For some strange reason, I am a huge fan of the .22 mag. It's versatility and relatively "cheap" ammo has me hooked! Within the past week I have purchased two Marlin .22 mags. I'm hoping that you all can help me justify spending a combined $385 on them, as I know little to nothing about Marlins in general. The first purchase, a Marlin Model 783, went for $220 out the door. It included a 3-9x40 Simmons scope and a hardcase. The gun was in almost perfect condition, with no marks on the woodwork and only ONE small surface rust spot on the barrel. The second gun, purchased earlier today, is a Marlin Model 25MN that went for $165. It came with a Tasco 3-9x40 scope, a sling and a hardcase. There were a couple minor marks on the stock, as well as a few extremely small surface rust spots on the barrel. The magazine seemed to have some wiggle room, but it didn't fall out or anything of that nature. Thanks in advance for any help that you more experienced Marlin owners can offer!
I purchased a marlin 25mn about a month ago for 150 out the door. No rust a few scratches and dings in the wood. Love these little guns. Would like to find an older 25n 22 lr.found one in great shape but the 175 price tag with out clip was not worth it. I think you did well sir.
Great! So far I'm happy with my purchases! The only gun of Marlin make that I've owned, besides these last two, was a lever action 30-30. Not quite sure what Model, as it had to go when I came on some hard times a few years back. I'll definitely keep an eye out for a 25N, since I check all pawnshops within a 20 mile radius weekly. Wouldn't be too far of a drive for you, if I'd happen to find what ya need!
Awesome! Thanks, Shrek. I'll give it a shot tomorrow and see if that fixes things. I was a little worried that something internal was causing the looseness. Definitely glad that's not the case. Looking forward to getting the guns cleaned up tomorrow and seeing how they shoot!
Currently own Marlin 925M purchased a few years back. Is very accurate. Sure wish I had the old one back though. It was a model 783 or 763 I purchased back in 1972. What a difference. It had solid walnut fancy stock with gold plated trigger and tube feed. I paid $70 dollars back then and yes it came with a variable scope and sling. Wood was so nice it looked like it belonged on a fancy trap shotgun. Good luck and good hunting with yours.
After some crappy weather and a hectic work schedule, I finally got the chance to sit down with my brother and get these guns sighted in. We picked up a few hundred rounds at our local WalMart, as well as a nice sling for the 783 and an extra magazine for the Model 25MN. Turns out, both were already sighted in by the previous owners. Only minor adjustments had to be made on the 25MN. Once we finished swiss cheesing the paper targets, we decided to eliminate every empty can, bottle or branch that looked at us wrong! We ended up running 150 or so rounds through each gun this afternoon. Just couldn't seem to put them down! On a side note, I noticed that the 25MN's barrel seemed to have a little play in it. It's not overly loose, but it moves around a tiny bit. Can this be fixed?
Figured I should also mention that my brother was so impressed with the guns, he asked to buy one of them. I couldn't part with the 783, so I sold him the 25MN for what I paid + magazine cost. Hopefully I can fix the barrel problem soon, as I'd not want to sell the gun to him if it has any issues. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
What do you mean play? as in if the receiver is held in a vise, the barrel will wiggle independantly??
Or does the barrel touch the stock when it warms up??
I mention that because sometimes the barrel will bend within the stock, and I want to make sure we're talking about the same thing, whichever it might be...
And there are a couple of ways to resolve that...easiest probably being to have a Marlin repair center remove & press the barrel back in...
as they have precisely the equipment and gunsmiths to do it...and its well worth it, as the precision would likely improve greatly!
There are ways to DIY it...but they do come with risks...good & bad happened on Rimfire Central in the Marlin section...
one guy killed his receiver doing it himself...which is the worst-case scenario...
others resolved the problem with no issue...but they had a little gunsmithing experience
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When in a vice, the barrel will move around on its own. Does this cold, as well as when warmed up. The gun is still accurate, but it just doesn't seem right! I'd probably go with the sending the gun off option, because I have ZERO experience with gunsmithing. My first attempt at anything repair related was refinishing the stock and rebluing the barrel of one of my older Marlin's. Currently is still a work in progress! :P