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Old October 30, 2013, 04:24 PM   #4351
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my boys

hi all, nice forum.

my 1951 peanut, 1955 pre- mountie, 1956 39a, 1978 39a, 1980 mountie and 39a. hope i didn't step on anyone here.
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Old November 9, 2013, 10:19 PM   #4352
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So I really enjoy shooting this. Popping a keg at 75 yards with subsonics is just tons of fun. I just don't get tired of Thwoop, wait, ding. Thwoop, wait, ding.
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Old November 9, 2013, 10:31 PM   #4353
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Romeo;

So which one did you buy? Or did I miss the announcement?

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Old November 10, 2013, 07:39 PM   #4354
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Pardon me, I got the 1950. The wood is absolutely perfect. The bluing is mostly great, but light in a two small areas.
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Old November 10, 2013, 09:14 PM   #4355
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Rromeo;

Good for you! You got one, and obviously the one you wanted, and it shoots. Grab a cold one after the range time & celebrate. Ya done good!

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Old November 11, 2013, 08:59 PM   #4356
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Bad day shooting, or Stan and Olie at the farm.

Saturday I went shooting with my nephew at a farm, both of us bringing Marlin's.
He had his late dads Marlin 39M carbine, and I had my rebuilt 1950 39-A.

BOTH OF US were having double feed stoppages, we kept dropping ammo and tools, in general looked like a pair of boobs.

My double feed was caused by the cartridge stop being bent and failing to stop the cartridges.
I disassembled the rifle and bent the stop back into place.
I haven't really shot the rifle that much but had no issues until now.
I'm hoping that it was just a case of years of use and me not noticing it was too low because this is the old forged steel stop that doesn't use the spacer or the stamped steel stop and there just aren't any available.

My nephew disassembled his 39-M and found it dirty inside, apparently his dad never cleaned it.
After reassembly it still double fed so he disassembled it again and had me take a look.
I pressed down on the cartridge stop to test tension and immediately found the problem.
The stop would not spring back up.

This is a pointer for Marlin owners who have cause to disassemble the cartridge stop.
When you tighten the stop screw the stop will rotate slightly in it's recess in the receiver wall and the stop will catch on the side of the recess.
This prevents the stop from spring back up once pressed down.

The fix Saturday was to use a small pocket screwdriver to rotate the stop down slightly so it would clear the side of the recess.

When I reassemble a Marlin I either put a small piece of shim stock or the blade of a small screwdriver into the recess above the stop while I tighten the screw.
This prevents the stop from rotating and getting caught on the recess side.

This, however, did not cure the dropping of ammo and tools or just plain lousy shooting. We're both out of practice.
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Old November 12, 2013, 08:22 AM   #4357
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We're both out of practice.
Man, I hear you on that one.

I'm not sure I remember what end of the rifle the sights are on.

I snagged a 550 round box of Winchester 36gr hollowpoints and locked it in the safe Saturday.

It appears that ammo is coming back, but it's not available enough yet that I feel OK with just burning it up like I used to.

And that's a crying shame. Shooting is a perishable skill. If I don't use it, I lose it.

It wasn't too long ago that I was judging distances, estimating drop, holding over just so and smacking targets at all sorts of ranges like I knew what I was doing.

I'm not so sure I could pull that off today. The little bit I have practiced this year just isn't enough to keep that skill sharp.

And I'm a little annoyed at our... On second thought, I'll leave the political comment out. You guys know what happened and who caused it.

Let's just hope that no more crazy events appear on the news so we can get back to enjoying our selves and get back in practice.

Life is too short to waste it away over fear and stupidity.
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Old November 13, 2013, 06:35 AM   #4358
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Well, isn't this interesting...

I found a collection of the writings of Jeff Cooper online, and have been slowly cruising my way through them.

For those of you that might not know, Cooper was considered by many to be "The Father Of The Modern Technique".

He believed in shooting the .45 auto with a two handed grip and taught that skill at a school he founded called Gunsight.

He wrote an article that was in the back of Guns And Ammo magazine called "Cooper's Corner", and that's where the writings I found originated.

Jeff Cooper wrote "The Four Rules", That many people still go by today for gun safety.

So... many people believe that Cooper was an expert in all things about guns, and quote his opinion like it was gospel.

Here's a Jeff Cooper quote I would like to share with the club:

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We all agree that every proper household must contain a 22. A rural household should properly have two such. What sort of 22 is a good subject for discussion. I tend to think first about a light, short, handy rifle, featuring a clean, light trigger pull and a good set of ghost-ring sights. If it is to be used principally as a trainer for the young, it should probably be a single-shot, though this is not a requirement. If a repeater is selected, my first choice would be for the classic Marlin 39 levergun, in a short-barrel version. Prewar production is preferable, both for quality of workmanship and absence of the questionable cross-bolt "safety". Any of the good bolt-action repeaters should do fully as well, but the levergun is a touch neater.
I couldn't agree more.

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Old November 13, 2013, 07:06 PM   #4359
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It took me long enough to figure it out, but I also agree.
As a semi rural person, the guns I have had to use on my property have been .22s. A rabid skunk was no problem for my Marlin 60, some ill-tempered possums met my Win 72. I almost can't wait to take on the next small animal terror with my 39.
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Old November 13, 2013, 10:42 PM   #4360
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I'm sorry.

What was I thinking? I found that Jeff Cooper stuff, told you guys about it, and didn't even think to share.

Click the link below.

In light of the above quote, I vote that we make Jeff Cooper our first posthumous member.

http://myweb.cebridge.net/mkeithr/Jeff/
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Old November 15, 2013, 11:10 AM   #4361
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Went to the gunsmith yesterday. My 1957 39a [posted on here several months ago] should be finished by the end of the year. I'll post "before and after" shots in a dedicated thread when I get it back.
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Old November 20, 2013, 06:27 PM   #4362
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Had my 5 year old 39a in storage for 3 years as had intermittent FTF. This past Saturday, a club member, who is a gunsmith as sideline business, took my rifle home to fix it. He called me 3 days later and said it's fixed. He fired it a couple times in the basement to show me the strike mark on brass shell casing. Much Much better. Said the hammer was not moving forward completely all the way.

It is nice to have it working properly. Cost was $20.00 and gas money. It has a Simons 6.5-20X44 Dot reticle on top.
It was my first rifle. I chose it over the Henry. My 39a is most accurate with consistency using Aquila Match Rifle out to 100m. It will get some use next summer and maybe some winter indoor paper practice. The action is so smooth plus has 2# 8oz trigger pull. So nice!
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Old November 20, 2013, 07:59 PM   #4363
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Teetertotter;

Good for you! They are just such a fine firearm, there's no other lever that cycles quite like the 39A IMHO. I'm sure you'll enjoy the livin' daylights outta it come warm weather.

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Old November 21, 2013, 09:20 AM   #4364
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We have our "SB Silhouette Frosty Iron Challenge," January 25, and I might just bring the 39a. I plan to go to the range today to sight-in. Then go indoor for 50ft to sight in. We have people that drive almost 2 hours to participate and hoping the fellow in IA, will join us. We do get the word out and then from the money collected, we have pizza and soda at Pizza Hut. We have a couple classifications by age and gender for the unclassified and they will receive pins for Match Winner, Ist, 2nd and 3rd.
We really make it a fun event! We shoot 40 rounds and the temps are usually in the 20's. Looking at some of the participants, could be mistaken for Cowboy Action group.
Well.......almost.
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Old November 21, 2013, 09:54 AM   #4365
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New me been

Just bought my first 39A. It's a 1969. Pick it up tomorrow,
Can't wait to get it
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Old November 21, 2013, 10:07 AM   #4366
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Just bought my first 39A.
Welcome to the club.

You are going to enjoy that rifle. Hope there's ammo available where you are.
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Old November 21, 2013, 10:13 AM   #4367
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We shoot 40 rounds and the temps are usually in the 20's.


I suppose up there in Wisconsin that's considered "Normal Weather", but for us Texans that's WAY too cold for a shooting match!

I can't imagine trying to shoot a good group while my teeth are rattling from the shivers!

You, Sir have my utmost respect. Good luck!
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Old November 21, 2013, 11:39 AM   #4368
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Ragweed, Welcome aboard. How did you acquire your 39a?
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Old November 21, 2013, 12:11 PM   #4369
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FF, It does take a tremendous amount of courage! Fortunately we are in the southern most part of the state. One fellow gets his work hours in by showing up with his ATV with front blade, in case of last minute emergency. Only a blizzard cancels this event.
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Old November 21, 2013, 07:29 PM   #4370
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Fella's;

Hah! I went elk hunting this morning. Drove up into the mountains, got outta the truck & the inside thermometer (which isn't terribly accurate) did say fourteen degrees below zero. And no, I didn't take my model 39a, but I do have to mention it to keep on track with the thread. So I'll see yer 20 above & invite you to Montana for a winter shoot. I even insulated my shooting benches, surrounded them with hay, tarped 'em down & put 'em to bed for the winter.

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Old November 21, 2013, 11:41 PM   #4371
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I remember the first elk I took with my 39A.
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No, wait. That must've been a larger caliber.
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Old November 22, 2013, 09:43 AM   #4372
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Not cold in Texas?

I've been deer hunting when it was pretty chilly! Once close to Golson, just north of Waco, I went with a friend into a clump of cedars about 11 a.m. The temp was in the mid to upper 20s and the ground was frosty. I remember laying on my stomach under a cedar tree that had limbs reaching the ground. At least that helped with the breeze that was blowing. We didn't stay but about an hour and a half. Didn't see any deer, although there were numerous tracks. (Probably wrong time of the day, OR the deer were smart enough to hunker down and stay warm.
Also spent a weekend over close to Fairfield. The deer were plentiful; but the weather was cloudy, breezy, and morning temps in the upper teens to lower 20s.
Don't tell me that it don't get cold in Texas!!! Of course, I remember being outside on Christmas with no jacket on because it was so warm!
Oh, I plan to take the 39a out in a few more days. I found some .22 sub-sonics at WalMart about a week ago. Limit was 3 boxes of 50.
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Old November 28, 2013, 10:31 PM   #4373
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Guns International. The owner was a private seller. It was a really good transaction. The rifle was made the year we both graduated high school.
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Old December 14, 2013, 09:10 AM   #4374
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BUMP!
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Old December 17, 2013, 03:10 AM   #4375
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Bump again.

I found myself with some time to kill today, right across the freeway from Gander Mountain. So, I mosied on over to look see what's up with MiniMags. I knew there were none to be had at Wally World, and I really want to go shoot my model 39s someday.

I was quite surprised when I went inside.

Gander mountain pissed me off a couple years back with high prices and a few other things that rubbed me wrong, so I hadn't been in there in quite a while.

It seems that they have remodeled the whole place. Nothing was the same at all.

They used to have used guns out on display, where just anybody could handle the guns. No more. That's good. I saw a kid about ten years old in there one time just beating the bejesus out of a very nice old marlin 39 with the octagon barrel... pointing it at his little brother and going "pew pew pew" and banging the stock into everything in sight. Nobody seemed to care.

They used to have a huge ammo display, too.

Not any more. There's a small area where they have the usual stuff, and it's about half what was there before.

And in that smaller ammo display area, was not one single round of .22 rimfire of any description.

No MiniMags. No CB caps. No bulk boxes, No hollow points, No 40 grain round nose, No Stingers, No Golden Bullets, Nothing.

I'm getting worried, guys.

Just this last weekend, The news folks celebrated the One Year Anniversary of the Sandy Hook Massacre.

I think I have shot my rifles a grand total of twice in the entire year since then.

And I think I have put .22 ammo in the safe Four times. One or two boxes each time.

This dry gulch ammo situation has made it impossible for me to enjoy my Marlins!

I'm going to keep calm, and wait my way through the winter months.

And if I have to shoot the Valentine's Day Match all by my self with my last bullet that's how it's going to go.

But I sure hope it doesn't go that way. I want to shoot my Marlin 39s like I used to back when ammo was cheap and plentiful.

But that may be asking for a little too much.
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