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Old 02-28-2019, 07:49 PM
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Will be 67 in a few days. Getting more apparent that getting old isn't for wimps. Have had 3 eye surgeries and a knee surgery. Love my Marlin Golden 39A that I bought new in 1973. I have a Leopold 2X7 rimfire mounted.

Have several centerfire rifles with iron sights and more with scopes. However shooting a squirrel in the head or just behind the shoulders requires a crosshair and sufficient magnification to make a non-wounding shot. I owe the squirrel that much.
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Old 03-24-2019, 12:12 PM
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My 51 peanut is not scoped
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:15 AM
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Have a '57 39A with no scope. That may change soon, as my 68 year old eyes aren't what they used to be. Sure like those 39A's tho.
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Old 04-05-2019, 05:57 PM
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Leupold 4X

Bought this 1967 39a 7 years ago from a friend who had a stroke, bought a few other 20190405_182447.jpg

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20190405_182516.jpgfirearms too. Cleaned it up and put it away. In the last 4 months the 39bug bit me and bit me hard. Shot it yesterday for the first time. Don't like the rear sight so I put on a scope, hood too.Super nice shooting rifle.
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Old 04-06-2019, 12:48 PM
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We shoot 22 silhouette through the summer rotating through open sight, scoped and handgun. Just mounted a Williams FP and a Lyman globe on my 39a to use as my open sight rifle.
Helps control my urge to put a scope on her
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Old 04-06-2019, 02:07 PM
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A .22 rimfire has a maximum effective range of 75 to 100 yards. And on small game animals that is even stretching it on anything but a dead calm day. If you can't accomplish that with a 16" sight radius, a longer one isn't going to help you. You're going to require optics. In which case barrel length will matter even less.
Not everyone who shoots a .22 is shooting at small game animals. For instance, millions of rounds are fired every year by folks shooting Lever Action Smallbore Silhouette, the vast majority of these people are using either a Marlin 39A or a Henry. The rules of this game call for iron sights, so a longer sight radius is a distinct advantage, in fact Henry just introduce a model with a 24 inch barrel which will be of considerable interest to silhouette shooters. In addition to the increased sight radius, the extra weight out front is a big help in holding steadier. Getting that front sight out there a ways is also an advantage to those of us whose eyes are not quite as sharp as in the past. So, you see, length DOES matter, although one size does not fit all.
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Old 04-06-2019, 02:20 PM
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.......... The rules of this game call for iron sights, so a longer sight radius is a distinct advantage, in fact Henry just introduce a model with a 24 inch barrel which will be of considerable interest to silhouette shooters.......... So, you see, length DOES matter, although one size does not fit all.
I was speaking from an ammunition performance standpoint. In that case you are gaining nothing from a barrel longer than 16". I mentioned sight radius in my original post. And stated it's why Olympic target guns has a tube beyond the 16" mark on the barrel. It does no good from an accuracy standpoint of the ammunition, to have a rifled barrel length beyond 16".
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Old 04-06-2019, 05:09 PM
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I was speaking from an ammunition performance standpoint. In that case you are gaining nothing from a barrel longer than 16". I mentioned sight radius in my original post. And stated it's why Olympic target guns has a tube beyond the 16" mark on the barrel. It does no good from an accuracy standpoint of the ammunition, to have a rifled barrel length beyond 16".
Except that you specifically said anything longer than a 16" sight radius is unnecessary. If that was true, the Olympic rifles you mention wouldn't have a sight radius extension tube, because the shooters would not benefit from it. That's not speaking from an ammunition performance standpoint, that's speaking from a human performance standpoint. Two very different things.

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If you can't accomplish that with a 16" sight radius, a longer one isn't going to help you.
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Old 04-06-2019, 06:14 PM
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Except that you specifically said anything longer than a 16" sight radius is unnecessary. If that was true, the Olympic rifles you mention wouldn't have a sight radius extension tube, because the shooters would not benefit from it. That's not speaking from an ammunition performance standpoint, that's speaking from a human performance standpoint. Two very different things.
You'll have to excuse me. I didn't know you were an Olympic shooter.
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Old 04-12-2019, 03:51 AM
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I'd like to know how many of you shoot your Marlin 39A's either exclusively scoped, or with iron sights. Or, do you switch back and forth, depending on your mood?
I purchased my 39A with a scope mounted in it, but took it off and now shoot open sights. It works well for me.
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:30 AM
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My 39A is scoped, but I use very tall see-thru rings, best of both worlds My once owned 1894M was scoped, but always shot at greater distance, it now resides at my son's house.
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:45 AM
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I just got a 39AS and initially shot it at 25 yards with iron sights. I would have preferred to leave it as it came with iron sights. However, it proved to be so accurate that I mounted a 3-9X Leupold I had lying around to see what it will do at 50 yards and beyond. If it shoots as accurately as it seems to have the potential for, I will probably leave the scope on it.
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:22 PM
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Nope, the 20" might be if anyone still made a decent 3/4" scope and I could find a mount on Ebay.
It's barrel is already taped, my guess it came that way from the factory, maybe sold thru Sears.

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Old 04-12-2019, 07:44 PM
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I've had a inexpensive Bushnell scope on my 39A since I bought it in the late 70's. The old eyes are not like they used to be. It may be time to upgrade rings and scopes for it. IDK.

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Old 04-14-2019, 09:23 AM
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