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Old 07-14-2013, 07:41 PM   #21
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My first choice (and what I own) is the S&W 15-22. My second choice and much less expensive would be the Marlin Model 60.
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I reconditiond an old "favorite" it was a 25 cal but I drilled it , resleved it and recamberd to 22 lr . One shot at a time . But is he ever proud of that gun ...
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I for one do not like 10-22's. I have two in my closet collecting dust.My go to rifles are Model 60 and I have 3 of them... Cliff
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Defcon is also the grand poohbah of stuffing Marlins into things that no ordinary person would ever think of...
check out his pics & threads on here...
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Never had a issue with accuracy with my 10/22s. They hit everything I aim at up to 100 yds. If there is a miss, it's my fault. Prices for the standard models range from $190 to $240 in my parts.
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The real beauty of the 15-22 is the adjustable stock and simplicity of cleaning. You can get an adjustable stock for the Ruger but it will add to the cost. I dont know if one is available for the Marlin. By the time you dress up a Ruger or another rifle you will be into the price of the S&W. Ruger recently brought out a take down but the S&W has always been a take down. Just pull the 2 pins. I have both but my Ruger is pretty straight forward and my wife claimed the 15-22.
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I have the Marlin 60/70 Papoose. Fun take down, but I really would like the take down 10/22.

I have been impressed with the 10/22's I've seen.
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Who doesn't love a 10/22?
I'm the 2nd.

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The 15/22 IS fun! REALLY fun!
To learn to shoot, however, I recommend a single shot or at most bolt action rifle. The early foundation of firing process competency is very important to developing good safety habits, event resolution skills, and a respect for firing a weapon. I have a Winchester Wildcat and a very old Savage break over single shot that my kids learned on....both VERY inexpensive rifles, but fully capable of endearing kids to the sport and bringing many smiles...
I would agree w/ the single shot bolt gun. Give them a 50 round box of cartridges and they will have fun, you don't need a semi. My Dads old single shot and My youngest M69 Romanian trainer go out as much as my model 60 and my sons Winchester 190.

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My first rifle was a bolt action .22. A JC Higgins branded Marlin. I've seen them used in pawn shop for under a $100.

Also can check on Marlin model 60 rifles. Good for the money, new or used.

Ruger 10/22 rifles are good when you can get a deal or find one gently used.

Henry and Marlin lever action .22s are great as well, but they can be kind of pricey.
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Marlin model 60 is the best bang for the buck. More accurate than the 10/22 out of the box and cheaper.
Definitely more accurate and loading teaches some patience.

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Is there decent aftermarket support for the Marlin model 60?
It really does not need any.

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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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I for one do not like 10-22's. I have two in my closet collecting dust.My go to rifles are Model 60 and I have 3 of them... Cliff
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My Marlin 60. This paricular model from the early 1990's was to promote teaching young shooters. Top in pic.

Middle rifle was the one I was taught on. Spent many days hunting small game w/ it as a kid.
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i for one have a preference for the Marlin Model 60 over the Ruger 10/22. not that the 10/22 is a bad rifle, just i feel the model 60 fits my needs better and works great just the way it is. the only thing the model 60 needs IMO is a decent scope and a set of rings.

as much as i like my model 60, i still need to add a bolt action 22 into my collection. i haven't owned onein many years and need to correct that problem. i use to get a lot of enjoyment out of shooting an accurate bolt action 22 rimfire.
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