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I have obtained a 1960 39a which was being deposed of by a gun dealer as scrap .I put a offer in to the solicitors dealing with the estate of previous deceased owner they accepted 20 gbr apx $36 usd .
After a 2 month wait I have my licence back and am allowed to purchase .

The Rifle was black with dust and dirt and the furniture was black with grim and oil stains .
The rifles metal work is devoid of any Blue .The butt plate was cracked and topping a layer of rubber to lengthen .The fore sight blade missing and the scope rail snapped into two parts. The inside of the butt a crude poorly done of what can only be described as a a Onion with some initials craved.

My first job was to strip and inspect and clean -not cleaned for years and some carbon needed removing and grease where over oiled and attracted dust.
Found working parts in good condition.I cleaned the rifle and took to the range and she fired 50 rds with no problems nice strike on the cartridge and a very keen ejection -the action was smooth .
I decided that as the gun is 51 years old would not replace the wood work just to remove old hand /oil staines but will need to reblue . I want the rifle to look her age in a nice sort of way .
She is a fantastic rifle to fire -other club members are in awe -New Marlins 39a in the UK are very expensive over 750 pounds GBR OR $1200 usd and the club is full of CZs and 10/22s :)
 

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It's about time the club got a 39A.
 

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breathing life into a dead rifle...great job! Would love to see some pictures if possible. Cheers.
 

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sounds like a great find,it would be great to see before and after pictures. 8) ;D ;D
 

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Wererabbit,

Congrats on your Marlin 39A rifle! Have fun shooting her and may she serve you well. Your fellow members at your gun club must be drooling over your rifle. :)

Take care of yourself and think 'spring'. Spring is supposed to be here on Sunday but it does not seem like it here in Western Montana. It was snowing in the mountains over by Seeley Lake on Saturday.

Cate
 

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Catherine said:
Wererabbit,

Congrats on your Marlin 39A rifle! Have fun shooting her and may she serve you well. Your fellow members at your gun club must be drooling over your rifle. :)

Take care of yourself and think 'spring'. Spring is supposed to be here on Sunday but it does not seem like it here in Western Montana. It was snowing in the mountains over by Seeley Lake on Saturday.

Cate
Spring! what...I still have snow in my yard from November 11th. ;D ;D ;D
 

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Spring is nearly here -daffodils are up in my garden and so are the Snow drops .My pond is alive with frogs and frog spawn .I believe 21st March is the official first day.
I have just cut the grass on the lawn and tidied up ..

The Urban foxs will soon be having cubs we have quite a few around here -they are very bold and will get though the cat flap ..
Early in the mornings can be seen trotting do the pavement like they own the place.
They are not hunted in the suburbs
 

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That sounds like a fun project. The nice thing is even if you botch it up, you're not out much.
Nice find! Now let's see some pics: befere and after if possible.
 

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Here are some pictures wererabbit sent to me of his 39A.


 

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That is a nice looking rifle and will be a fun project. 8) 8)
 

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I think your right about wood. I also think that a reblue is a great idea. Some collectors have issues and rightly so but a reblue on yours I would do also. I'll bet you refinish stock after you see how nice the newly blued rifle looks. Should be good for another 60 or so.
Keith
 
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