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Old March 13, 2012, 08:38 PM   #3726
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My local FFL had on consignment a few weeks back a beautiful 39-A , 1968 vintage that was well taken care of .
After some haggling, I brought the rifle home.
In my rather vast inventory of stuff I found a new set of 1" rings for the Marlin and an ancient 6X Weaver glass.
I tried several brands of ammo but thus far, the Blazer stuff stays under 1" at 50 yards.
Great rifle!

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Old March 13, 2012, 09:38 PM   #3727
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Yeah Zeke, I've found the Bazers to be the best all purpose hunting and target ammo in all my rifles. Very tight groups with few fliers, and never any malfunctions of any kind.
The only exception is for my 1909 Stevens 044 1/2 English model falling block rifle I use CCI Standard velocity for extreme accuracy. That stuff shoots like top grade high end target ammo in that rifle for the price of regular .22 ammo. The Blazers shoot excellent in that rifle too, but not the extra small one hole groups like the CCI standard velocities do.
However, the CCI standard velocities don't do any better than Blazers in all my other rifles.
-Scott.
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Old March 13, 2012, 09:43 PM   #3728
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actocs, that is some pretty wood! nice mountie!
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Old March 14, 2012, 12:04 PM   #3729
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More about the Blazers :
I bought off the shelf 100 rounds of Blazers and the next day at the range, with my newely acquired 39-A , I shot 50 shots into one ragged 3/4 inch hole at 50 yards.
I keep the Micro-Groove barrel clean however.
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Old March 14, 2012, 12:19 PM   #3730
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Zeke that's fantastic shooting!
Now your next step is to do like me. When I buy my Blazer supply, I get cases of them. My supplier has to bring them out of the warehouse on a pallet jack. I've put many many thousands of rounds through my old Mountie with no malfunctions whatsoever.
Make sure you take note of the lot#. It's really hard to see on the small boxes. Then buy all you can of that lot. Especially when they're shooting that good.
-Scott.
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Old March 14, 2012, 09:54 PM   #3731
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Zeke that's fantastic shooting!
Now your next step is to do like me. When I buy my Blazer supply, I get cases of them. My supplier has to bring them out of the warehouse on a pallet jack. I've put many many thousands of rounds through my old Mountie with no malfunctions whatsoever.
Make sure you take note of the lot#. It's really hard to see on the small boxes. Then buy all you can of that lot. Especially when they're shooting that good.
-Scott.
Yeah, it's great made even more so from a 50 year old rifle,an equal vintage scope and a real vintage shooter.
Best part, I asked the Gal at my FFL to sell me some target ammo.
She handed me the Blazer stuff which I bought skeptically.
I hope that she has more to sell.
I needed the 39-A like I needed more fishing tackle, or camera equiptment or archery stuff or woodworking tools, BUT I'm having fun with a SUPER accurate rifle.

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Old March 14, 2012, 10:16 PM   #3732
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Yeah Zeke, I've found the Bazers to be the best all purpose hunting and target ammo in all my rifles. Very tight groups with few fliers, and never any malfunctions of any kind.
The only exception is for my 1909 Stevens 044 1/2 English model falling block rifle I use CCI Standard velocity for extreme accuracy. That stuff shoots like top grade high end target ammo in that rifle for the price of regular .22 ammo. The Blazers shoot excellent in that rifle too, but not the extra small one hole groups like the CCI standard velocities do.
However, the CCI standard velocities don't do any better than Blazers in all my other rifles.
-Scott.
A Stephens 44&1/2 ??
I have a soft part in my heart for such a thing .
Awhile back (long while back) I built a custom rifle for a friend using this action as a basis.
The guy was into target shooting and the caliber of his choice was .32-40.
Douglas barrel, American Walnut stock and if I remember a Lyman scope.
Super Targetspot maybe??
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Old March 14, 2012, 10:52 PM   #3733
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Yeah it's another one of my favorite .22 rimfires that I like to shoot a heck of a lot. Very few firearms enthusiasts even know what a Stevens 44 1/2 is!
Mine is a standard 044 1/2 English model. (slightly lighter weight version) with the stag head but plate. It's in excellent cond. About 75% case colors, 95% or better barrel blueing.Very dark walnut. All original. All 5 serial numbers match.
I use a Lyman tang sight on it with 1905 pat. date.
It belonged to my best Friends grandfather. I'm VERY lucky to have it.
-Scott.

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Old March 16, 2012, 07:44 PM   #3734
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Top-1963 Mountie
Bottom-1969 Mountie

The rabbits won today...

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Old March 19, 2012, 08:40 PM   #3735
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hi

new to group, looking for pre-safety 39a

also are the new production 39's coming in better quality
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Old March 20, 2012, 08:54 PM   #3736
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I live Marlin but I would shy away from anything after a2008 year of manufacture. Yes they are getting better but.......unless you know what exactly to look for.
To find year of manufacture take the first to digits of the serial number and subtract it from 100(96-100 = year of manufacture of 2004). Good luck
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Old March 20, 2012, 08:59 PM   #3737
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Has anyone seen anything about the 120th anniversary edition that was at SHOT show?

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Old March 20, 2012, 09:25 PM   #3738
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getting a 39a

Thankyou for suggestion on earlier model than 2008.

Going to look at one near Arkansas in the morning. Its supposed to be a 1969 edition.
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Old March 21, 2012, 11:24 AM   #3739
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you know if you end up with a new 39a we will need to see pictures right? good luck and if its anything like my marlins from the 60's she will be great to shoot.
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Old March 21, 2012, 07:44 PM   #3740
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new to me 39a

Well I drove down to the Missouri/Arkansas border this morning and picked up a mostly unfired 69xxxxxxxx. 100% wood and 99% metal except for a pin head (<than 1mm)speck of rust on left side of barrel. Plain firgured un checkered wood with rich color. No wear on bolt, lever, or hammer judging from bluing. Even the crown is spotless. The loading brass tube was still very tight in the steel outer tube.
Stopped and ran a patch down barrel from breech and picked up nothing.
Stopped at a Mo conservation area and bounced some aluminum cans around.
What a sweet weapon. No hiccups what so ever.
This old man had a grin on from ear to ear.
Price was a reasonalble $215.00, the Lord still provides miracles.
Now gotta figure out how to make a picture and post it.
Thanks y'all.
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Old March 21, 2012, 07:48 PM   #3741
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you lucky bastard, typicaly that would fetch at least 500, probably more. cant wait to see pictures.
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Old March 21, 2012, 08:41 PM   #3742
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patience

patience is a very strange thing. I have been wanting a 39a for many years but never quite got round to it. Well the last year or so I started looking and as you well know, prices on used ones have been rather unreasonable and I haven't been turning anything up. I am retired so I have plenty of looking around time. I hike a lot so am always checking out out of the way gun and fishing mom and pop places. The big retailers and professional gun shops know what the score is.

Anyhow I was starting to get my blood up cuz I wasn't finding ANYTHING at all. So 2 wks ago I was in Jefferson City Mo and a shop there had a 1979 39a that had wood on it that looked like it was run over by a tank, and the metal was all rusty and pitted and some moronic individual did a country style home brew blue job right over the gobs of rust. The out the door price was $400 plus money for the gov't. Told the guy he needed it more than me.

Patience and 2 wks made the difference for me.

By the way, panic ammo purchases have begun in southern Missouri anticipating the worst in 2012 election results. Saw an old boy in WallyWorld with 2 shopping carts in tandem with, get this $3500.00 worth of ammo checking out. I asked him what was up and he used the "O" word.

Sad is it not?
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Old March 22, 2012, 07:42 AM   #3743
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well you mis-understood me, i know about patience, the best price i have seen on a 39a is 175(have seen them on line cheaper but not in person). I hit all the pawn shops in the area once every couple of weeks, i havent paided over 280otd for any of my three. congrats again and would love to see any pictures. have you checked out the marlinowners website? there is some good info out there.
I was really hoping ammo prices wouldnt take off/get sold out......
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Old March 22, 2012, 11:17 AM   #3744
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correction

I was speaking about/for myself. I sometimes get carried away and lose my patience, so I just have to kick back do something else because sooner or later what I am looking for will show up. This is just a rural area so I have to take that into consideration and not rush stuff.
Thanks again
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Old March 22, 2012, 12:04 PM   #3745
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39a

I got lucky last year and found this in my LGS. The store had originally sold the gun when new, taken it back in trade a couple of years later, and resold it to a man working next door to the store. He decided that he needed money more than the gun, so he put it on consignment with the store. I try to go by at least once a week and see what's there. I went in and found the 39as, liked it, didn't want to give the $495. I offered $400, and the owner walked in about that time. He was asked and accepted the price. I've been extremely happy with it. The first owner supposedly didn't use it much. When I asked the last owner how much he had used it; he said not sure, but thousands of rounds. The insides look as good as the outside.
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Old March 22, 2012, 01:18 PM   #3746
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My @ 1906 manufactured 1892, the precursor to the 39. A 22 cal built like a proper rifle. My grandfather (who bought it new sometime in 1908) used it to take a fair few deer in the apple orchard, my father learned to shoot with it, as did I, and now my son will as well.
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Old March 22, 2012, 06:55 PM   #3747
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WARNING:

Marlin rifles made prior to the 1930's should NOT be fired with modern High Speed .22 ammo.
These rifles should be fired with .22 STANDARD VELOCITY ammo ONLY.
Firing High Speed ammo0 will break the bolt.

The first Marlin rifles suited for High Speed ammo were the pre-Model 39-A Model 39 rifles with an "HS" prefix to the serial number as made in the 1930's.
If you have an older Marlin rifle that is NOT a Model 39 with an "HS" serial number, do NOT shoot High Speed ammo, or risk a broken bolt.
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Old March 25, 2012, 03:31 PM   #3748
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Boy, TejasRojo...I really like the figure on the buttstock of that rifle you picked up.
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Old March 26, 2012, 09:21 AM   #3749
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Thanks, Four Knives. I've really enjoyed shooting this one.
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Old March 26, 2012, 04:47 PM   #3750
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newer 39a

local dealer claims to line new 39a recent mfg in box for 440.oo
claims no rust never been shot
deal or no deal
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