Marlin Model 75 .22LR Restoration Project

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  1. Tally XD

    Tally XD XDTalk 3K Member Founding Member

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    A couple weeks ago I obtained three firearms from a guy for $150.00 total. Two were .410 single shots and one was this Marlin/Glenfield Model 75 semi auto rifle.

    These were his kids truck guns and two were pretty rough. One of the .410 shotguns was in really great condition and has already been sold.

    This little .22 rifle was also fairly rough, had some action issues and some barrel rust.

    After stripping the stock and adding a hand rubbed boiled linseed oil finish I took the barrel down to white metal and used Brownell's Dicropan to re-blue the barrel.

    I bead blasted the aluminum receiver, trigger guard and front sight. I finished all the aluminum in Duplicolor Wheel Coating in gun metal grey.

    The internals of the action were cleaned immaculately and some polishing of the pieces and the bolt itself. Replaced any missing clips and pins.

    I added stainless steel hardware screws and some sling swivel points.

    This rifle is potentially sold this week.



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  2. AwPhuch

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    INCREDIBLE!

    Why does that thing remind me of the Marlin 60? Maybe the predecessor?

    It seems that it has a very short tube magazine..I wonder if it could possibly take the longer tube magazine of the Model 60?

    Anyway...that thing is NICE...but I'm not incredibly hot on the "blonde" wood, to me it seems the wood should be darker, maybe a American Walnut color...but that's just personal preference.

    Good job!

    Found this info for you if it helps
    And here!
    http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/non-xd-handguns/123066-glenfield-75-same-marlin-model-60-a.html

    This is probably the resource you should turn to for all your Marlin 75 needs!
    http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=217
     
  3. Tally XD

    Tally XD XDTalk 3K Member Founding Member

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    Thank you! This was my first "in depth" type of refinish. Took my time and tried to do it well.

    The Model 75 is almost identical to the 60 and I also have one of that model that will get similar treatment.

    The Model 75 does have a short mag tube and I have a long tube on the Model 60 but I never tried to retro fit it. If the locator pin is in the same position I think it would swap out.

    I kept this one original as it looks like a carbine type rifle. I also like the lighter blonde color but I did want it a bit darker. I just didn't have time to get enough coats on it to darken it more. Boiled linseed oil finishes will also darken with time so it will probably change without needing any more color added.

    It is sold (pending funds) so I need to let the stock finish drying out just a bit as the linseed oil can bleed out.
     
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    Looks great!

    I have restored several older 22s and they are great shooters that are totally worth owning. One is a Remington 511 bolt gun that has a Bushnell 3x9x32 scope and that thing can knock empty 12 gauge hulls off fenceposts at 50yds all day long.

    The only automatic that I have restored is a 1960s made Remington 550, but it too is very accurate.

    Enjoy that Marlin...they are known to be pretty accurate.

    I love old 22 rifles....they are the cat's a s s! LOL

    -brickboy240
     
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    I call this Glenfield 75 (manufactured in 1969) rifle Jim Nelson, because that's what was (and still is) carved into its bottom when I bought it 2 years ago for $125 dollars. Thought the custom woodwork seemed worth it, even though it was scuffed up a little, the bluing was destroyed, and the iron sights were off. Turned out to be a tiny beast. It consistently pulls sub-MOA groups with this $60 little 3-9x scope I took off my crappy, broken Mossberg Plinkster (those rifles can burn in hell where they belong). I'm talking under an inch at 100 yards on a windless day. On my honor. Figure if I ever re-finished, and re-blued it, it might actually be worth a good chunk of change. Not that I would part with it, too many good memories now. Any way just wanted to show it off.

    Edit: BTW this appears to be custom woodwork, as I have never been able to find another like it through research, or questioning firearm afficianados. Also I just noticed that the crown on mine seems quite recessed when compared to pictures of others (only about 1/3 as long after the front iron sight), including the one in this thread. Does anyone know if a custom crown could attribute to that kind of accuracy? Can you do better than a factory crown? I'm kind of a yuppie in this particular area.
     

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    It is possible that someone buggered up the crown and had a smith re-crown it in a recessed manner. That way, any knocking around in the future would not ding the crown and ruin its accuracy.

    Nice old 22s....I love old 22s.

    I see lots of those Glenfields in pawn shops...maybe I ought to pick one up. The ones I have shot were very good shooters. Admittedly....I am spoiled with my Remington 550 semi-auto tube feeder.

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  7. Tally XD

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    Absolutely pick up as many as you can find at a pawn shop if the price is right. Until recently, they were $100 or less and even sometimes included a cheap scope.

    Parts alone are sold on eBay for as much as the entire rifle can be purchased.
     
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    That's one awesome restoration.
     
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    I actually prefer the old marlin glenfields. They just dont make them like that anymore!
    I have an old marlin glenfield 25 that looks like its been through hell and back and it is a tack driver! and one of the few rifles that I own that are magazine fed and feeds .22 shorts! Think I paid about 50 bucks for it. it is my quintessential hunting 22. the 10/22s stay in the cabinet (most of the time).
     
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    @ brick boy:Thanks dude
     
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    I still see decent Model 60s in pawn shops for about 100-150 bucks. Cash can take most home for 100-125....my guess.

    Yeah that Model 75 seems to be a short magazine Model 60.

    I might pick one up since I do not have a Marlin auto loader. Currently, I have 3 old Remington bolt actions, a Remington 550 semi-auto and a Winchester Model 62 pump. All pawn shop rescues and all very accurate shooters.

    -brickboy240

     

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