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Old 11-08-2013, 07:19 AM   #1
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Marlin 39A

I used to have a Marlin 39M and loved it. Ever since I sold it, I wished I had it back. Good used ones are going for about $700 now and that's a little rich for my blood. Awhile back, I bought a used Marlin 39A. Technically, it's a Remlin. In other words, it is one that was built after Remington bought out Marlin. Dyed-in-the-wool Marlin fans hate them. The one I got was used for Cowboy Silhouette and has had some work done on it. It has a red fiber optic front sight and a Williams Foolproof peep sight with target knobs on the rear. Someone has done a really nice trigger job on it and it shoots much better than I can shoot it. The problem is, it will only extract reliably for about 15 rounds and then cases start sticking in the chamber. If I clean it, the problem goes away for a bit. I've done a bunch of research on it on the Marlin Owners and Rimfire Central forums and it's a common problem. It could be a dinged chamber from dry firing or a rough chamber. I don't see that problem with mine. They mention a couple of other fixes that sound a little bit like voodoo and would be a last resort for me. One of the problems is that Marlin replaced their nicely made spring steel extractor for a spring that looks like a bent paperclip. Marlin no longer makes this part and other surplus parts sellers have sold their stock already. I found out there is company named Wisner's that newly manufactures them and they are reportedly better than the originals. I called them and was told they were all out, but would be manufacturing more. They said to check back in a few months. By accident, I stumbled onto an obsolete parts place who still has them in stock. I ordered one and it should be here in a couple of weeks. I hope this solves the problem. It's a pretty nice rifle, in spite of being a Remlin.
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:02 AM   #2
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I hear the horror stories about Remlins all the time. Fact is, I know some folks who have Remington made Marlins and have no issues and I've seen some that had pretty darn nice fit and finish in stores. Then, too, Marlin in the old days had their good years and bad years as far as quality control. It was a company that was on the brink of financial disaster for decades. Not all Remlins are bad and not all JM Marlins are good. You gotta be smart enough to know how to inspect a gun before buying, regardless of who made it.

I do buy JM Marlins, only, though, for sentimental reasons. My first rifle was a Marlin made Marlin and so are all my other Marlins. I want a gun that was made in New/North Haven, not New York. Just that simple. It's no put down on Remins. JM Marlins are also appreciating in value and that's another plus for them.

You can find used JM 39As, but they're getting darned expensive. Best of luck on your project.
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Thanks for the info NCG! Unfortunately, my only other Marlin lever action is a Remlin 336 .30-30. It's actually a pretty nice rifle, but did have a bit of problem when I bought it. The gun shot way too high at 50 yards even with the elevator all the way down. I don't do well with buckhorn sights anyway, so I put a Lyman Foolproof on the receiver and replaced the front blade with a taller front one. Now it shoots pretty good and shoots where I'm lookin'.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:41 AM   #4
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The 336 is a great design, whether made by Marlin or made by Remington. Now that your Remlin is shooting the way you want, you'll never wear it out.

I use peeps of one type or another on all my lever guns and couldn't be happier. If I need to reach out there far enough to need a scope, I've got plenty of scoped bolt rifles at hand. Just have more fun shooting my lever guns, though.
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I would love to have a Marlin 39 or 39A in my collection. I don't see them come up at my lgs very often.
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