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Marlin 39 century ltd

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by Christoefor, May 5, 2013.

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  1. Christoefor

    Christoefor Member

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    My marlin has become hard to cycle the lever, never was that hard to cock. Took apart cleaned and lubrecated with clp still hard to function any ideas on what to try next. Thanks for any ideas. Droped on tile floor that cracked butstock had gunsmith repair stock but he said they are all hard to cock I do not think so. Do not remember it being that hard to function.
     
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  2. dfariswheel

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    Step one is to make sure the two halves of the receiver are fully seated and the thumb screw is snug but not over tightened.
    To check, look on the left rear of the receiver to see if the two halves are even and fully seated. If there's a "step" between the two receivers, they're not seated properly.

    Step two is to remove the stock and see if something is interfering with the hammer strut and mainspring.
    Older Marlin's had a steel bar that slipped into roughly cut grooves in the upper and lower tang that allowed adjusting the mainspring and thus the lightness of the trigger pull and the lever action by moving the bar and the spring back or forward to lighten or tighten the spring tension.

    Later Marlins use an "L" shaped tensioning bar made of stamped steel, and are not adjustable.
    It's possible the gunsmith put something back together wrong, or something he did to repair the stock is interfering.

    Last, use some grease on the bolt and top of the lever where it contacts the bolt. This will help make it easier and smoother to operate.
     
  3. Christoefor

    Christoefor Member

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    Thanks

    Thanks dfariswheel will try to remove the stock and check for any thing blocking the function also will grease the top of bolt and top of lever where it contacts bolt. It was made in 1970 made like a swiss watch.:D
     
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