After a good nights sleep and thinking about the post you made to me, and how I responded to it, I realize I have basically come to your forum and pooped in it.
For that I apologize.
I'm new here, and I wish to become a valued member of this forum., a member who in time might actually gain enough knowledge about the Marlin 39 rifle to have something to contribute to other new members.
But for now, it's obvious I know very little about 39's, and in my effort to be helpful I spread bad, and confusing, information about how my Century Limited breaks down for cleaning.
In my old age it seems more and more I am prone to run my mouth before putting my brain in gear, but truthfully I think it's a part of my character that just isn't going away.. I'll work on it, but I'm afraid it's a terminal fault of mine.
In the meantime, I do sincerely apologize to you personally for taking offense at your post, where none was intended, and I also apologize to other forum members who read my responses to you.. I didn't come here to be a pain in the butt, I came to enjoy the interaction between other folks like myself who love and appreciate the fine Marlin 39 for the fantastic rimfire rifle it is.
Another member has suggested to me that perhaps the older39's break down easier if the hammer is on half cock (on the pre-rebounding hammer rifles), but as with the 2nd screw business, I'm just repeating what I was told.
Since you are experienced, and trained as a Marlin 39 "trouble shooter", "problem solver" I would appreciate it if you would clear up that little suggestion for me too.
Again Tom, my sincere apology to you for my comments..