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Old February 19, 2010, 03:45 PM   #2601
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Your rifle is A 1950.
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Old February 20, 2010, 12:08 AM   #2602
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Well, I am now truly an official member of the 39 club. Picked up my rifle from the gunshop today. She is a beaut. Blue looks new, wood looks nearly new. Seems nice and tight. Going to give her a good cleaning over the weekend and hope to get out and shoot next weekend.
One question I do have about the finish on the wood. Seems to be really thick and shiny, looks as if it was painted on with a paintbrush is spots. Is this normal. I do not really care for a real shiny finish on wood, so if this is not the factory finish I may strip her down and put on some something a little more appealing to my eye.
Will try to get pictures up over the weekend sometime, have previous commitments (Ice Fishing with nephew) that will take up much of the weekend though.
Thanks again for the heads up on the rifle Geno, she's a keeper
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Old February 20, 2010, 06:24 AM   #2603
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I thought you'd like her for a prom-date. Treat her good! Regarding the finish on the wood, it looks pretty close to my own 2-year-old M39A. I personally think these rifles would look better in an oil finish than varnished, or whatever finish, they wear. I'm glad it's to your liking!

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Old February 20, 2010, 06:50 AM   #2604
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Good on you, Buck.

Welcome to the official fold.
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Old February 21, 2010, 03:40 AM   #2605
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Here's a hypothetical.

Suppose you wanted a .22 LR handgun
that came as close as possible to a 39
in terms of accuracy, quality, dependability,
but in a smaller, lighter package.

What would it be?
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Old February 21, 2010, 05:53 AM   #2606
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althought i'm a pistol man, to go with the 39, S&W 617, 6" barrel, 10 shot

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Old February 21, 2010, 07:16 AM   #2607
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Nem, I've been asking myself this very question.

S&W 617 is very nice I'm sure... but I personally want a handy kit gun, not a 3 pounder.

So for a DA revolver, I'm thinking about either a S&W 63 or 317.

For single action, I am considering the Single Six and Bearcat.

I would try my chances with a Taurus 94, but I feel that it's a roll of the dice.

If I could find a SP-101 in .22lr, that would be wonderful. But if I had a million dollars and didn't have to work, that would be wonderful also.


Pickings are slim revolver-wise. I have my days where I consider something like a Browning Buckmark/Ruger MK II or III. But I want to keep everything "levers and wheels"...
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Old February 21, 2010, 09:37 AM   #2608
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Nem asks: Suppose you wanted a .22 LR handgun
that came as close as possible to a 39
in terms of accuracy, quality, dependability,
but in a smaller, lighter package.
TubeShooter's answer is spot on.

An SP101 in 22lr would be my choice for a DA, but like TS said, finding one that you could afford would be the hard part.

If you take up reloading and casting you could get one of the current production six shot Federal 327 Magnums SP101 (light weight DA) and if weight isn't an issue the Ruger GP100 (7 shot) or Blackhawk (8 shot) revolvers and shoot nearly as cheaply (not counting brass) as non-bulk 22lr ammo. Plus you could also shoot 32 H&R magnum and 32 S&W out of the same gun to further the versatility. Better still would be Marlin offering an 1894 in 327 Fed/32 H&R mag... Perfection would be achieve if they made it a take-down...

Back to the question at hand, for a 22lr handgun equivalent a strong case could be made for the Ruger Single Six.

Very good accuracy (in the five I've owned), not a match type gun but excels in the field - like the Marlin

25 yards

Quality is way up there too. Like the Marlin the Ruger SS sets the standard for quality and value.

As for dependability, I'm not sure you can top a Ruger Single Action for bombproof construction.

Plus, like the Marlin it will shoot Shorts, Longs & Long rifles with the added ability to shoot 22 Mags with the supplied extra cylinder.
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Old February 21, 2010, 10:57 AM   #2609
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my first 39 was a 1970 but it was stolen(pre gun safe days).

My current is a 1978. and Ill be happy to round it off with a 52 and 53 someday.
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Old February 21, 2010, 11:15 AM   #2610
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Here's a hypothetical.

Suppose you wanted a .22 LR handgun
that came as close as possible to a 39
in terms of accuracy, quality, dependability,
but in a smaller, lighter package.

What would it be?
S&W Model 18 or shorter barreled 17.
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Old February 21, 2010, 01:52 PM   #2611
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Thanks for thoughtful replies so far. I hope we can continue this for a while.

To be clear, especially for mods, I'm not suggesting we turn this into a handgun thread: it's about 39's.

But I'm curious about which .22 handgun comes closest to a 39 for all the reasons I stated in above. l

And, it will help me make decisions about my own kit. I'm constantly faced with a choice like this: I'm going to be walking for days or weeks in wilderness. (I'm working hard to make that happen this summer in a very wild, wooded place far, far away from here where open carry is fine). I want to carry one large caliber gun (30 or 40 something), one small caliber (.22), and one needs to be a rifle, the other a handgun.

Which rifle, which handgun? For me, current combos could include 39 + 65 (or 642), or 336 + _____. I have nothing now to fill that gap.

My sense right now: Single Six. (Not surprised, Mo, that you'd recommend that one.)

Also makes sense if I'm going to get into large-caliber SAO revolvers (like .45 Colt, that could make a good 39 + handgun combo). A Single Six allows me to become familiar with that style of tool. (I've never used SAO.)

Ok, off to work. Continue, please: I'm listening.

Nem

PS by edit: Here's a standard blued non-convertible, the convertibles (.22/.22 mag), and the Hunter.

I'm not convinced I need something as fancy as the latter; really want blued 6.5", but ... I'm open.
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Old February 21, 2010, 05:11 PM   #2612
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Also makes sense if I'm going to get into large-caliber SAO revolvers (like .45 Colt, that could make a good 39 + handgun combo). A Single Six allows me to become familiar with that style of tool. (I've never used SAO.)

This is my most carried combo. Marlin 39A Mountie and Ruger New Vaquero in 45 Colt. The Mountie gets shot the most even when Grouse are out of season it'll still go along just to handle the plinking duties.


This leaf needed three shots, lucky thing I had my Mountie with me.


Then there is this nice little target rich bowl just up the hill from our place that makes a dandy hiking destination. Takin' yer shootin' irons for a walk is good fun and what better way to celebrate bein' an American than walking free in a place that ain't been spoilt by civilization.

Nem, if'n your travels include my AO you're more than welcome to set up camp.

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Old February 21, 2010, 05:13 PM   #2613
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Nem,

I've always loved shooting, ever since that day at camp when I fired that 22 about 50 years ago....but I wasn't allowed to have anything bigger than a cap gun at home.

So when I turned 18 I purchased a Marlin single shot, a few days after my 21st birthday it was a Ruger New Model Single Six--way back in '74. Still have both of them. Got a Marlin 39 Mountie more recently, that Ruger just goes with the look and feel of the Mountie so well. You can carry a lot of 22lr rounds, and not take up a lot of space, if you're out on a long trek. The mag option on the Ruger is nice, it seems to shoot very tight groups, rarely miss when shooting reactive targets like cans. When going shooting, if I grab one, I seem to grab both--they seem to be a great pair.

My Hunter is pure fun--if I can get it away from my son or friends when plinking. Goes through a brick in no time, but with a red dot and rubber grips, it is a blast.

Fun guns for plinking: Marlin Mountie, Ruger Single Six, Mk III Hunter, Henry pump.
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Old February 21, 2010, 06:11 PM   #2614
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Nem, if'n your travels include my AO you're more than welcome to set up camp.
Thanks for your hospitality, Mo.

Trust that I want to find a way to make that happen,
and I'm confident that with a little time and luck, it'll happen.

Oh, the conversations to be had ...
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Old February 21, 2010, 08:51 PM   #2615
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Nematocyst;

First thing to do is define the threat level in the area yer gonna be traipsin' around in. Are large bears a realistic threat? Cats, although dangerous, aren't tough, canines, snakes, the odd Sasquatch, UFO's with abduction on their minds, and pot patch guards can all be handled with a .357 magnum. Bears have been known to be dispatched with dental floss I'm sure, but just me, I carry a BIG bore pistol for that. Bein' the rank coward I am you understand. Not a single Dan'l Boone gene in me that I know of.
So, if the rifle's to be the model 39, I'd suggest a .44 mag pistol at a minimum.

However, to the direct answer to your question; the Ruger single six. Only question then, is what barrel length.

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Old February 22, 2010, 09:41 AM   #2616
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Is there any place that can get their hands on a new 39a? I've been trying to find a new one for months (not at a premium on an auction site) and nobody seems to be able to get them from the distributors. Are the still being made? What's going on?
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Old February 22, 2010, 12:54 PM   #2617
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Taffnevy, something similar happened to me a few years ago with another model of Marlin (1894c). I looked for months with no luck. (Finally scored one from a warehouse back east when I managed to befriend a sales manager for Sportsman's Warehouse.)

The story that I got then was that Marlin does not continuously produce any model, but produce each in runs or batches. When those run out before the next batch is tooled up, there are shortages.

Mind you, this isn't truth from the horse's mouth; just a hypothesis.
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Old February 22, 2010, 08:44 PM   #2618
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Taffnevy,

My local shop here has one on the shelf, looked at it today, price was $569. If you are willing to do FFL transfer and pay shipping, I am sure he will ship for you.

DeFoor's gun shop
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Wichita Falls, TX 76301
940-763-2213

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Old February 23, 2010, 10:22 PM   #2619
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Marlin still makes them, they owe me a new one, but they did not say what the wait time will be.
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Old February 26, 2010, 06:34 PM   #2620
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Marlin 39A's available

If you are still on the hunt .. you can try The Jolly Roger (Firearms) in New Milford, CT (860-354-4087). John Roger is very reputable; he & his Father before him have been doing business at the same location for over 50 years now!

When I was last loitering at his shop the other day, John had (2) new Marlin 39A's on the rack. I can't recall the ticket price .. but he's always more than fair when it comes to that.

Good luck!

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Old February 28, 2010, 11:31 AM   #2621
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Well, as I have been wanting a 39 for a while, yesterday I finally got one. It is a new "Original Golden 39A", but that doesn't bother me since I am positive it will become an old 39A in my, my sons, and maybe even his sons possession. I have yet to get it out to the range, am hoping to later today but I know already she is gonna be a good gun, my wife has been making fun of me for carrying it around the house all day.
I ended up actually paying nothing for it as I traded in a Cetme Sporter that I have had no desire to shoot since the day I got it 4 years ago. It was simply taking up space in my safe so I decided it needed a new home and I needed something that would be well used by me.
I am glad to be counted as a fan of this auspicious little rifle.
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Old February 28, 2010, 03:48 PM   #2622
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I know how it is. I sold an AK that had been in the safe for years to buy my 39A. It hasn't even made it to the safe yet.
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Old March 1, 2010, 12:05 AM   #2623
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Marlin 39A gun club

I have a 39A golden mountie I purchased as the second owner in 1970. It it by far the best 22 I own. I also own a papoose 22LR and it too is great. The 39A is still better.
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Old March 1, 2010, 12:11 AM   #2624
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High Cover, Joel.Favre and Azgunnut, welcome to Club 39.
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Old March 3, 2010, 12:01 AM   #2625
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Hi and thanks; FYI Marlin charging for bullseyes

Hello to all and thanks for all your posts.

I've enjoyed reading your posts since the fall in anticipation of picking up the family 1965 39A over Christmas. It had not been fired in more than 30 years but my parents kept it safe and rust free through 6 different homes in upstate New York. I couldn't wait until summer to shoot it so I've been out about every other weekend since New Year's enjoying winter shooting in 30F Wisconsin weather. Wife, daughter and nephew have all shot for the first time and had good time despite (literally) cold feet.

Yes, that's a vintage circa 1979 K-Mart sight on my rifle, from back when K-Marts still existed everywhere and their scopes were made in Japan rather than China. Speaking of vintage, I'm working through nearly 3 bricks of Sears "Ted Williams" .22LR ammo from the late 70s. 2 FTFs in the first tube but only one FTF in the next several so I'm hoping most of it gets shot rather than tossed.

I wanted to let everyone know that Marlin has apparently started charging for the plastic bullseyes for stocks; if ours still had one in the 70s I don't remember it. I called Marlin a couple of weeks ago expecting to get a free bullseye as others had but ended up shelling out a total of $7 after the shipping and handling (must have been a lot of handling because the FCM shipping cost them almost nothing...). I haven't installed it yet but thanks for the earlier posts on this like the link to the Rimfire Central how to.
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