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Cleaning, Lubrication and Maintenance

WARNING!  Before cleaning, make sure your firearm is completely unloaded (both the chamber and the magazine) and engage the safety mechanism by placing the safety lever in the "SAFE" position.

WARNING!  After each use, follow the lubrication and maintenance directions in this Owner's Manual.  If the firearm is immersed in water, it must be thoroughly cleaned and lubricated as soon as possible.  In case of saltwater immersion, first flush all parts with fresh water, then dry, clean and lubricate the firearm.  If the firearm does not function properly, have it checked and corrected by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center before further use.  Failure to follow these instructions may lead to firearm malfunctions which could result in serious personal injuries or death.

Caution: The chamber and bore should be cleaned before loading and firing the firearm the first time.

Lubrication:

Over-lubrication should be avoided at all times.  A light application of RemTM Oil helps to prevent rusting.

WARNING! Excessive use of a lubricant could adversely affect the function and safe operation of your firearm.  Failure to properly maintain your firearm can not only damage your firearm, it can expose you and others to unnecessary risks of personal injury or death.

When the firearm is to be stored, it should be carefully cleaned and thoroughly oiled.  Outside metal surfaces should be wiped with RemTM Oil occasionally.  When the firearm is to be reused, all excess lubrication must be removed.  The chamber and bore must be thoroughly wiped dry.

For safe and dependable operation of your firearm, the barrel and action must be cleaned periodically.

Marlin recommends using Remington cleaning products and lubricants or their equivalents.

WARNING!  The use of non recommended lubricants or cleaners could adversely affect the function and safe operation of your firearm.  Do not use congealing lubricants.  The use of non-congealing lubricants such as RemTM Oil is strongly recommended.

To Clean the Barrel:

WARNING! Unload the firearm before cleaning.  Look into the ejection port and visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure there are no cartridges in the firearm.  Always wear eye protection when handling, disassembling and reassembling the firearm.

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully rearward to the "SAFE" position.
  3. Keep fingers and other objects away from the trigger. 
  4. Open the action by raising the bolt handle.
  5. Pull the bolt fully rearward.
  6. Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded.
  7. If the firearm is not unloaded, see "To Unload the Firearm".
  8. With the firearm completely unloaded, place the Safety Mechanism in the "FIRE" position by moving the safety arm forward.
  9. Remove the bolt assembly from the receiver by pulling and holding the trigger fully rearward while pulling the bolt rearward, sliding the bolt assembly from the receiver.
  10. Use the instructions and equipment provided in a quality cleaning kit such as a Remington Cleaning Kit.  For recommendations, see your dealer or a Marlin Authorized Service Center.
  11. Saturate a cleaning patch with Brite BoreTM or equivalent.
  12. Attach the patch to a cleaning rod tip.
  13. Pass the patch through the bore from the chamber end to the muzzle several times removing loose residue and fouling.
  14. Select the correct caliber cleaning brush and attach a brush to the cleaning rod.
  15. Spray the bore brush with Brite Bore.
  16. Push the cleaning rod through the barrel several times.
  17. Remove the brush from the rod and attach a tip with a cleaning patch.
  18. Push the cleaning patch through the bore.
  19. Repeat several times using a new cleaning patch each time until the patch is removed from the barrel without fouling residue.
  20. Push a clean patch saturated with RemTM Oil through the barrel.
  21. Push a clean dry patch through the barrel to remove excess lubricant.
  22. Apply a light application of RemTM Oil to the outside of the barrel with a soft clean cloth.

WARNING! After cleaning, make sure the barrel is free of obstructions, see "To Check the Barrel for Obstructions".

To Disassemble the Firearm for Cleaning:

CAUTION: The XT-series bolt action rimfire rifles should NOT be disassembled beyond what is described in this manual, except by a factory or a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

WARNING! Unload the firearm before cleaning.  Look into the ejection port and visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure there are no cartridges in the firearm.  Always wear eye protection when handling, disassembling, and reassembling the firearm.

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Engage the safety arm fully rearward to the 'SAFE" Position.
  3. Remove the detachable magazine (if equipped) from the firearm by pressing the magazine latch then pulling the magazine box from the magazine well. See Picture 12
  4. Open the action by raising the bolt handle.
  5. With the firearm completely unloaded, place the Safety Mechanism in the "FIRE" position by moving the safety arm forward.
  6. Remove the bolt assembly from the receiver by pulling and holding the trigger fully rearward while pulling the bolt rearward, sliding the bolt assembly from the receiver.
  7. Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and magazine well to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded.
  8. Remove the barreled/action from the stock by removing the takedown screw(s), using an Allen Wrench.  See Picture 21.

Note: As shown in Picture 21, slotted takedown screws may be used.

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  1.  Lift the barreled/action from the stock.

To Clean the Receiver:

  1. Thoroughly spray then brush all components inside the receiver using RemTM Action Cleaner.
  2. Air dry or use compressed air to thoroughly dry the receiver assembly.
  3. Apply a light application of RemTM Oil to the inside and outside of the receiver.

To Clean and Lubricate the Trigger Assembly:

NOTE: Clean and lubricate the receiver and trigger assembly as a unit.

Do not remove the trigger assembly from the receiver.

  1. Thoroughly spray inside the trigger assembly at the four points specified in Picture 22 with RemTM Action Cleaner.

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  1. Disengage the safety by moving the safety mechanism to the "FIRE" position.  Pull the trigger rearward and release multiple times.
  2. Pull and hold the trigger rearward, while using a small punch or screwdriver, depress the sear (Lubrication Point 1, see Picture 22) and release multiple times.  See Picture 23

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  1. Release the trigger and operate the safety lever from the "FIRE" to the "SAFE" position multiple times.
  2. Again thoroughly spray inside the trigger assembly at the four points specified in Picture 22 with RemTM Action Cleaner. Air dry or use compressed air to thoroughly dry the trigger assembly.
  3. Place one drop of RemTM Oil in each of the four (4) points in the trigger assembly specified in Picture 22.
  4. Disengage the safety by placing the safety arm in the "FIRE" position.  Pull the trigger rearward and release multiple times.  Ensure the trigger returns completely to the forward position each time.

WARNING! If the trigger does not fully return to the forward position each time it is released, then your firearm is NOT in a safe operating condition and must NOT be used until you have had it repaired by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

  1. If the trigger completely returns as specified in step 19, pull and hold the trigger rearward while using a small punch or screwdriver to depress and release the sear multiple times.  See Picture 23.

WARNING If the sear does not return to the full upward position without hesitation, then your firearm is NOT in a safe operating condition and it must NOT be used until you have had it inspected and repaired by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

  1. If the sear freely returns to the full upward position as specified in previous step, release the trigger and operate the safety mechanism from the "FIRE" to the "SAFE" position multiple times.  The safety mechanism must operate freely.  The safety arm or lever must be positioned fully in the "SAFE" position.  The safety should NOT remain in a position anywhere between the "SAFE" and "FIRE" position.  If the safety mechanism does not freely return to the full "SAFE" or "FIRE" position, repeat "To Clean and Lubricate the Trigger Assembly" steps above.

WARNING! If the safety mechanism does not freely return to the "SAFE" or "FIRE" position after repeating operations "To Clean and Lubricate the Trigger Assembly" steps above, then your firearm is NOT in a safe operating condition and it must NOT be used until you have had it repaired by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

  1. Place the safety in the "SAFE" position and lightly spray RemTM Oil on all the external surfaces of the trigger assembly and receiver.  Remove all excess Oil.

To Clean the Bolt Assembly:

Caution!  Clean the Bolt Assembly as a unit.  Do not disassemble.

  1. With the bolt assembly removed from the firearm, see "To Remove the Bolt Assembly".
  2. Thoroughly spray and brush the bolt assembly including the firing pin(see Picture 25) using RemTM Action Cleaner.
  3. While holding the bolt assembly stationary, rotate the striker knob, from the cocked to the uncocked position.  See Picture 24.

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  1. Ensure the firing pin freely extends and retracts when the striker knob is rotated from the cocked to the uncocked position.  See Picture 25 and Picture 26.

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  1. If the firing pin does not move freely, flush the firing pin return spring and firing pin channel using RemTM Action Cleaner while the striker cam pin is in the uncocked position.  See Picture 25.
  2. Repeat steps 3 and 4 above multiple times.

WARNING! If the firing pin does NOT move freely (extending and retracting) when the striker knob is rotated from the cocked to the uncocked position, then your firearm is NOT in a safe operating condition and it must NOT be used until you have had it repaired by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

  1. Air dry or use compressed air to thoroughly dry all components in the bolt assembly.
  2. Apply a light application of RemTM Oil to all surfaces of the bolt assembly including the firing pin return spring.
  3. If desired, apply grease to the cocking notch.

To Clean the Magazine:

NOTE: For instructions on how to remove the magazine from the firearm, see "To Unload the Firearm". Clean the magazine as a unit.

  1. Thoroughly flush the magazine assembly by using RemTM Action Cleaner.
  2. Air dry or use compressed air to thoroughly dry the magazine assembly components.
  3. Apply a light application of RemTM Oil to all metal surfaces.
  4. Ensure the follower moves freely.
  5. If the follower does not move freely repeat steps 1-4.

NOTE: While your bolt action firearm has been designed and manufactured to provide improved corrosion protection, only proper care will keep your firearm in good operating condition and maintain its appearance.  After extensive use, the protective coating on plated parts may be worn sufficiently, reducing the corrosion protection.  Such worn parts should be replaced to assure the integrity of the corrosion protection.

To Reassemble the Barreled/Action into the Stock:

  1. With the bolt assembly and magazine removed, place the barreled/action into the stock.
  2. Replace and tighten (clockwise) the takedown screws to a hand tight fit.  See Picture 21.

WARNING! Before replacing the bolt assembly, make sure the barrel is free from obstructions. See "To Check for Barrel Obstructions".

  1. Install the bolt assembly.  See instruction "To Install the Bolt Assembly".
  2. If the firearm has a detachable magazine, push the magazine into the receiver's magazine well until the latch fully engages. 
  3. Ensure the safety is engaged by placing the safety mechanism in the "SAFE" position.

To Function Test the Firearm:

When the firearm is fully reassembled, a short function test should be conducted to ensure proper operation before loading or discharging the firearm.  If the firearm does not function as described in any part of the Function Test Procedure, then the firearm should be reassembled and function tested again.  Do NOT discharge the firearm.  If the firearm fails the Function Test again, DO NOT discharge the firearm.  The firearm should be sent to a Marlin Authorized Repair Center or call: 1-800-243-9700, M-F 9am-5pm EST.

WARNING! Completely unload the firearm before Function Testing.  Look into the ejection port and visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure there are no cartridges in the firearm.  Always wear eye protection when handling the firearm.

  1. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction throughout the Function Testing process.
  2. Engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully rearward to the "SAFE" position. 
  3. Open the action by raising the bolt handle, then pulling the bolt fully rearward.  The bolt should stop on the bolt stop at the rear of the stroke.
  4. Look into the ejection port, visually check the chamber and magazine to make sure the firearm is completely unloaded.
  5. If the firearm has a detachable magazine, remove the magazine by disengaging the magazine latch while pulling the magazine from the firearm.  See Picture 12.
  6. Slid the bolt forward, then push the bolt handle down, locking the bolt into the firing position.
  7. With the safety engaged, pull the trigger rearward and release.  The firing pin should not release.
  8. Disengage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully forward to the "FIRE" position.
  9. Pull the trigger fully rearward and release.  The firing pin should release.
  10. Ensure the trigger returns completely to the forward position each time the trigger is pulled.
  11. Cycle the bolt and repeat steps 9 and 10 multiple times.
  12. Ensure the trigger release returns fully forward when the bolt is cocked.  See Picture 27.

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WARNING! If the trigger does not fully return to the forward position each time it is released, then your firearm is NOT in a safe operating condition and it must NOT be used until you have it inspected and the problem corrected by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

WARNING! If the trigger release does not fully return to the forward position each time the bolt is cycled or cocked, then your firearm is NOT in a safe operating condition and it must NOT be used until you have it inspected and the problem corrected by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

  1. If the trigger and the trigger release completely returns as specified in step 11 and 12, cycle the bolt.
  2. With the safety mechanism in the "FIRE" position, pull the trigger without touching the trigger release.  The striker should not release.  See Picture 28.

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WARNING! If the Striker releases when the trigger is pulled and the trigger release is not pulled, then your firearm is NOT in a safe operating condition and it must NOT be used until you have it inspected and the problem corrected by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

  1. Remove the bolt.  See "To Remove the Bolt Assembly".
  2. With the safety mechanism disengaged or in "FIRE" position, pull and hold the trigger rearward while using a small punch or screwdriver to depress the sear and releasing multiple times.  The sear must return to the full upward position without hesitation.  See Picture 29.

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WARNING! If the sear does not return to the full upward position without hesitation, then your firearm is NOT in a safe operation condition and must NOT be used until you have it inspected and the problem corrected by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

  1. If the sear freely returns to the full upward position as specified in operation 17, release the trigger and operate the safety from the "Fire" to the "Safe" position multiple times.  The safety mechanism must operate freely.  When the safety arm is moved from the "Safe" to "Fire" position, it must NOT stop in-between the two positions.
  2. Repeat steps 16 and 17 multiple times.

WARNING! If the safety does NOT freely return to the full "Safe" or full "Fire" position after repeating steps 16 thru 17 multiple times, then your firearm is NOT in a safe operating condition and it must NOT be used until you have had it inspected and corrected by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

  1. Before installing the bolt assembly, ensure the firing pin does not remain forward when the bolt assembly is in the cocked position as in Picture 25.

WARNING! If the firing pin remains in the forward position when the bolt assembly is cocked, then your firearm is NOT in a safe operating condition and it must NOT be used until you have had it repaired by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

  1. Install the bolt assembly into the receiver.  See "To Install the Bolt Assembly".
  2. For firearms with detachable magazines, install the magazine fully into the magazine well.
  3. With the safety mechanism disengaged or in the "FIRE" position, close the action smartly (with force). Once fully forward, push down on the bolt handle, camming the bolt into the locked position.
  4. The striker must NOT release and the empty magazine should remain latched in position.
  5. Repeat steps 21 thru 23 multiple times.

WARNING! If the striker pin does NOT remain cocked when the bolt is closed smartly, the firearm is NOT safe to use.  Return the firearm to the factory or to a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.

  1. Engage the safety mechanism by moving the safety arm fully rearward to the "SAFE" position.

WARNING! Incorrectly assembling the firearm or with modified parts can result in damage to your firearm, personal injury or death to you or others.  Marlin recommends all service and replacement of components be performed by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center.  If a repair or component replacement was not completed by a Marlin Authorized Repair Center we recommend that you have your firearm checked by an Authorized Repair Center.

The firearm owner and user must accept full responsibility for the correct reassembly and functioning of the firearm after disassembly or replacement of parts.

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