A buddy of mine lent me his 1973 Marlin 39A Mountie to take to the range. Can I use high velocity ammo with it? I plan to use CCI mini-mag, Velocitor, maybe some Stingers. Any idea where I can get info regarding older rifles and newer types of ammo? Thanks!
Made in 1973, it should be fine. Pre WWI models should not be fed high velocity ammo
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1973?? "Older rifle"?? Godamighty!! I got socks older than that.
If in good order and clean your 39A is safe in any 22RF ammo made today.Though I dought you'll see top accuracy out of the hyper velocity ammo you mentioned.I never could in any .22.
Not nearly old enough to have structural problems with HV ammo. Doesn't mean it'll shoot them accurately, though... Like the other poster said, it's the early guns prior to the 39A that will have problems. Try out some standard velocity ammo as well, though.
God, I feel antique when '73 is considered "old".
Brophy's book is the definitive work on Marlins, shows what the 39 bolts looked like before and after high-velocity manufacturing mods.
Have fun! You'll want one of your own when you finish.
Ain't that the truth!God, I feel antique when '73 is considered "old".
And I bought my first Marlin in 1964!!
I thought my '51 39A was just middle aged!
My Dad once said "1973? I've got hemorrhoids older than that."
Now Hypervelocity ammo should be avoided on principle. It's expensive and inaccurate. The worst of both worlds. Oh and it also is very hard on your recoil buffer (which can be upgraded), so make that all three worlds.
Costco should sell bullets in those bins, like walnuts. Or you could buy two five gallon buckets of bullets, shrink-wrapped together.
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