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The Marlin 39 Club

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AStone, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. Alanw

    Alanw Member

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    "The society of 39 enthusiasts"

    Somebody would say.. "But there is more then 39 of us"

    :)

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  2. Mal H

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    I'm not sure why the title was changed, but it's back to "Club" now.
     
  3. tubeshooter

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    Thank you, sir.
     
  4. JustsayMo

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    AlanW: :D

    Levervangelicals, like revolvangelicals ain't known fer thar count'n bilities - "was that six shots, or only five?" :neener::p
     
  5. AStone

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    Thanks, Mal.
     
  6. Renigeid

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    Hi, A little help here on joining and identifying my old Model 39A please. Bought this old girl when I was in my teens and am now 76 years old. She has seen THOUSAND UPON THOUSAND of rounds during her lifetime and still shoot as good a group as ever. Teaching my 10 year old grandson and 13 year old granddaughter to shoot useing it. Serial no is D 16x59.
    Would love to know the year of manufacture of it. Cost me $45 back when.


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  7. Irish Bird Dog

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  8. Renigeid

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    Irsh, thanks, rings pretty well true as I remember I was just entering my teens, The rifle was second hand when I bought it. Price might have been a little high and my money came from rabbits I had caught in traps and had taken with my Stevens 20 ga which I still have. It is still in as good a shape as when I got it for Christmas about the same year I purchased the 39A. Your comment on gun condition............................All my guns are well loved and cared for. Never sold but one over the years and it was a .380, about the same thing as a good rock. I believe, seriously, in service calibers.

    Looks like I am already a member. Man!!!!!!! The things old age do to the memory!!!! :eek:( Jim
     
  9. savage23

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    That,sir is one sweet lookin 39!!! What scope is on it?
     
  10. Renigeid

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    Savage, I am ashamed to tell you. For probably 40 years or more it wore an old Weaver 22 scope. Later on I put a cheap Tasco on it. :eek:( But........ I works pretty darn good for what I now use the little rifle for. I am still holding onto the old Weaver. :eek:) Jim
     
  11. AStone

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    Renigeid, what a beautiful treasure you have.

    Thanks for joining us.
     
  12. Irish Bird Dog

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    UpDate on M39 FTF problem....began #3361

    Hello again....Here is an update on my M39 1971 rifle w/octagon bbl.
    I first posted my problem on p 135 - #3361 etc (picture back there too) if you want to go back to see what happened and advice given. Got back on this just recently again after long hiatis from the gun. Major FTF problem....at least for me to figure out how to make it work correctly.

    Early advice from Dferriswheel...:"First, check to insure the upper receiver cartridge guide spring is in place.
    This is a flat spring in the "roof" of the receiver.
    In this exploded view, it's part number 27. Make sure it's there and not upside down.
    It's not unusual for people to start fitting a scope and think the screw is a scope mount screw. Either they don't notice the guide spring and it falls out, or they get it back in upside down."


    Now just the past couple of days I began again to load and shoot this nice gun....only loaded 5 rds and they all feed just fine and fired & ejected. Then tried 15 rds & FTF after only 5 rds....grrrrrrrrr.:cuss:...now what???

    I finally figured out about part #27 from first advice so long ago from dferris....the cartridge guide spring under the upper receiver. It was the only thing I did not take out and clean etc., cuz it "looked" ok. The screw was a tad loose when I checked it, so removed and cleaned CGS and under it and in front of it that recess area by bbl. Did all other cleaning, tightening of screws etc and lightly greased some of the contact areas. The screw on the cartridge stop by mag tube was a bit loose to so cleaned that spring too & snugged screw down.

    Now back to the firing testing.....tried 5rds & no FTF, great! Now I thought I'll load 6 rds..no FTF...so I commenced to load the last load +1 each time until I got to 15rds loaded.....all fired without one FTF....in all I shot a total of 96 rds this way without any FTF....this was with sub quality Remington Thunderbolt ammo yet. Am I on to something here? Is the problem cured?? I don't know yet but 96 rds with no FTF is really good from where I was. All the shooting was from the shoulder and the lever worked from that position as it actual shooting style. Not for accuracy at all but just shot into log for function testing this session. Still they were all in a pretty close area for all that. I will try more rds over the next week to see if the cure is there and work up to the full mag of 19rds to see if it continues to feed reliably.

    THANKS TO DFERRISWHEEL AND ALL OTHERS FOR CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS AND HINTS.
     
  13. MatoNapokta

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    Looking

    When I was a senior in high school I was in a local pawn shop just looking around. Just like any teen that is raised in the field and woods hunting critters, I always had my eyes out for guns. I wasn't a gun nut and only owned a couple because that's all I needed to harvest. Anyway, I happen to notice this lever action on the wall and asked about it. Finding out it was a .22, I thought how cool it would be to hunt squirrel's with a lever action.... how cowboy, I thought then. When the fella told me it was $150, I thought WOW, thats a pretty penny for a Marlin .22 (I was use to the Marlin semi's at the time going for next to nothing). However, I had to have it just because it was cool. The rifle was in outstanding shape and I'm guessing a late 70's model. I could not believe how accurate this thing was. Never missed a squirrel with it and just loved the feel and balance. A few years later I had to sell the beauty to make rent. I have regretted it ever since. I hate to say it, but I really think the wife & son could've handled one winter in the cold so I could have kept her....don't you?

    I never new that day in the pawn shop just how much of an impression that .22 would have on me. Now here I am, 20 years later searching for a Marlin 39a and probably going to spend 4 to five times the amount I had before. I may be searching for a while because I'm scared to purchase a brand new one because of the horrors I've been reading. It's a shame that such a beautiful thing has ended up where they are today. Hopefully you will see me posting pictures of my new love very soon. Wish me luck.

    Can a non Marlin 39a owner in search of his lost love join the club?

    God Bless,
    Ken
     
  14. PX15

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    Mato:

    I got the Marlin 39 "bug" about a year ago.. In the meantime I have bought a like new 39A (w/rebounding hammer & crossblock safety). It works just fine and I don't mind the safety additions at all. In fact I'd say a person teaching a young child gun safety might even prefer one over one of the older models.

    I also have two 1970 "Century Limited's".. I think they are beautiful, and also sweet "casual plinkers".. One came with an original all steel "Redfield" peep sight.

    I bought a like new 1975 39A recently, and it's my favorite of the bunch.. It came with a Williams peep sight, and is awesomely accurate.

    Finally I bought a nice 1950 39A "with issues", so the price was right ($175). It's been in Paduka being repaired, hopefully I'll get it back before long.

    Lots of 39's "out there".. Gunbroker has a pile of 'em all the time.. :D

    Best Wishes, and good shopping.

    Jesse

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  15. tubeshooter

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    Yes sir - a strong desire for one is enough to join. So welcome in!

    Hope you find your gun sooner rather than later. Good ones are out there. You probably won't have to spend 4 or 5 times as much... but 3x is probably safe to say unless you get pretty lucky.



    P.S. You did the right thing by your family so don't feel too bad.
     
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  16. Spiritboy

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    Hello all ...... first timer to the 39 club ...... I just scored a 1966 Golden 39A in excellent condition, it cost $ 600 bucks which is a good price down here in Australia. I set up a fly spray can in a mound of dirt 50 meters away and shot 10 rounds off my shoulder with open sights. When I got down to the mound of dirt the biggest smile exploded across my face, as I held the fly spray can in my hand, there were 9 holes ........ I think I'm in love.
     
  17. JustsayMo

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    Welcome Spiritboy. Glad to see the 39 is getting some use and appreciation in your part of the world. I'm guessing you're in for a lot more grinning.
     
  18. Zeke/PA

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    Hi Guys,
    After some haggling I bought a made in 1968 39 A at the local FFL a few weeks ago.
    After some research I found out that the scope base and the hammer extension were standard accessories.
    I also came up with a brand new set of 1" rings, found in my rather extensive supply of stuff.
    I mounted a dated 6X Weaver and have been shooting the rifle.
    One day at the range, from rest at 50 yards, 50 shots went into a ragged 1" hole.
    Though old , the rifle is in PRISTINE condition, a factor that caught my eye in the first place.
     
  19. boykinlp

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    1964 Model Golden 39A

    Here is my first :) Model 39A. It is a 1964 Marlin 39A with vintage Marlin Micro-Vue 4X scope. I have replaced the scope (but kept old one) with a Nikon Prostaff 4X32 rimfire scope.

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  20. 1madss

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    I'm in! Just picked up a 1982 39a in incredible shape.

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  21. Irish Bird Dog

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    Looks like "new in the box" shape....nice find....happy shooting!:)
     
  22. Leadhead

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    Beauty 1madss!
    Looks like the one I got last year...slim up front.
     
  23. 1madss

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    I only drug a couple of patches through the bore and checked the action a few times before I took it to the range that morning, but I would not doubt that it was possibly unfired. The metal is %99.9999 percent and the wood just has a couple of handling marks on the left side of the forestock, but no scratches. I picked this up at a LGS that I went to looking for a 1894C in 357 but I did not like what I saw and made the mistake of looking at a couple of used 39as they had on the shelf. The other was a 1965 that had a fair bit more wear. When I got a good look at this gun and saw the condition I had to have it. The action was crazy tight at first, but after the weekend of working it over and over (and over and over) yesterday's trip was much better. I was able to run through the entire mag fairly quickly with out a hiccup.

    One question. The seams are really tight, a good thing, but when I re-assemble the gun it is very difficult to get the back of the receiver to slip back into place. Is there a technique or am I just not holding my mouth just right ?
     
  24. Irish Bird Dog

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    1madss..........when putting the two pieces back together make sure the hammer is at 1/2 cock and the lever is open a bit....then they will slide together really nice.
     
  25. Surfcaster

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    New guy from Florida. Just picked up a 1967 39a today!!!! In my 53 year of shooting.
     

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