glue" type wood glue that quickly soaks into even fine cracks.

The Marlin 39-A is the finest .22 lever action rifle ever made, or ever likely to be made.
It's still made pretty much the same as it was in the 1890's, from forged and milled steel and American walnut.

Accuracy is so good it's often near Match rifle grade.

November 26, 2006, 08:50 AM
Woops, I mistakenly thought it was black walnut.

I agree about the accuracy. It gets even better when the trigger is worked and made crisp and light.

November 26, 2006, 09:03 PM
American walnut and black walnut are pretty much the same thing as far as I know.

November 26, 2006, 11:32 PM
If you haven't done this stuff before, you might want to avoid the adventure :eek: ! It's too nice a gun to experiment on.

It's heavy, and it's long. It's also a tackdriver, and it's one of the prettiest pieces of American craftsmanship still made. (Mine's checkered.)

Sadly, I don't get to shoot it as often as I'd like.

Post pictures of the damage --- I'm sure someone here can step-by-step you, if you decide not to have a cabinetmaker :D do it.

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