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Well folks, up here in Toronto Ontario Canada it is impossible to find an older Marlin 39A and as such I have the chance to get a brand new one for $538.00

I would like to know if anyone has encountered problems with the new ones since the factory has moved.

I know there are alot of rumours around about quality control but I want to hear som real stories.

Are the new Marlin 39A's being made now of the same quality as the older ones.

I am only talking the 39A model as that is the one that I am looking for.

Let me know about the issues you or your friends have encountered or let me know good things as well.

Bill
 

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I do not believe any "New" 39A's made after the move have shown up on the market yet. If the gun has a JM proof mark on the left side of the barrel it is a North Haven Marlin. A REP proof on the right side of the barrel is a new Remington Ilion Marlin.
 

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I saw a Remlington model 60 at the gun range yesterday.

It was in a camo stock, and did not have a "JM" proofmark.

It looked OK to me. in the short time i had it in my hands I didn't notice anything weird or wrong about it.

I didn't get to shoot it, but it looked just like every other model 60 I ever saw.

The "Composite" stock with the camo dip looked like all the other Remington stuff.

I'm betting it would knock a squirrel out of a tree just fine.
 

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Marlin made some bad moves with the 39A long before they went to Remington. The newer ones are okay but the older ones are great. If you can find one made in the 60s, 70s, or 80s, then I would rather pay $550 for it instead of $538 for a new one. They are just better guns but that is my opinion but it is based on owning several of them over the years. The one I have right now is a 1965 model and I gave as much for it as a new one would have cost but it is in perfect near new condition.
 

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I have two new model 39As. I am north of Toronto (in Barrie) and paid 595.00 I have no problems with them. I know that because we live north of the border, you may spend the rest of your life finding an older one in excellent condition. There just are no pawn shops that sell guns and not as many gun stores. I would buy the gun you have found new. They are a great gun.
 

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I have the chance to get an older 1978 Marlin 39A golden that is minty for $595.00 US and then have to go through all the brokerage headaches to get the gun into Canada. On top of the gun price there will be 13% HST tax (Government Harmonized Sales Tax) and then the brokerage, shipping, and gun dealer prices of which I am still checking into.

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I can purchase a brand new one at Le Barons for $538.00. They have a no sales tax event going on so that will be the total price. By buying new it will have the cross bolt safety that everyone seems to be hung up on, and is a new gun. But it will have a "warranty" that the other gun does not have.

I guess it will be better to buy the new one and always keep my eyes open for a used one up here in Canada as it seems bringing in one from the US will double the price of the gun.

Any thoughts guys. Bill
 

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Elwood Epps has a used one listed in very good condition for 629.00. Check their web site. My opinion is to go to Lebarons and take a look at a new one. I don't have a problem with the cross bolt safety. Just my opinion.
 

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I'd go with the new one. As you say, you have a warranty. Any minor issues can be easily remedied without sending it to Marlin. Can you look it over before buying? I won't buy a firearm without handling it, but you may not have that option.
I have an '08 39A and my only problem was a broken extractor, which probably was my fault because I adjusted it.
Best of luck with your purchase choice.
 

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I have a 2007 39A (serial # starts with 93).

It's been a great little rifle. Zero problems for the first 4000 rounds or so. The little 'fixes' are so minor and take so little time, just buy the new one.

I replaced the factory extractor with a Wisners just as preventative maintenance.

After 4000+ rounds I started to occasionally get a FTF (failure to fire).
I did the firing pin mod.

Still had an occasional FTF.

So I did the 'Rebounding Hammer Delete' experiment.
She has not had ONE hiccup or FTF since.

If I sat down with a new 39A and did these mods to it, I would be done in 30 minutes, max!

Check to wood to metal fit - the metal to metal fit of the receiver halves.


Then - BUY IT!!!

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What is a "Rebound Hammer Delete" experiment.

I have no idea what you are talking about.

Anyway you cut it, unless the new one appears to have some obvious flaws in it I will buy the new one since it has a warranty.

I am pretty handy at fixing things but would like to know what are the general problems that occur with the Marling 39A. Always better to know ahead of time.

Thanks for the info.

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If the new one is all you can get then it is better than not owning a 39A. As you can see from the other posts they are already telling you how to fix your NEW rifle. A new rifle should not have to be fixed but that is just the way things are these days. An older Marlin (20 - 30years old) won't have to be repaired. They will have been shot 1000s of times and still have the same extractor and ejector and will not have a rebounding hammer that you have to file away and not require you to do anything but clean it and shoot it. I understand the problem you have with buying an older one. Just get the new one, make the repairs to it, and keep your eyes open for an older model. Good luck and enjoy it once you get it. They are great rifles and will shoot with any .22 rifle made. They will out shoot most target rifles.
 

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Well guys:

I received a call today that the 39A was shipped from the Montreal store to the Toronto store so I went to have a look at it. I was told that they could not release it today as they needed to change some paperwork with our gun offices.

Anyway, I went to look at the gun anyway even though I would not be able to buy it until tomorrow.

What a dissappointment:

The gun had a slight scratch in the stock (sitting on a rack I guess), but the worst of it was the fit of the wood stock to the receiver. There was 1/8" of daylight shining through at the bottom near the trigger section. The fit was close near the hammer but the stock had been cut on an angle and there was this gap in it.

The wood was actually really nice wood though.

There were no markings on the barrel (JM or Remington). The stock can be fixed but I will pass on it unless they decide to give me a big discount on it.
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See the words new marlin,disapointed and warranty alot on here.And it sure is a sad thing. Seems like high pricess for the older ones .But things are a little cheaper down here,buying and trading among friends like we do,has its rewards. If I buy something mint its not mint for long ;)To me mint, means ment to be be used. The older ones are better.IMO anyway, Gunrunner,,
 

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Well I finally received more info on bringing in a Marlin 39A from the USA to Canada. The gun to purchase was $595.00 but I would have to go through a broker.

When I contacted the broker (really nice guy and very informative) he told me that this gun required a permit to do this. $200.00 for permit. His fees were going to be $200.00 and then the shipping $75 - $100 to get it to me.

Thus the gun now goes up to a whopping $1095.00 US.

This is also not in the game for me. I guess I will have to wait until I find an older one up here or until another new one comes in and it is finished better.

I will keep everyone posted on this topic.

Regards and thanks for the info. Bill :-\
 

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Man that is highway robbery. Are all those fees taxes? For that amount you could drive across the border to the US pick one up and carry it back with you. Would that be against the law? Why do they charge more for one coming out of country than they do for one in country?
 

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You just can't drive accross the border and get a weapon from the US. First of all the USA wants to keep track of their firearms, and the Canadian Gov't wants to know what guns are coming into the country.

I have no problem with this, but the fees that I was given were from the US side in order for the rifle to leave the U.S.

No big deal, this is not the first time that things like this happen to the folks up north of the border. A fact of life.

I will keep searching.

Regards Bill
 

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My Sergeant moved back to Winnipeg. He didn't want to go through the hassle, so he sold all of his firearms.
I picked up a really nice 10/22T and a pristine little Jennings .22 from him.
One of my friends bought a Rem 700 CDL 30/06 that didn't even have 20 rounds through it.

We scored, but I still think it was a shame for him to have to do that.
 

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Hope you find one soon. A older one that shoots clover leafs ;) Keep us posted.
 
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