Read detailed instructions about loading, unloading, and other operation of your Self-Loading Rifle (22 L.R. only) With Tubular Magazine.
It is very important that you read and understand this manual before using this firearm. Warnings should be read and heeded carefully. Also follow The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety.
The safety mechanism is a round button located behind the trigger. To put your rifle on SAFE, hold it in the normal shooting position, pointed in a safe direction, and push the safety button from left to right as far as it will go. The safety is now on SAFE (See A).
To move the safety to the FIRE position, push the safety button from right to left as far as it will go. A red ring around the safety button will be visible when the safety is in the FIRE position (See B). If the trigger is pulled with the safety in this position, the gun will fire.
This safety feature is activated when the last shot in the rifle has been fired (i.e. when the magazine, feedthroat, and
chamber are empty). The bolt will stop about half way to the open position (See C). With the bolt in this position, you should visually check to be sure that the chamber is empty and the orange magazine follower is visible in the feedthroat, indicating that the magazine is empty. To close the bolt completely, with the safety on SAFE, and the gun empty, press the bolt release lever in the front of the trigger guard (See C). As long as the magazine remains empty, the automatic bolt holdopen will engage each time the bolt is
pulled all the way back.
In addition to the automatic “last shot” bolt hold-open, which stops the bolt about half way back, the bolt can also be manually locked in the fully open position. This device makes it easy to clean the chamber, feedthroat and bore.
First, with the chamber and magazine empty, pull the charging handle all the way back, and hold it. Now engage the lock by pushing the charging handle to the left, in the direction of the arrow on the back of the handle (See D & E).
To close the action, pull the charging handle out to the right and let it snap forward (See E1). Then press the bolt release lever in front of the trigger guard to completely close the bolt.
Be sure the chamber is empty, the safety is on SAFE, the bolt is in the “last shot” automatic hold-open position, and the rifle is pointed in a safe direction.
To load the magazine, turn the rifle upside down and, keeping your fingers away from the muzzle, unlock the inside magazine tube by turning the knurled locking end plug (See F). Extract the inside tube from the outside tube until the loading port is exposed (See G).
With the muzzle raised, drop Long Rifle cartridges into the loading port, bullet end toward the muzzle (See G). When you have loaded up to 14 cartridges, slide the tube back in place, turning it slightly to ease passage over the loaded rounds. DO NOT FORCE THE TUBE DOWN. Then rotate the knurled locking end plug to the locked position.
The inner tube will not lock in place if the number of cartridges loaded exceeds the stated magazine capacity.
With the safety on SAFE and the rifle pointed in a safe direction, close the bolt by pressing the bolt release lever in front of the trigger guard (See C). This should close the bolt on an empty chamber. Now, to chamber a cartridge, you must pull the charging handle all the way back and let the bolt snap forward again (See H & I).
Push the safety to the “FIRE” position and, with the rifle pointed at the target, squeeze the trigger. Since your rifle is self-loading, after each shot it is ready to be fired again, until the magazine, feedthroat, and chamber are empty, at which point the automatic “last shot” bolt hold-open will engage.
If you do not fire all cartridges in the magazine, be sure to put the safety on “SAFE” until you are ready to shoot again.
Be sure the inner magazine tube is locked in place. Cycle the action repeatedly by pulling the charging handle all the way back and letting it snap forward (See J).
Repeat this action until the ejection of cartridges ceases. When the last cartridge has been ejected, the automatic bolt holdopen will engage (See C).
Any mechanical device can fail, so ALWAYS CHECK THE CHAMBER AND FEEDTHROAT VISUALLY TO BE SURE NO CARTRIDGES REMAIN. The orange magazine follower is visible in the feedthroat when the magazine is empty.
Your rifle has been sighted-in and testfired at the factory. Due to individual shooting characteristics, however, sighting should be range verified.
Your rifle has a grooved receiver designed to handle tip-off-type 22 scope bases. They are made by Tasco, Weaver, and others, and are available through your local gun dealer. You may also order directly from Marlin Gun Service. Call 1-800-544-8892 for more information.
Caution: Before using any solvent or other gun cleaning product, read the label carefully to be sure it will not damage either the finish, or any parts of this firearm.
NOTE for stainless steel models: Although stainless steel is corrosion-resistant, it can rust. If the rifle gets wet, dirty, or is subject to excessive handling, wipe down metal parts with oil or a rust-inhibitor.
Minor scratches can be “buffed out” of stainless steel with a “Scotch-BriteTM Very Fine” pad, available in hardware and automotive supply stores.
Since modern ammunition burns very cleanly, with normal use it is not necessary to clean the bore of your rifle. However, if it gets wet, or if any foreign material gets into the action or barrel, cleaning as described below is recommended.
With the safety on SAFE, visually check the chamber and feedthroat to be sure no cartridges remain in the rifle. The orange magazine follower should appear in the feedthroat. Next, pull the charging handle all the way back and lock in the manual hold-open position.
To clean the bore and barrel, use any standard .22 caliber commercial cleaning rod and cleaning patches. Clean the barrel with powder solvent and wipe lightly with gun oil after cleaning.
We recommend that you wear safety glasses while disassembling this rifle. We recommend cleaning the inside of the receiver, bolt face, extractors, and butt end of the barrel (around the chamber) after firing each 250 rounds. (Frequency of cleaning may depend on brand of ammunition used.) A toothbrush and commercial gun cleaning solvent will simplify the job. (Be sure to follow manufacturer of gun cleaner's directions, as some chemicals may damage the synthetic trigger guard.)
The steps listed below should be followed carefully to assure proper disassembly, cleaning and reassembly.
Step #1 — With the safety on SAFE and the inner magazine tube locked in place, unload the gun and visually check to be doubly sure no cartridges remain. Then close the action completely.
Step #2 — The inner magazine tube should be removed in accordance with the procedure described under “How to Load”.
Step #3 — Unscrew takedown screws A and B as shown in K. Separate the rifle into two segments, the first consisting of the stock and trigger assembly, the second consisting of the barrel and action.
Release assembly post by squeezing and pushing in slotted end. Pull post free of action (See L). Remove action by sliding it to the rear and up (See M).
Step #4 — With the action removed, the bolt, charging handle, recoil spring and spring guide may now be removed.
Pull the charging handle back slightly and, with the forefinger of your other hand, lift the muzzle end of the bolt from the receiver (See N).
As you begin to lift the bolt out, the charging handle will become free and can be removed. The recoil spring and spring guide are now within easy reach for removal (See O).
Step #5 — The barrel, receiver and action are now ready for thorough cleaning. The action should be cleaned in solvent, dried, and oiled sparingly prior to reassembly.
Further disassembly of the action is not recommended and should only be attempted by a qualified gunsmith or the factory.
Step #6 — (Reassembly is easier if gun is secured in a padded vise, or held by an assistant.) To reassemble, place recoil spring guide into one end of recoil spring, then place opposite end of spring into breech bolt. Next, put recoil spring guide into hole at the rear of the receiver. To prevent kinking the spring, hold breech bolt and recoil spring in one hand and use the other hand to support the spring as shown in P, while compressing spring until guide enters breech bolt.
Step #7 — The charging handle can now be positioned through the ejection port. To complete the insertion of the breech bolt, be sure the charging handle fits into the slot provided for it in the bolt.
Reinstall the action by pulling the charging handle all the way back and locking it in the open position, and reversing the action disassembly procedure (See Q).
When reassembling the barreled action and stock, be sure the receiver is seated as far back in the stock as it will go while tightening the takedown screw. Otherwise, the rifle may not fire.
Use a very thin coat of light oil during below freezing conditions. Condensation droplets will form soon after the rifle is brought into a warm room, or it may become wet during inclement weather. In any case, all moisture should be removed. Exterior metal finishes may be wiped down with a lightly oiled cloth. For long term storage, lightly oil the bore, barrel and action with gun oil. Your gun should be completely unloaded and stored in a dry area with the action open. Never store your gun in a carrying case.