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    Marlin 39A, 1951 "Peanut" ?

    Okay here is my question. I have run on to a Marlin 39A "H"code "Peanut" rifle. Original finish. The stock looks very nice and the bluing I would say is 85%. Been told the bore is perfect? Missing front site hood.I do not know if the brass peanut has been engraved or not? I have only seen pictures of the rifle from its side. Guy is local asking $475.00 for it. Is that a good price on a Marlin "peanut" rifle?

    Also should I expect that it would be factory drilled and tapped either on the receiver or on the barrel? Anything else I should know about one of these? Please advise as I am barley familiar with the peanut rifle. Thanks all.
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    yes............I'd buy it at that price.......did some research on it......on line pic shown

    had never heard of one.........1951 mfg........I have five 39's.......

    this one would make six........

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    Sounds like a fair price for any nice Marlin 39 to me.

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    Dang, if you decide to pass on it, let me know. I have been looking for a 1951 Marlin for a while. You should buy if it functions as it should. Congrats.
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    Okay...Update. I just talked to the guy on the Marlin "peanut". I also got more & better pictures from him on it. The bluing as I said before looks to be 80-85% from the pictures.Edge wear on the receiver and the muzzle crown and edges. Now I have some more questions for you all. The screws that hold the butt plate on and the pistol grip cap(peanut) are flat head, not Phillips head. Is this correct? Also it does not have a gold trigger? Is this correct? He also indicated that the reciever is NOT drilled and tapped? Is this correct? The brass peanut is NOT engraved (which from what I have read is a good thing?). I am supposed to look at it this weekend. Any help,guidance, answer to my above questions will be GREATLY appreciated. i just want to know what to look for before I meet with him this weekend. Thanks for your help folks.

    He did indicated it does not like hollow points?
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    I had a 52, It was not drilled on the top for a scope and it had a blued trigger. I got more than close to 600 in a trade for a like new 1894.357 and mine had a reblued barrel, I would buy almost any 39a for 475 in decent condition.
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    buy it, enjoy it and never look back
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    475 is a great price for a peanut if it is in good shape, I paid 600 for mine 3 years ago in excellent shape.
    I wouldn't pass it up, not at today's prices. Regular 39a's are going for above 475. A 51 peanut is very collectable and many want one in their collection.
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    if it looks good buy it, you wont regret it
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    475 for a "Peanut" in the condition described would be a good buy in my area. You are getting a variation seldom seen for sale and also a Ballard barrel rifle which I prefer over Micro-groove. The peanut not being engraved is a plus. If it is drilled on top of the receiver or the side of the barrel it didn't come factory but could have been sent back to Marlin and drilled at the factory. They drilled them for very low prices back then and done a great job.
    The only thing better than a "Peanut" 39A is two of them.


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