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Old September 27, 2013, 04:22 PM   #4326
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Yeah - if you would be so kind as to post the process you went through to get to the finished product, as well as some cost estimates (ballpark if you're not comfortable or willing to do exact numbers)...

...I know of at least one person who might be very interested in that information. Thank you in advance.


Nice looking rifle! Especially considering the condition you say you found it in.
Well ... as I said I found it at a garage sale, its been at least 10-12 years ago; the house had belonged to an couple I'd guess in their mid 70's or maybe a bit older and their kids were helping them downsize to sell it and move into a assisted living setup. It had been bought by "dad" when he got home from Korea, the kids learned to shoot with it but it had been sitting in the corner of their basement since the 70's. It was an older home and had a lime stone basement and dirt floor ... and in Kansas that's not an optimal storage idea. As I said the barrel was rusted terribly, you couldn't see light through it and the outside was rusted / pitted just as bad ... the receiver and internal parts had only some speckling of rust and the lever cleaned up well enough for me. The "kids" had no interest in it and I bought it for $50, took it home and it sat in the corner of my basement for a couple years until I came across a Marlin Century barrel on eBay and bought it for $60(this was back before ebay banned gun parts).

I'm a tinker-er and have a decent collection of tools, workbench vice etc ... I let it soak in some rust inhibitor for a few days, a bit of padding on the aluminum vice jaws to protect the receiver and unscrewed the barrel with the help of a torch, and a pipe wrench with a breaker bar on the barrel. I cleaned it up screwed in the new barrel ... the notch for the extractor was off a bit and I used a thin aluminum washer to line up the barrel to the extractor.

When I discovered the original 39A forearm wasn't going to fit correctly because of the difference in the dimensions of the two barrels I started looking around for a 39A Century hand guard and found one on Numrich, along with a complete feed tube which I had to cut down to fit the 20" barrel (it was for the standard 24" barrel ... I think these parts were about $70.

The front sight from the round 39A barrel didn't fit the octogonal barrel, I ended up using one from a Ruger 10-22 that I had left over from another project. The rear sight fit fine and lined up perfectly with 2 notches of elevation.

The rest was easy, just stripped the stock and refinished it with the hand guard with satin polyurethane.

By the way, Numrich is listing the 20" Century barrel for $77 here ... but I don't see the handguard listed
http://www.gunpartscorp.com/ad/590410.htm#450210

Its very handy at 20" and I really like the octogonal barrel ... Hope this helps
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Old September 27, 2013, 04:51 PM   #4327
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Cool

Yes - that is very helpful!


Thank you very much for obliging me and the board on the details of your project. Really appreciate it! And again - the final result is very well done, I must say.
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Old September 29, 2013, 02:58 PM   #4328
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Good news, 39 fans!

Wal Mart and Academy are both beginning to have ammo on the shelves!

I managed to put some minimag 40 grain round nose in the safe for eight bucks a hundred. That's a little higher than before the silliness started, but still a fair price, I think.

I also snagged some CCI "Quiet" for about the same price.

No, I have not fired my guns much lately, but it looks like that may be changing.

Hang in there guys! Maybe we can have a contest in the spring.
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Old September 30, 2013, 10:27 AM   #4329
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I have a 39a 22l marlin octan barrel lever action and this rifle is just like new ! Was in a collector's estate when he died i purchased it from his wife.
It is a real beauty !
I also have 3n new rifles=
1=marlin 22l auto matic
2.=17mm henry w/nixon scope=lever action
3.=henry 22mag l lever action golden boy w/simmons scope
4=20 ga over and under (new)
5.=20 ga single shot
6.=12 ga single shot
7.=ruger=combo=2 seperate barreles=22l and 410/40=pistol
8.=rugar 38 pistol
9.=rugar 22l pistol
10.=browning 22 l automatic pistol

this is my present collection !
I maybe will sell my marlin 39a made about 1930=i paid $2000 for it and its to nice to use for hunting so it just sits in my gun cabinet !
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Old October 1, 2013, 08:44 PM   #4330
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Good news, 39 fans!

Wal Mart and Academy are both beginning to have ammo on the shelves!

I managed to put some minimag 40 grain round nose in the safe for eight bucks a hundred. That's a little higher than before the silliness started, but still a fair price, I think.

I also snagged some CCI "Quiet" for about the same price.

No, I have not fired my guns much lately, but it looks like that may be changing.

Hang in there guys! Maybe we can have a contest in the spring.
Maybe there is hope yet.
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Old October 1, 2013, 09:53 PM   #4331
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Yeah - maybe so.
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Old October 12, 2013, 01:35 PM   #4332
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bumpy bump bump

I guess everybody is that the range?
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Old October 12, 2013, 06:45 PM   #4333
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Hunting season...
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Old October 13, 2013, 07:18 PM   #4334
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Just busy with a new - rather, upgraded - business eating my time.

I'd rather be at the range some days at least.
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Old October 13, 2013, 07:23 PM   #4335
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Pics...pics....pics...:-)
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Old October 14, 2013, 06:28 PM   #4336
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Pics?

I got a picture of a snake. Will that do?



He was sunning himself on the road. I'm pretty sure that's a Texas Hognose.

Just to keep it official for the 39 club, the rifle that I didn't shoot this snake with was a Marlin 39.
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Old October 14, 2013, 06:56 PM   #4337
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Just to keep it official for the 39 club, the rifle that I didn't shoot this snake with was a Marlin 39.
This biologist and lover of the 39 thanks you for not shooting the snake. Snakes get such a bad rap; they belong here, too. Great rodent control so we can save bullets for more important things, like squirrels.
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Old October 14, 2013, 08:02 PM   #4338
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Nemo & the rest of the ward;

I wouldn't shoot that snake either. But, if it had been a rattler there'd been tire tracks all over it. We don't tend to run to copperheads, water moccasins, and other vipers here in Outer Montana, but if we did they'd get the B.F. Goodrich treatment too.

Until you've been out in the middle of nowhere, on the other side of fumbuck, giving emergency first aid for snakebite you don't tend to understand my feelings. Full adult rattlesnake, entry points anterior just below the right knee, right where the calf muscles start to reduce to meet the back of the knee, where some fairly significant veins & arteries are. The patient did live, and I got to learn on the job how to paddle a canoe as the rear and only paddler some miles downstream to obtain any help.

Later I learned that if you shoot a .22 in a safe direction, then point the muzzle at a pit viper's head, it will aim itself & the next time you pull the trigger the odds are real good you won't have a snake bite adventure of your own.

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Old October 21, 2013, 02:22 AM   #4339
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The good news for the Hognose is that I knew for sure he was not poisonous.

Therefore, I had no reason to off him.

Had he been a Rattler, a Copperhead, A water Moccasin, or a Coral snake (The four poisonous varieties found in Texas) I would act according to how near to people he was.

Out in the boonies, I leave 'em alone. In a subdivision with kids running around, not so much.

Now, on to the reason why I bumped this thread.

There's ammo appearing around me, but .22 is still scarce.

I say we should start thinking NOW about our 2014 Valentine's Day shooting match.

How about we change the program a little? Maybe a variation of the Black Death Challenge?

The idea is to shoot at a target that has a bunch of small targets, putting one round on each.

We could either shoot at the targets in order, attempting to hit each one, and stop when the first miss occurs...

Or maybe shoot 50 rounds at 50 little hearts and count the hits for score.

Or maybe somebody wants to come up with a more entertaining idea?

Regardless, I think it's time for us to dig our rifles out and shoot them a little bit.

Surely we can all find 100 rounds of .22 between now and February?
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Old October 21, 2013, 08:06 AM   #4340
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Frank, I like how you think. We are overdue for another 39 shoot.

On snakes... I've never shot one. Had some close calls, especially whilst riding my mountain bike. Not sure which of us gets the bigger thrill... Simultaneous retreat is the best option for all parties at these meetings. No negotiation needed, neither interested in violating our five decades long truce.

They do exhibit characteristics that are admirable and reflective of the (early) American Spirit. Enough so to be a prominent symbol on a certain yellow flag.

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Old October 21, 2013, 11:22 AM   #4341
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Well, I didn't see exactly what I was looking for...

But this might be fun.

http://www.mytargets.com/target22%20circles%20x20.pdf

There are 20 1" circle targets with what looks like a 1/4" bull's eye.

We fire one round at each circle. A miss is zero, inside the circle is one point, and on the bull is two points.

I was hoping to find a 50 round target, but I have since realized that cramming 50 targets on a sheet of printer paper is going to make for some teeny tiny targets.

Just a suggestion, guys. If we don't do this, let's do something fun!
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Old October 21, 2013, 11:36 AM   #4342
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This might be fun if we move it out to 100 yards.

http://www.targets.ws/shooting-targe...d-target-3.pdf

At that range you wouldn't be able to cherry pick the numbers, and it would make your score more a "Luck Of The Draw" thing.
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Old October 21, 2013, 11:43 AM   #4343
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Here's 100 squirrels.

At 25 yards it's going to be challenging with iron sights.

http://target.globaldc.com/100Squirrels.jpg
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Old October 28, 2013, 04:54 AM   #4344
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Hello, I'm currently trying to fulfill my membership requirements. There are two for sale, one from the '50s and one from the '80s. Are there quality or mechanical differences to be aware of? Both guns are in top shape. I'm going to go check them out on Tuesday and make an offer then.
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Old October 28, 2013, 10:19 AM   #4345
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rromeo;

Just on general principles, I'd take the 50's gun. If that one has the larger, "perch belly" forearm, I'd be on it with my credit card floppy from the heat of pullin' it out that fast.

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Old October 28, 2013, 11:21 AM   #4346
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I agree with CB900F. If all else is equal, you should probably go with the older gun...

...unless the older gun is so old you shouldn't shoot high velocity ammo out of it. In which case you have a collector on your hands instead of a shooter, anyway. That is not the case here.

Personally I would not overpay for the older gun just because it is older. If the '80s gun looked better, I'd pick that one.


Either should serve you very well. From a bit of casual searching, looks like the cross bolt safety and rebounding hammer were introduced in 1988. Micro-groove was introduced in the early '50s. So more than likely no difference between the two - but there is actually a slight chance of the older gun having none of those "newer" features. You'd have to inspect them and see.

Good luck! And an early welcome!
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Old October 28, 2013, 11:43 AM   #4347
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The condition on both rifles was described as excellent. The older gun is $500, the '80s one I can probably get around $300.
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Old October 28, 2013, 03:55 PM   #4348
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I know some people will pay a premium for pre-safety models, but $500 strikes me as a bit high for a regular 39A. At least in my neck of the woods.

If it's a less common variant (like a Mountie), that makes the price a little easier to swallow. But just a little.


On the other hand... $300 nowadays is almost approaching a too good to be true, "what's wrong with it?" price. Unless it's a friend or family member doing the selling.



Tough call. If nothing's wrong with either gun, I'd get the cheaper one. But that's just me. Try to take some dummy rounds with you and cycle them through the action if possible.
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Old October 28, 2013, 11:33 PM   #4349
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rromeo;

Now that you've put numbers to them, I tend to agree with tubeshooter. Three is a good price these days if you're buying. It's t'other way round on the five hundred figure if you're the seller. The microgroove rifling was introduced in 1954, if the gun has conventional rifling it's a bit more rare, but not excessively so.

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Old October 30, 2013, 12:31 PM   #4350
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It's a 1950, and $439 out the door. I'll take some photos later. The other would have been $350.
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