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Between the two I would go for the Marlin in a heart beat...the 10/22 is ok in my book but too short for me no matter what caliber it was. Besides I really don't care for automatics for many reasons. One other factor is accuracy and how fast you can blow through ammo with an automatic...the 22mag is a hunting round and I have no clue how accurate they can be. For me 22mag is one shot one kill so a 39A if I got into lever actions would be nice to have but lever actions don't excite me either.

So this is all your decision to make.

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They made a Model 57 .22 war as well, both are uncommon.
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Here's a model 57 and a couple of model 57M.

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Old 10-12-2021, 06:10 PM
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Them are some good looking guns!
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I didn't even realize that Marlin made a magnum version of the 39A!!!! I learn something on here every day.
They didn't.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:52 AM
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The comparison is between a Marlin 39A .22 LR and Ruger 10/22 .22 magnum Sub sailor. The only .22 mag lever Marlin made was the 1894M to my knowledge.

The question is tough but based purely on street price and assuming equal/similar conditions I believe the Ruger is worth more.

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Thanks for the clarification Frank. I had one of those old age brain dead moments!
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You're welcome Sub sailor. I learned something new from Gerald about the 57M .22 mag levermatics. Namboonie's sure are classy looking!

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Excellent plan Buck and the price seems in line for a nice lightly used example with box.

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This would be my choice also IN THIS SCENARIO. The Ruger 10/22 is RARE and far more so with a box, and in pure numbers ANY .22WMR autoloader is relatively uncommon, plus the Ruger worked. It was just too much more than a 10/22 and shot expensive ammo, so sales were lackluster.

Decent M39A rifles are still out there in the wild, (not GB, etc.) for $650-750, and more if you have a real itch for one.

That said, my early 1980s M39A is an estate gun, that means it will be sold only when it is MY estate being disposed of. I sold a mint early M39AS that I babied in the woods and range and regretted it the next day, but after many years found its replacement in equal mint condition.
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Doesn't the Marlin 39A made in 1941 have a case color frame? That would make the Marlin more valuable if the colors are vivid. But that would be a grail gun for me.
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Is a Marlin 39A 1941 the same value of a Ruger 10/22 magnum? Less or Higher I have a guy wanting to work a deal and just trying to get a value idea!
You're not doing your homework. The 39-A ia worth far more than a 10/22. That's assuming that the 10/22 hasn't had hundreds of dollars spent tricking it out and accessorizing it.
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I would go with the 39A..I have one and wouldn’t trade for any Ruger
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You're not doing your homework. The 39-A ia worth far more than a 10/22. That's assuming that the 10/22 hasn't had hundreds of dollars spent tricking it out and accessorizing it.
Not a normal 1022 a 1022 magnum. Which are like unicorns.

But putting market value aside, if my 39 a and my normal 1022 were sitting side by side , and i was going out to shoot, and could only take one, the marlin would be left behind. Just too much darned work , tube loading and lever pulling , heavy as heck, and too small a rail to put a big scope on.
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This just comes down to which the individual prefers, for me the Marlin would win every time but I know lots of folks for whom the Ruger would be an easy choice.
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not sure why but people are paying more $ for a used 10/22 magnum than what a new Magnum Research Magnumlite cost & in my opinion the magnum research is a better gun
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The main reason is the Ruger is no longer being made. Availability drives the price.
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jerryray made an excellent point above that seems to have eluded everyone else.
If the 39a is really a 1941 model, shouldn't it be case colored?
And if this one is, shouldn't that add a LOT to it's value?
Doesn't the 1941 39a then become just as rare? Or more so?
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