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Old 08-31-2019, 02:48 PM
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Went to some local large yard sales and I bought a really nice 1980 39a. It had a scope on it with a nice leather target sling. I took the scope off and shot it. It would not eject or rechamber the next load. I took it down and gave it a good cleaning and now it seems to be fine except it is hard to close the bolt at times. The bolt stiffens up at about 80% closed and with some force will close. Is this normal and need to just shoot it or do I need to repair it. The gun appears to have been fired very little.
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Old 08-31-2019, 03:27 PM
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First of all, we love pictures! Have you lubricated the internals?
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Old 08-31-2019, 06:00 PM
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Try tightening or loosing the take down screw. The tension on the take down screw makes a big difference in the smoothness of the action.
Some rifles like a loose take down screw and others a tighter one. Try it both ways and I'll bet one will be better.

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Old 08-31-2019, 07:51 PM
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That is a very nice 39A!
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:20 PM
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Congratulations. Beautiful rifle
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Old 08-31-2019, 11:11 PM
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Other than the ejection issues you first had, the rest is normal. These guns are built like a tank, and super tight when new. My guess is it has not been shot enough yet to break it in. You are fine. I would inspect the ejector, its screw and spring. Check that cleaning screw at the ejector that has the half slot in it to make sure it is turned enough for the ejector to clear. But that stiffness is normal. Also, I have owned many 39A's over my 58 year lifetime, and have never seen an issue with the take down screw being too tight or too loose. Rem,ember its a thumb screw. I have even used a quarter int eh slot to snug it, and no issues ever.

If you have an issue that the tightness of the takedown screw fixes, you still have the issue. That takedown screw ws just a band aid for another problem inside the gun.
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Old 09-02-2019, 01:22 AM
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Nice looking rifle.

I would clean it and put some rounds through it.

Let us know how it performs.
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Old 09-03-2019, 12:54 AM
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Very nice. I wish yard sales had guns like that in my neighborhood!
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Very nice pick up, that is a beauty, I have been on a bit of a 39 buying binge myself lately. I would pull it apart and make sure there are no burrs or rough spots on the lever or the bolt. Make sure all metal to metal contact areas are smooth and well lubricated. Never hurts to smooth up the trigger parts while your in there. There were videos on you tube for trigger/action jobs on 39's. I did my 39 Century Limited several years ago as it was rough and clunky and I wanted it to be super smooth like my Henry 22. Its not as smooth as my Henry but it light years better than it was.

I did find the instructions I used when I did mine, I saved in word format, if anyone wants a copy PM me you email and I will forward to you, they show all areas to polish

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I bought my 39A new in 1981. If I tighten the thumbscrew too tight it stiffens the throw of the action. Loosen it and it is slick as butter. I have never really worried about it, I just tighten the screw thumb tight and carry on.
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Old 09-03-2019, 12:06 PM
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Skwerl58, would you mind sharing what you paid for this very nice 39A?
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I bought my 39A new in 1981. If I tighten the thumbscrew too tight it stiffens the throw of the action. Loosen it and it is slick as butter. I have never really worried about it, I just tighten the screw thumb tight and carry on.
My late 70s 39a Mounty is like that, thumb tight is best. Easy to work the action and accurate to boot.
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Old 09-12-2019, 08:57 PM
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Thanks for all the replies.I have shot it and the action is working a lot smoother. Also cleaned it and polished the outside with Renaissance Wax. Also picked up a nos Tasco Japan 4x32 from the same period and installed it with a Weaver base and Leupold low rings. Now I need to zero and use it.
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nice looking rifle - you will not be disappointed in this - you will enjoy it the rest of your life and your heirs will enjoy it long after that ,
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Went to some local large yard sales and I bought a really nice 1980 39a. It had a scope on it with a nice leather target sling. I took the scope off and shot it. It would not eject or rechamber the next load. I took it down and gave it a good cleaning and now it seems to be fine except it is hard to close the bolt at times. The bolt stiffens up at about 80% closed and with some force will close. Is this normal and need to just shoot it or do I need to repair it. The gun appears to have been fired very little.
If you don't mind telling, how much did you pay for it?
To me, sharing the price of guns lets others looking know where prices are today.
Also I always get tickled when someone gets a great steal of a deal.
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