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Old March 24, 2013, 05:09 PM   #4051
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Orion;

Please let me provide you with an option or two. Remember, I just had a couple of 39's reblued.

If you wish, contact Young's Gunsmithing in Tracy Montana. Phone is toll-free (877)736-5367. Dave can be a touch slow, but he's also very busy. In any case his work is quite good, meets my standards anyway, and is about 1/2 the number you just put up. That's provided you don't expect any other work, such as disassembly/reassembly, removing pits, etc. Dave will talk to you, at length.

Then there's Dennis Erhardt at the Frontier Gun Shop in Helena Montana (406)422-4533. Dennis will barely talk to you & it will not be at length. Dennis blued my custom LHB 6.5 Swede for, again, a price about half of what you mentioned. Dennis's work is internationaly known and respected. Since the Swede is a hunting gun, he blued it to exactly match the Zeiss scope & Talley rings, everything is one color. The same caveats apply of course, and get the quotes in writing since your almost certainly out of Montana, right? Outstanding work, but again just my opinion.

You might revisit the idea of reblue with that information.

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Old March 24, 2013, 05:42 PM   #4052
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The price quoted also included taking out pitting. I'm just pretty bummed about it because the guy made it seem better than I actually got, and I wasn't wanting to spend a lot of money. If I got this looking good, it will cost more than some very nice 39m models that I've seen sell.
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Old March 25, 2013, 01:25 PM   #4053
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Orion, a differnt option than sending it in for a reblue, that would cost alot less is this stuff, GUN-KOTE™ OVEN CURE, GUN FINISH from Brownells, Ive not ever used it before, but have read on other sites of guys that like it, and are happy with the finished result. Looks like it runs about $35 a can.
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Old March 25, 2013, 01:55 PM   #4054
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That might be what my gunsmith tested a part of the barrel with. Looked fairly good. The issue is with the minor pitting in places. I was really wanting a rifle with smooth metal. That isn't what showed up. So, I won't be happy with it, even if it were finished that way. It's already up on gunbroker, so I've already been "soured" enough by the initial transaction. Shame, too. It has some fairly nice Walnut on it.

Thanks for the suggestion!
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Old March 25, 2013, 03:16 PM   #4055
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Orion;

I'll swap wood with you & kick in to boot. PM me with what you want for a fair deal & I'll consider it. The wood I'll send you will be "beater wood" and I make no excuses for it. But if someone wants a true project gun you'll have just the thing for them & I'll see if I can't take some of the sting outta your deal gone bad.

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Old March 25, 2013, 03:27 PM   #4056
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I know this might be the wrong thing but I was in local gun shop and they have a marlin lever action in 32/40 with half round half ogtagonal barrel with patent dates of 1887, 1889, and 1893. Any idea what model this might be. It a little rough and missing the internals for magazine tube.
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Old March 25, 2013, 03:43 PM   #4057
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CB, it isn't perfect wood, just pretty nice. A scratch is on the right of the stock. Can be fixed. However, I think it would be harder to sell it with bad wood, too. You're free to bid on it and then swap out parts!
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Old March 25, 2013, 08:27 PM   #4058
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Hope some one can help me with this puzzle. I have a 39a with 4 screws on the left side of the barrel just in front of the receiver, kind of under the rear sight. I wonder if this is a factory scope mount or custom job of a gunsmith for a scope mount, or what. the top of the receiver only has one screw and it is closer to the barrel than to the hammer. This gun has an N prefix. Any ideas??
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Old March 25, 2013, 08:39 PM   #4059
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Just noticed the dates on this thread. Looks like I'm a little late. Duhhhh
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Old March 25, 2013, 08:51 PM   #4060
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Not at all. This is a continuing thread for Marlin 39 owners.

The screw holes in the barrel were for an old style scope mount that attached to the barrel.
As I recall, you could get this done on special order from Marlin, but most were done by local gunsmiths.

Early rifles like you "N" serial were not normally drilled for scopes back in the days were scopes were not yet popular.
The side of the receiver has two holes near the back that are for mounting a receiver sight.
You can still buy Williams and Lyman aperture or "peep" sights for the 39-A.

The single hole on top of the receiver is NOT a sight mount. It's the screw that holes a flat spring-like cartridge guide in the inside roof of the receiver. Don't remove it.
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Old March 25, 2013, 09:00 PM   #4061
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HIGHCOUNTRY

New wood is available for the Marlin 39-A from:

http://www.gun-parts.com/marlinstocks/

I haven't seen these so I can't comment on the quality.
For an older model rifle you'd probably want to use a good walnut stain to darken the wood like Marlin used to use before the 1980's.

For new factory type butt plates, these places sell exact replicas made of modern plastic instead of the original hard rubber. They have most of the older, original styles of plates.

http://www.gungrip.com/items_154__ma...uttplates.html

http://www.vintagegungrips.net/mabu1.html
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Old March 26, 2013, 08:21 AM   #4062
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Lyman Sight

I received my Lyman 66MC "peep" sight yesterday. It seems to be very well made and fit my 1946 39A perfectly. The 2 small screws (dummy) used for the sight mounting, on the side of the receiver, came out easily after I put a small dab of "Blaster" on the screws for a hour or two.
I did need to remove the original rear sight as it did obscure a portion of the peep sight view. Even moving the rear sight to it's lowest notch on the elevator did not totally move it out of the view while looking through the Lyman.
Within the next couple of days I'll be doing my zero activity with hopes it will help these old eyes be more capable of picking off the varmints that roam my 6 acres and live under my old barn. I'll advise when the zero process is complete on how it went.
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Old March 26, 2013, 04:23 PM   #4063
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To make the job complete, buy a blued steel rear sight filler to fill the open dovetail:

http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts...-prod8820.aspx
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Old March 26, 2013, 05:49 PM   #4064
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Thank you, I will order this item
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Old March 26, 2013, 09:25 PM   #4065
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four lever action marlins for sale locally

1. Marlin 39a straight stock not marked mountie
2. Marlin 39D pistol grip
3. Marlin 39 marked mountie
4. Marlin 39 A standard non safety

all of the above in excellent 90% or better blue and wood
any interest? price 250-300 ea
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Old March 26, 2013, 11:53 PM   #4066
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^ Wow. That's very interesting to have so many for sale at once.

Greeves, I'm curious (only, not skeptical), are these all from the same person, or shop, or ... ?
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Old March 27, 2013, 12:11 AM   #4067
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1. Marlin 39a straight stock not marked mountie
2. Marlin 39D pistol grip
3. Marlin 39 marked mountie
4. Marlin 39 A standard non safety

all of the above in excellent 90% or better blue and wood
any interest? price 250-300 ea
That is a really really good price on those too, at least for around here or on gunbroker!
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Old March 27, 2013, 09:32 AM   #4068
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Where would these 4 [for sale] be? I'm in MO.
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Old March 27, 2013, 05:48 PM   #4069
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This is only a test to see how images are handled from remote locations (severs) on the THR forum.
It's relevant to a thread elsewhere in which we're having trouble doing this easily. Sorry for the interruption.

But hey, at least it's on topic!

For the record, the first image is this one.

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/images...n/zoom_39A.jpg

Its size is 700 x 200.

The second image is this one.

http://picturearchive.gunauction.com...039A%20002.jpg

Its size is 1024 x 768.

The third image is this one.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...rlin_39A_2.jpg

It is 2458 × 897. (huge)

I copied all to here from remote servers using the 'insert image' icon common to vBulletin, the forum software.





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Old March 27, 2013, 10:34 PM   #4070
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Zero'd the Lyman

Well it was a decent day here in sunny Iowa so I took the opportunity to zero in my recently installed Lyman 66MC peep sight. Since I live in the country and have a down hill slope from my back deck to a creek about 60-70 yards away, I'm able to shoot right in my back yard.
It took me probably 30-40 rounds to get the 39A zero'd to my satisfaction. Biggest issue was the Sun came around the edge of the house and I started getting a glare off the front sight. Well anyway, I worked through that issue and my rifle is now zero'ed to a point where, even with old eyes and a Sun glare, a 10 shot pattern is within a 2'-2 1/2' circular grouping from 50 yards. The size of the grouping is as large as it is because of my shooting, not a poor sight or zeroing. It'll work just fine as all I need to do is hit the several woodchucks ( one at a time of course) that live under my old barn. I've been at war with these critters for many years and actually get 4-6 each year. If I can't get them with the trusty Marlin, then my "coni-bear" trap is there to lend a hand.
So the bottom line is, the Lyman fit perfectly, is a quality piece, and has improved my capabilities. It's a win/win in every category!

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Old March 28, 2013, 12:15 AM   #4071
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^ Cool news!

How much wood does a woodchuck chuck when facing a 39a?
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Old March 28, 2013, 12:57 AM   #4072
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four 39's

Longtown Mo on 61 south in perry county
going there to see for myself
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Old March 28, 2013, 06:29 AM   #4073
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Sounds like an interesting situation, Greeves. Still curious about whether these guns are all in a gun shop, pawn shop, garage sale advertised in a local paper, a wealthy widower selling her deceased husband's hunting tools, or ... spread out in several places in a coincidental way. But I guess if you told us that, you'd not get pick of the liter, so I guess we can understand that.
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Old March 28, 2013, 09:16 AM   #4074
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Crap. Longtown is well out of my range for my old car. Oh well.
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Old March 29, 2013, 10:10 AM   #4075
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Well, not a good sign. I had my 39a on gunbroker for almost $100 less than I paid for it and . . . no bids. It sucks to be ethical after being taken by an UNethical person.

I guess if it doesn't sell, I'll just have to spend the money to have it reblued and then just come to terms that I have WAY too much money into it [especially since I'll have to get a whole new finger lever].

I won't buy on that site again, unless it is factory new.
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