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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-14-2019, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Marlin model 39 help

My father-in-law just passed away a month ago and I just got a Marlin 39 lever action from his gun collection.. The serial # under the lever is 3124, can anyone tell me what year is was made. I can’t find any info on it..I just gave it a good cleaning and it shoots just like new. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading..

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I`m no expert but by the low serial number ,I would say it was an early model. can`t tell you the year but good luck in your search
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from what I am finding so far, 1922 was the first year for the model 39 and the serial number would not have had a letter starting it until 1925-26. so, 1922-1925. my uneducated guess with that low of a number would be 1922, a first year production.
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I knew somebody would be able to shed some light on this, thanks blackpowder
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I have a model 39 made in the 1920s. You cannot shoot high velocity ammo in them. In 1932 the serial number was given an "HS" prefix meaning safe for high speed ammo. If you shoot anything stronger than target velocity you will crack the bolt eventually.

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I have a model 39 made in the 1920s. You cannot shoot high velocity ammo in them. In 1932 the serial number was given an "HS" prefix meaning safe for high speed ammo. If you shoot anything stronger than target velocity you will crack the bolt eventually.

found that with my Winchester low wall and my little stevens. 1000fps or under works well in both. the low wall gun is shorts only and shoots CCI CB shorts real well.
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Thanks fellas, I forgot to mention that it has an Octagon barrel, don’t know if that helps with the year or not. It was one of the last guns on his gun rack and nobody else wanted it. So I told my wife to put my name on it. Also got his Remington 700 BDL in 30-06 cal. Not a scratch on it.
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I think you got the best ones
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Stuffer , sounds like you have a very special wife there.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-15-2019, 05:33 AM
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blackpowder ,where or how did you find your information out at . is there a website someone can go to find that information out. thanks
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