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    39A octagon question

    So, I have been intrigued with these rifles, apparently only built in '73 using left over barrels from the Century production.
    I particularly like 24" barrels for offhand shooting (particularly MARLINS), which piques my interest!
    Any that I have found seem to be in polished blue, but has anyone ever seen one in a Case hardened receiver?
    Thanks for any input on this guys,
    Denny
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    No, a factory-correct 1973 39A Octagon would not have a case colored receiver.
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    Thanks Backtobethel,
    I think that what I am looking at is a 1920's 39 rather than a '73 39A octagon. It has a "S" prefix serial number.
    Somewhere, I think that I remember that an HS prefix meant that it was OK for high velocity ammo, but not sure about the plain S prefix.
    Would you or anyone else know?
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    I have a 39a Cowboy with the octagon barrel. Got it fairly beat up, but in shootable condition and I'm thinking of having it color case finished and upgraded with a nice figure Treebone stock. Works great for the levergun silhouette matches.
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    I have a ~1925 39 octagon barrel, case color receiver, serial S138x .
    couple 39's

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    Thanks guys,
    This started as I had heard someone mention that they made a 24" bbl octagon model 39 (Cowboy?) & thought that would be great for Cowboy lever silhouette .22.
    After a little research, I found that they did make them, but are somewhat rare & expensive and have the cross bolt safety on them. Then I discovered the model 39, (no "A").
    I found a used copy of Brophy's book & it came today. Great book & fun reading. As it is, I'm a little more educated now & figured out the difference between the recent models & a 1920's-'30's vintage 39 with the case hardened receiver.
    The end of the story is the one I found is coming in tomorrow & I feel like it is Christmas Eve!

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    And welcome from Idaho Shootin-blanks! I don't know the serial number yet, but it is also a "S" with a Star, so likely a close cousin to yours!
    So How does it shoot & do you have a photo??
    I have been reading in Brophy's that starting with the model 39, Marlin cut out most of the custom order stuff & started standardizing more. I guess that is why you only find 24" barrels on them for an example. (though I think you could get premium wood, engraving, checkering & upgraded sights).


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