Old 1958 Marlin 81 won't fire

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by beerbrewer2000, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. beerbrewer2000

    beerbrewer2000 New Member

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    Hi! I'm new here and did a search but haven't turned up anything to help with my problem. I've got an old (1958) Marlin model 81 .22 S/L/LR manufactured for Sears with the J.C. Higgins brand. It was my first rifle, bought for me by my dad. Anyway, I pulled it out the other day to fire it after it had been unused for a few years, and it won't fire.

    There's no indentation on .22LR bullet rims, which tells me there's a firing pin problem. But since the rifle fired previously, I'm trying to figure out what could be wrong.

    Anyone got any suggestions or ideas? I sure would appreciate any help. This little bolt action rifle was always dead-on accurate, so I'd really like to get it firing again.

    Cheers!

    Craig
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, in order of diminishing likelihood-

    Firing pin spring broke- no "click"

    firing pin is seized due to rust/crud/peanut butter

    Firing pin broke

    Sear is not catching striker when bolt is closed, allowing striker to "ride down" as bolt closes. No "click" when trigger is pulled. May be due to broken spring, worn parts, or rust/crud/peanut butter.

    Aliens stole your rifle, and replaced it with a life form that imitates the shape of your rifle. One night it will eat your dog, pee on the rug, and reprogram your VCR. Then leave.
     
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  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Um- You DID check that no one has removed the FP for safety reasons, and that the safety on the rifle is OFF?
     
  4. mrt8110

    mrt8110 New Member

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    marlin 81

    C3shooter said it all!:D
     
  5. beerbrewer2000

    beerbrewer2000 New Member

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    Thanks, C3, for the reply. I'll check in that order. I'm pretty sure the final item doesn't apply, though, since I've got the house covered with a tin foil pyramid.
     
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  6. beerbrewer2000

    beerbrewer2000 New Member

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    It seems like the crud/peanut butter option could be the easiest to check first. Would it be effective to just remove the entire bolt and let it soak overnight in solvent?
     
  7. SteveK

    SteveK New Member

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    Get in touch with Marlin and they will send you a copy of you rifle/or possibly tell you what the problem is. Have you tried giving it a good cleaning? Could be just gummed up.
     
  8. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    This would be the easiest to do first. If you have some Kroil, use that.