Originally Posted by Hawg
Marlin model 60. The tube magazine is easier/faster to load than a clip plus it's more accurate than an out of the box Ruger.
Yeah, I said clip. GET OVER IT.
WEll..Being I have several mags for my 10-22's I can't see how anyone could possibly pull that tube out and reload faster than I can drop one out and put another one in. Mags are cheap. I have owned Marlins and Rugers O' plenty. Some better than others.
Either of those rifles will not let you down. Check them both out nad see what feels best to you. I like the 10-22 a little more myself because there are just so many ways to rebuild them as you see fit. But if it's just an out of the box rifle either one will suit your needs just fine. Used shops, pawn shops have tons of them cheap. Find one that's not too beat up and you have a quality rifle for not much cash at all. And truth be told it's pretty hard to shoot one out.I mean...I have one here that has had untold thousands of rounds though it. I don't clean it a whole lot because it shoots better with a few rounds through it. And I put it up against some much more expensive rifles and it keeps up just fine.
The Marlins have stood the test of time. Same deal as the Ruger. You don't have near the aftermarket opportunities as you will with the Ruger but you can not find much if anything to complain about with it either. I have a couple older Marlins/Glenfields here and they shoot a well now as they ever did. I like the older Glenfield stocks though. They are not as plain. There are aftermarket stocks for the Marlin. Just not as many as with the Ruger.
Both will shoot out of the box just fine. Clean and lube it before you shoot it. It's just a good thing to do new or used. Other than that feed it and clean em every once and a while and they will give you years of fun.