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Old March 15, 2009, 08:22 PM   #2076
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Ted, you got to take some credit - your contributions, encouragement and inspiration has helped kept the thread alive.

Seems like a 2.5 scope would be pretty good on a 39, especially for field use and those of us with aging eyes.
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Old March 15, 2009, 08:25 PM   #2077
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Old March 15, 2009, 08:36 PM   #2078
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Mo and Jake,

One reason this thread is so vibrant is because of your two contributions. The technical depth is impressive on this thread plus the heart-warming fellowship.

This stuff is so good I'm considering writing a 'web-book' on the 39A. We should move out and capture all we've learned about this outstanding rifle.

More later, dudes,
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Old March 15, 2009, 08:36 PM   #2079
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We had a 39A on the farm in PA. Evil foster-mother used to shoot Necco waffers -the rolled candies- stuck in kerfs on a 2x4 nailed to a stump. It was a little heavy but a beautiful rifle design complimented by gorgeous wood stock & grips.
Hefted well, carried well, shouldered well, never jammed, and had a smooth action. We used to shoot Ring necks -on the ground, sorry- as it was more sporting than shotguns.
It was totally unfair to shoot squirrels with that micro-grooved menace :<)
It was very accurate and no doubt contributed to many adolecents' becoming pretty fair shots later in life. Made me ache for the .44.
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Old March 15, 2009, 09:50 PM   #2080
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Hello all
Just started reading this lengthy post. I apologize if my questions have been previously answered, haven't had time to read all 84 pages...but I will!

1) I am the proud owner of a Model 39 passed down to me by my Uncle Lou. He lent this gun to me when I was growing up (I'm 52 now) and I shot many squirrels and woodchucks with it. Loved it so much he gave it to me as he got in his 80's. So, I am naturally interested in the year of manufacture. I ran the number thru the armscollector site that was linked. Not sure if I am doing it right, maybe someone can confirm. The serial number is under the lever S16***. The site only lets me enter the numbers which come back as made in 1887! It is old but not sure it's that old. Has an octagon barrel if that helps.
Another site link on Rimfire Central says if the letter prefix is "S" it would be 1958-59. It seems older than that. Any ideas????

2) I have the problem with FTF as the firing pin is loose and slides forward if you tip the gun muzzle down or touch it with your finger. I bought a new one from Numerich but it was crap compared to the original and wouldn't fit right. This is the main reason it has become a safe queen because it is frustrating to shoot with all the ftf's. Is this something that can be fixed by a competent smith? If so, any in the upstate NY area would be appreciated. Don't want to risk it with just anybody.

So there is my story, I know it is old and in good shape. Would love to get it shooting reliably again, and know just how old it is. It will be passed to my sons when I hit my 80's or older!

I'll try and post picture soon.

Thanks for any help.
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Old March 15, 2009, 10:58 PM   #2081
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Dalv, S prefix correlates with 1959 mfr on the chart I have.

The firing pin does free float and does not have to stay back to fire. What you have is normal. The pre-rebounding hammer model 39's are NOT safe with the hammer down with a round in the chamber. A sharp rap on the hammer will fire off a round.

I do prefer the pre-rebounding hammer versions and habitually use the half-cock position on the hammer with or without a live round in the chamber.

Great story about Uncle Lou's rifle. Many of us here would love to have the 39's from our youth. I make up the one that got away by buying everyone I can afford

M134slaparound, Thanks for sharing an excellent reactive target with us, I may have to try that one.

I'd agree about hunting with the 39. I'm sure more game has been taken with my 39 than all my other firearms combined. It doesn't seem fair sometimes but it sure is fun.
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Old March 16, 2009, 01:41 AM   #2082
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Good to see this chapter of the club alive and kicking, with good information still circulating. Good work to all who contribute.

I've been spending more time at "the other chapter" (wink), but wandering over here to check in on occasion. Civil war sucks.

Sad to say I haven't shot my 39 in over a year. Business is still eating my lunch, trying to keep the doors open.
Hopefully I'll prevail, but even if I don't, nice to know the club will continue.

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Old March 16, 2009, 07:52 AM   #2083
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What hath Nematocyst wrought?

From opening post to page 84
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Muy Kudos.

I remember as a teen in the early 1960s starting a jar saving quarters toward buying a 39. I had to settle for a 99G (Model 60) but eventually found a Mountie which now wears a Weaver V22 'scope. If I had gotten a 39 first, I might never have bought another .22 rifle.
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Old March 16, 2009, 08:26 AM   #2084
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Gosh I would love to have one of these, anyone know where one is for sale please pm me and Ill pay a fair market price 22 rifles are my favorite!
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Old March 16, 2009, 11:52 AM   #2085
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39A Mountie -- Love it!!!

Just saw this list. I have a 39a Mountie (Golden) that I bought in the mid 70s after shooting a friends. This is hands down my favorite rifle. Just had it out plinking a week ago. It is a great looking and shooting rifle.
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Old March 17, 2009, 12:52 AM   #2086
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FTF

Hi dalv
A very warm welcome to the M39 thread. No need ever to apologize for posing any problems or questions on here. We are family and the depth of expertise willing to help is truly unbeliavable. Be it experience and or gunsmithing you will find it here. From mine it is experience including the tight S&W 63. Try recocking the hammer and see if it will fire. If it does I would suggest a thorough cleanig of the barrel chamber mouth ? to make sure the shell is seating cleanly and nothing is impeding its movement into the chamber. The M63 is famous for this when even a tiny bit of anything gets behind the star extractor. It would take two attempts to fire the cartridge. If there is any dirt or build up where the shell goes into the chamber the first attempt may seat the shell and the second will fire it. Just my Nichols worth, especially if the M39 has not been shot or cleaned in a while.
TaKe CaRe and again welcome
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Old March 18, 2009, 09:51 AM   #2087
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refinishing 39a stock

Hi everyone! I just ran across another 39a that was sitting in a friends mothers basement. the bluing is in good shape, but the stock is a little scratched up. I'm pretty good with wood work , but before I dig into this marlin I would like to purchase the white spacers between the pistol grip cap, and the butt pad. Can somebody recommend a source for these parts?
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Old March 18, 2009, 12:56 PM   #2088
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I,m new to this forum, and I'd like to say HI to all you fellow marlin39 shooters. I'm fix'n up a 39a from the mid 70's, and I'm trying to find them spacer things too. Any help would sure be cool.
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Old March 18, 2009, 04:10 PM   #2089
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I've made lots of spacers from scrap vinyl sideing. Even made a bullseye from a white plastic tube filled with black JB weld. Looks like the real thing.


DO THE RIGHT THING
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Old March 18, 2009, 07:30 PM   #2090
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mountie

Ok people I have located a very nice mountie in good condition very nice,the problem is they want 500.00 for it?

I love my newer 39a and would love to add this to my collection so SHOULD I GO OFF can't really lose money at worst brake even.

Guess I already know the answer to this question.
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Old March 18, 2009, 08:07 PM   #2091
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You can buy the white spacers from Brownell's:

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/sto...STOCK%20SPACER

Note that even a genuine Marlin spacer is NOT going to just fit right in, due to individual differences in how the stock was sanded.
These spacers are installed THEN the stock is sanded for a close fit.
So even if you bought a Marlin factory spacer, it would still need individual sanding and fitting.
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Old March 18, 2009, 11:46 PM   #2092
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Thanks dfariswheel. I checked Brownells before but somehow missed it.
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Old March 24, 2009, 12:35 PM   #2093
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Hi All
Went to the Big Range recently (more on that in another post). Just acquired a Rem. Model 5 because it reminded me of a M541 I use to own. Didn't shoot the M39A much, mostly the Savage Favorite and Model 5. Once I got back to the M39A I realized how svelte she is and totally balanced. With all things in line she will stay close to the Rem M5 out to 50yds.
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Old March 27, 2009, 02:46 PM   #2094
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One of My 39A's Must Go!

I think some of you might remember that some time in November and again in December of last year I acquired two Marlins 39A - 24" and a 20". Sadly I must part with one of them, the 24", circa 1978(?), which is the best one, at about 97/98% condition. I have not fired these guns, the "bullseye" is missing, but Marlin will replace it free. If you know of any one looking for one of these jewels, please steer them my way - I'd prefer to sell in my home State, Tennessee, but will ship close-by. Thanks

Here are couple of pictures: SOLD




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Old March 28, 2009, 10:17 PM   #2095
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Took my grandson to the range on his day off this week and took the Golden 39A Mountie. He loved it! We plinked golf balls until they disappeared in the grass beyond the 60 yd mark.
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Old March 28, 2009, 10:27 PM   #2096
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Do you think if we all send Marlin an email or letter asking them to bring back the TD or the Mountie they would think about it?
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Old March 28, 2009, 10:40 PM   #2097
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Leadhead;

That's hard to say. When Marlin was it's own master, your suggestion might very well have born fruit. However, Remington now owns Marlin and methinks that corporate entity has the soul of a CPA.

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Old March 29, 2009, 03:32 AM   #2098
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I didn't realize Remington owned Marlin.....who owns Remington?
Maybe it's not economic to run a few shorter barrels and mag tubes etc but I think even if they did small runs or special orders it would be popular!
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Old March 29, 2009, 03:48 AM   #2099
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Quote:
...who owns Remington?
<laughs>

Good question.

Hornady? Pontiac? IBM?

Quote:
... shorter barrels and mag tubes ...
I'm planning to get my 39A cut down to 18".
I just don't need a 24" barrel for squirrel and rabbit;
it's just too long for the thick woodlands of the Pacific NW.
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Old March 29, 2009, 09:55 AM   #2100
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Good question.

Hornady? Pontiac? IBM?

It's Cerberus. And I doubt they would listen, either.
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