Tune Your Levergun!
I tune traditional Marlin (and some types based upon Browning patents) lever-action rifles* for ultimate handling ease with improved usable accuracy and the smoothest feasible operation. I note pricing and typical turnaround times on the "Services Offered" and "Order Form" pages. To maintain low prices and quick turnaround, I generally offer only the work outlined below.
I cannot guarantee telephone consultations.
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Due to time constraints, I cannot always answer e-mails about other questions. Please e-mail specific questions about potential orders, FOR THIS WORK ONLY to email@example.com
Basic action clean-up (mostly polishing parts and adjusting springs), with trigger job (only let-off adjusted, to about 3˝ pounds, with no other alterations).
Package B (A+B):
Includes works done in Package A plus bedding of forearm (RTV) and buttstock (epoxy).
Package C (A+B+C):
Includes work done in Packages A and B plus conversion of buttstock attachment from a simple tang screw to a throughbolt.
Throughbolt conversion is probably the single most important improvement possible on any gun with a two-piece stock system and simple tang-bolt buttstock attachment — few such guns survive long without the buttstock cracking endwise along the wrist because the stock must handle any stresses associated with handling and recoil, at least partly, through cross-grain tension. Wood has very little cross-grain tensile (stretching) strength. This system is therefore weak. It also contributes to inaccuracy because bonding between buttock and receiver is poor. Adding a throughbolt solves these problems, it places the wood within the wrist of the stock in compression and adds massive endwise loading between the buttstock tang extensions and the receiver flats (wood is extremely strong in compression). And, many shooters note that the gun does not seem to kick as hard with the throughbolt, because the stock-to-receiver joint does not flex as much and therefore the buttstock does not kick up as hard into one’s face.
Package D1 (A+B+C+D1):
Package D (minimum 12-week turn-around):
Includes work done in Packages A, B, and C, plus custom headspace adjustment, recrowning (if necessary), and permanent NP3 electroless plating. NP3 provides friction proofing and corrosion resistance. Plating in this package includes: finger-lever, bolt, locking lug(s), carrier, hammer, loading gate, extractor, and ejector. NP3 provides the ultimate in smooth and slick action manipulation. (NP3, is a RoBar proprietary PTFE-saturated electroless nickel plating, which cannot chip or flake, it has an attractive gray color and a dull sheen, it is essentially corrosion proof, it is as slick as ice, it requires no lubrication, it will last through more than ten-thousand action cycles, and it is easily refurbished).
Package D2 (A+B+C+D2):
Package D2 (minimum 12-weeks turn-around):
Includes work done in Packages A, B, and C, plus custom headspace adjustment, recrowning (if necessary), and permanent NP3 plating of all metal parts of gun (excepting sights and bore interior). NP3 provides the ultimate in smooth and slick action manipulation and total exterior gun protection. (NP3, is a RoBar proprietary PTFE-saturated electroless nickel plating, which cannot chip or flake, it has an attractive gray color and a dull sheen, it is essentially corrosion proof, it is as slick as ice, it requires no lubrication, it will last through more than ten-thousand action cycles, and it is easily refurbished); alternatively, barrel, magazine tube, and associated parts, along with sights can be finished with RoGuard or Poly P2. RoGuard is a very tough and durable deep black, baked-on polymer, that is many times tougher than any bluing. Poly P2 is similar but a more natural gun color. (RoBar applies these finishes over Parkerizing on blue steel parts.)
Package AL (cost & work separate from above packages)**:
Modification of action to accept longer cartridges (gun will still handle conventional rounds):
Marlin 336-based (long) actions, lengthened to accept 2.68" cartridges, or lengthened to accept 2.715" cartridges.
Marlin 1894-based (short) actions lengthened to accept 1.68" cartridges, or lengthened to accept 1.75" cartridges
Browning Designed rifles: M-92 & M94 based actions lengthened as much as is feasible
I have been able to modify some 1894 Marlins to handle significantly longer rounds. I have done one that will handle 1.9-inch rounds and one that will handle rounds that are almost 2.0-inch long. This result requires major alterations of many parts. The cost for such work is very high and I cannot guarantee final maximum cartridge length because that varies from one gun to the next as a function of gun-to-gun tolerance variations. For those who are thinking of the 460 S&W or 500 S&W, no, this Marlin will not handle the pressure generated by those rounds.
I now offer many other services, including: barrel shortening, length-of-pull adjustment, recoil pad installation, improvement of cartridge feeding into chamber, gun lightening, other useful modifications, and complete fully customized guns in unique chamberings. For a complete listing of services, refer to the "Services Offered" page.
I will not touch any rifle with an illegible serial number.
I will not touch any rifle fouled up by some other gunsmith.
I will not do any alteration of any valuable antique rifle (any basic rifle or chambering no longer in production or with a market value exceeding that of a similar new rifle). Where possible, I will to standard repairs to keep such a rifle shooting.
I will not work on older rifles with rusted screws that will not loosen. If in doubt, use a properly fitting screwdriver to loosen all action screws before shipping rifle. If a screw will not turn, soak threaded end with quality penetrating oil until it will turn.
For each significantly damaged screw head, add $25 (for screw removal and replacement).
** Actual maximum cartridge overall length depends upon bullet nose profile; this work does not include alteration of chamber throat, therefore some bullets might not allow greater cartridge length, due to rifling engravement considerations.
TWIST RATE NOTES:
Also, note that many foreign produced reproductions of Browning rifles have twist rates that are too slow to produce accuracy with heavy bullets. Contrary to so-called “information” on the Internet, the standard Marlin 44 Magnum twist will usually stabilize bullets up to about 300 grains without a problem. Accuracy of traditional lever-action rifles is inversely proportional to twist rate, the faster the twist the lower the accuracy potential; therefore, the slowest twist that will stabilize the longest bullet one intends to use is always the best choice. Explicitly, I will not install a 20-twist barrel on a 44 Magnum because accuracy of such a gun is lousy. For those who want to shoot heavier bullets in the 44 Magnum Marlin, I order and install barrels with a 30-inch twist, which will stabilize any feasible bullet up to at least 360 grains and will still provide decent accuracy.
Endorse Postal Money Order to:
Ship rifle, by United States Postal Service, insured for value to:
10725 Road 24.4 Loop
Cortez, CO 81321
If you prefer to ship the gun to me by United Parcel Service (UPS)*, use the same address.
*If you do ship to me by UPS, you must include a correct postal address because I will only return ship to you by United States Postal Service (USPS) (UPS is locally extremely difficult for me to use — requires that I drive 50 miles one way, just to find out if they will actually accept the package and, of course, the miserable cretins will not and then I have no recourse, I refuse to give UPS any of my business.)
Include telephone number, complete return mailing address and Postal Money Order totaling these amounts:
It is specifically provided by law that any individual who legally owns any legal rifle can ship that rifle, for the above noted purposes, through the United States Postal Service. Should any Post Office employee refuse to allow you to ship your rifle, please be so kind as to insist upon seeing a supervisor, if necessary, force them to show you the regulations that prohibit your doing this (they cannot), if they still refuse, insist upon filing a formal complaint. Please, do not let them move you out of the line until you do everything feasible to force them to do what is legally required.
You must be ready, willing, and able to verify that the properly packaged gun is unloaded — DO NOT SHIP LOADED CARTRIDGES or PRIMED CASES.
The package must be well sealed and of sufficient quality to support the necessary handling that will occur. I recommend the following approach:
a) Apply tape over each end of box in both directions, run ends about 4 inches from end,
b) Apply tape wraps around box near each end (to lock tape across ends of box),
c) Apply tape wraps at center and 1/4th points around box,
d) Apply tape wraps in any other area of potential weakness,
e) Apply postage and mark box fragile.