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Marlin 39M Octagon 98% $400 -- Buy?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ArmedBear, Jul 21, 2007.

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  1. ArmedBear

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    Marlin 39M Octagon $400 UPDATE Help!

    I just got back from the shop, where I saw this thing. I have a gift cert from there left over from my birthday for $75.

    They had a beautiful 39M on consignment for $400. It's in near-new condition with perfect blue on the octagon barrel.

    I already have a 39A, but a Mountie is awfully tempting...

    Thoughts?
     
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  2. Alphazulu6

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    Ok maybe I am going to sound like a complete noob but what is a 39M? When I google it in images it comes up with a canon looking thing. :D
     
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  4. ArmedBear

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    Yes a Marlin 39M lever action .22.:)

    The M is the Mountie version, 20" barrel and straight grip. The A has a 24" barrel with a pistol grip identical to the Marlin 336C. They're both American classics, Annie Oakley's rifle still in production; the Mountie, however, hasn't been made in a very, very long time.

    The one I am looking at has a harder-to-find octagon barrel, unlike the one on Gunbroker, but otherwise that's it.
     
  5. Jim Watson

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    If it has an octagon barrel and is NOT some sort of commemorative model, I would think it a good buy. They did not make many of those, some say with barrels left over from a commemorative run.
     
  6. chad1043

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    Go for it... It is a good find. You'll pay at least that much for a new one, and you don't get the sweet Octagon barrel.

    Chad
     
  7. ArmedBear

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    From what I can tell, it's a regular 39M with an octagon barrel, factory markings on the barrel, no commemorative markings that I can see.

    I'm not even sure what the mfg date would be. Any idea?
     
  8. Jim Watson

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    No crossbolt safety, right?
    Blue Book says 1973.
     
  9. ArmedBear

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    No crossbolt, no rebounding hammer.
     
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    Check Gunbroker and Auctionarms for "sold" but sounds like a OK deal to me. Not a real steal or overpriced either.
     
  11. CajunBass

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    As someone else said a new one would cost more, and wouldn't have the octagon barrel.

    And would have the crossbolt safety...for some reason. :confused:
     
  12. AStone

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    A'Bear,

    I'm no expert on mounties (hell, I'm no expert on anything).

    But a gut level feeling is it sounds pretty good to me.

    Given that new 39A's go for $450 in my region, and given that mounties aren't made anymore, and given that octagonal barrels are not common ... all that adds up to sounds like it'd not be a bad deal.

    Please keep us posted about what you do.

    Nem
     
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  13. Brian Williams

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    YES, do not stop at Go go directly to the shop and get it.
     
  14. waterhouse

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    My non octagonal Mountie was $360, and I was happy at that price. You'll love the shorter length, it feels much more balanced (at least to me) than the full length 39A (I used to have one of those too.)

    Buy it. If you decide you hate it in a month send me a PM and I'll buy it from you.

    BTW, how's the great vizsla experiment working out for you?
     
  15. RimFire45

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    "Go Bear Go", Go get it. I'd give that in a heartbeat.
    Had the first chance today to try my 58 Mountie
    and it went right to the top of my never sell list.
    dime size groups with most any ammo at 25 yds
    with open sights. I cant claim the goups as my own
    as the gun shoots beter than me and a friend did
    the shooting.

    Don't hesitate do it.

    Rim45
     
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  17. ArmedBear

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    Help!

    Just went back with a rag and bore light, took it apart and looked close.

    It has a few very superficial scratches on the stock, and a tiny ding or two. Brass mag tube has fingerprint oxidation; would clean up with brass cleaner. Blueing and bore are perfect and steel mag tube is perfect inside. It's just been used, not abused; it was still fouled in the barrel and receiver, and I had to run a couple patches down the bore to see it well. It had a lot of fine dust accumulated on surfaces that would face up in a safe. I'm guessing it was shot a bit, then it just sat in a safe for many, many years.

    However, it was assembled and shot with loose internal screws. This meant that the takedown receiver was not quite flush, and the hammer hit the rear right corner of the bolt. It's slightly dinged, and the metal burr extends slightly into the slot in the receiver where the hammer travels. It works fine now that it's been tightened up, and the burr could be removed with a few passes with 400 grit paper. It's not major, but the right side of the bolt is no longer the usual sharp machined edge, and the hammer blueing is worn off the left side opposite to that, where it rubbed against the inside of the rear tang.

    However....

    Does the price still sound okay?

    The gun is still nice; I just didn't want to drop the cash on it if this impacts the value too much. It is indeed marked 39M OCTAGON on the barrel and appears to be absolutely 100% original.

    Thoughts?

    I like it, but I don't want to overpay. I've already got one 39... I didn't even set out to get another. I just know that one like this won't come up too often.
     
  18. AStone

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    Wow, A'Bear. That's an interesting question.

    I'm just going to step aside here and not venture an opinion just now.
    If I had some extra cash to burn, I'd probably buy it anyway with the intention of repairs by a smith if needed. But if money is tight ... ow, that's tougher.

    Guess it depends on how badly you want a version of this particular rifle.

    I'm looking forward to the outcome of this.

    Of course, personally, I hope you get it. Be nice to have one in the clubhouse for pictures and ranges reports. ;)

    But your decision making process - including checking it out mechanically - is both reasonable and wise, me thinks.
    I'd do it the same way if I was buying used.

    (Just recently went through a similar process with my SW 65. I think I got a good'un as a result ... :) )

    Nem
     
  19. Gator

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    I'd grab it and sell the other one.
     
  20. ArmedBear

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    I really like the 39A. Just shot it today; plinked at 100 yards. Dead on with irons. The gun also got high marks from an old hunter/shooter/collector who owns nearly everything else, but hadn't tried a 39. We were splitting clay pigeons way out on a hill. The shorter gun isn't a replacement; it's another alternative. It's quite different in feel and balance. The 39A has merits all its own. So does the 39M.

    What I'd sell is my 10/22, unless I keep it as a "toss it under the seat of the Jeep 'cause I won't feel bad if I do" rifle.

    Nem, it's not gunsmith-level work, fortunately. It's very minor; it just might affect the value to a hardcore collector. I have the money... I'm not rich. I am even cheap, sometimes. I just hadn't planned on spending it this way.:)
     
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  21. AStone

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    <loud cheers from the lever crowd side of the room...>

    ;)
     
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