Originally Posted by FRITZ1015
I just found this forum and I'm thrilled there are other people out there who love the 989M2!! I have a pretty much mint one from my uncle, hardly used by him, sat for a long time and now I aquired it. I threw a new scope on it and while sighting it in I had alot of FTF's (I dont think any FTE). My uncle said he never did a full take down cleaning so I did it the other day.
Everything was somewhat dirty as expected but I cleaned and lubed everything.
A few questions for you experts though:
1) What brand/weight of ammo do you recommend for this rifle?
2) My plastic buffer is broke in 2 pcs, I found a new one on brownells/midway, but what does that buffer even do functionally?
3) Mine is old, not sure what yr but early for sure. I know if doesnt have the LSHO but even the old manual says that if you push the bolt in toward the receiver while pulled back it will lock in open. Mine does not do this at all...is something broke inside or do the early ones not even have this feature?
Sorry for the long post just some stuff I've been dying to find someone to ask.
1. CCI Minimags or Blazer ammo. Most reliable .22lr ammo around.
2. The buffer keeps the bolt from slamming into the receiver. Kinda important...
I tell folks to replace the buffer every 20 years, whether it looks like it needs it or not.
Trust me, it needs it. Plastic degrades over time...and finally breaks apart.
You will probably also find small bits of plastic inside the action & trigger assembly.
Take the time to Clean the whole rifle carefully & get all the shards out...they will cause jams.
3. Some of the early ones don't have that feature. Or, its worn off on the inside. Could go either way.
Mine doesn't. Its a 1966.
To tell the year of your 989M2, if it has a serial number, post the first two digits here, we'll tell ya what year it was made.
If it does not have a serial number (pre-1968 GCA), remove both halves of the stock & look for a two-letter code.
No, its not the JM in a circle, that's the John Marlin Proofmark.
Post the code, we'll tell ya what year it is
Also, while you are replacing the buffer, go ahead and get a J&P Spring kit for the Marlin 795.
Same springs as a 989-M2/70/995/Katz1282/etc, alll the same rifle, just with different levels of Pimp.
Springs should be replaced as often as the buffer, every 20 years.
When you clean & oil it, oil it LIGHTLY, as in, One Drop applied all over the action assembly with a fingertip.
Then One Drop applied all over the Bolt...then let AIR DRY...then re-assemble.
Clean action after every shooting trip...don't sweat the barrel unless you are in a humid area, or you're just OCD about cleaning...
most folks wait until precision drops off, then clean the barrel
When you put the action & stock together, note how snug you make the two screws.
Should not be overtightened, as that will bind the action.
Should not allow movement of the action within the stock.
Find the happy medium