I am new to this forum-- this is my first post. I have had an older model 39A for a couple of years. It is nice gun, one of my favorites. So when a friend offered me his Marlin 39 for a good price, I felt compelled to get it.
The 39 has an octagon barrel and case hardened receiver. The gun is is remarkably good shape-- although there are several significant scratches on the wood. I think it is all original, except that someone put in a sling mount where the bullseye should be on the stock. And it has a sight that may not be original. It is a D.W. King sight--it is a buckhorn style, with a 1907 patent date. The gun has a serial number of 123XX. It has a "proof mark" star on the tang
From my research, I believe this is a 1922-1926 gun, as it has no prefix on the serial number. Also from my research, these older guns are not rated for "high speed" ammunition.
But I really don't know what that means. Can someone tell me what velocity ammunition I can safely shoot in this gun?
I picked up some Remington "golden bullet" 22 short at Wally World, thinking that would be ok. But when I got home I noticed the box said "high velocity". I sort of doubt that the 22 short would be too high a velocity, but it gave me pause.
So can someone help me out? What is the max velocity I can safely shoot in this 39? Are these remington "high velocity" 22 shorts going to be ok? Does anyone have a good ammo recommendation for gun? I would like to hunt some rabbits and squirrels with it.