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Old 07-14-2013, 12:51 PM   #11
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my suggestion, would be either a Marlin or Savage bolt action, or a Marlin model 60 or Ruger 10/22 if wanting to go the semi-auto route.
Is there decent aftermarket support for the Marlin model 60?
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I want a good quality good shooting rimfire rifle to extend the fun at the range and teach my children to shoot. I prefer a flexible platform
I'm going to buck the trend in my recommendation. Everyone seems to be fixating on "teach my children to shoot" and ignoring the request for a "flexible platform" and the OP's stated interest in a specific semiauto rifle.

So, if the S&W is outside your budget, I'd recommend either the Marlin 60 or Ruger 10/22. The Marlin is going to be generally a bit better 'out of the box' but the Ruger is still a good rifle and if you think you might like to tinker with your rifle or customize it to your exact tastes the 10/22 is the way to go.

Others have recommended single-shots or bolt-actions as 'teaching guns' and if you want to buy a dedicated gun for that role, there's a lot to be said for them. If you want a multi-purpose rifle, though, the can limiting. If you are concerned about encouraging good marksmanship or trigger discipline it's easy enough to load any repeater one cartridge at a time.

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Is there decent aftermarket support for the Marlin model 60?
I suppose there is some aftermarket support for the Marlin but it pales to insignificance next to the amount of aftermarket parts and modification available for the 10/22.
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For the time being extended mags are my main concern, that way we can keep the fun going once their good basic shooters

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...I suppose there is some aftermarket support for the Marlin but it pales to insignificance next to the amount of aftermarket parts and modification available for the 10/22.
Yeah, but the difference is that the 1022 NEEDS aftermarket parts to get precise...and work properly...
(Tuffer Buffer, VQ action parts, Archangel, and a myriad of other manufacturers make better 1022 parts than Ruger does)
whereas the Marlins whoop booty right out of the box

A bone-stock Ruger 1022 is like a Chevy Nova with a 6 cyl...
runs alright, but does a lot better when you throw a 350 & better suspension parts in...
note the huge Chevy aftermarket...similar...
Places like Volquarzen actually make better 1022's than Ruger ever could...but cost around $800 to start.

Marlin gives precision right out of the box, but could use better looks (stocks/shiny toys)...
Kind of like a Yamaha V-Max...ain't gotta do much but personalize it.
hence the smaller aftermarket, but better rifle sales.

Wifey's Marlin 60 w/ Boyd's thumbhole stock, SR bipod, pink camo sling & DIP trigger/guard combo


The Ruger 1022, created in 1963, has sold around 8 million rifles.
The Marlin 60, created in 1960, has sold over 16 million rifles...
The Marlin 795, created in 1996, has sold over 5 million rifles...and is quickly catching the 1022 since the 25-rd mags came out...
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Is there decent aftermarket support for the Marlin model 60?
very small when compared to the Ruger 10/22. Boyd's Gun Stocks makes a few stocks for it. there are some aftermarket upgrades i think for the trigger. sights and scope rings and such. but nothing like the 10/22. you can build a 10/22 with practically all aftermarket parts.
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I'm a big Yamaha fan so I like Ur example(I ride a FZ1) if I was gonna pay $800+ I'll go w the S&W 15/22. The Marlin is winning so far, I expect a firearm to be accurate out of the box without paying tons of cash, hence Savage is where I normally start looking for a rifle

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I'm a big Yamaha fan so I like Ur example(I ride a FZ1) if I was gonna pay $800+ I'll go w the S&W 15/22. The Marlin is winning so far, I expect a firearm to be accurate out of the box without paying tons of cash, hence Savage is where I normally start looking for a rifle
those are pretty much the same suggestions i also make in regards to a semi auto 22. pull it of the box andat most just want to put a scope on it and get to shooting, then go with the Marlin. like to tinker and customize, then get the Ruger.

i bought my model 60 a couple of years ago at my LGS used for $75. it shot great, but was cosmetically challenged. i have about $100 in it right now and it looks great and shoots great. mine was made in about 1980 or 1981.
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$75 sounds great, I never have good luck finding guns used until I buy a new one lol

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$75 sounds great, I never have good luck finding guns used until I buy a new one lol
just got to hit the pawn shops and the gun stores. hit them on a regular basis.
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Semi auto get a 10/22 as the after market goodies is unreal. Great rifles. I own several.

Bolt action get a Savage or a Marlin and have a ball. I own both and love both but believe the Marlin a bit more accurate though the trigger is better on the Savage.

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