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Old January 31, 2010, 11:03 AM   #2576
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dfariswheel,

I was reading a post of yours from a few years back where you talked about a egg shell oil finish you applied to a gun. What I was wondering was how close looking is this finish to the factory finish of a older Marlin (1948 39a)? I recently bought one that had a gloss finish applied to it and was considering taking it down to restore it to something as close as I can to the original look.

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Old February 2, 2010, 04:19 PM   #2577
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I got my 39a in either 1973 or 1974. I can't remember that far back exactly.

I love shooting it and it outshoots my 10/22 hands down.

Putting it back together after cleaning has always been tricky. It seems to be very tight. Is there something I'm not doing right, or is there something I can do to make this easier.
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Old February 2, 2010, 04:52 PM   #2578
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You want it to be tight. My '47 is tight and I'm glad for that.
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Old February 2, 2010, 05:15 PM   #2579
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In order to get it closed up I have to hit it with my palm several times. Is that the right tight? or too tight.
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Old February 2, 2010, 08:29 PM   #2580
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dfariswheel,

I was reading a post of yours from a few years back where you talked about a egg shell oil finish you applied to a gun. What I was wondering was how close looking is this finish to the factory finish of a older Marlin (1948 39a)? I recently bought one that had a gloss finish applied to it and was considering taking it down to restore it to something as close as I can to the original look.


My finish as done in the post will be smoother because I continue applying finish until the grain of the wood is totally filled.
The factory job didn't completely fill the wood grain, so the wood didn't have as nice a luster.
Had the factory had the time, the stock would have looked like mine.

If you want a true factory look, just stop when the wood is almost, but not quite filled, then buff.
Completely filled just looks better.
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Old February 2, 2010, 08:34 PM   #2581
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In order to get it closed up I have to hit it with my palm several times. Is that the right tight? or too tight

Whatever works.
When disassembling or reassembling the receivers, make sure the hammer is fully cocked and the lever is slightly open.
When reassembling, push the bolt as far forward as you can.

Most Marlin's are tight until they've been disassembled a few times.
I made up a thumbscrew "wrench" from a piece of 1/8" brass plate. I slightly curved one end to exactly fit the slot in the thumb slot then bent it into an "L" shape.
I use that to tighten the screw, which pulls the receivers together.
Then I back it off just a slight bit.
The brass wrench prevents "dinking up" the slot, which a screwdriver will do.
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Old February 3, 2010, 04:46 AM   #2582
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As I stated in an earlier post, with the newer 39 it is mandatory to use some tool to tighten up, in order to avoid hammer rebound and FTF.

to dfariswheel: is it possible to get some pictures of your self build tool, great idea to use brass.

To clean my rifles, I use some piece of rope with cotton "snake" as delivered with my Walther air rifle.
That way I can clean any rifle from the Bore without having to take it down
(also very nice to clean my 336)

greetz

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Old February 3, 2010, 10:18 PM   #2583
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I saw a 39A in a Pawn Shop today.

Serial # N85xx.

What can you tell me about that model serial #? How old is it?

It had a pistol grip without a cap on the pistol grip.
It had a hole in the stock where the plastic "bulls eye" should have been. There were some minor blemishes in the metal on the one side of the reciever. Otherwise, pretty good shape.

They said I could have it for $400 out the door.
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Old February 5, 2010, 10:15 AM   #2584
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simplest material fot cleaning without takedown,
for 22lr I use 4 cotton wicks, for 30-30 I use 6 wicks
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Old February 5, 2010, 12:58 PM   #2585
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Originally Posted by .45&TKD View Post
I saw a 39A in a Pawn Shop today.

Serial # N85xx.

What can you tell me about that model serial #? How old is it?

It had a pistol grip without a cap on the pistol grip.
It had a hole in the stock where the plastic "bulls eye" should have been. There were some minor blemishes in the metal on the one side of the reciever. Otherwise, pretty good shape.

They said I could have it for $400 out the door.
believe its 1956

He's a link for dating Marlins http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/i...pic,495.0.html
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Old February 6, 2010, 07:05 PM   #2586
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How accurate are the Remington CBees in your micro groove 39A?

I know each rifle is different but if the odds are good i'll save some money and order 500rds, if hit or miss I'll just get 100rds.
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Old February 10, 2010, 10:43 PM   #2587
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OK, bonus check comes next week. Time to get serious about finding a Marlin 39!!! Any suggestions on where to start looking on-line. Do not want to go with a new production model so I suspect an on-line gun auction site or seller would be the best route.
Any suggestions on reputable on line gun dealers/auction site too look for a rifle?
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Old February 10, 2010, 10:49 PM   #2588
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Bucksnort101:

Williams Gunsight has a very nice one. I handled it, so now it does have drool marks. I think the price was $400. It had the white spacer on the buttstock, the fit and finish were awesome! Here is there website, but it is NOT listed. You would have to call them. The whole firearm is as-tight-as a tank, and slick as butter!

Ask for Jordan (a man). Tell him Geno referred you. No, I get NO commission. Tell him it's located on the showroom floor, in the .22LR rack, and it is the last rifle to the right, on the top shelf. <<How could I forget where such a beauty is located?!>>

Like I said, I handled it and it is sweet!

http://williamsgunsight.com/
1-800-530-9028

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Old February 11, 2010, 09:44 PM   #2589
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Thanks Geno, called Williams Gunsight and spoke to Jordan early this morning. Rifle was described to me as having 100% bluing and nealy 100% stock finish. Said there was a couple little dings in the wood, but you really had to look to see them. From the serial # he gave me I beleive the gun was build in 1976.
So, with that, I bought my first Marlin 39A Bad part is when I was at the Dealer I am having the rifle sent to I saw a nice little Ruger Single Six with Rosewood furniture on it that will look nice sitting next to this rifle!!!! There goes the bonus money
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Old February 11, 2010, 09:49 PM   #2590
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Yeah. I saw Jordan today! You'll like that rifle! For me, I've always wished it were possible to get someone else's eyes on a rifle before I actually buy it. Williams is pretty good to work with. They've never steered me wrong yet. And Jordan is a straight-up fella!

Congrats, and welcome to the Marlin 39 Club!!

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Old February 11, 2010, 09:53 PM   #2591
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Thanks again. Now someone needs to inform me as to what ammunition is safe to shoot in these things. I do believe I read to stear clear of certain ammo, high velocity stuff. Is that true or can I feed it anything I want?
I guess I have a 10-14 day wait until the rifle is in my hands so I'll have to start reading this thread from beginning to end.
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Old February 13, 2010, 04:24 PM   #2592
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>>>I read to stear clear of certain ammo, high velocity stuff<<<

I believe just about anything goes with ammo after the mid 1930's (HS prefix).
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Old February 15, 2010, 10:36 PM   #2593
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I use anything I have, from the Aguila Colibra 500 FPS to the CCI Mini Mags. Never had any problems.

BTW, did you get that new rifle yet?! You have to post some pictures when you do.

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Old February 16, 2010, 08:50 PM   #2594
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My first post on THR.

I picked up a Marlin 39A today after doing a good bit of research. The s/n is G13xxx. I took it apart and cleaned it. Now I need to get out and shoot it.

This is one heck of a thread, I'm going to try to read it all. Up to page 13 or so now.
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Old February 16, 2010, 09:04 PM   #2595
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No rifle yet Geno. Am getting anxious They said it would take 10-14 days, not sure why so long as it's only got to go from Michigan to Minnesota. I suspect (hope) it will be here the end of the week?
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Old February 16, 2010, 09:09 PM   #2596
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Ten to 14?! It's supposed to take 4! You'll like that rifle! Good thing you asked her out to the prom! It she hadn't had a date by Saturday, she'd a been hangin' on my arm instead! Hope ya give her a right purdy name.

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If I should die here on this day,
I pray for guns in Heaven with which to play.

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Old February 18, 2010, 08:48 PM   #2597
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Dang!!!! Rifle still not hear. Someone kept calling the home phone # all day yesterday, but would not leave a message so I thought it might be the Gun Shop. Called them this morning still no Rifle. Oh well, maybe tomorrow just in time for the weekend?
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Old February 18, 2010, 09:14 PM   #2598
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Picked up this one last Friday at Gander Mtn. it's A 1972.







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Old February 18, 2010, 09:28 PM   #2599
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Very nice. Hope mine looks that good.
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Old February 18, 2010, 09:32 PM   #2600
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She does! Ifin' you don't like the lady when she arrives, leave her virtues in tact, wrap her up and I'll take her to the prom! (Call them tomorrow and request the tracking No.)

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Please Lord help those who us hate.
Give us this day our daily lead,
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If I should die here on this day,
I pray for guns in Heaven with which to play.

Amen,

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