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Old May 14, 2011, 10:14 AM   #3501
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Thanks for the response. That be a no go. Researched (google foo) there is a tool you can buy or use laces to spread the hood. Bought the hood from midway.
http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct...tNumber=163983
http://forums.gunboards.com/showthre...tion-made-easy
Better get a friend to help, don't need to bubba my favourite 22.
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Old May 14, 2011, 02:45 PM   #3502
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Well I've slid them on in the past and I guess if I had to I'd use a large pair of offset 90deg needle nose pliers hanging behind my bench.
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Old May 16, 2011, 03:44 PM   #3503
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Hi, I'm looking at a 1946 39A. It has checkered stocks, a period scope rail and weaver v22 3-6 variable scope. Would the checkering, scope rail and scope be original?

Here is a pic:

http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/t...1/e54ac99b.jpg

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Old May 16, 2011, 04:20 PM   #3504
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I'm not sure I understand the issue with installing the front sight hood. There's a slight bevel to the lips that contact the groove in the sight ramp. That allows the hood to be gently tapped on. This does remove some of the blueing in the botton of the groove, but it's not noticeable when the hood is mounted.
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Old May 16, 2011, 04:27 PM   #3505
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39A

If you could have only 1 gun, it should be a 39A! i'm glad there is somebody else that thinks so, and to NEMOTOCYST I think it real brave of you to come right out in the open with it. I had a girlfriend with 6 toes and I know how inconvienient that can be. And Baby if your reading this I didn't use your name!
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Old May 21, 2011, 08:36 PM   #3506
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Quote:
If you could have only 1 gun, it should be a 39A!
Based on the amount of time I spend with mine in the woods, I'd agree.


Easy carrying, quiet shooting, inexpensive and lightweight ammo that overachieves performance wise, plenty accurate, fun....

Last weekend I did get a little cautious when my pup kicked up a Bear. Usually they move off but this fella was pretty intent on whatever it was he was eating. Mighty healthy looking bear for this time of year - three weeks prior I saw no sign that they had emerged yet. I was glad I had the 45 Colt on my hip too...



Later in our walk she kicked up three bedded down Whitetails. She wasn't sure what to think but they were annoyed. Just moments prior and not more than 50 yards away from this spot I was plunking away with the 39 (actually an 1897 CB - basically a 39 with an octagonal barrel and straight stock). I'm quite certain that in a survival situation I could have made meat with the lever 22 as they just stood there and let me take pictures...



I'm quite certain that most of the critters I've ever shot were with my Marlin 39's or Ruger Single Six. Among my favorite meals each year is the first Grouse that end up as the main ingredient in Grouse Fajitas... Almost always taken with the 39.
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Old May 21, 2011, 10:06 PM   #3507
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I have taken a deer with my 39A. Shot her in the back of the head (From the side). DRT. Like turning off a switch.
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Old June 3, 2011, 04:56 PM   #3508
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I would like to get good slings and hardware for my two old 39s, could anyone recommend a good source?
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Old June 3, 2011, 07:44 PM   #3509
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The older Marlin's weren't equipped with swivels or a quick method of mounting them.

DO NOT remove the black and white Marlin "Target" emblem from the butt stock. That's not where a swivel is installed.
The butt swivel is installed by drilling a carefully centered and level hole 2 1/2" up from the butt plate.

For the butt, you can use most any type of swivel that uses a wood type screw, including screws that have a swivel attached, or a stud that a quick detachable swivel can snap on to.

For the front, the easiest to mount (assuming you have a rifle, not a carbine) is the Uncle Mike's type swivel that attaches to the magazine tube.

For a sling, a 1" wide sling is better for the marlin than a wider 1 1/4" type.
Slings range from simply leather or nylon carrying straps to the military type leather slings that can be used as a shooting aid.

A good source of slings and swivels is Brownell's:

http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/pid=2...uct/QD_SWIVELS

There is also a type that's like the front swivel as used on later Marlin's in which a hole is drilled into the steel fore end cap and a machine screw threaded swivel is screwed into the cap.
On this one, you have to be careful not to drill into the magazine tube.
You can also get the Marlin factory type in which instead of a threaded screw, the swivel has a stud that's riveted into the steel cap.
To install this type you have to remove the fore end cap.
That's "touchy" because it's VERY, very easy to cross thread the cap screws.
Because of the difficulty in getting the cap holes lined up with the dovetail inside the cap, you see a lot of Marlin's with cross-threaded fore end cap screws.
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Old June 4, 2011, 08:00 AM   #3510
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Fella's;

For a coupla good reasons, I'll have to disagree with the resident expert. I think that the 1 1/4" military type sling is the way to go. Perhaps it may not look exactly right, I wouldn't know, I think it's just fine. However, from a practical standpoint, the wider sling has some quite noticeable advantages. A wider sling doesn't bite into your shoulder like a one inch sling does. This has given rise to those goofy-looking "cobra" type carry straps. Perhaps this isn't a large point, given the 39's relatively light weight, but when you use the sling as a shooting aid, it's a big deal. When the sling is wrapped about the forearm to steady the gun, there's a good deal of tension on it. The narrow sling really does bite under those conditions.

A good source for high-quality military slings is Turner Saddlery of Clay Alabama.

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Old June 4, 2011, 06:42 PM   #3511
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This is a matter of personal preferance.
I personally think a 1 1/2" sling looks "wrong" on the slender Marlin.
It is more comfortable to carry slung.

However, you're completely right about the military 1 1/2" sling if you're going to use it as a shooting aid. The only issue with that is the manner of mounting the forward swivel.
A magazine tube mount is only usable for a carrying sling. Using it as a shooting aid will over-stress and damage the magazine.

For an strong mount, you'd need to use a factory type swivel that's riveted into the fore end cap.
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Old June 4, 2011, 06:57 PM   #3512
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Old June 5, 2011, 01:20 PM   #3513
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Love those 39s. keep this "club" active and on top.
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Old June 13, 2011, 02:48 AM   #3514
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Help with putting a date on a Model 39

My grandparents had me clean up their Model 39. It functioned but was fairly gunky. Apparently my grandmother's father used it to put down a number of squirrels in his day. The gun is labeled Marlin Model 39, not 39A. The serial number (the number that is hidden under the lever when the action is closed, please correct me if it is somewhere else) is "HS4010." Gun is in fairly good condition with some low level surface rust. Thanks for all of your help.
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Old June 13, 2011, 09:10 AM   #3515
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1932 to 1938 for HS marked guns. They started marking the guns HS when they were redesigned for high speed ammo. The previous range of serial numbers started with an S.

http://books.google.com/books?id=a9X...prefix&f=false

The SN range according to the link to page 275: HS456 to HS18,784
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Old June 13, 2011, 01:41 PM   #3516
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Thanks

Thanks for the reply, John. I'll be sure to pass that info along.
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Old June 13, 2011, 08:56 PM   #3517
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Question on ammo usage.

Has anyone shot CB ammo in their 39A?
Is there any problem with it being tube fed?
I need to use a low decibel ammo for close range varmits.
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Old June 13, 2011, 11:23 PM   #3518
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I've shot CB in mine and they functioned fine, and are good for close range work, but pretty inaccurate at 25yds.
Since you mentioned close range, CBs should be fine. I can't place an accurate shot with them at 50-75 ft. They fly pretty wild at that range.

If you want to shoot any longer range, You might consider CCI Standard velocity. They're pretty quiet, and very accurate. Not as quiet as CBs though.
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Old June 14, 2011, 10:07 PM   #3519
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Which 22 ammo types?

"If you want to shoot any longer range, You might consider CCI Standard velocity. They're pretty quiet, and very accurate. Not as quiet as CBs though.
-Scott. "

Does CCI Standard velocity come in short, long, and long rifle?
Which one would be the quietess and most accurate?
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Old June 14, 2011, 10:18 PM   #3520
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They only come in long rifle 40gr round nose lubricated lead.
Good old fashioned .22 ammo. It works well on small game.
In all of my rifles, it's been 100% reliable, and very accurate. Much like a high end match grade ammo, but at the cost of regular .22 high velocity ammo.
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Old June 15, 2011, 03:05 PM   #3521
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SCORE!! About a half hour ago I just picked up a Model 39 Mountie, 1973, in 90% condition for $134.25. It was marked $179.00 on the pawn shop rack, but there was a flier on the counter that said "June Sale, Everything 25% off". So I told them that they ought to honor that & they did.

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Old June 15, 2011, 04:03 PM   #3522
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WOW! Congradulations. I bet that feels good. I guess we all get lucky once in a while.
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Old June 15, 2011, 05:42 PM   #3523
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That would have been a great deal even at $350+. Nice catch!
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Old June 15, 2011, 10:05 PM   #3524
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CB900F Dude, go out and by a lottery ticket now. It is your lucky day.

While I'd hate to have to choose, the Mountie is about as perfect as one can imagine. Though the 39 Century Ltd. and the 1897 Cowboy are aesthetically superior, the Mountie is probably my most carried firearm and next to my Single Six, is probably the the firearm that has made the most meat (critter wise, not weight).

Well done! I would have figured out a way do buy a(nother) Mountie at that price. Glad it went to another Club Member. Hoping to read a BUNCH or range reports!

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Old June 17, 2011, 09:00 PM   #3525
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Back to Plank Road- I've used Remington sub-sonic hollow points for what you describe. Drops 'em in their tracks, and I can keep 'em in a 7" circle at 100 yards with my Mountie wearing Williams peep sights. Someone with better eyes could beat that, I'm sure. Good for a laugh at the range-"did it even go off?" Probably even quieter with a 24" barrel. Had to stop bringing my 1954 Mountie to the range though- tired of beating off people that want to buy it from me! That's a warning for you, CB900!
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