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Old February 7, 2008, 11:32 PM   #1151
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Fast Frank;

Yup, the TDS (Take Down System) is what you're looking for in the Marlin 39's. But, there may be a better choice for your particular application. That would be the Ithaca model 49. It is a single-shot, lever operated falling block that mimics the looks of the Winchester mdl 94, Mountie, etc. The prices for them are considerably less than TDS's, and the Marlin Purity League will not be hosting an event on your front lawn for cutting the stock to fit.

On another note: Anybody know where I can download a 39A manual? I need more info on the ejector hold-down screw and it's operation.

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Old February 7, 2008, 11:42 PM   #1152
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CB - PM me. Do you need an older or newer Marlin manual?
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Old February 8, 2008, 12:17 AM   #1153
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The ejector hold down screw is pretty simple.

There's a slot in that screw.

When the slot is facing the right direction, the ejector is free to pass through the slot.

If you push the ejector down through the slot so the end of it is below the screw, and then turn the screw 1/4 turn, the ejector will be trapped below the screw.

This holds the ejector out of the way so you can clean the bore.

When you are done, turn the screw back to where the slot lines up and it will release the ejector.

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Old February 8, 2008, 11:01 PM   #1154
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For the betterment of the order there is a 39AS for sale over at http://ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=7&f=93&t=510905

I don't know anymore about it but hope it ends up in our club somehow.
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Old February 9, 2008, 12:29 AM   #1155
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Man, the price is right on that one!
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Old February 9, 2008, 01:47 AM   #1156
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Fast Frank:

I'm always behind on this thread! Anyway I got my 7yr old grandson the Savage Cub. Marlin also has a little bolt action 917V i think. The Savage was lighter so I went with it.

It has been awesome! It has the accu-trigger and is a tack driver. It comes with a peep and after he got that down at the 10m indoor range I put a compact 4x TruGlo scope on it and took him to 25 and 50 yards.

It's a single shot, nice wood, just a great little rifle. I might even take it backpacking.

FYI: I have a 39 TDS and I think it is too heavy for a little one. Obviously, the LOP is too long so you'd have to butcher it up to make it work. Then the balance would be off.

Anyway, my two cents
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Old February 9, 2008, 05:15 AM   #1157
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Would someone please remind me:
what are the differences between 39A and 39AS?

(Actually, now that I think about it, I don't think I ever knew.)
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Old February 9, 2008, 12:37 PM   #1158
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If I understand the nomenclature correctly, the 'S' stands for safety. The advent of the AS model is when Marlin included the cross bolt safety (and the rebounding hammer).

Marlin dropped the S designation in 2001, but retained the two "feechurs". Frankly, I'm not nearly as bothered by them as some folks seem to be.
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Old February 9, 2008, 11:50 PM   #1159
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Finally Joining the Club!

My dad bought a 39A brand new in 1952 for $60. That's the rifle I learned to shoot with and I wanted one to call my own......and here it is! Just picked it up 2 days ago.....hope to get to the range tomorrow and shoot it!

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Old February 9, 2008, 11:54 PM   #1160
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Finally Joining the Club!

Fast Frank,

What book is that picture taken from?
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Old February 10, 2008, 03:23 AM   #1161
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Thunderstruck, that pic is from the owner's manual that came with my 39AS.
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Old February 10, 2008, 04:42 AM   #1162
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Nelg Kir-

Yes, I'm probably going to have to look at the Savage.

I have a 93R17BTVS with the accutrigger, and I really like it. It's the most accurate of all my rifles.

I guess we're going to have to stick to BB guns for now, and wait a while before the 39 fits a little better.
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Old February 10, 2008, 04:56 AM   #1163
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Mal-

I was all prepared to argue with you about the 39AS thing.

I was quite convinced that my 2002 model said "AS" on the barrel, the owner's manual, the box it came in , and the receipt from the store where I bought it.

So I went digging to produce evidence for pics.

Surprisingly, none of the above is true.

Oh, well...

Thanks for straightening me out on that!
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Old February 10, 2008, 11:27 AM   #1164
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Hi all,

A couple of thoughts here on my post 3-THIRTY NINE... First of all, ain't this fun?

I also have noticed that my 39A has favorite ammo. It shoots Mini-Mags as well as Green Tag. in fact, I won a postal match with Mini-Mag's. They do fine by me. It does not like Federal ammo at all. Between the CCI and the Federal is Remington. Somedays Big Green's ammo is fine, others it is definitely not.

I'm not bothered by rebounding hammers or cross-bolt safeties, I'm really not. Neither of those two features get in the way of a ton of fun with this lever gun. I also choose to use a small scope. I just love the way my smaller Leupold 4X RF scope looks on this grand gun. (That's an implicit advice piece not to over-scope this rifle).

I'm on the hunt for an older model too.... Maybe that one will have the Skinner sight.

Get shootin'

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Old February 10, 2008, 02:29 PM   #1165
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johnmcl,

I with you on the big scope deals. I had a nice gift certificate at Cabelas to buy a new scope for my 39A but didn't want one larger than the rifle. I opted, instead, for a $17 BSA 3x7 from Walmart. I don't need a $100 scope as big as my arm to kill paper targets at 50 yds!
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Old February 10, 2008, 02:52 PM   #1166
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Sign me up!!! I've always loved the 39-A and picked one up last year as project gun. It was a little beat up so stripped everything and am in the process of polishing the metal work. It's going to get a fair amount of engraving and the receiver is going to get color cased. I'll be sure and post pics when it's done.

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Old February 10, 2008, 03:08 PM   #1167
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Thunder and DC, welcome to the club.

I'm reading with interest folks, and it's making me soooo want to get out and shoot my 39A. (Believe it or not, I haven't even had time to pick it up from the smith yet ...).

I'm just hammered at work this weekend. (Alas, an opportunity arose that I couldn't turn down.)

For the record, yeah, me too on the scopes and rebounding hammer. Don't have much opinion one way or another on the latter.

As for scopes, I never liked buckhorns, even as a kid. I'm going to try GR's on my 1894 (no scope on it) and 336 (in addition to a scout scope).

But on my 39, I like my little Leupold rimfire scope (even though I've barely had time to use it, and it's still not properly sighted. That will change soon ... at least I hope soon ... can't wait to shoot it again ...).

For minute of squirrel head with 50-something eyes, a scope is hard to beat.

Nem at work
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Old February 10, 2008, 07:39 PM   #1168
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Still life with Marlin and Ruger

The Marlin is a 1959 Golden 39A
The Ruger is from 1970 and is an unmodified 3 screw.

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Old February 10, 2008, 09:06 PM   #1169
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Nice pic.

Nice rifle.

Nice pistol.

Wanna shoot in a two gun match?
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Old February 10, 2008, 11:44 PM   #1170
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Range Report & History

Fella's;

Yes, it was me that did it, and not only am I unrepentant, I'm glad I did it! I bought an abused model 39A at a garage sale. I took it down, detail cleaned it, & reassembled a coupla weeks ago. However, it's been so bloody cold around here that I've just now gotten around to checking function & shooting it.

I'm still not 100% sure of the date of manufacture on it. It's either a 1962 or a 1964, but the imprint of the S/N prefix could be read either as a Y or a V. It's not a sharp, clean, strike of the stamp to say the least. The wood, to be charitable, is second rate. I'm trying to find better to put on it. I've ordered about $45.00 worth of minor parts from Numrich in order to correct buggered screw heads, etc. and am waiting for that stuff to arrive.

In any case, it got shot this afternoon.





Please put 25 cents in the slot to continue.





Awright already, quit whining, here's the rest of it. It functioned flawlessly. The action is T-I-T tight! No slop whatsoever. Loading it is a PIA, because of a dent in the outer magazine tube, but the new one's on order. With the buckhorn irons, it's on a 25 yards. This was a very casual range session with no formal targets or distance determination. Literally shooting out back at a neighbor's place. I'm now seriously looking forward to doing the requisite ammo testing & mounting a scope on it. As I'm of advanced experience & have tired eyes, the scope is more-or-less mandetory for accuracy determination procedures. I've got a little Leupold 4X rimfire that should do nicely. Any suggestions as to the mounts? Or where to get replacement wood?

I can spend a little on this project gun as the purchase price was $150.00.

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Old February 11, 2008, 12:35 AM   #1171
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Just in case you haven't seen this yet-

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=337920
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Old February 11, 2008, 02:44 PM   #1172
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I just picked up my 39a at the funshow last weekend. NIB for $479; I thought it was a fair deal (another dealer wanted $520, and a few others had 1950s-era 39as for $400).

It feeds CB longs all day, and barks less than an air rifle. A fun gun; reminds me of my youth.
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Old February 11, 2008, 04:25 PM   #1173
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apocryph, welcome to the club!

If you REALLY hurry, there's still time to shoot the valentine's day postal match.

More likely, there's going to be another match soon.

Post a pic of that new rifle so we can see it!
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Old February 11, 2008, 09:35 PM   #1174
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I'm in!

When my father passed away in Oct 2000 I inherited his gun collection, among them a 1955 39A.

Dad bought the rifle new in 1956 at the tender age of 15 from money he'd saved working the tobacco fields of South Georgia. According to tales from my Grandfather and Uncle, Dad and that rifle spent many a weekend out in the swamps south of town. Dad would leave out on Friday after school and come back Sunday morning in time for church. He'd carry a bit of salt, an old army blanket, his pocket knife, a box of matches and his 39A.

It was the first weapon I learned to shoot and the first firearm both my children learned to shoot with. Yes, it's old and most of the bluing is gone, a screw head or two has been horked from 'making due' with that old pocket knife while out while out in the woods, the stock has it's fair share of dents and scrapes. But, there is no rust anywhere on the weapon, the stock is still straight and true with no cracks or splits and it will outshoot any of the .22 rimfires my buddies have brought out to play with behind the house

Over the past few years I've wrestled mentally with sending it out to have it 'cleaned up' and reblued and perhaps refinish the stocks. But I just can't bring myself to do so. This weapon has a history, each ding and dent and shiny spot on the barrel and receiver tells a story. I just can't bring myself to mute that little bit of family history...
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Old February 11, 2008, 10:16 PM   #1175
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Mine is a 39D I bought new around 1972 in Pennsylvania. My father used it for years with CB caps to control the local mouse population. He liked it so I left it with him when I left. He's long gone now and it's back with me, complete with the sense of his hands on the stocks.
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