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    Marlin 925m question from new user

    (My first post - a question) I recently decided that I needed a .22 magnum and found a Marlin 925m with a Tasco 3x9 40mm scope at the first pawn shop I visited. The bore was dirty, which is what I have come to expect from pawn shop guns, but overall it appeared to be in decent shape and I bought it. My first test resulted in about 40% failures to fire and 30% failure to eject. After replacing a blunted firing pin and bending the ejector wire to the proper position the second test had zero failures. And after cleaning the bore was perfect. My question concerns powder residue in the magazine well. There is quite a lot of powder residue on both sides of the magazine well. Is this normal for these rifles, or is this an indication of a headspace problem? I do not see any other obvious signs of a headspace problem.

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    Welcome from Alabama... The magnum crowd is probably gonna want to know what ammo you are using...
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    Thanks all for the warm welcome!. I am using CCI Green, but the powder residue was present when I bought the rifle so I don't know what ammo deposited the powder residue in the magazine well.
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    When you test for best grouping, try to include a box of Federal 50gr. Marlins seem to really do well with them.
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    I have two of these rifles and love them. They are very accurate and reliable. You made a good choice. I have no powder residue from Hornady .22 mag. ammo or the Winchester ammo. The prior owner may have shot cheap ammo with little or no cleaning or tried to shoot .22 rim fire as others have done. Sometimes that works, but not well.

    You can check for residue later after a good cleaning, which you probably have done.

    I wanted to buy another I found in a pawn shop when I was visiting in Florida, but the their new laws prohibit non residents from purchasing long guns there as is possible in most other states. Pity.
    Last edited by Good Shooter; 11-20-2019 at 03:11 PM.
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