Please give me the good , bad and ugly about this gun. I know of one for sale that is 99% and possibly unfired
Believed to be an early one w/original box.
Everyone who has/had one seems to like them. Scroll down and check out the various threads on them. Most recomment installing a new bolt buffer and recoil spring, and do not use plus-P loads.
Gotta Love Them Marlins!
I will give my two cents...
1. It's a lot of fun to shoot
2. Only factory ammo cheaper than 9mm is 22LR
3. Real mild recoil
4. Because it's a blow back design, it's more of a pain to clean
5. It's not a long range rifle so forget shooting it beyond 100 yards
6. Stock rear leaf sight and front post are hard for old eyes to line up
7. Mount a red dot scope and it's a joy to shoot
8. Don't forget to install a new buffer and new spring as mentioned elsewhere
9. Stick to magazines that have 20 rounds or less to avoid feed problems
10. Only use Hoppe #9 instead of other bore cleaners that can melt the plastic
11. Can still order parts from Marlin Firearms Parts
12. Did I mention that it's a lot of fun to shoot?
What Software said for the Pros.
Stock tends to crack just behind the receiver. Chance of this is greatly reduced by aftermarket buffers (Blackjack) and upping the recoil spring to the 17lb Wolff.
Getting the things back together isn't always the funnest experience, depending how far you had to break it down.
Choate makes a folding composite stock for them.
Stay with stock S&W 59/69 magazines or the MecGar versions only. The 20rnd'ers are especially fun.
Throw on a rail and a red-dot for WAY too much fun. Aluminum cans beware!
Keep an extra buffer in your parts drawer.
I know a guy that has one for sale for $425.. but that sounds a little high.. is it?
"A gun is a tool, Marion, no better or no worse than any other tool, an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that." - Shane
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No. $425 is about average to low-average if it's in good shape. Plenty of Marlin-ites would jump on it for that price.
I don't know that I would use Hoppes #9 when cleaning a Camp 9. It's a pretty harsh cleaner. I used Breakfree CLP on everything and it works fine. No chance of messing up the plastic.
When I bought my Camp 9, I looked on the internet and downloaded everything I could find about cleaning it. It's pretty easy to take apart. Have not tackled the trigger assembly yet.
And be sure and take heed of these guy's advice - replace that buffer and spring.
I agree with software 100% one of my favorite rifles
The stocks have been known to crack but changing buffer and spring
fixes that get one and have a ton of fun
I have been looking to ad one of these to the collection, maybe someday.
Give me liberty, or I will get up and get it myself!
they're a good, handy quick handling carbine, good for H-D or around the estate protection and not bad for a BOG either.
replace the buffer and spring.