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Old 01-02-2010, 11:25 AM
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I replaced the bullseye on a newly acquired 39A. I decided to take pictures of the process to help others replace the bullseye. Thanks to Don Fenton for his sandpaper idea.


Here is a picture of the existing bullseye hole that I taped up to protect the stock. Luckily the hole did not have any chips, and i wanted to keep it that way.



I glued sandpaper of various grits onto the popsicle sticks with super glue. A few drops along the stick did the trick.


When I inserted the new plastic bullseye, it was a very tight fit. I tried to tap it in, but I was afraid of chipping out the hole. Instead, I sanded the the bullseye around it's diameter so it would be a snug fit.


I used wood glue on a toothpick to put into the bottom of the hole.
After a few easy taps with a wood mallet, I took a hack saw blade and cut the excess plastic sticking above the hole. It was now ready for sanding.



I started out with course sandpaper to remove material fast, and progressed to the finer stuff. I decided to add another layer of tape to protect the stock, but removed the extra layer toward the end of the polishing.

As good as new. I may end up replacing the white line spacers too, because of the not so perfect fit.

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Old 01-02-2010, 11:30 AM
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Nicely done!
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:39 AM
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Very good job. This happens so much and everyone always asks.... so we need to make this a Sticky!!!
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:15 PM
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Great Job
Two questions for you.
1. How did you remove the old bullseye?
2. Does someone sell replacement bullseyes, if so who?
Once again nice work, I love watching the great restorations.
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:19 PM
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The bullseye was missing from the rifle when I purchased it. The plastic usually shrinks and they fall out. the wood also expands and contracts.

I bought mine from Brownells, but I understand that Marlin will send them for free. Not sure if they are still doing that.
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:12 PM
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If you want it to look factory, take some clear nail polish and coat it when it's done. Great post and nice repair!
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If you want it to look factory, take some clear nail polish and coat it when it's done. Great post and nice repair!
Thanks for the tip marlinguy.
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Old 01-02-2010, 02:47 PM
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Sakoluvr.

Looks good, great job. This photo essay will help other RFC members I'm sure.

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FWIW, replacement white line spacers are easily cut from the side of a large/empty/CLEAN/white household bleach or detergent plastic bottle.

I slice the donor bottle in half, flatten out one side and use the BP to trace an outline on the white plastic with a pencil.

I then cut out the outline - AT LEAST 1/4" OUTSIDE THE LINE.

Since I also used the pencil to mark the BP screw holes on the plastic, it's a simple matter to punch the two holes with an empty .22 cartridge case ( and a hammer )

After the replacement white line spacer's secured to the buttstock via the BP & screws, it's a snap to carefully pare off the excess material with a small/SHARP penknife blade.

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Old 01-03-2010, 07:39 AM
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FWIW, replacement white line spacers are easily cut from the side of a large/empty/CLEAN/white household bleach or detergent plastic bottle.

I slice the donor bottle in half, flatten out one side and use the BP to trace an outline on the white plastic with a pencil.

I then cut out the outline - AT LEAST 1/4" OUTSIDE THE LINE.

Since I also used the pencil to mark the BP screw holes on the plastic, it's a simple matter to punch the two holes with an empty .22 cartridge case ( and a hammer )

After the replacement white line spacer's secured to the buttstock via the BP & screws, it's a snap to carefully pare off the excess material with a small/SHARP penknife blade.

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Nice. Does the plastic hold up over time?
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:18 AM
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I agree, this should be a sticky. This is the way to do it......correctly.
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:19 AM
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Wow, great posts! When I was young and first getting into guns, I saw a Marlin and thought that the bullseye was was the spot where you were supposed to screw in the bottom sling swivel! Fortunately I never had one to do that! I wonder if other people thought that also?
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:06 AM
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Wow, great posts! When I was young and first getting into guns, I saw a Marlin and thought that the bullseye was was the spot where you were supposed to screw in the bottom sling swivel! Fortunately I never had one to do that! I wonder if other people thought that also?
You are not the only one. Seen many swivels mounted in the bullseye holes on rifles. Check out some of the gun auction sites and look at some pics.
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Old 01-03-2010, 11:08 AM
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Nice. Does the plastic hold up over time?
My dad was doing this 50 years ago and they still look good.
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I never grasped the "bullseye" concept and mounted several rear swivels there. I was surprised that the new 39A had both a bullseye and a factory swivel.

I'd prefer that my rifles didn't have the bullseye; it's just a way of putting advertising on guns, like logo pistol grip caps. Never liked it on my guns, never will.
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