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I haven't been collecting 22 rimfires as much as accumulating them. none of the ones I have do not have plastic or mystery metal in them.
BSA single shot model 12/15
BSA single shot model 15 with Canadian acceptance markings
Model 52B Winchester made in 1946
H&R model 12 single shot with U.S. on the receiver
Marlin model 25
Thats about the extent of my 22 stable. Frank
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I used to be less interested in rimfire rifles and a Marlin Papoose was the only rimfire rifle in the house. I had a Winchester 9422XTR, a Uberti 1866 but always found rifles without a pistol grip awkward to shoot for long. Over the last decade my taste in guns has changed and I developed a taste for high quality firearms.

The Anschutz 54 sporters fit right in there and are also great shooters.







Wow those 54s are really nice looking. I bet those will shoot the lights out!
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We only have a couple of rimfires here on Kena Farm. My favorite is my Marlin 925M (I know you said .22 LR/L/S, but this rifle is available chambered for those also). It was very affordable to buy and topped with a Simmons 22 Mag 4x scope, it is our go-to rifle for racoons and coyotes (we keep poultry). Scope and rifle were bought about 14 years ago for less than $150. As a bonus, these rifles break down very simply and trigger work is very easy to perform. The newer version, the XT-22 is very close to being the same rifle, but has a slick adjustable trigger. I'm partial to box magazine-fed rifles like the 925, as I find them safer to unload. They also are able to fire longs and shorts...if you can find them...and is not sensitive about un-jacketed ammo.

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Here's a few more of mine. BSA Model 12 from the early 20's or before, a MAS 45 post WWII and a Springfield 1922 from about 1929.





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Wow those 54s are really nice looking. I bet those will shoot the lights out!
The 1400 guns are great and the 1423 mannlicher is my favourite but the 1710 is giving me problems that I could not figure out yet.
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I discovered CZ rimfire rifles in 2011.....now have several 452s and a 453 Varmint w/ single set trigger......in .22lr .22mag and .17hmr.

All are shooting one hole groups a 50 yds and can do MOA at 100.

My 452 FS (Mannlicher style stock) in .22magnum is my favorite "walk in Penn's Woods" rifle.

I also have a couple 527s mini-mauser action in .223.

IMHO CZs are the best value for the dollar out there in rimfire rifles.
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CZ 455, 16.5" threaded barrel. Athlon 4-14x44 mil scope. This .22 is just silly fun accurate!
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CZ 455, 16.5" threaded barrel. Athlon 4-14x44 mil scope. This .22 is just silly fun accurate!

Where'd you get that "Dope disk"????
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B-B, those are Vortex scope covers.
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I'm partial to several rimfires;

I like the CZ 453 American (left)for it's great lines and superb accuracy, as well as the Miroku made Winchester/browning Model 52B (right) and C "re-issue' sporters. The CZ 453 is a consistent 1" at 100 yard rifle on a calm day with SK match, and the Model 52B is no slouch either averaging about 1.25" under the same conditions. This one also has very nice wood:



This is my other Model 52B 're-issue'. It's produced a large number of very impressive 100 yard groups, but 1/2 MOA groups are one end of the distribution as it will produce an equal number of 1.5" groups. In other words, it is just as accurate on average as my other Model 52, but less consistent. And the wood is typical plain wood "Big W" was known for, but it is still very nicely finished. These were arguably the best factory production sporters ever made - and they made about 10,000 of them.



This is my other CZ, a CZ 453 Varmint. It's a bit like my other Model 52, it's capable of some superb groups but is less consistent and will mix in some 1.5" groups with the 1/2" groups at 100 yards. I think my two CZs span the normal range of CZ accuracy and consistency- but they are good enough that even the bad ones are quite accurate by .22LR standards at 100 yards. This one also won the wood lottery as CZ wood is usually rather plain.



The Remington 541S is a nice sporter as well from the same era as the re-issue sporters, although the finish isn't quite as nice and it isn't as accurate - running around 1.75-2.0" at 100 yards. But to be fair, mine is one of the less accurate 541Ss out there:



Everyone should have a Ruger 10/22 - but one of the older walnut stocked aluminum trigger assembly models - the quality was so much better. This is a 1976 liberty marked 10/22



I'm also a fan of the 9422. Below is a 20" XTR from 1978 it's one of the early XTRs before they switched to checkered wood, along with a 2004 9422 Trapper - after the XTRs were gone, and when they checkered them all.



This is my low end .22LR rifle - a Zastava CZ99 Precision. It has a wonderfully heavy receiver and has great accuracy potential. The metal is very nicely finished but the factory stocks leave a bit to be desired as the finish is flat and the checkering is only partially cut. However Remington imported them as the "Model 5",a long the side the Remington 798 (Zastava Model 70) and Remington 799 (Zastava Model 85). The Remington stocks are nicely made laminate stocks and until recently you could find them new old stock. In fact, Stocky's bought out the Remington inventory of 798 and 799 stocks, and got a few Model 5 stocks in the mix without knowing it. They sent me Model 5 stock by mistake and told me to keep it after they sent me the 799 stock I'd ordered (great folks over there). So...I went and bought a CZ99 Precision for $200 to put the stock to good use.

Accuracy wise it is a solid 2" rifle at 100 yards - not stellar accuracy by the CZ 453 standard above but still great .22LR sporter accuracy, and not bad at all for a nice looking $200 rifle.

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This is my Anschutz/Savage 1415/16 made in West Germany about 1960, which was when I got it. It has a Weatherby 22 scope on it. I can't imagine how many rounds have been through it. Very plain, very accurate.
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My favorite has to be the Remington model 510 Targetmaster from 1941 that was given to me by my father.I have several older Remington Models..510..513 Scoremaster and a Model 512X. My best is a Marlin 39A from 1956. The older Remington 500 series rifles can still be found at attractive prices. Here's a couple of pics of the Marlin 39A and the Remington 512x from 1965 and had the sights on backward which I corrected...they are backward on the pic. Rich.
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My favorite rimfire is my Savage 17HMR and scope. A lot of fun and accuracy.

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Well, I found a real nice 1920's Marlin 39A at Collector's Firearms, they only wanted $4,700 and change for it. Maybe I am wrong, but I think that I can do better for a shooter.
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My favorite has to be the Remington model 510 Targetmaster from 1941 that was given to me by my father.I have several older Remington Models..510..513 Scoremaster and a Model 512X. My best is a Marlin 39A from 1956. The older Remington 500 series rifles can still be found at attractive prices. Here's a couple of pics of the Marlin 39A and the Remington 512x from 1965 and had the sights on backward which I corrected...they are backward on the pic. Rich.
The rear sight on the Remington 512x is the exact sight that is used on the Remington Nylons 10, 11, and 12, which are bolt-actions also. These sights are in high demand. In order to affix a low-mount scope to any of these rifles, it's necessary to remove the rear sight for clearance purposes. Often the sight is then mislaid and lost forever - so replacements are very dear.

Those interested in viewing these rare Remington Nylon bolt actions might like to see my photos of them in the Pictures and Albums section of this forum:

http://smith-wessonforum.com/members...t-actions.html

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Well, I found a real nice 1920's Marlin 39A at Collector's Firearms, they only wanted $4,700 and change for it. Maybe I am wrong, but I think that I can do better for a shooter.
1920's Marlin 39 should be just that,, a Model 39. Didn't become the 39A til 1939.
Those Model 39 rifles were the same as the Model 97 they took the place of in that they were for .22 Standard Vel ammo only till somewhere in the early/mid 1930's when they changed the bolt locking surface cut.
Those later 39 rifles will take HS ammo and have a 'HS' prefix to the ser#
Collectors pay for them, but shooters gain nothing with the older 1920's era StVel ammo M39 rifles.
39A rifles are fine with HS ammo.
With all that said, I have and shoot 3 Model 97 Marlins. Carefully feed a steady diet of SdVel ammo they are doing just fine.


Yes, you can do better in price I think, unless maybe the Model39 came from Phoebe Ann Moses' estate.
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Back to the OP, I have a Marlin 39A, Centennial edition. Even with open sights, a true tack driver. It is my pest control choice, squirrels mostly. Digests everything - S,L, LR. You can't go wrong with a 39A. It will be one of the last guns I sell, if I ever do.

Reading this thread, I realized everyone has their preferred .22 rifle. All get rave reviews. The question is - Is there a bad .22 rifle?

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I have a serious addiction to Winchester rimfire .22s. There are just so many variations of them.

Pumps.






Single shots





Magazine fed bolt actions



Tube fed


Semi auto


So many .22s, so little time.

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I would buy a lot of the rifles on this post just for how they look. I may have to give up on the Marlin 39A for now (I cannot even find a new one right now) and get a Henry. Also I think I will eventually add a few of these aesthetically pleasing bolt action 22's that ya'll have shown me to the collection as well. Please keep them coming. Thanks!
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Thoroughly enjoyed viewing some fine collections of vintage rifles. Built well way back when and many had reasonable prices on them. Makes me want to look for a vintage one myself!
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I have the Marlin 39A that my father bought in the early 50's. Pre microgroove. It gets no better.
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Everyone should have a couple of .22's... I have a Marlin 795 that I put a BSA 4x32 scope on and mounted 3 weaver rails on the front stock for my bipod, flashlight mount, and foregrip! Plus I recently bought a S&W M&P AR15-22! Both rifles are great for target shooting, Squirrel hunting, and just about any other farm varmint out there! Have fun putting your collection together!
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Huston Rick. Brother, you do not have to spend a lot to have a great time shooting 22's. I really like bolt actions. I scope all my rifles $75-150. The Ruger American, Zastava CZ99, and the excellent CZ 452 are ones you might want to consider in bolt action. High end a Cooper w/premier optics. If you purchase a Zastava 99 Make sure you CLEAN it, and watch the mags for sharp edges. On the 452, watch your ring height. Ruger, customer service is outstanding. Enjoy yourself on your QUEST.
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That just rang my bell.

Getting to be squirrel time again. I believe that not too many hunt squirrel anymore. We do and have a couple good recipe's for stew. While squirrel is an acquired taste, we think they are pretty good eating and fun to hunt.

We get out with our 22's and 17's (Ruger and Savage) and get a mess of wood rats.
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While I shot on the High School and College Rifle Teams...... for about 35 years the only .22 rifle I had was a Remington 511-X Target-Master my Dad gave me when I was 10........

my wife bought me a Ruger 10/22 with the International/mannlicher stock..fun but not much use in Pa.

in 2011 I discover CZ 452/453s...... and developed CZitis......they are great rifles for the $$$s half a dozen different styles...... from Youth models to FSs/mannlicher to heavy barreled Varmints.... in 22lr, .22mag and .17hrm.......
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While I shot on the High School and College Rifle Teams...... for about 35 years the only .22 rifle I had was a Remington 511-X Target-Master my Dad gave me when I was 10........

my wife bought me a Ruger 10/22 with the International/mannlicher stock..fun but not much use in Pa.

in 2011 I discover CZ 452/453s...... and developed CZitis......they are great rifles for the $$$s half a dozen different styles...... from Youth models to FSs/mannlicher to heavy barreled Varmints.... in 22lr, .22mag and .17hrm.......
No tree rats there? 22 is my go to rifle for squirrel hunting

It's also the favorite caliber of deer poachers here.
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The glaring missing piece (need) in my firearms collection are 22 LR rifles. I am looking at the Marlin 39A (yes, older one if I can find one), M&P 15-22, and the requisite Ruger 10/22. Anyone have any other favorites? Pictures and a reason for liking the gun would be most welcome. I am gathering information at this point, so I am not soliciting for offers to sell. I am not interested in any 22 chambering beyond 22 LR (ie, 22 magnum), but firing other 22 rounds in addition to 22 LR may be a plus. I would be curious to learn whether these rifles firing multiple types of 22 rounds make anyone's favorite list. Thank you in advance for your insightful and courteous replies! Wishing all here a safe and meaningful holiday weekend.
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You have picked the most diversified category of firearms offered to us collectors, to choose from. The prices can run from a few bucks, to as many thousands of bucks as you care to invest, and keep you busy for as long as you want. My meager collection ranges from a Remington 514 youth rifle on one end, to a Cooper 36 Classic on the other end. The one rifle that I regret neglecting to add to it, is a Mod. 62 Winchester pump rifle, to my Winchester rim fires. If my collection had any meaning to me, now, that would be one that I would add. Since I don't have a reason for adding too my collection now, I'm going to sit back, and watch you current collectors do your thing instead. Thanks for letting me share.
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That just rang my bell.

Getting to be squirrel time again. I believe that not too many hunt squirrel anymore. We do and have a couple good recipe's for stew. While squirrel is an acquired taste, we think they are pretty good eating and fun to hunt.

We get out with our 22's and 17's (Ruger and Savage) and get a mess of wood rats.
Now y'all got my interest.......I've a few 22's (Remington 552, couple Browning Auto ATD's, some old single-shots of various makes) but it's my Anschutz 1416D 22LR that gets used every fall and winter for squirrels. Love to make 2 or 3 quarts of brunswick stew with squirrels and sometimes a cottontail thrown in every winter.

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No tree rats there? 22 is my go to rifle for squirrel hunting

It's also the favorite caliber of deer poachers here.

You cannot hunt with semi-auto rifle in Pa. so the 10/22s are strictly range toys.....

Targetguy...... there is an M-1 carbine stock for the 10/22...... fact is I think Ruger is making a m-1 lookalike 10/22.
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You cannot hunt with semi-auto rifle in Pa. so the 10/22s are strictly range toys.....

Targetguy...... there is an M-1 carbine stock for the 10/22...... fact is I think Ruger is making a m-1 lookalike 10/22.
Thanks, BAM-BAM. I will have to check that out.
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Yep. The Ruger 10-22 Carbine. Model 21138. Very nice.

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My last purchase, Remington #4 Rolling Block. Identical to my first 22 rifle given me by my grandfather when I was about age 10, except with much better sights, a lined barrel and trigger that has been worked on by a true pro. She is light, handy and shoots with my best target rifles but I have to do my part. Picked her up at this springs gun show for $350. Someone had her built and never shot her. Now she gets shot almost every day.


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You cannot hunt with semi-auto rifle in Pa. so the 10/22s are strictly range toys.....

Targetguy...... there is an M-1 carbine stock for the 10/22...... fact is I think Ruger is making a m-1 lookalike 10/22.
Didn't know that. Here we can (Michigan).I do all the time.

Grafs has the look alike M1 Stock for the 10-22 btw. I think it's on sale.
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Now y'all got my interest.......I've a few 22's (Remington 552, couple Browning Auto ATD's, some old single-shots of various makes) but it's my Anschutz 1416D 22LR that gets used every fall and winter for squirrels. Love to make 2 or 3 quarts of brunswick stew with squirrels and sometimes a cottontail thrown in every winter.

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Care to share your recipe? I'm always in for something new.
Not at all......you may be disappointed as it's pretty basic. Also, I do everything from memory....nothings written down and no two batches are ever the same.

For a couple quarts of stew:

2 to 3 squirrels (depending on size) or one good size cottontail rabbit.
Can of stewed tomatoes.
Can of whole kernel corn.
Diced red potatoes usually a couple of medium size.
One diced white onion.
Can of Lima beans
Can of Black Beans /or a can of Blackeyed Peas (depends on what I have on hand.
Diced celery sticks.
Couple of diced carrots.

I parboil the squirrels till the meat is easily removed from the front and rear legs and the backstrap.
I add all of the meat and veggies into a large cast-iron cooking pot and season with salt, black pepper and Texas Pete hot sauce to my taste. Add water if needed.

I bring it all to a quick boil and then reduce the heat to simmer and let it do it's thing for an hour or so......I try to keep the veggies from getting overly soft (that's just me).

I like to eat it with freshly made Mexican Cornbread.

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Thank you. I just printed it.

Our crockpot squirrel is about the same but we remove the raw meat from the bones and toss everything in a crockpot for a few hours or until the meat is done and the vegies soft. I bought a 12 volt crockpot just so we could make squirrel stew in the woods (when we take the camper hunting). I have one of those soft top truck campers that fits in the back of my 4x4 pickup so we take that out in the woods and 'rough it'.

It takes about 6 good sized ones for our stew, which happens to be the bag limit here in Michigan. 6 in possession.

Never tried using a hare, but I do like rabbit. It's available at the supermarket here.

My hunting pal (that I hunt squirrels with also cooks them on an open fire skewered on a stick (skinned out of course)

Our small game season opens in September and we will be at it opening day.

People might scoff at eating squirrel but it's a vegetarian just like a deer. We think it's pretty good eating.

Again, thanks for sharing. I'll be passing it on to my 'chef' and hunting partner.
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I sure miss my Mother. She has been gone for 8 years now, but when I was a kid, I hunted squirrel, grouse and rabbit. (Didn't hunt deer til I was a teenager). Anyway, my favorite of them was squirrel. She made homeade mashed potatoes from our home grown potatoes, and fried the squirrel, just as you would fry chicken. She made homeade squirrel gravy for the potatoes after she had fried the squirrel. I think she may have cooked the meat before frying it. To this day, in my minds eye,(and tongue, too, I suppose) I can taste that combination. I'm not much of a cook, and never mastered preparing the dish. But boy do I miss it.

Anyway, I hunted with a .22 that my dad let me use until I got my own. I once shot a couple of squirrels with a shotgun. Mom didn't get all the shot out when she was preparing the meat, and I bit down on one. That's when I decided the only way to hunt them was with a .22.

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Two really fun 22s to shoot: Browning T-Bolt (top) and Izmash Biathlon. Both are real tack drivers. The Izmash Biathlon isn't a biathlon rifle, but is probably the sporting version of a biathlon target rifle. It has a toggle action, like a Luger laid on its side.

The Browning wears a Weaver K-4 scope, the Izmash a Weaver K 10 for target shooting.
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In going through the pictures of favorite 22 Rifles, I encountered the Marlin 39-A many times, but not the 39-A Mounty version. I have one, that I hunted for a long time, and finally found at a OGCA gun show in Columbus Ohio, in 1955. It's been a favorite rifle, for many uses, since. I'ts been added too, and modified many times. The last time was when the "Scout" rifle was the rage. At that time I checkered the stocks with 24 PTI, wrap around patern on the fore end, and on the straight grip panels, added an adapted a Redfield scope ring/ mount/ adaptor to the bbl, that is removable, and exposes "V" type iron sights, a Lyman aperture sight, sling swivels, and sling. I guess I'v ruined this little carbine for a collectors rifle, but it is set up exactly the way I want it. Thanks for sharing.
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Well, I'v just spent the whole morning proving how stupid I'v become, and trying to post a picture. I manage to get one out of 100 tries, to work. Here is my last attempt to get a picture posted of my little 39-A Mounty carbine.
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Well, Chubbo, don't feel bad, I think that I had to figure out just how to do it, I'm sure that most of us had to learn how. Anyway, the result is nice, and the checkering job looks good too!!

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I have to admit that the Marlin 39A is a nice rifle. I own but one, which is a custom one-off job made in 1951. I don't know if this is factory work, but it's expertly done. The barrel is a non-standard 19.5", the magazine has a reduced capacity of 12 long rifle cartridges, it sports a Marlin ramp front sight base with a Lyman bead insert, and an Osborne folding rear sight. The well-figured walnut stock has been professionally checkered and the forestock has been nicely slimmed and checkered. It has the "peanut" brass oval in the grip cap for engraving, but has not been engraved.

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Rick,

I'm probably not telling you anything you don't already know, but you might find some to look at in September at the Houston Gun Collectors show at NRG Arena. We went last year and saw some pretty cool stuff

Gun Show Dates Rules and Safety | HGCA Gun Club

Collectors Firearms on Richmond & Fondren in Houston might be worth a peek, but they can be rather pricey.
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I also have a CZ 452 American it's a great bolt action 22 rifle. These rifles are built like they used to build them in the great USA , solid actions, beautiful walnut stocks and high quality workmanship at a great value.
Ditto. Love mine.
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I've been loving my Marlin 39A for 56 years now, and think it's a really great rifle. It feels like a "gunly" gun; hefty, but not too much, oiled walnut stock, butter smooth action and more accurate than I can shoot.
With a side ejection, you could scope it if you like, put a sling on it if you like, install a tang mounted peep sight if you like, and take it down if you like, but I don't recommend that as it is a very tight fit and you might booger the nice bluing if you're not very careful.
I guess the only quibble I have is that the hammer fall is very heavy.

Seeing all the beautiful rifles pictured above, you have a lot of choices and deciding to do, depending on your taste, the kind of shooting you'd like to do and your budget.
Enjoy whatever you end up with!
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...I own but one, which is a custom one-off job made in 1951. ....and the forestock has been nicely slimmed and checkered.
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John, I love the slender forestock appearance-wise. My only complaint about my 39A is the forestock looks too fat. It feels good shooting, but I always liked the appearance of the slimmer fore ends on the older model 39's.
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