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The Marlin 39 Club

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

  1. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Member

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    Coin-wise, I find that 50-cent pieces work best for the takedown screw slot.

    Just go by the bank and get 2 for $1. Throw one in the range bag, and one in the "gun stuff" drawer at home (we all have one). That's what I did.


    Quarters work okay too - but not as well as the 50-cent piece.
     
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  2. Fast Frank

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    I have never personally done business with Boyd's gunstock.

    But my savage .17HMR wears a Boyd's "SVT" thumbhole stock. It's factory standard on the 93R17BTVS.

    The wood on that rifle is downright beautiful. The way it's laminated and finished makes the rifle.

    If I was going to try to say something negative about that gun stock, I would point out that the wood on the inside of the vent holes along the front of the stock is not finished, and visible by looking down into those holes.

    So... I guess I'm saying that Boyd's knows how to make a nice stock, but trying to guess what your model 39 stock is going to look like is more than I can do.

    They are a reputable company, and surely will refund your money if you are not satisfied.
     
  3. Orion8472

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    Update: I dropped by the gunsmith who will be doing the re-bluing. Still 5 projects ahead of mine. Been there since the first part of April. Busy guy, . . . but does really good work and is a nice fella. The time waiting will be worth the work eventually done on it. When it is finished [probably late this year, first of next], I will post a pic here, but will post a new thread with a "before and after" type thing.
     
  4. AStone

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    Orion, could he just call you when he's ready to do your work? I mean, you're in the cue, why not take it home and let him call you when he's ready for it?
     
  5. Orion8472

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    He actually offered, but realistically, I don't plan on shooting it until it is finished, so at most, I would just oogle it for a few months. I'm good with leaving it there and enjoying it whenever it actually looks good.
     
  6. Patrick AZ

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    Hello , It's nice to a part of the community and the Club. I was hoping you guys could help be shed light on the rarity of my Model 39. It was my Grand fathers gun and was passed down to my father and on to me. From what information i could find is that it's a 1963 "39 Carbine" . What I've read this is not a 39 or a 39a but a different model "39 Carbine" that was produced from 63-67 and only around 9000-12,000 were ever made . So was wondering is if any one knows the history behind this model and how rare it really is. Would love to be able to tell my son the history of the gun my father and i learned to shoot with and when he's ready he will also learn on.

    here's a few Pictures of the gun a the markings...
    [​IMG] 28f142269549940.jpg 13d3b2269549946.jpg fa7326269549953.jpg 4e8d45269549962.jpg
     
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  7. cal01

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    My grandfather taught me to shoot with a Marlin 39. He hunted rabbit, squirrel and all nature of small East Texas varmints with this gun. It now belongs to my father and is a prized possession of his, but we shoot it occasionally just to reminisce.
     
  8. jblackfish

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    Neat! I grew up in east Texas and I like stories like yours. I have one too but it's not a Marlin so I won't bother with details. It IS my prized firearm though and worth less $ by far than any of my other guns...but it's my "treasure." Thanks for sharing.
     
  9. dfariswheel

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    Your Marlin 39 Carbine was made in 1963.

    It was made from 1963 to 1967.
    There were 9,695 made.

    It was nothing much more then the Marlin Model 39M with a light barrel and a 3/4 length magazine tube.
    It was slightly unusual for having a rifle type fore end and fore end cap instead of the carbine type barrel band most carbine type Marlin's had.
    With almost 10,000 made it's not especially rare, but the 3/4 length magazine is different and adds to the interest.

    The insert in the bottom of the butt stock is the famous Marlin Target used on most Model 39 series rifles.

    The pencil engraving on the top tang behind the serial number detracts from the value.
    Actual value is determined by the amount of original finish, and on the rifle being in unaltered condition.
    Values on a 39 Carbine range from a low of around $150 in 60% finish to a high of over $525 in 100%, although these days rifles in higher condition will usually bring more.

    Some advice: DO NOT keep the rifle in that case. Fleece lined cases are notorious for rusting guns.
    You're much better off keeping it in a gun case or rack where air is free to circulate around it. Keeping guns in cases, basements, and closets are infamous for ruining good guns.
     
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  10. kynwatch

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    Well finally had time to install my Skinner peep sights and get to the range. I think I like them! Here is the target at 50 yards when I was adjusting the sights.

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    Sent from my SPH-L300 using Tapatalk 2
     
  11. AStone

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    ^ That's just impressive for 50 yds.
     
  12. OldWolf

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    The Skinner on a 39A makes for an outstanding Silhouette rifle.
     
  13. SDHillbilly

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    peep sights

    I would like some advice on peep sights for my 1951 model 39A that I have recently purchased. I would like to go with a receiver sight as I have learned that the screws on the side of the receiver will allow mounting and I don't want to have new holes drilled into the rifle.

    At the same time I would like to replace the front blade as it is marred a bit from someone adjusting it improperly.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  14. Patrick AZ

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    That is what i was thinking but it's nice to know for sure, thank you. Nice to be able to tell my son about the firearm.
    Was shooting this morning and was popping cans at around 50-75 yards with the iron sights . it really shoots better then me on most days .

    Another question , What would be a proper way to mount a scope . That's easily removable for rabbit hunting this year and thanks for all the info.
     
  15. dfariswheel

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    It the top of the receiver is drilled and tapped for a scope, the easy way is to mount a Marlin Weaver rail.
    You can clamp a scope to it and remove it easily, and the rail won't interfere with the iron sights.
    Whether the scope will return to zero depends on the scope mounts.

    Price is less then around $6.00 and it mounts with two screws.

    Newer Model 39 rifles have folding rear sight blades to clear a scope.
    You may also need a Marlin extension that clamps to the hammer to allow operating the hammer with a scope mounted.

    Often, you can find take-off Marlin mounts and hammer extensions in gun shops.
     
  16. JustsayMo

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    OldWolf: Agreed

    [​IMG]

    My first 10 for 10 on the turkeys. 39A Mountie with a Skinner peep. I used the stock beaded front sight and on the rams I held the bead above the ram's back to tip them over.
     
  17. Wildlifeforever

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    Pics for Orion8472

    Hello, Here is what I have. Annie rebarrel.
     

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  18. vaupet

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    "New" 39a takedown

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    Just picked up a 39a Takedown . Its been refinished & showing a little wear on the bluing . Have not shot it yet . $400.00 . Serial # k= 1953 ? How did I do ?
     
  20. scaatylobo

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    Help - and thank you

    I just now bought a Marlin 39A and I would LOVE some info from all y'all that have done the leg work already.

    BUT its too long a thread to read and try to find this information [ if already in print ].

    So if any have a date of manufacture and any other pertinent information,it would be greatly appreciated.

    This is in VERY nice shape,and I see no dings or rust or even evidence of use = yet :D.

    Serial # is 0609####

    Not sure if you can see the initials stamped into the barrel,they appear to be I B ?.
     

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  21. Helidave1

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    Greetings from the UK

    Hi All,

    Just picked up my 1955 Marlin 39A and I love it already. The wood does not seem to have been touched since it was manufactured in 1955 (5 years before I was born) apart from a gentle polish. The blueing is nicely worn from use, not neglect and, best of all it shoots wonderfully.
    I am just removing the cheap scope it came with whilst I see if I can get a Skinner sight sent from the USA to the UK ( I prefer my lever guns without a scope)
    Just wanted to let you know that shooting these guns is alive and well here in the UK. Only problem here is, of course, I cannot leave it to either of my sons when I finish my rota on this mortal coil, it will probably be scrapped or decommissioned. I read your stories of guns handed down from Father to Son with envy.

    All the best,
    David
     

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  22. casecolor

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    Very Nice 39 Dave, you mentioned that you cant hand down your rifle to your sons some day, and I was just wondering why that would be?
     
  23. Helidave1

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    Hi,
    Here in the UK you need a licence to own firearms and the licenses, whilst not really difficult to get, are certainly subject to being a proven regular member of a Home Office Approved club, A suitable firearms safe etc. As my sons now live away from home, they would need to meet these conditions before I could transfer the guns and, of course, I would need to be alive at the time of transfer! You also can only own firearms for which you have approved calibre and type on your certificate.
    Anyway, at 53 years of age, I intend to stick around for a while and get some use out of the gun. I really like to imagine all the people who have fired this gun since 1955 - Its a pity I cannot trace the history.

    Kind Regards

    David
     
  24. AStone

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    Man, that's just sad. No wonder we ceded from the UK. (No offense, David. I feel sadness about your situation.)
     
  25. Helidave1

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    No offence taken - everybody wants to be free to control their own lives.

    Back on the subject of the 39a - what a great little gun. After I picked it up I went down to my club ( you can only shoot on approved ranges ) and tried my first 10 rounds. The first three shots all went through the same hole at 25 yrds. The photo I attached had my second batch of 10. I really love this little gun.
    I hope I can get a peep sight sent over without it costing an arm and a leg!

    Now I just have to have a little luck getting hold of a 44

    Regards

    David
     

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