Oh I have that covered too. My 39A is from the same year as my 336RC...1951. Yes, they're both older than me and better than anything that can be mass-produced at a decent price today.Do not have any use for the big loop lever. Hope they do start making the model 39A in rifle and Mountie models. One of the best 22 rifles ever!!!!!!
Why blame Texas for the dumb rail?I've got 'em in all configurations. My favorite is still a straight grip with a straight lever. That said, I seldom shoot them. My SBLR with the medium-large loop is far easier to use. And it's stainless. Also not my favorite for looks, but by far my preference for actual use.
And the plywood stock and forend, as well as the Texas-length mall ninja rail? Not my favorite either, but for now, seems we have no other choice.
Meaning big loop, stainless, laminate? The big loops I can do without on all the levers. With shorter armlengths like mine, only your fingertips are touching the lever when it's fully open.No one misses the boat if Ruger's version of the 39A is like their version of the 1895.
They are expensive. I'm not paying Gunbroker prices. I hope they become more available at MSRP or lower prices. I also would like them to offer the same models in non-big loop levers.
Here in central Georgia, just try finding an original "JM" 30-30 that's not selling for $1200. I've seen one of the new Ruglins and wasn't impress with the rifle overall or the price tag of $1300. I do like they're Ballard rifled instead of the old Micro groove.Why wait on new Marlins? Buy an original JM in decent shape and try to wear it out. Probably be better satisfied anyway.
Some of us have Marlins old enough to have Ballard rifling. My 336RC does. It also has a normal length barrel, walnut furniture, blued steel, no plastic other than the butt plate, a normal sized loop, and no rail.Here in central Georgia, just try finding an original "JM" 30-30 that's not selling for $1200. I've seen one of the new Ruglins and wasn't impress with the rifle overall or the price tag of $1300. I do like they're Ballard rifled instead of the old Micro groove.