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The Marlin 39 Club

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

  1. tubeshooter

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  2. Tentwing

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    ZippyNZ, go to oldguns.net . Then look down the column the left hand side and tap on the Marlins manufacture date . Then type in your serial number and follow the prompts.

    Hope this helps.........Tentwing
     
  3. ZippyNZ

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    Following that it puts it as 1980 production but family history has it in the family before that so I have no idea. Wish Dad was still around to ask.
     
  4. dfariswheel

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    The Model 39 was introduced in 1922 and was changed to the Model 39-A in 1938.
    There were between 40,000 and 50,000 Model 39's made during that time.

    The "HS" serial number prefix was added sometime in the early-30's to designate that the rifle was changed to be usable with High Speed .22 ammo.
    Earlier Model 39 rifles with no serial number prefix or with an "S" prefix were noted for having very high workmanship and finish.
    These earlier non-HS prefix rifles should NOT be fired with High Speed ammo because the bolt will break.
    These earlier rifles should be fired with Standard Velocity ammo ONLY.
    The "HS" serial number models had a stronger bolt for use with High Speed ammo.

    The people on the Marlin forum can probably tell you the exact year your's was made.

    https://www.marlinowners.com/forum/rimfires/
     
  5. ZippyNZ

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    The problem with that is the large gap in the production years. Which is quite possibly where this rifle sits
     
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    Zippy ... I think dfarriswheel's post may have filled in the blanks for both of us. Tentwing
     
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    I did a little fast research and it appears the Marlin Model 39 was changed to allow use of High Speed ammo and given the "HS" serial number prefix in 1932.
    Since the Model 39 was made until 1938 when it was changed to the Model 39-A, it was made in that short time frame
    from 1932 to 1938.
     
  8. johnmcl

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    I'm a big fan of Skinner sights on Model 39As. For me, and many others, the sights are a big improvement over the OEM buckhorn sights that come as-issued. I thought I'd take a few minutes to sketch out my experiences with the selection and installation of the sights.

    The starting place is of course on the Skinner web page (http://www.skinnersights.com/2.html) . From here one can order the rear sight. The sight installation is breezy easy, using the two existing sight mount holes in the receiver top. Some would suggest that a little loc-tite should go on the screws, but I find that that's purely optional as mine have been perfectly tight after years of use.

    Here's what one Skinner looks like on my 60's era 39A.

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    When you order the rear sight, order a set of apertures at the same time. I recommend getting the entire set for $50. This will allow you the most flexibility in rear sight size to accommodate changing light and personal preference. I found, for example, that I like shooting with the 0.70 medium sight vice the standard 0.96in size. I use the smallest size when shooting a rimfire silhouette steel target match.

    Skinner says that the OEM as-issued front sight will work fine. That's true. For me though, the bead on the front sight covered too much of the target. I replaced the front sight with the Skinner front sight. I used the 0.400 tall sight, and found that I needed to file a little to get it to zero at 25 yards with one rotation of the rear peep up from the lowest position.

    My recommendation is to buy two front sights at the same time. That way you can file one down to the right height, and then replicate the sight this time with an eye to cosmetics. I recommend the slightest of a slope from the front to the back of the sight. There's a solid group of information on the website.

    My front sight looks like this:

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    The shooting results at 25 yards looks like this any day of the week.

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    I hope this helps.
     
  9. v8stang289

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    My dad got this gun from his stepdad when he was a kid. It was the first .22 I ever shot, and I've loved shooting it ever since. Last week it became mine, and today I took my oldest son shooting with it and he loves it too. To dad, guns are only tools and he's never really been good about cleaning and oiling unless they get where they don't work. So this gun has had a rough life. It had a good bit of rust, but I did what I could and gave it a good cleaning. It's not as pretty as other guns in this thread but I've wanted this gun for a long time and I absolutely love it. It's a 1959 Mountie, the action is smooth and it's a good accurate shooter. I need to get a rear sling mount and a new bullseye for the stock, but otherwise I'll leave it alone and enjoy it.

    Here's a pic of it with my 1958 Colt frontier scout
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    and a pic of my son shooting it today

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  10. johnmcl

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    v8stang289,

    Does it not warm your heart to see a third generation on that classy lever action? It does mine.

    Welcome to the 39 Club.
     
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    It does indeed warm your heart. Two of my grandsons have become lever junkies, and the 39a is always the one they reach for first. :)
     
  12. Xrperry

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    Hi all, newbie here. I found this site while looking for other marlin sites. I just bought my 2nd golden 39A. The first one I had was years ago and I sold it. I still have my foot in my butt over that one. I love marlin lever guns and own 3. Anyhow here's my 39, paid 400 for it and lucky I got it. There's not any for sale around here for less than 500. The scope is an old weaver k3.
     

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    I have a Golden 39A purchased in 1978 from an old gunsmith in Cherryville N.C. It was used but in great shape and I believe he charged $80 for it at the time. I've had a Bushnell 4x scope on it for years. That old rifle has bagged countless critters over the years. The most accurate ammo I ever shot in it was CCI Stingers. It would group them like nothing else.
     
  14. Xrperry

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    I got a chance to shoot it for the first time last night. Just got it last week. The indoor range is set up for pistols. The lanes are 50 ft. After I got it sighted in leaning over the bench bent over on my elbows, I managed 20 shots, nickel size ragged hole at 50 feet with Remington golden bullets. Pretty sure gun and me can do better if i had a decent rest.
     
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    Didn't know there was a *club* on here.
    Mine is a 1966 Golden that has been in the family as long as I can remember and in an open rack by the fireplace my entire childhood.

    I got it with all the other family firearms when the Ol' Man died and was told to disperse them at my will... or not.

    The Golden 39, a 1903 Colt .32 and the Remington 1858 stayed with me while the rest were spread amongst siblings.

    I was - as far as I know - the first to scope the 39 and fairly promptly removed the scope as it was truly, boringly (pun intended) accurate.

    I have some very special .22s but I don't think that I can shoot any of them significantly more accurately than I can that Marlin.

    Todd.
     
  16. Offfhand

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    Will this relic qualify me for the 39 Club? DSC_0624.JPG DSC_0621.JPG DSC_0631.JPG
     
  17. LaneP

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    Yea I like it better without the scope but my eyes don’t work too well
     
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    I bought my Marlin 39A NIB in 1963 from a store called Davids in Wichita Ks. I was 20 yrs old and it was the first gun I ever bought, with my own money. I have bought several nice 22`s in both Revolvers, Pistols, & Rifles over the years but my 39A is still one of my all time favorites. It still looks and shoots and as good as when it was brand new. I have hunted with it all over the US and have shot it 1000`s of times. And I have carried it 100`s of miles hunting or just out walking along the rivers & streams plinking. I have never had the slightest problem with my Old 39A. And I have always been extremely proud to carry my Old 39A with anybody I was hunting or shooting with. And I still feel that way, even after all these years. ((( IMHO ))) You would be hard pressed to buy a better 22lr rifle than a Marlin 39A. I am 76 yrs old now and I shot my 39A last week, hunting some problem armadillos, and like always it made me proud.
    ken
     
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  20. Xrperry

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    I wouldn’t trade my 39a for 10- 10-22s. Not that there’s anything wrong with them, i owned a few, but I will keep the marlin
     
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    A pic of the family's *well-loved* Golden 39. I never fault it for the honest surface rusting where it has been carried countless times for so many great and varied activities.
    One of our favorite uses which was a little hard on 'er was taking along fishing and sinking the old steel cans or shooting knots on driftwood. Using the old Eley tenex and that long barrel was over half-way to a suppressor.
    It's with our old Levermatic .22mag and a 1895 that I traded our original .30-30 for. Got a Model 60 in the safe too. The only 10/22 I ever needed.
    The 39 has a great DW King rear sight. Big deal for a kid back then.

    Todd.
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  22. kimberkid

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    I've had a couple 39's and 39a's but someone always wanted them worse than I did except for my Franken-lin or maybe its a Mar-Frank-lin ... started out as a 39a, then someone left it between the furnace and a water heater for about 30 years and the barrel turned into a sewer pipe that you couldn't even see through ... basically the receiver and back is 39a while the front end is a 39.

    Bought it at a garage sale in for $50, thinking I'd rebarrel it someday but it got stuck in a corner and forgotten for a few years. Then I was perusing the gun parts on eBay (before they banned gun parts) and found an octogenarian Century barrel ... the 39a hand guard didn't fit and another year or so later Numrich had som new manufacturer 39 hand guards, end caps and feedtube ... then refinished the wood. Actual cash, I've got almost $250 in it!

    The bad a thing about it is, unfortunately, unless I operate the lever pretty quickly it jambs. I like it anyway ...
    ... the cool thing is, my grandson has already asked me if he could have it some day (he was 6 at the time) but it felt really good to hear it.

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    It's not the first time I've posted this ... but the last time was at least a couple years ago.
     
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  23. Xrperry

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    My mag tube is loose on the barrel of my 39a. Looks like the loop is dovetails into the barrel.whats a good fix?
     
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