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Old 03-27-2017, 03:29 AM
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Years ago, when I was in my 20's, I had a Model 39A, as did two other friends. We put a lot of rounds through them, and man, were they accurate ! I never did care for the curved lever, fat pistol grip and fore arm, and all the white line spacers, though, and eventually sold it.
What I really wanted was a Marlin .22 that had a straight lever and stock, and a bit shorter barrel.
I tried a Browning BL-22 for a while, compact and slick action, but almost too light to hold well, and the Browning barrels just didn't give me the accuracy I expected.
About 20 years ago, I ran across a Century LTD. 39 and bought it. It wasn't unfired, so I shot it some, but it was so nice, I was afraid to put that first scratch on it, and sold it thinking I'd run across a plain straight grip 39 soon.
Well, finally got one a few weeks ago, a 39A Golden Mountie made in 1958. (Too bad it wasn't a 1957 model, as that was when I was born).
It has some bluing worn off the lever, and most of the gold gone from the trigger, but that could have been the previous owner not liking the gold plating. I don't care for it either.
Initial shooting showed promise, the Marlin, like my Colt New Frontier .22, seemed like one of those guns that like any kind of ammo you put through it, and shoot so well, it seems you hardly miss with it.
Last weekend I chronographed about a half dozen loads through it (can't find those notes now) and then a neighbor and I proceeded to shoot a few hundred rounds through it and terrorize some golf balls and other assorted small targets. I was doing surprisingly well considering the front sight was pretty fuzzy.
I knew I had to get a receiver sight for the Mountie, so Friday I mounted a Williams FP peep, and I also removed the hood from the front sight for now. I have a Lyman blank for the rear sight dovetail, but don't like the way the edges hang over, so I might order a folding leaf rear sight to replace the non folder that was on there.
I was in a hurry shooting these groups as we had to get back to the Ranch for dinner with friends that were coming over, and couldn't not see the front sight as well as I'd like, despite changing out the .093" aperture for a .050" Twilight one. On my Mini-30's, going to a smaller (.042") aperture, made the front sight appear almost in sharp focus again.
All were 5 shot groups at 25 yards.

CCI MIni Mag HP's: 9/16"

Remington Golden HP: 1 Inch

Winchester Hyper 40 gr. HP: 7/8"
1435 fps.

CCI Standard Velocity: 1 1/8"

CCI Quiet .22: 7/8"

CCI CB Long: 1 3/8"

Winchester M22: 7/8"

As usual the CCI Mini-Mags were the best, even out doing the subsonic loads. 3 shots out of the 5 went into one hole.
I was surprised how the Winchester loads did, the Hyper loads usually don't group that well, and the M22 is a very cheap bulk plinking round meant for AR-22's.
And I was surprised my Mountie didn't like the CCI Standard Velocity.
I'll have to try some other standard velocity brands, as the Quiet .22's, while quiet, barely seem to have enough oomph to get out the barrel.
I wish I'd have located a Mountie sooner, loads of fun, and great pride of ownership having a carbine of such quality and beauty.
Here's some pics of her:





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Life has its share of difficult decisions. The 39A or the Mountie? I have a 39A (and had another) and love it. For years I wanted a Mountie. Then my son got me one unfired in the box. So I shot it. So much that it bruised the back of my fingers, I love it.

I have my own range and can shoot whenever I like. The problem now is choosing between the 39A and the Mountie. It never stops and there is no answer. The 39A or the Mountie?
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My Golden 39A Mountie was a gift. It is a 1960 vintage. It's the smoothest and most accurate of my 22s.

It's a cherished piece...

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I think mine is also a 1958 (ser. # R-27XXX) and until I saw your photos I didn't realize it was missing the front sight hood. For some reason I can't remember now, I had my doubts as to whether it was a '57 or '58. Mine had a scope base on it when U bought it and I installed a Konus 4X scope. I have a Williams FP combined with a front Firesight, on a 1897 Texan I also have.

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Since the photos above, I've since removed the front hood, got a new takedown thumbscrew that wasn't knarfed up, and also got from Numrich a folding rear sight, as I didn't like the look of the slot blank hanging over.
The Mountie so far, has accounted for many gophers around the ranch, and a few large, black and white, chicken egg stealing birds that shall remain nameless.
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