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Old December 29, 2008, 11:58 AM   #1876
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New 39A Owner

I’d like to join the ‘club’. I recently decided that I wanted a 22. After reading the general consensus on the Marlin 39, I decided that in the long run, the Marlin was the choice for me. I planned on looking for an older model, but my local sporting goods store had a brand new one on the rack. The other 22s did not compare to the classic 39. I knew that it could be hard to find one, so I bought it on the spot. I'm sure that I'll like this gun as much as all of the previous posters.

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Old December 29, 2008, 06:42 PM   #1877
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Welcome T750!

You've made a good investment. They hold their value well but few of us are willing to part with them for less than a ransom. Their quality head and shoulders above the plastic infused 22's that are out there now. More often than not they are good shooters too. It did take me a few hundred reps to learn to shoot the open sights well. Now I can shoot respectable groups with it and good shooters can shoot great ones with it.

I look forward to reading range and field reports about your new friend. May it serve you well.
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Old December 29, 2008, 08:08 PM   #1878
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I saw a 39A Mountie sitting in a gun store just the other day. They wanted $300.00 for it, if I remember correctly.
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Old December 29, 2008, 08:30 PM   #1879
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Burke;

I'm sorry, but before we can believe that, we need to know what store, where it's located, and the phone number.

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Old December 29, 2008, 09:58 PM   #1880
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My Application...

Earlier this month, with Christmas fast approaching, I decided that I'd put off buying a rifle for much too long (I'll be nineteen in February) and began making some serious preparations to do so.

I've been partial to .22 lever actions ever since I tried out a nearly-thirty-year-old Ithaca rifle that belongs to a friend of my dad. After some research, some posts, and some long conversations, I decided that the 39A would be the only rimfire for me.

The day after Christmas, with my savings and some holiday money pooled, I divulged the plan to my mother—a staunch liberal Democrat, very anti-gun, but raised by quite the outdoorsman and taught to target shoot when she was little—as I, living on a college campus, realized I would have to store the weapon at home. At first she was disappointed with my little "lifestyle choice", but seemed to warm up to the idea later that night. As the days rolled by, however, the seriousness of having a weapon in the house sunk in, and she insisted that I meet with my father's buddy (mentioned above), a trusted family friend and long-time gun owner.

The location for our meeting, which my mother carefully selected, was tipped slightly in her favor; a small, upscale restaurant in our little New York town, less than a mile from the city. One of those restaurants specifically designed for vacationing city folk, oozing with quaint, candlelight atmosphere and—you guessed it—more elitist socialite liberals than you could find at a Michael Moore book signing.

But all, as it goes, was not lost.

I arrived late to find my parents chatting it up with the restaurant's owner, who, to their surprise, was sporting a tailored English shooting jacket. Just as I walked up to the table, he was showing them the wide interior shell pocket. As I sat down, my dad turned to me and explained that they'd also discovered that the co-owner is an avid shooter, and that he'd told them only moments ago that he frequently goes rabbit hunting with the restaurant's cook! Before the night was over, all three of them offered to take me shooting as soon as I'd bought the rifle (especially the chef, a guy from the Bronx with two daughters perpetually opposed to the sport). Needless to say, my dad's friend walked in minutes later to find that his persuasion was no longer necessary. This stuff is common elsewhere, but I promise, it is a rare thing in this part of New York, especially in such a setting.

Anyway, I went to a local sporting goods store this morning and picked up my very first rifle. It was the only store in under a two hour drive carrying one, and it was their last.

It is a truly beautiful rifle. I promise to post photos tomorrow and I'm getting up early to drive to a range and shoot it for the first time—expect a virginal field report! Glad to be in the club.

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Old December 30, 2008, 12:03 AM   #1881
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thanks John McL

Hey just wanted to thank you for that info. Do you have any info on where I can search that serial number? I would apprciate it. Thanks again.
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Old December 30, 2008, 10:19 AM   #1882
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Marlin 39A Serial Numbers

There's a number of questions on Marlin 39A serial numbers of late. Here's what I have on serial numbers:

If your serial number begins with a letter, you have a pre-1973 39A and must use this chart. (I can't remember where I got this chart, but I see it replicated in the Marlin sub-forum over at Rimfire Central.)

1946-C
1947-D
1948-E
1949-F
1950-G
1951-H
1952-J
1953-K
1954-L
1955-M
1956-N
1957-P
1958-R
1959-S
1960-T
1961-U
1962-V
1963-W
1964-Y,-Z
1965-AA
1966-AB
1967-AC
1968-AD
1969-69
1970-70
1971-71
1972-72

If you have all-numeric serial number, you have a post 1972 Marlin 39A. To determine the production year, subtract the first two numbers from 100 to arrive at the production year. For example, if the first two numbers are 15, then 100-15 = 85, making this 39A a 1985 production rifle. You have to pay close attention that your results make sense. Please note off the above chart that 1969 through 1972 had the actual year as leading digits.

Pre 1946 39's are hard to date.

Hope this helps,
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Old December 30, 2008, 10:49 AM   #1883
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Plainview, glad to hear there are others outposted behind enemy lines too. The only thing bluer than western Washington is san fransisco. Seattle's Mayor and Police chief (who had his glock stolen from his car ) are VERY anti gun. I don't buy anything in Seattle to avoid paying sales tax that might aid them.

Ignorance among the intellectual elite is rampant. I live next to a doctor that can't understand how I can shoot a deer while she has no issues barbecuing a steak... As Ted would say, she's in "Gut pile denial."
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Old December 30, 2008, 11:16 AM   #1884
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The only thing I can't stand is when people say outright that they're anti-gun because they're afraid of firearms. Personally I think that fear usually, if not always, stems from confusion about something unknown. It really gets me when people who have never taken the time to go shooting and enroll in a short safety course declare their "fear" of guns. After some education, they could easily see that a gun is just as safe as a car, if the user is disciplined and properly taught.

Anyway, as promised:





Side note: Are most levers supposed to be slightly wobbly? If I remember correctly, most levers on the rifles I've fired were, but then again, those were old rifles. This is brand new, and I'm getting a few millimeters of side-to-side motion in the lever. Normal?
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Old December 30, 2008, 12:06 PM   #1885
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Dunno if it's normal for new rifle but a new lever spring really tightened up my Dad's 56 and my own 79.
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Old December 30, 2008, 12:12 PM   #1886
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Mine all wobble a bit.
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Old December 30, 2008, 12:46 PM   #1887
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Just spoke to a friend about it, and he says that even new Marlin's have a slight wobble in the lever; nothing to worry about. Just didn't want to lose sleep over it.
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Old December 30, 2008, 12:49 PM   #1888
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Thanks johnmcl

Just wanted to say thanks again that helped me out a lot. Be carefull and happy shooting.
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Old December 31, 2008, 01:03 PM   #1889
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Ammo

A question about Ammo. What’s the general consensus (if there is such a thing) about the best type of ammo? I’m a rookie here, just purchased my new 39A, and all I’m concerned about now is a little recreational plinking & target shooting. I’m not worried about the brand as much as the type of bullet. So far I’ve used CCI minimag copper plated. Is there a preference of copper plated vs. lead? (or visa-versa?). Thanks for the advice.
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Old December 31, 2008, 01:16 PM   #1890
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Just try a little of this and that and note the results. The odds are it'll run most everything but there may be something out there that just won't feed. If you are referring the the lead round nose vs copper or brass washed long rifle I've had my 39A for better than 25 years and so far it eats it all just fine. For the most part I've been using CCI Stingers or Minimags in my 39 but my Model 60 just ate 400 rounds of Blazer LRN without a hiccup.
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Old December 31, 2008, 03:48 PM   #1891
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What 76 said +1.

None of my four 39s have been too finicky. I did have a 39TDS that did shoot a little better with a few brands and shot CCI CB Longs better than any other rimfire I've ever owned.

I'd also add that the main difference I've noticed in ammo is that the expensive stuff produces fewer fliers. An example would be in a 10 shot group the good stuff might have one flier. The pretty good stuff probably have 1 or 2 and the cheap stuff might throw three maybe four.
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Old December 31, 2008, 06:49 PM   #1892
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In my 39A:

- Federal 510 and CCI Mini-Mags shoot about the same, which is "above average." Federal 510 is my "go to" round for just about any .22 LR I have.
- CCI Short SV shot about "average."
- Federal Bulk shoots about like Fedral 510, with a few more misfires, a few more fliers.
- Winchester Wildcat shot really crummy in my 39A and was very dirty.
- CCI Green Tag shot "excellent" and has been the best so far. The 39A is the only .22 I own that likes it.

That's all I've tested. Sitting in my range bag waiting to be tested: Remington Standard Velocity Target, Remington Short, Winchester Short, Federal "Spitfire" hyper velocity HP, Winchester Bulk ("333" pack), Wolf Match Extra, and Peters (Remington's budget brand for Gander Mtn.).

I wouldn't use my results as anything other than interesting reading though - even if you have the 39A with the serial number next to mine - it might like completely different stuff.

All of my .22s like something different and I like trying new stuff so I have quite the collection of assorted rounds that I haul to the range. The Mark III slabside loves Wildcat; the Mark II likes Remington Target. The Remington 581-S can't get enough CCI Short; the wz-48 trainer likes damn near everything (except shorts, which I refuse to use in it).

The only thing I really go for when buying up .22 is I like round nose bullets instead of HPs, since I only shoot targets and not small game. I only get HPs when they're cheap (bulk packs and this "Spitfire" I got today).


Really sometimes I wonder if I don't shoot the match grade stuff more accurately because it's so expensive, and I darn well take my time firing it to make it last...
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Old January 1, 2009, 11:15 AM   #1893
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Thanks for the info. Looks like the 39 works well with just about anything. I think I'll try the Federal 510 next.
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Old January 1, 2009, 05:39 PM   #1894
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I'm very much enjoying the participation and would like to join the Club.
I have a '97 from 1905...39A from 1955 and a 39AS from 1987.
I having difficulty obtaining a complete front and rear sight for the 39A, which I removed when I was young and naive and lost during a move.
I'm waiting for a re-stock at Midway...any suggestions as to a source for these parts?

Thanks for letting me participate...
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Old January 1, 2009, 05:57 PM   #1895
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Numrich will usually have the parts you need.
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Old January 4, 2009, 04:25 PM   #1896
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I am in the dark as to what has has happened up to now; I've just got through reading page 39 (very slow reader) - I wish you fellers would slowdown a bit on your posting so that this oldfella can catch up with ya... I'm anxious to know if Nem's rifle has been fixed.

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Old January 4, 2009, 05:07 PM   #1897
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Oldfella wrote; "I'm anxious to know if Nem's rifle has bee fixed."

We don't want to spoil it for you. Keep reading...
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Old January 4, 2009, 06:59 PM   #1898
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Years ago I passed up buying a M39 Marlin to my dismay.The gun had a octagon barrel,deep bluing almost black American black walnut stock and a deep cut image of a squirrel on the right side of the stock.Can anyone tell me the particulat name of that gun?.
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Old January 4, 2009, 07:41 PM   #1899
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You shoulda bought it!

That was one of only 500 90th Anniversary Model 39A's made. It came out in 1960 and is now worth well over $1,000 if only slightly used.
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Old January 4, 2009, 09:00 PM   #1900
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Did it look something like this?

Did it look something like this? - It's not exactly as you descibe, but it's pretty close, and it's about the best looking 39 I've seen.

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=184608

(from a feb. '06 THR post by Henry455)

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