Marlin 25MN Repair and Range Report

Lately I have been very busy and have not had many opportunities to make it to the range. Some of this is a good thing as I am blessed to have a job in this economy. I also have a number of different projects I am trying to complete along with a very long honey due list around the house that has proven to be very time consuming. Though I love my weapons and range times I hate acquiring weapons due to a lost family member. I have recently acquired a number of different weapons because of this and some were in very bad shape as they had been stored for a very long time (12 years) without any attention.

List of Projects
Ruger MkII Target Restoration (Article soon to follow with detailed pictures)
Ruger MKI Restoration (Article soon to follow with detailed pictures)
Remington 550-1 Restoration

And of course last but not least a Marlin 25MN restoration. This happened to be the easiest of them all. For some reason this particular weapon had no rust or damage to the metal or internals. But the stock was not in good shape. Right now the stock is in the process of being restored and unfortunately I did not take a before picture (wasn’t thinking). With a heavy desire to get to the range and very little patience to wait for me to refinish the wood stock, I purchased a synthetic stock from midwayusa.com, I also decided to get a few extra magazines from budsgunshop.com they were in stock and the cheapest priced. The stock was a perfect fit, now all I needed was to find 22magnum ammunition. The Marlin 25MN is a microgroove 22 magnum rifle with a 7 round magazine.

marlin25mn-1

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Long Barrel Pistol 22LR Shoot Out

The day started with a call from a buddy of mine saying he had received his Tactical Solutions Pac Lite Upper for his ruger 22/45 frame. The Pac Lite is an aftermarket replacement receiver for the Ruger family of semi-automatic 22LR pistols, Ruger MK I, MK II, MK III and the .22/45 semi-automatic platforms. The receivers are all aluminum and are machined from a single piece of solid aircraft aluminum which makes them ultra lightweight. The barrels are chrome-moly inserts. The weight makes for a very well balanced easy to shoot 22.

We then decided hey lets have a pistol 22 shootout, with one stipulation the pistol must have a barrel with the length of 8inches or longer. This was the excuse we both needed to make time to get to the range as soon as we could. We both had new 22’s we had not shot yet, I had actually just acquired a new 10inch stainless Ruger MKII I was itching to shoot.

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First Shots: S&W Model 64-3 w/4″ HB

Like so many within the shooting community, I find myself afflicted with “galloping gunorrhea”, a condition in which resistance to buying certain firearms fades to nothing and one’s backbone becomes mush. The ability to utter even a faint, “No”, becomes almost impossible…especially if the price is right.

The disease’s symptoms are similar but it is triggered by different firearms, depending upon the shooter. For some, it might be brought on by certain Garands for sale, or FAL’s, side x side shotguns or a myriad of handguns.

For me, intense flare-ups occur when I see certain specific handguns such as 9mm FN/Browning Hi Powers, certain 1911-pattern pistols and many pre-lock S&W revolvers. I am as fond of the S&W Model 10/64 family of K-frame .38 Specials as I am Hi Power pistols.

My most recent attack of galloping gunorrhea resulted in my buying a very clean S&W Model 64-3 with a 4″ heavy barrel. It had been carried a little and had a few shiny “rub marks” on the barrel and cylinder from rubbing against a holster. The right-side service grip panel showed a few dings, but not bad; the set can be cleaned up and refinished. The left-side panel was fine. This is typical of a handgun carried on a person’s right side.

The seller advised that the serial number indicated 1981 manufacture.
SWM64-3004
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