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    Model 39 with model 1897 magazine tube latch issues

    I have a Marlin Model 39 with an early Model 1897 magazine latch. It does not seem to latch all the way, it starts to activate the latch but the tube is about 3/16s of an inch away from seating completely. My question is this, is it possible that someone has taken this apart and reassembled it mirror image reversed? The reason I ask is the latch is on the right side of the tube, looking at the muzzle of the rifle, most of the pictures of this type of magazine tube show the latch on the left side, facing the muzzle. It appears that the inside of the end cap is hitting the tip of the hook located on the magazine connection post holding the magazine to the barrel dovetail. I am thinking both the end cap/latch and the hook need to be reversed?

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    It should be on the right side of the gun. (left if you're looking down the muzzle) If it's on the wrong side I don't see that causing it not to work, but they might have made other mistakes in assembly or repair at the same time.
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    Are 1897 and model 39 tube magazine parts even interchangeable?

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    gunscrewguy,
    I posted on my other thread, the first batch of 39s had left over parts from 1897s installed, this is one of those guns!

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    marlinman93,

    Thanks, I suspected it might be assembled wrong, I will break it down and see if it can be reversed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunscrewguy View Post
    Are 1897 and model 39 tube magazine parts even interchangeable?
    As OP mentioned the first Model 39 Marlins used the same tube as the 1897. But later tube assemblies can be used either way to fit a 1897, or vice versa. Of course the later swap would require the whole inner/outer tube assembly.
    These old magazines have become very hard to find, especially in good working order! Those who have them for sale are getting huge money for a good assembly! Wisners sells a kit to retrofit a later 39a style tube assembly to these old guns, and it works very well! Doesn't look proper for the collector firearm, but to get an old Marlin shooting again they're a great option!
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    marlinman93, thanks for the tip, I may check them out. Thanks again.

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    Hey fella's! I'm new to the Marlin Owners Forum so be gentle with me.

    I have the option to buy a Model 39 with serial number 18xx which is marked on the belly of the gun. Everything about it seems correct except the barrel length which is 21"......everything I've seen and read says 24" is the only lenght they made. The muzzle has a beveled crown that was left in the white. The owner said he bought it at a gunshow in 1951 as a used gun. It would be a real sweetheart if it were dead right. He wants nearly 2K for it. What do you think?

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    I think the barrel is chopped. If it was closer to 24" I'd say it might be mis-measured. But 21" would be wrong for any old Marlin, as it's not a length ever used. At $2,000 a 39 better be minty, and unmessed with!
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    If I could figure out how to add pictures I'd give you a peek. It looks so right and nice........downright sexy. Did Marlin make special order guns?


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