Marlin 99 M1 parts and patience

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by GrumpyPine, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. GrumpyPine

    GrumpyPine New Member

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    I picked up a Marlin 99M1 .22 rifle through GunBroker from my locally favored pawn shop a few weeks ago. I had been unable to really get my hands on it until last night due to being out of the country and all sorts of other things.

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    I had PLANNED on taking this little baby to the range tomorrow (Saturday) to give her a try, so I disassembled it to give it a good cleaning. Besides being dirty for an almost 50 year old gun, I shouldn't have been surprised to find that the buffer had completely cracked in half.

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    Needless to say that now I have to wait for the part from Numrich before I can take it out :mad: I even picked up a Simmons Mag scope to throw on it (it is missing the rear site assembly, much like most of these surviving rifles - and it costs almost as much as the gun itself!). I might look into sticking on an aftermarket part for that.
     
  2. big shrek

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    I've got a guy working on an exact copy in Brass of the 99M1 rear sight...once he's got it down to a science, they'll get offered online.
    Will post when it happens...he's also trying to make sure it doesn't bust any potential patent issues with Marlin...that'll probably take longer than making them...LOL

    I suggest along with a couple buffers, grab a couple recoil springs.

    Might as well have a few spare parts on hand, just in case the Dems get funky with gun laws again.

    Of course, the guy who sold it to you with a busted buffer, if he didn't mention it in his ad, should get a LOUSY feedback rating from you.
     

  3. huffmanite

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    I've owned a 99M1 since late 60s. Chuckle, bought it for squirrel hunting back then and it proved to be a rather good 22 for that. Still have mine and I used a buffer from Numrich to replace my broken one.....you may find the hole thru it for pin a lot larger than your original.

    You may want to avoid shooting the higher velocity 22 LR ammo they make these days in it.

    And yes, scoped my rifle when I got it and pretty sure my rear sight is stored somewhere.....just haven't seen it for many years. LOL
     
  4. GrumpyPine

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    Thanks for the heads up about the buffer & ammunition... I just ran into a bigger problem than a broken buffer. When I pulled the action apart to get the new buffer in I had a spring pop loose and now I have a few pieces out of place and I haven't the slightest idea where they go!

    I hope Numrich will automatically email me the schematic when I buy it, I don't want to wait another 7 days for them to lazily send me what I purchase. Can't take it to the range AGAIN!
     
  5. huffmanite

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    OOOOPHs on the spring....been there done that myself.

    Yep, schematic on the 99m1 will help. While similiar to the model 60 design action that replaced the 99, seems there were a number of changes in feed ramp, cartridge lifter and springs and etc. Found this out when I replaced my worn out feed ramp on mine about a year ago and sorry, can't recall where I found a schematic/diagram to help me.

    Perhaps Big Shrek can tell you where to find a schematic on internet.
     
  6. GrumpyPine

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  7. Bigdog57

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    I found a 99M1 a few years back, and scooped it up. Got lucky - it has the oft-missing rear sight. I tried it with a scope, but found it's such a light and handy 'bunny buster' for field use, I prefer the iron sights! Mine does hang up if I load the tube magazine full, but keep it to 8 rounds, it runs like a Timex!
    I once accidentally kinked the recoil spring, but it still works fine.

    I did try swapping the later Model 60 bolt and lower receiver into it - did NOT fit! So there is definitely some manufacturing differences over the years. ;)
     
  8. huffmanite

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    Big Dog57,

    Yep, the old 99M1 Marlin is light and handy. One of reasons I bought it back in 1960s for squirrel hunting, but scoped mine. With the 3-8 power (not a typo on power) Bushnell Banner it was a very deadly combination for finding the squirrels peeking at me from other side of tree trunk or tree branch. Quite a few squirrels got it right between the eyes. Still have the same scope on it. Not as clear a scope now, after over 40 years, but still good enough for target shooting I do these days.

    Brownells and Numrich sells a replacement feed ramp kit for the 99m1 and I tried the Numrich one......got it to work, but had to do some minor dremel work on it to solve a clearance problem with the original bolt block. Numrich also lists a replacement bolt block, but didnt want to invest more money in the rifle. While the new parts did not completely solve my spent brass ejection problem of them stove pipeing and brass getting stuck in action, it certainly helped.
     
  9. Mad_Dog603

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    Marlin 99 M1

    I have a Marlin 99 M1 that was gifted from an aging neighbor who had bought the gun new many years ago. As much as I appreciate the gun, it really isn't my style. I am more of a tactical gun guy. The gun I would say is in very good condition and probably wasn't used very much. It shoots well. Still has original rear sights. Never looks like it was scoped. I was looking to sell it, preferably to an enthusiast that appreciates these. Any thoughts on fair pricing or finding an enthusiast?
     
  10. GrumpyPine

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    To be honest I have seen them listed between $200-$300. Is it tube fed or magazine fed?
     
  11. Bigdog57

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    If it's in good shape, and with the OEM rear sight (so many are missing!) and with the interest these rifles generate, I would say start at $200, more if the buyer is more of a 'collector' than a shooter. That rear sight alone can represent half the value of the gun!
    These little rifles have walnut stocks too - another bonus.
     
  12. Mad_Dog603

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    Hi Grumpy.. it is tube fed.. I was thinking of taking it to a couple local gun shows.. but that can be hit or miss..
     
  13. Mad_Dog603

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    It does have the original rear site.. so I guess that is a good thing!
     
  14. chuckusaret

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    I bought a LNIB 1967 Model 99M1 and a LNIB Glenfield/Marlin Mod 60 w/scope, both had never been fired. I cleaned them up and put about 500 rounds thru both on their first trip to the range without a hicup. I got the box and the original paperwork for both guns. Seems the original owner died shortly after buying them and his wife never opened the safe until she was forced to dispose of her belongings to move into a retirement home last year.
     
  15. big shrek

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