Dry Firing a Marlin Rimfire

Discussion in 'Marlin Rimfires' started by Tony1978, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. Tony1978

    Tony1978 Member

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    Guy's to be honest with you I have not fired my Marlin 990 in years. My 990 is a 1979 year production which does not have the last round bolt hold open feature. I've been looking around on the net toward questions of dry firing a Marlin namely the model 60. The 60 seems to be more commonly sold the most.

    My understanding is that the model 990 and the model 60 have virtually the same action. The 990 I have has the 18 round tubular magazine with no bolt hold open feature as mentioned. I'm not one for counting how many shots fired and really don't know of anyone else doing that, so that last pull of the trigger then will go "click" with a empty magazine, isn't this a sign of dry firing? Hasn't that last fired cartridge been already ejected ?

    My 990 was purchased second hand, you might say back in 1980 or 81, so I have no owners manual to go by as procedure of it's ok to dry fire or it's not ok to dry fire. I have a Ruger 10/22 carbine and the way it's set up the manual clearly says it's ok to dry fire it such as practicing. My understanding is the Ruger has a retaining pin in the bolt that limits the travel of the firing pin that keeps it from slamming into the chamber base when no .22lr round is present. Is the Marlin like or similar to this ?

    Thanks for any info.

    Tony
     
  2. MattNH

    MattNH Well-Known Member

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    I dry fire all my Marlins. There are extremes of people freaking out by dry firing once. Like you say, without the last shot hold open, I wager they get dry fired a lot. Practice away
     
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  3. Grizzlyalbert

    Grizzlyalbert New Member

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    As I understand, unless your rifle limits pin travel, your pin will hit the barrel beside the chamber. Eventually the pin will dull and you may not get good ignition OR the pin will peen the side of chamber and you may experience loading and extraction problems.

    That said, I try to count my shots and rarely succeed.
     
  4. hombre243

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    Here are 2 questions...and the answers may help solve this problem and may help avoid damage.
    Q: Does someone make duds for dry fire practice in 22LR? Can you make a suitable "last round dud to use as a buffer in the tube? Either of these dry fire shells can save firing pins and chamber mouths from damage.

    You might look here: Load it so it is the last round to be chambered.
    https://www.amazon.com/Zoom-Action-Proving-Dummy-Rounds/dp/B000AU1TK0
     
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  5. Grizzlyalbert

    Grizzlyalbert New Member

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    Good idea, hombre. why couldn't you epoxy an unfired bullet into a fired case? Be sure to mark the bullet with paint or something. I might try this soon.
     
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  6. Andyinlz

    Andyinlz New Member

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    Don't those Zooms say "Not Dry Fire Snap Caps" or something similar?
     
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  7. hombre243

    hombre243 Well-Known Member

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    Don't know. I don't use em.
     
  8. hombre243

    hombre243 Well-Known Member

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    I just read the description on Amazon and while they are not snap caps, they are used for training purposes...shooters training, so I would think they are ok for at least occasionally dry firing.

    But what we are looking for here is something that will provide a margin of safety for the rifle on the last shot when a rifle does not have a last shot hold open feature. I have an M60 Marlin 22 and it does have a hold open, but my Savage bolt gun of course does not. I usually use 5 rounds per group so my 5 rd mags would be one down at the start but my 10 rd mags would be able to use 5+1 and help me to not fire on an empty chamber. I see some shiny areas already and I have not fired the rifle all that much so...yes dry firing can hurt the cone at the chamber mouth as well as the firing pin.

    I was told by a friend who knows a lot more about rimfire guns than I do, and he said some 22 rifles have a different type firing pin set up and it can be dry fired. Depends on the model.
     
  9. Tony1978

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    On another forum I was reading a similar topic on dry firing the Marlin 60. One guy said it states nothing about dry firing his Model 60 in the owners manual,so he contacted Marlin through email and ask them the question is it ok to dry fire? He said he received no email answer from Marlin.

    As mentioned Ruger 10/22 says it's fine to dry fire as in practicing and it states that in their owners manual, I've read it before. I recently bought March 2, 2018 a new CZ 512 .22 WMR Standard model # 2161, in the owners manual on the CZ 512 it states, Do not pointlessly dry fire (without cartridges) the firearm so as to avoid damage to the edges of the cartridge chamber and decreasing service life of the firing pin.

    The CZ 512 does not have the last round hold open feature either. You would think that manufactures that do not have the last round hold open feature would design that firing pin more so like Ruger has done their 10/22, but apparently not.

    Tony
     
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  10. hombre243

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    I always go by the first advice I got concerning dry firing a rimfire...Don't. Not knowing which rifles are ok and which are not I just assume my rimfire could be damaged.