marlin 39 octagon barrel

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by historicgun, Jul 8, 2011.

  1. historicgun

    historicgun New Member

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    i have aquired a marlin 39 rifle with an octagon barrel, it is in pretty good condition id say 85-90% i got it for $725 was that a bad price? it is a .22 after all but it grabbed me and i liked the look of it any advice?
     
  2. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    GREAT caution should be taken in researching this rifle BEFORE it is shot. The vast majority of these rifles were not designed for modern high speed ammo. The use of high speed ammo will result in a broken bolt. I broke 3 of these in my youth before I stated reading. No replacement parts are available. Use only standard velocity ammo in these and dont think by using shorts you can escape this fate as 22 short high spped ammo is loaded to near same chamber preasures as long rifle ammo. Some close up photos will help.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    There is a Model 39, and a 39A, etc. Details make a LOT of difference. What are ALL of the little squiggly lines called WORDS on your rifle? Pictures would be good also.
     
  4. historicgun

    historicgun New Member

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    i will get pictures as soon as possable and yes it is a 39 i called the marlin company and they say that the rifle was made in between i think 1921-1925 they dont know because of a fire but they kno its around that age and i plan on only using standard velocity rounds
     
  5. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Good plan. Anything made prior to 1960 should stick to Standard Velo or less is my rule of thumb.
    Depending on the gun, I move that up to 1968...just to factor out metal fatigue.
    I'm still using a nice 1913 Marlin-37, standard velo ammo only, and it shoots like a dream :)

    $725, would depend entirely upon condition...if its looking beautiful, enjoy :)
     
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  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater New Member

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    Does this rifle say "Octagon," on the barrel?

    I have a Marlin 39 Octagon that I bought in 1973.

    Bill
     
  7. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    Stillwater your gun was indeed built in 1973, these were a limited production. However the gun the op was refering to is an original model 39 not the newere 39A. The original 39's were designed and built before high speed ammo was invented.
     
  8. Stillwater

    Stillwater New Member

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    The origin of the Marlin 39, was the original Marlin model 1897 lever gun, in .22 LR.

    Bill