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Old August 24, 2008, 06:39 AM   #1651
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brand new rifle... I would have to send it back to Marlin.

my .02 anyhow
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Old August 24, 2008, 08:53 AM   #1652
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Hello All,

My first post here and just wanted to say hi to all the 39'ers

It's nice to find a forum with so much knowledge about the great 39.

I currently have 2. A 1967 Golden Mountie that's just been refurbished and a 1950 standard model that came with a Marbles Tang Sight. Both are real beauties.

I have a question on my 1950 model. Don't laugh but how do you remove the forearm. I removed the 2 screws that hold on the forend tip but the forearm won't slide pass the forend tip tenon. It looks like its wedged in there. I don't won't to force it as it could crack it or damaged it in some way. I have a feeling that it's never been off the gun since it was made at the factory, which was 58 years ago

Any help and /or tips would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance and keep um in the black


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Old August 24, 2008, 09:23 AM   #1653
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Hwilkins;

I'd very carefully check the alignment of the receiver screwholes with the barrel of your new gun. If that axis is indeed not deadnuts down the center of the barrel, that's worth a warranty return in my book.

True, the purists here will state that ya don't need no glass on a model 39 anyway, but: It'll wear on ya. It'll gnaw on the back of yer mind like a little demon rat in the brain. Eventually, it'll affect yer sleep. You'll wake up in cold sweats in the middle of the night. You may start to drink to excess, and then your chilluns will get borned nekkid!

Send it back.

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Old August 24, 2008, 12:24 PM   #1654
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Okay, I think the bug has bit me.

It all got started when I was in Gander Mtn. last week and saw their collection of Henry rifles. I picked them up and thought they looked like a lot of fun. Then yesterday I remembered there is this group of Marlin nuts on here, and it seems like the 39A is the real deal and the one to get.

I call myself a "serious plinker." I go to the range every 3 - 4 weeks. I don't want to invest a ton of cash into serious benchrest shooting, but I also consider myself a good shot and I like to hit the target, so I like to try different ammo and sight systems, as much as I can. Does the Marlin 39A fit this bill?

I have no experience with Marlin. Actually I'd like to get one before Remington gets too involved. Also, I have no experience with lever action guns. I've been a bolt man. Actually, I do have some lever experience - my Daisy Red Ryder. I think that might be a little bit of why I'm jonesing for a real lever action now, it's bringing back memories.

Local dealer has a new one for $480, and that sounds like as good of a price as I can get. Sound good?
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Old August 24, 2008, 12:36 PM   #1655
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Redtractor man...

... the tip tenon drifts out. Then you can get the forearm off. Be careful, it's a tight fit and if you think you're going to ruin the 1950 forearm, take it to a gunsmith.
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Old September 1, 2008, 11:53 AM   #1656
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I think the Marlin will fit your need very well. It is a very high quality firearm, well made and the designed has been for proven over a hundred years. I have shot lots of different ammo through mine and have not had a problem, beyond some bulk ammo failing to fire, but I think you will find that with any .22.

The newer Marlins are drilled and tapped for different mounts and come with a scope rail. I had a scope on mine but just didn't think the big hunk of glass looked good on a lever gun. I have since gone to the skinner peep sight and like it very much. I may have to go back to a scope because my eyes are getting weaker, but I will be in denial over that for a few more years.

I doubt the Marlin will be the tack driver you can get with a quality bolt gun, but mine is better than I am, and when I can get to the range a few weeks in a row the gun gets better and better.

$480 sounds like a fair price, not a deal of the century, but my wife paid about the same for my Christmas present 2006 Golden 39A. I have not had one regret with is since.

Welcome to the club, now that you have the bug, don't resist and assimilation will go much easier.
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Old September 1, 2008, 02:55 PM   #1657
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Thanks, I picked it up this past Saturday. I didn't hear the dealer correctly the first time and the price tag on it when he brought it out of the back room said $430, so I jumped on that. The only other LGS to have one in stock wanted $500.

All the big box stores I had called didn't even have it in their system to special order. Their exclusive .22 levergun suppliers are Henry.

Now that I have this beauty, what kind of sling is best? Which one is the most "correct" for a lever action, as well as supported shooting?
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Old September 1, 2008, 03:16 PM   #1658
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Leather would be the classic choice for a sling. The practicality of nylon is tough to beat provided it stays on your shoulder. Some sort of friction device on the sling helps.

I've been using the Kifaru Gun Bearer when I wear a pack and carrying a rifle while hunting. Very secure allowing hands free carry which is nice when you are scrambling up the steep stuff, glassing, map reading or a calling. It can be quickly brought into action too.
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Old September 1, 2008, 03:45 PM   #1659
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SWG42;

A sling in keeping with the quality & timelessness of the model 39 would be a Turner. I'm not sure what they're running these days though. I have several, bought them years ago, and they just don't wear out. See the site at: www.turnersling.com.

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Old September 1, 2008, 06:51 PM   #1660
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I have a lot of .22s, and I shoot them a good bit.
Among them are three lever actions.
Among the three is a Marlin 39.
I don't shoot it a whole lot because of the sights. I find the round front sight to be very difficult to shoot accurately. Same goes for my Winchester 9422 Trapper. So, I mainly shoot my Browning.
One of the main things I enjoy doing with my .22 rifles is going out to our local range and getting a bay that is as far as possible away from everyone else. I put a baseball game on the radio and listen while I shoot. I have one of those targets that is made of metal that swings when you hit it: three metal things hanging down to shoot at. I shoot at 50 yards, mostly off hand. I find it very difficult to consistently hit the targets with a round front sight. With the Browning, I hit more often than I miss.
I have been meaning to get around to buying some other sighting solution for the Marlin for awhile now and just haven't done it. I clicked on this thread just to see what other sights are out there for it.
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Old September 5, 2008, 10:48 PM   #1661
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Tough question.

I'm looking for a pad for the lever. Something like CAS shooters use, but I'd like one without the fringe and whathaveyou. Just plain and simple.

Simply can't find any online. Are these all handmade?

Seen the parachord solution, jury is still out on that one.
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Old September 6, 2008, 12:26 AM   #1662
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Would you consider a bit of neoprene? Shouldn't be too hard to find, and there are multiple means of securing it to the lever.

Or, keep the original look of the gun and wear a glove... sorry, that's not what you asked for.
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Old September 6, 2008, 12:35 AM   #1663
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I like the glove idea a lot, actually...but now I'm going to be looking online for nice leather shooting gloves with open trigger fingers.

Hmm.
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Old September 7, 2008, 12:33 PM   #1664
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First range report. Took her out yesterday for the first time. It was dreamy, I'm in love. I didn't bother to clean it beforehand so I was a tad worried, but it cycled and fired about 350 rounds with no problem.

First up I had her on a front sandbag rest at 50 yards. Shot low and to the right. I noticed the rear sight was not perfectly centered out of the box, but didn't touch it because I thought they might have done that after the test fire. I tapped the sight back to exact center and pushed it 4 steps up on the elevator, and it hit the bull.

I was surprised that once I actually got them on a target outside, I really like the factory sights. I had been looking at and getting ready to order a Skinner sight, but now I think I could keep it stock. I'll have to make another range trip to be sure.

After 50 yards at rest I decided to take her down to 25 yards and shot offhand. Wow! I managed to keep 6 or 7 magazine's worth of ammo in a 5 inch or so group, which I was happy with for my first time and no sling or anything. I had a lot of fun.

Last night I took her apart for the first time and cleaned it out. Have a question:

Do lever actions (or the 39A specifically) require any special lubricating? Last night I used a solvent to clean and then wipe dry the receiver and bolt. Then I put a very thin coat of oil over everything and reassembled. This is how I've cleaned everything else I own. Do levers need attention paid to the pivot points or anything?
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Old September 8, 2008, 07:27 PM   #1665
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Hey guys, got a question for you.

After shooting my dad's 39A, I knew I had to get my own. So I've been shopping, and like an idiot, passed one up locally a while back. So here are my options, and they're both about the same price:

1) vintage Marlin 1897, mechanically very good, very good wood, most of the blue gone. bore is dirty, but it just needs a cleaning.

2) Marlin 39A, pre-micro-groove, that was reblued at some point in its history. Wood is good with a few scratches.

So what do you guys think? I kind of like the look of the 1897. However, it ain't purdy without any blue.

Looking forward to hearing some input. I'm excited to get one of these!
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Old September 8, 2008, 09:27 PM   #1666
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Shade00; If'n it were me, I'd buy both

SGW42: I don't use much lubricant at on on mine. A thin film on the moving surfaces but otherwise very little elsewhere.

I rarely clean mine as it seems shoot a little better with the bore fouled. I wipe it down afterward with a silicone impregnated cloth and put it back in the safe. Congratulations! I hope you'll join us in the September Rimfire Match.
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Old September 8, 2008, 10:35 PM   #1667
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Shade00, about a year ago I was in your shoes. My dad had a 1952 39A and that's what I wanted.....passed on a few and was tempted to buy a different year rifle. But, I knew I bought a different year rifle I'd still be wanting a 1952. I stuck to my guns and shopped for about 6 months before finding the perfect 1952 39A and I couldn't be happier.

If you buy the 1897, you might find yourself a few months down the road holding that rifle but wishing you bought a 39A.
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Old September 8, 2008, 10:46 PM   #1668
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JustsayMo: I would, but I just bought a Colt Lawman - and I can't hide many more guns from the wife.

Thunderstick: The 1897 is the predecessor to the 39A, so it's pretty darn similar. The 1897 just looks a little more 'cowboy'-ish. Which I kinda like... but man, this is still a tough call!
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Old September 8, 2008, 11:52 PM   #1669
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If you intend to shoot the rifle, I'd have to pass on the 1897.
These were not made for use with modern .22LR ammo, and can be unsafe.

For a shooter, go with the 39-A.
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Old September 8, 2008, 11:55 PM   #1670
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Just briefly checking in.
Not much to say right now other than I'm busy and missing shooting my 39.
(Haven't been to the range in longer than I want to think about. )

Reading with interest though.
Good to see activity here.

Carry on ...

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Old September 8, 2008, 11:56 PM   #1671
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Good to know. I certainly do intend to shoot it. The 1897 I was looking at is a later one, but the 39A is the safer bet I guess.
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Old September 9, 2008, 08:23 PM   #1672
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I have a 39 with a squirrel in the stock,can anyone tell me about this gun
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Old September 9, 2008, 08:48 PM   #1673
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The 1897 and Pre-A model 39s were
made to shoot standard velocity ammo. They tend to break their bolts
(I know replacing one now) but I
really like my Pre-A. New bolts can
be fitted with new extractors and
firing pins.
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Old September 9, 2008, 09:26 PM   #1674
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I've seen squirrels on the stocks of Glenfield Model 60s.

Did Marlin ever make a Glenfield 39?
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Old September 10, 2008, 05:58 PM   #1675
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The Gun Is A Marlin
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