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Old 10-28-2018, 07:39 AM
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My Model 39-A purchased new in 2000. No scope as of yet. Perhaps eventually, but for now I enjoy shooting it with the factory iron sights.

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Old 10-28-2018, 05:28 PM
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Old 10-28-2018, 05:56 PM
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If a person needs a scope to use their rifle then by all means go for it. To me it is important to have a scope that is compatible to the style of the lever action rifle. A reasonably compact, matte finished scope is a good combination.

My 1963 38A has a period correct Weaver that l enjoy, but it doesn’t have the clarity of newer, medium priced scopes. It would be a good candidate for a new Leupold or even a Weaver RV-7.
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Old 11-16-2018, 08:42 AM
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My 39A Golden has all original Marlin parts, i.e., original Marlin scope, offset hammer, sling, etc. Do not shoot it much, 98% condition...my pride and joy!
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:00 AM
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Other then possibly looks, I've never understood the concept behind the Marlin long barreled .22's. Anything over 16" of barrel length actually reduces velocity. It's why Olympic Free Rifles are sleeved beyond 16" to achieve the longer sight radius they require.

I believe it's why Marlin finally reduced the length of the 22" barrel on the Model 60's that it produced in the 80's.
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:12 AM
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It's called "sight radius".
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:26 AM
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I only have 1 a 39M. Its not scoped, but may be very soon. Made in 1977
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Old 11-17-2018, 06:58 AM
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It's called "sight radius".
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.
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Old 11-18-2018, 10:02 PM
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39M and 57M wear scopes while 39a and Win 9422 wear William Receiver sights. The 39M was acquired used with scope and left in place. All my 336ís wear receiver sights. As a general rule, I am not a fan of scopes on levers...
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Old 11-19-2018, 07:54 AM
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We put a little Weaver B4( I think) on mine back in the very early 1960's. Something happened to it years ago and it was replaced with a Lyman receiver sight. At 73 I may not be able to shoot as well with the peep sight as a scope but i'm still good enough for minute of tin can at 50 yards.
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Old 11-20-2018, 03:57 PM
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'77 is with a Weaver K2.5, '48 has a steel Lyman 66 on it.
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1954 Factory Sears I believe.
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I have one with and one without.



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Old 02-22-2019, 02:47 AM
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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.
Sight radius and magazine capacity is another reason. Another big upside that I doubt Marlin was considering (but I sure appreciate) is less noise. I don't shoot small game animals and If I did it wouldn't be at 75 yards with an open sight 22 capable of mediocre accuracy. What i do shoot a lot of is steel silhouette and the longer sight radius helps me get more hits. The concept is pretty straight forward, longer the sight radius (within reason of course) the easier to shoot well. Are you disputing that or something?

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Old 02-25-2019, 05:16 PM
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My 1954 year standard model 39A is not scoped. However if it were my only 22lr, it probably would be because my eyes arenít great. Even so, I might still mount a skinner peep sight on it one day. I can make better use of those than the standard irons and it would still look good to me.
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