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  1. smithman 10

    smithman 10 Member

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    I put a Marlin Camp 9 on layaway today at the LGS at a pretty good price. I've already got a bunch of Smith and Wesson magazines that will fit it (from my assorted Smith pistols).

    I've heard about the buffer and recoil spring problems. Figure I'll replace them and it should be a hoot to shoot.

    Anyone got one of these old 9mm carbines? Do you like it?
     
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    They tend to crack the stock as well.
     
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    I wish I had bought one.
     
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    I heard something about cracked stocks too.

    Is that from excessive force from the blowback action?

    Is that why folks put heavier springs in them as I was reading last night. 16 lb versus the stock 12 lb?
     
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    Camp 9

    I've had a couple, and they are fun and accurate shooters. The heavier spring eliminates the hot unburned powder particles left-handed shooters experienced on their cheek.

    S&W 15 & 17 rd 59 series mags work also.

    Have one left ANIB headed to Gunbroker, just haven't used it and need to "thin the herd"!
     
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    I've had a Marlin Camp 9 since they came out. I've had no problems other than replacing the buffer. I replaced the recoil spring with a heavier one when I replaced the buffer. No problems with the stock cracking. My understanding is that cracked stocks is more of a problem with the Camp 45 in .45 APC and not the Model 9. Great rifle, and fun to shoot. Not a tack driver but a great plinker.
     
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    I looked at that one in Ashland gun store. It handled pretty good. I thought G17/G19 mags would fit that gun. Assuming the stock is tightened correctly and standard ammo is used I don't see how that piece of birch would crack.
     
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    I picked up a 45 with a cracked stock. I believe the stock cracked because the buffer was shot. I made a buffer out of a hunk of truck tire tread and put in a Wolff heavy duty spring. Glued and pinned the stock. No problems.

    Numerich used to stock the buffers (it's the same part for the 22mag, 9mm and 45), but I don't know if they still have them.

    I think the 9mm guns use S&W mags.
     
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    I don't have one, but if I ever see one at the LGS it's mine. I have a 69 series S&W, so I'm always picking up 12, 15, 17, 20 and 32 round mags for the 69 and 59 series S&W. A Marlin Camp 9 carbine just makes sense. I'm also wanting a Kel-Tec P11 to share mags with as well.
     
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    Our local Cabela's had a Camp 9 not long ago. Beautiful condition, looked brand new. The $800 price tag scared me right away from it. I'd love to have a .45 though. Doubt I'll ever find an affordable one.
     
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    Eight hundred bucks should have scared anyone away even if the said gun was in original wrappings. I think those make sense in states where handguns can only be owned by the privileged through blessing of local government officials. Good example would be NYS.
     
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    I too bought men when they first came out, 300 something serial number. Only problem I ever had was with aluminum cases ammo. Not enough neck tension, then the bullet is set back, then stuff breaks.

    It is accurate and remains one of my friends favorite rifles. More often than not I use my suppressed 9mm AR though.
     
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    Tell me more about aluminum cases. I went and picked up the gun today and am going to shoot it tomorrow.

    Got a bunch of Federal 115 grain aluminum case ammo. Should I not use it for sure? I have a bunch of brass cased ammo as well.
     
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    It makes sense to preemptively replace the buffer, otherwise when it fails the hammer bridge and maybe the hammer strut will be damaged.
     
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    Well I took the rifle apart just now and it has a black or dark blue buffer that appears intact and spongy feeling.

    Can't tell what the recoil spring is by feel. I think I will shoot it tomorrow a few rounds. Then I'll order a heavy spring. Understand some folks use the 21 lb spring in the Camp 9 so they can shoot +P ammo in it.
     
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    I now appreciate the Camp45 I bought for $302 in August '88 all the more.
     
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    Is installed a 21 pound spring in mine. I recommend it. If the buffer is blue or dark blue, it's probably a Blackjack buffer. An excellent and better replacement for white one Marlin uses.
     
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    I've got two Camp 9s' and one Camp 45. I've heard about the buffer drying up and crumbling, but have yet to see it happen. I did buy a couple of spares though, just in case.

    Smith model 59 and 69 mags fit and function, but 59 mags stick out and 69 are almost flush except for the finger rest. I only bought a second Camp 9 for the stock. The Camp 45 I bought had a Choate sidefolder I didn't care for. The stocks are interchangeble and after reading recent posts re-examined them. No cracks whatsoever. Now I have a spare Camp 9 in a synthetic stock I'll probably sell someday, maybe.

    The only thing I have discovered that you need to look out for is when putting either one back together after cleaning or whatever, is to make sure the feed ramp is in front of the chamber and not underneath it. It will go together either way, but will only work correctly with the ramp in front.
     
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    ^. Had many an opportunity. Wish I did. I'd prefer the .45 version, but the 9 works too.
     
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    On the subject of Camp Carbines, who'd like to see them re-introduced? I would. I think a new & improved version would sell well, especially in premium walnut.
     
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    I had one that great. No problems and lots of fun. then I got a Ruger Pc 9. The fun factor doubled The Marlin went to the back of the safe and then to my son.
     
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    If I wanted something weird I would buy semi-auto .300 Whisper weapon chambered for old .300 Whisper (now called ACC or something similar), but I think they could sell some due to low cost of 9x19 ammo. I would use good quality plastic folding stock. There is no need to waste precious walnut on stuff like this.
     
  25. smithman 10

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    Well I put a few rounds through the Camp 9 today successfully. My buddy brought his Hi-Point along to shoot as well.

    Both guns functioned flawlessly but I must say I prefer the appearance of the Marlin.

    Now to order the a 21 lb spring and a spare buffer or two since I think I'll be shooting this rifle quite a bit in the future.

    Also, according to some articles I've read, the serial number, which starts with 11, indicates it was built in 1989 - it's an oldie.
     
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