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Old September 11, 2012, 11:48 PM   #3876
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900F..........did NOT file down the original front sight...it is stored away...it was too SHORT for the Skinner receiver mounted peep sight..as I said I think cuz the octagon bbl on that rifle is tapered at the muzzle and loses some height from a full dia round bbl.....but I got a new front sight from Andy @ Skinner sights that he makes extra tall to allow for filing down to specific needs. I stopped at St Ingatius last spring after I left GF......went to the factory and talked with Andy Larrson and bought 3 sights from him then. Others are for my Golden Boy & Rossi 92 .38Spl/.357M. I appreciate your concern tho.....for now left the rear sight in place as it does not interfere with peep sight...can always go back to original set up this way.
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Old September 12, 2012, 09:04 AM   #3877
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Old September 13, 2012, 10:05 AM   #3878
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Hi, i would like to join the club

I've been looking at this thread for the last couple years, and it has really helped me work through some issues that Ive had with my 39's, it is a great resource, and very interesting to read. the past couple years Ive bounched around on it reading small parts of it, but a few weeks ago I started on page one and am now on page 104.

I grew up shooting lever actions, Ive used the other actions, but lever's are what I like. The rifle project that Ive been working on since my daughter was born almost 4 years ago is converting a 39as over to a 39 youth size rifle (39y), so she will have a lever .22 her size to learn with when she's 9 or 10 years old. My wife thinks Im a little early for thinking about this project for her given she's still several years away from being able to use it, but it's a fun project to think about.

So like I mentioned, 24" 39as is my starting point, so far I've got a 39 youth pistolgrip stock, and all the required 39TDS parts froward of the reciver. Its taken quite some time to round everything up, but finally ready, I have done pretty much all my own gunsmithing over the years, my neighbor when I was growing up was a gunsmith, and I spent several year after school evenings working for him and learning, but I have never replaced a barrel on my own before, I know that their is some real knowlage on this thread and am inerested in any thoughts about a barrel replacement.

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Old September 13, 2012, 07:27 PM   #3879
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The Model 39 series uses a threaded barrel.

Change out will require a real gunsmith's barrel vise, an action wrench that will closely fit the receiver, and a lathe to trim the barrel shoulder to align the sights at 12:00 O'clock top dead center.
Depending on how the new barrel fits, it may be necessary to set the barrel back one entire thread to get proper alignment and torque.

Also needed will be a .22LR chamber cutter to re-cut the chamber and a head space gauge set.

Another option is a re-line job. In this one you use a special drill bit on a precision rod to drill out the barrel and bond in a barrel liner with a permanent Loctite bonder.
A re-line allows keeping the original barrel with markings.
Re-lines properly done can be very good, but I'd probably want a real professional like Redman's Rifling do the job to insure the best possible outcome.
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Old September 13, 2012, 10:06 PM   #3880
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Casecolor, welcome to the 39 club and THR.
Delighted you've found this thread of value.

Glad dfaris was around to answer your technical questions;
he's one of our leading technical experts, as you know.

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Old September 14, 2012, 10:23 AM   #3881
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Thanks for the welcome!

Thanks for the welcome Nem! This thread is Awsome, I am now on page 117 and cant seem to stop reading. I have a couple of 39's around but I have to admit between reading this thread over the last couple weeks, and a touch of early autumn in the air I ordered another one off of gunbroker last week! a 1976 39m and cant wait for it to get here!

Thanks for the the gunsmith advice Dfariswheel, after reading your post I see that its going to be alot more to changing barrels than simply unthreading the AS barrel and threading in the new TDS barrel. So I will need to find a gunsmith and take him the rifle and the new parts (TDS barrel, TDS mag tube, and TDS forearm) and have him install into the AS reciver.
I've lived all over, moved to the Atalnta area a couple years ago, the reason I mention that, is if any of the club members have a gunsmith that they've used and would recomend in the Atlanta area I would appreciate it.

Thanks agin for the welcome, really glad to be here,

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Old September 14, 2012, 10:22 PM   #3882
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This thread is Awsome, I am now on page 117 and cant seem to stop reading.
Wow. That's great. Made my day. So fine that we've created a resource here that people - at least some - enjoy just reading.

Glad you've joined us to help with that.

And you ordered a mountie?! You lucky dog! Pics when you get it, ok?

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Old September 17, 2012, 04:40 PM   #3883
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Yep I'll put up some pic's when the 39m get's here, just got an email from the seller, he said he just put it in the mail, so I'm guessing by this time next week it should be here.

A few years ago I came across an all steel Redfield reciver sight for the 39, and had planned on putting it on my 39 century , but the leaf on the 39 century dose not fold down, and that 39 century is a nail driver, I just could'nt bring myself to remove that back sight. But the back sight leaf on the 1976 39m dose fold down, so that's where the Redfield reciver sight is going!

Like I said before I've picked up alot of really helpful info on this thread, one really cool thing is that scope mount of Fast Frank's, I think it was like post #3174, I've never put a scope on a .22 Lever before, but Im sure as time gose by and my eye's get worse I'll want a scope, and I pretty sure it can not get any better than that mount for a 39 scope mount! I need to get one of those ordered!

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Old September 17, 2012, 06:00 PM   #3884
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casecolor:

Well, IF you had chosen to put the all steel Redfield peep sight on your Century Limited, it would have looked like mine, shown below.

I bought the Century Limited w/Redfield scope off Gunbroker from the original owner. He said he put the Redfield peep sight (and a taller front sight) on it right after he bought it.

My 2nd Century Limited has factory sights and while it's very accurate, it is not in the same ball park, as to accuracy, as the one with the peep sight.

I love 'em both.

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Old September 18, 2012, 08:25 PM   #3885
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Hi PX15, nice reciver sight, your sight looks a little different than mine, I think yours is Redfield model #70, or maybe #75 with target knobs, the one I came across is a model #80 with the shorter hunter knobs. All those Redfield reciver sights were built very high quality, I think it was around 1972 Redfield started using aluminum for some of their reciver sights. Nothing aginst aluminum sights though, taken more than one whitetail with my 30-30 and aluminum Williams reciver sight.

Thanks for the pics,
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Old September 19, 2012, 08:05 AM   #3886
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Ammo question

Now I know I could go back thru 98 pages of this thread and it would be time well spent but I am headed out in a few minutes and on the way I intend to pick up a some more .22 lr ammo.

Should I avoid "high velocity" stuff for my 52? It seems to like CCI mini-mags.

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Old September 19, 2012, 08:11 PM   #3887
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Your '52 is good to go with High Speed-High Velocity ammo.

The only 39's not suitable for it are the ones made in the 1920's that didn't have an "HS" prefix to the serial number.
Those older rifles will break the bolt if fired with High Speed ammo.
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Old September 19, 2012, 11:31 PM   #3888
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PX15, Jesse, those are wicked nice photos.
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Old September 20, 2012, 06:05 AM   #3889
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Your '52 is good to go with High Speed-High Velocity ammo.

The only 39's not suitable for it are the ones made in the 1920's that didn't have an "HS" prefix to the serial number.
Those older rifles will break the bolt if fired with High Speed ammo.
That's pretty much what I thought, just wanted to double check.

I love both my 39As but I have found I enjoy the 52 more than the 77. It's got a whole lot lighter trigger and the lever runs much more smoothly, probably things it earned with age. Using the same ammo the 52 comes out on top against the 77 even though it has open irons while the 77 is sporting a skinner peep.
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Old September 22, 2012, 01:08 AM   #3890
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Model 39A Complete Makeover

I just got my 39A back from my local gunny after having him do a complete makeover. I bought this rifle back in the 70's when Best in Cupertino, California had a sale on them ($120.00). I had to go through three or four rifles before I picked one out that I could live with. Even though these were the norm for the day, several had sticky actions that I found unacceptable.

The rifle came stock with an uncheckered maple (I think) stock. Somewhat plain, in my opinion.

Here is what I had the gunsmith do:

1) Hand fit a select, checkered walnut stock and hand rub to a gloss finish.
2) Complete the edge rounding on the finger lever that I had started years ago. The trigger was rounded by me at that time and gold plated.
3) Send the metal parts out for a mirror finish polish and deep, dark blue.

Here is what I received after three months of work:





I had previously slicked up the action myself over the years. When I got it back, it was a bit dry so I disassembled the gun, cleaned up all the parts and oiled and adjusted everything to perfection. I removed the brass magazine tube and polished it to a high mirror finish.

I just got back from the range today to sight it back in and I have to tell you this is an indescribably outstanding example of the 39A. Slick, pin-point accurate and a great joy to shoot.

My grandkids are going to be happy with this rifle someday.

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Old September 22, 2012, 10:24 AM   #3891
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Very Nice! & a great shooter too from your note.....nice heirloom to pass down as you suggested!
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Old September 22, 2012, 01:11 PM   #3892
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Bergmen, that is a beautiful piece of shooting iron!!!!
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Old September 22, 2012, 04:29 PM   #3893
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just joined this post looking into buying a 39a what year did they start factory drilling them for scope mounts I want to make sure I get an old one that is all original
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Old September 22, 2012, 07:00 PM   #3894
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Bergmen, that is a beautiful piece of shooting iron!!!!
Thanks! They really did a mirror finish on all the metal, I didn't show the effect, but here is a picture that does:



That is my hand holding the camera in the center of the receiver with the insulation on the underside of the overhang at our rifle range in the rest of the reflection.

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Old September 22, 2012, 07:49 PM   #3895
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habbiefun;

Marlin started drilling the receiver for scope mounts as standard sometime in the 60's, I'm not sure just when.

Before that you could get the side of the barrel drilled and tapped for a special barrel mount either by the factory on special order, or by a local, and of course, older rifles receivers were later drilled and tapped by local gunsmiths.

The best way of dating a Marlin is by the features used during a specific era, or by doing a serial number check.
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Old September 22, 2012, 10:07 PM   #3896
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Welcome to the club, Habbie, and to THR.

Bergmen, wow. Just wow. Thanks for sharing that.
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Old September 24, 2012, 03:11 AM   #3897
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Wink Fast Frank Does A late Night Drive By.

Hey Guys. Wazup?

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Old September 24, 2012, 07:11 AM   #3898
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39A

Count me in.
I bought mine in December 1969.I saved some money while going to Mass. Bay Community College and my parents gave me the rest .I have had this rifle for 43 years and it is still going strong. My son wants it now... we will see. By the way the Marlin was bought at Ivanhoe Gun Shop in Watertown,Ma. Cliff
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Old September 26, 2012, 12:22 AM   #3899
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Mr. T, welcome in.
We be rockin'.

FFrank!
Welcome back.
Where you been, bud?!

Rhetorical question. No response necessary.
I've been mostly away, also. Long story.

But ... we still be rockin'.
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Old September 26, 2012, 07:36 AM   #3900
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I've been around, Nemo... And doing fine.

Still have both my model 39s. You get yours cut down yet?

Here's the story about the dead crow, if anybody is interested.

http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/ri...rlin-39-a.html
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