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Great deal on your 39A!!
I'm not sure that the hammer wasn't changed out at some point in the past. I don't remember a 57 or 58 having the relief cut for the hammer spur.
Either way it's a great find.
Good catch. I was comparing it to my 1950 last night looking for differences, missed that. The roll mark, lack of tang d+t, d+t for scope, Pistol grip cap with white spacer and much thinner wood on the 1957 were different. Curious when they changed the hammer, is it possible it was around 57-58? I also saw where the R prefix could be 1958. Mine is in the 20k range R prefix. Whoever owned it was definitely was hard on the screws. And the crown indicates heavy firing. Curious how she’ll shoot.
 

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Great deal. I saw a 39A in decent but not great shape a couple of days ago at a pawn shop and it was $450. I thought that was a good price.
I paid $475 for one (1968) at an estate auction last year and was happy.
My other one I paid $125 for but that was in the late 80s.
 

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Hi Old Grey Beard - I also took a punt on a used marlin at a discounted price because it had a bit if surface rust. Same result as you - a bit of brass wool and some hoppes no. 9 it 100% came away and no pitting and perfect bluing. I did however remove the butt stock and fore stock to find there was rust developing on the inside of the tang and on the trigger spring assembly. This area also cleaned up perfectly but could have been easily missed and developed into an ugly situation. So if you have not already done so might be worth removing the wood bits to check the covered metal surfaces for surface rust.
 
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I did take it completely down. Real clean under the wood. There is slight pitting on the rcvr when I looked with a magnifier.
Rifle is growing on me, love the plum barrel when it’s in the sunlight. Can’t wait to shoot it tomorrow.
The rear sight on this rifle is different than my 1950, much better sight picture with my old eyes.
 

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Range report! We need it some kind of bad. How did it shoot?
 

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Shot great! Shot a bunch of 1.5” groups at 40yds. Put 5 shots in one hole at 20 yds.
And it handles great, some rifles just feel right, this one does. It’s a keeper!

Also the hammer should be correct, saw several 1958 M39a's online which do have the hammer grooved for a extension. Don't know when they transitioned but should have been in the 1957-1958 time period when the began to d/t for scopes.
 

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I'd a bought it even though I had one at that price. I paid $550 for mine.
 

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My '57 is a P, I think R is '57/58...I could be wrong...
 

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Handsome shootin' iron. And, yes, you stole it. Good on you!
 

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At $250 you flat stole that piece. NEVER use steel wool. For rust removal get yourself some brass wool which is far less aggressive but will take the rust off of a firearm~!
 

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A great rifle at a great price, congrats!
 
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