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Hi all.

Im from New zealand, Love reading this forum - really helpful guys on here and tons of good quality info.

My 308mxlr is having a misfiring problem, and no gunsmith in new zealand has a head space gauge. Anyone know where I can buy them from?

The gunsmith also thinks the trigger isn't able to be lightened, i would like a 3.5lbs trigger pull, maybe 3lbs anyone know of a good trigger kit I could buy?

If anyone has any 2nd hand parts and are willing to ship to new zealand I'm happy to pay via pay pal.

Thanks for your help,

Rm
 

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Wild West Guns have the Wild West Marlin trigger happy kit. I installed one on my 336 - 35 Remington and it worked great. It brought it down to about 3.25 lbs. I'm not sure if they have them for the 308. You can check directly with them or at midwayusa.com, cabelas.com and even gunbroker. I don't know about the head space gauge. Good luck.
 

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Check out the reference library on the forum here at Marlin Owners all the info you need to work on your trigger is there. As far as the head space gauge you try Midway or Brownells
 

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Hey RM! it you don't mind me asking what are the first two numbers of your serial number? just curious. and this weekend I had the good fortune to meet a Kid at the shooting range here in eastern Washington state as He was visiting his grandfather that lives here. so I asked him a little about hunting in NZ and He told me that guns in Nz were Illegal and that he hunted hogs with a knife, so I was just wondering if guns were illegal then why do I see so many Aussie's and NZ's that own guns on this site. Not trying to stir the pot but just wondering what the law on guns was In New Zealand. Thanks Dennis
 

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stykbow57 said:
Hey RM! it you don't mind me asking what are the first two numbers of your serial number? just curious. and this weekend I had the good fortune to meet a Kid at the shooting range here in eastern Washington state as He was visiting his grandfather that lives here. so I asked him a little about hunting in NZ and He told me that guns in Nz were Illegal and that he hunted hogs with a knife, so I was just wondering if guns were illegal then why do I see so many Aussie's and NZ's that own guns on this site. Not trying to stir the pot but just wondering what the law on guns was In New Zealand. Thanks Dennis
I'll check the numbers later on this afternoon for ya, but I think that kid was smoking the pot, rather than stiring it!

The gun laws in NZ are really good and work very well. Gun ownership requires a firearm license from the NZ police. This is easy to obtain, you go to a seminar about gun safety and sit a very easy test on gun safety and the gun laws in NZ. You also have to have your gun storage inspected by the police and provide two references that will get interviewed by the police (he comes to their house) very relaxed.

The gun storage requirements are dependent on the license type.

The typical A class lets you own rifles and shotguns (only limit is semiautomatic can not hold more than 7 rounds, and no full automatic weapons at all) A class has very relaxed gun storage, I just have a simple metal rack bolted to the wall, basically just have to have the weapons locked up. (note it must be locked to a wall etc, not able to pick up)

The pistol class (i think is B class) lets you own pistols, but you need to have a gun safe bolted to the foundation / wall studs and be part of a pistol club and shoot the pistol 12 times a year at a club. (not 100% on the 12 times a year, it might be 6 times).

The collector class C lets you collect all types of firearm (full auto etc) but you are not allowed to fire them (i know weird huh?)

Then you can get you MSSA (military style semi automatic) exemption which I think is on a rifle by rifle basis where you can own military rifles but not full automatics, no limit on magazine capacity.

You're not allowed to conseal weapons, but you are allowed to carry if you have legitimate purpose (going to a gun range/hunting/gun shop etc). In NZ self defense is not a legitimate purpose.

Hope that makes sence, there are more rules but that's the basic lowdown.
 

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I installed the Wild West Happy Trigger Kit on my 308MX back in 2008. It makes for one VERY SMOOTH trigger that is adjustable. I have mine adjusted to right at 3 pounds. The kit was under a hundred dollars and it was very easy to install. I had never done anything like that before and it was not bad to do at all. It took me less than thirty minutes and oh boy what a change. There is a tutorial with pictures that shows you exactly what to do. I believe the tutorial was in this forum.
http://128.171.62.162/hawthorn-engineering/thr/WW_trigger.pdf This is the tutorial that I used to install my trigger kit.
 

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Thanks for the reply, Looks like i'll get a trigger and headspace gauge from midway.

unfortunatly for me, my marlin is a 92XXXX serial number :(
 

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Renegade Master! Thanks for the reply, as it shed a little light on Your Country for us. I have always wanted to visit New Zealand.Dennis
 

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It's well worth a visit!

If you've got some money, there are plenty of hunting guides down here that make for an amazing hunting trip. But there are plenty of free hunting areas (but very hard to get a deer on without local knowledge - i'm still get to get a free deer!)
 

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Renegade,
You most certainly can do a trigger job on your MXLR ( mine is at 2.2 pounds ) and very easy to do. Makes me wonder about the advise a "gunsmith" gave you. Do some research in the gunsmith section very easy just take your time and figure that you will be doing dis assembly /reassembly a few times to see where poundage is at . After 7 or 8 you can do them in your sleep w/ only 1 dis assembly ;D
Fine stone and polishing stone , GO SLOW , easy- peasy
 
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