Marlin 39A


September 10, 2008, 08:35 AM
Hello New to this forum. I have a new Marlin 39A Love the rifle but am suprised on how tight the action is.I know it should smooth out with use. I also wonder if anyone who has owned one for a time can tell me if they take it down everytime to clean it???

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September 10, 2008, 08:46 AM
I've had mine for years.
The action will loosen up after a while and be smooth as silk.
Cleaning without breaking it open has a major risk. Your cleaning rod will be hitting the ejector. A real possibility of damage.
Of course it's a .22. You don't clean it that often.


September 10, 2008, 09:04 AM
Bad news're gonna have to run a few bricks through it to get the action worn in a little :evil:

I wouldn't be taking that rifle down as a matter of course to clean, it's liable to cause more wear and tear than its worth. Rather, squirt a little CLP into the action once in a while and swab it out with a patch to get most of the gunk out.

You can make an effective and inexpensive bore/barrel cleaning tool by cutting yourself a length of plastic weed wacker cord and sharpening one end to a fine point and flattening the other end with a heated butter knife blade quickly applied to the plastic.

The end result should look like a long, flexible nail. Skewer a cleaning patch on the sharpened end, run it down the length of the cord to the flattened end (which should keep the patch from falling off) soak liberally with your favourite cleaning agent run the length through the barrel from either end.

Repeat as necessary.

Enjoy your new rifle, you've got yourself one of the best!

September 10, 2008, 09:10 AM
Welcome to thehighroad William77 !

They are easy to clean and maintain. Here is a link to a downloadable user manual.


September 10, 2008, 09:34 AM
It isn't as if the 39A is difficult to take down and field strip, so make sure that you do so prior to cleaning the bore in order to protect the ejector.

All of the Marlin lever guns are easy to disassemble, and I don't know of any that have experienced undue wear as a result.

September 10, 2008, 10:27 AM
See pics N and O in the schematic. You use a screwdriver to turn the rivet and lock down the ejector.

I don't take mine down everytime I shoot it.

The actions are tight, but I suppose one of these days my Mountie will be broken in and loose. If I live long enough. I've had it for 45 years.


September 10, 2008, 10:41 AM
The actions are tight. Got mine in 1955, been used a lot and is still tight. Dont think they ever get as smooth as the actions on the Henrys'. Clean mine about 2x per year.

September 10, 2008, 12:46 PM
Thanks all for the very helpful information. Happy to be a new member to THR.:)

September 10, 2008, 02:01 PM
Got mine two weeks or so ago.

It was very tight out of the box. At least it felt that way. I was even looking at pads for the lever in anticipation.

Then I got it to the range and it did not seem so tight. Not sure if that was mental or not. Basically I think you notice it less as you're action cycling rounds through it and shooting as opposed to sitting on your couch and working the action. Put about 350 rounds through it.

Got it home and broke it down, cleaned all the packing grease out of the action and swabbed it down with Rem Oil. Seems to be a tad smoother now.

November 10, 2008, 07:48 PM
Anyone actually have an action job done on theirs? Willing to share the name of the smith that performed it?

November 10, 2008, 07:55 PM
Welcome to THR! I have had my own 39A for about 6 weeks. I'm thrilled with mine, and yes, it's tight. I cleaned mine when new, and after a few hundred rounds. The lever has become a bit lighter to work, but is still tight...and very accurate.

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November 10, 2008, 11:45 PM
I own many. They are my favorite gun, and they will soon become yours as well. The action just takes a couple thousand rounds to get smooth. I suggest buying 3-4 bricks, and making some speedloaders out of 3/8" tubing. It'll be smooth before ya know it.

January 1, 2010, 08:48 AM
Being new out of the box full of factory grease/gunk, may I suggest taking it a part for its first full complete cleaning before ever shooting. I found too, that the lever is not as difficult to operate and wears in with time. I clean the barrel after every session or 115 rounds as accuracy falls off at 77 and 100m. Then take apart at end of season, which is September, for complete take down and cleaning. Mine is 2 years old. This is what I do. I use a nylon brush in the barrel too, when cleaning. Have fun with your new Marlin! I do 3 times a week and perhaps 4 times in 2010, competitive shooting at our local club.

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