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Old 08-20-2019, 05:34 AM
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Anyone here have one? How are they compared to the other 39 models? I just know they have a shorter barrel.
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Old 08-20-2019, 06:38 AM
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Sold mine yesterday. Was never a favorite of mine. Never would fire consistent when I bought it but with a lot of trial and error exchanging hammer struts and main springs got it to function well. Accuracy was not very good with peep sights or scoped. It was the best ejecting of all my Marlin lever 22's. Always felt way to small for me and I am not a big guy. The 39M and 39D was a much better rifle for my use and 24" barrel 39A's are my favorites. I never have been much on straight stocks and prefer pistol grip 39A's.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:00 AM
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Picture didn't post on first try. Try again. First year TDS with the pouch and all the contents including the white plastic piece to hold the bolt in when in the pouch.
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Old 08-20-2019, 05:07 PM
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Sold mine yesterday. Was never a favorite of mine. Never would fire consistent when I bought it but with a lot of trial and error exchanging hammer struts and main springs got it to function well. Accuracy was not very good with peep sights or scoped. It was the best ejecting of all my Marlin lever 22's. Always felt way to small for me and I am not a big guy. The 39M and 39D was a much better rifle for my use and 24" barrel 39A's are my favorites. I never have been much on straight stocks and prefer pistol grip 39A's.
Pretty much my feelings also. Once had two 39Ms and a 39D. Still have two 39As. Never cared for the shorter barrels or straight grips. I thought the 39D would be the perfect combo, but not for me. But lots of other people love'em.
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Old 08-20-2019, 05:50 PM
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Always wanted a new one for a collection. Never could find one at a decent price.

What a friends. His worked well for plinking.
He also has a old Carbine model that had a real lightweight barrel. I like it better.
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Old 08-20-2019, 08:52 PM
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Had two in the past. Sold one. The keeper shoots well.
I also like the 39D a lot.
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Old 08-21-2019, 09:19 AM
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I own one, exactly like Bandit 1250’s....
Except I installed a DNZ one piece scope mount with a Leupold 4x rimfire compact.
Shoots CCI sv very well. However, I prefer my 1966 Marlin 39a for balance ..off hand field use. I collect all Marlin 39s that I happen to encounter. Winchester 9422s as well. Both are very well made and will always be in demand.
Of note: the small white plastic bolt retainer ( used when taken down for transport ) is a very rare part. I have mine as well as the original scope base, envelope, and paperwork. Should you be considering a purchase, try to get one with all of the original items....( value aspect ). All of my lever action Marlin and Winchester are shooters......true, I collect but I also shoot....!!!
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Old 08-21-2019, 10:21 AM
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Having the entire contents is important to value at resale. Mine was missing the box but having the rest of the package to me was more important than the box. The action holder may be one of the Marlin "Holy Grail" parts. I got $850 for mine and it had been hunted with before I bought it. I am not going to miss it because it was my least liked 39A in my collection and I may sell some more 39A's in the future. Five left here in the last week. The guy that bought my TDS was wanting one with the TDS in the serial number and mine had it. (1988)
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Old 08-21-2019, 11:45 AM
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Never had a TDS but it looks very similar to a couple of the 39's that I currently own. The bottom one is a 1970 model 39 Century Limited and the middle is a 39M Octagon. I personally like the straight stock models, they are great little light weight carbines
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Old 08-25-2019, 09:52 PM
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I have one along with a 39A, 39M, 39D and a Mountie. The TDS is probably the least accurate of the lot and the tigger is terrible. I had to work pretty hard to find ammo it liked and finally settled on CCI tactical. I keep it broken down in the case under the back seat of the truck. I prefer the shorter barrels and straight stocks over the 39A.

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