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Old 02-24-2009, 09:31 PM   #1
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Hello all, this is my first post on this particular forum and I've decided I'm going to get a new Marlin 60 or 10/22 with my tax refund check. I'm leaning more towards the Marlin 60 because I like the extra barrel length and tubular magazine. Even though I have had extensive experience shooting the 10/22, an older version, one with a tubular magazine, I am still leaning toward the Model 60. I don't plan to trick out my new rifle except for a few modifications to the trigger spring to give a lighter trigger pull, I plan to keep it mostly stock. I would like your thoughts about this choice / experiences with both of these firearms. Also, if you have any other suggestions on additional firearms in .22lr that you think I should consider please feel free to comment.

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Old 02-24-2009, 09:33 PM   #2
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I have a 10/22
but I've heard nothing bad on the model 60. Now, if you were going to use it for looters and such, not so much. Takes longer to reload than a 10/22.

Marlin 60's are tough little guns and haven't heard a single person complain about it. Cheap in price, not quality.

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Well, I had a Marlin model 65c. I don't know if Marlin actually made any improvements, but I can tell you that mine never fed hollow points reliably. My 10/22's eat everything well except shotshells need to be manually ejected.

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I personally like bolt actions. So if you want to spend ~$200, look into a savage mkII i think it is.

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I had one, it shot really well, like all Marlins. Never had an issue with feeding or anything, really. Very accurate.

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Model 60 - GOOD PURCHASE!!

Marlin Owners - Index has a nice tips/tricks section on the Model 60.

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I'm suprized nobody caught this! There is NO SUCH THING AS A 10/22 WITH TUBULAR MAGAZINE. You have the Ruger 10/22 mistakenly mixed up with another .22 rifle. There never has been an Ruger 10/22 with tubular magazine. They ALL have (factory) rotary 10 shot magazines.

There's NO WAY I would choose an Marlin model 60 over a Ruger 10/22. I've had to fix too many model 60s over the years to like them. The actual interior design of the Marlin is inferior IMO to the Ruger 10/22. Granted Marlin HAS came a LONG way over the years, but still pretty much you are stuck with the luck of the draw-whether it's accurate/heavy trigger/etc. Also tubular magazines are slightly less safe IF that person loading forgets to keep bolt open while loading. I'd be willing to bet that once you got into it, you'll want to mod your .22 rifle for more accuracy or improved ergonomics.

By the way, it's not NEAR as simple to improve the trigger on an Marlin/ Glenfield model 60 as it is on an Ruger 10/22, and should be attempted by a qualified gunsmith ONLY ( Marlin model 60).






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I'm leaning more towards the Marlin 60 because I like the extra barrel length and tubular magazine. Even though I have had extensive experience shooting the 10/22, an older version, one with a tubular magazine, I am still leaning toward the Model 60. I don't plan to trick out my new rifle except for a few modifications to the trigger spring to give a lighter trigger pull, I plan to keep it mostly stock.
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I'm suprized nobody caught this! There is NO SUCH THING AS A 10/22 WITH TUBULAR MAGAZINE. You have the Ruger 10/22 mistakenly mixed up with another .22 rifle. There never has been an Ruger 10/22 with tubular magazine. They ALL have (factory) rotary 10 shot magazines.

There's NO WAY I would choose an Marlin model 60 over a Ruger 10/22. I've had to fix too many model 60s over the years to like them. The actual interior design of the Marlin is inferior IMO to the Ruger 10/22. Granted Marlin HAS came a LONG way over the years, but still pretty much you are stuck with the luck of the draw-whether it's accurate/heavy trigger/etc. Also tubular magazines are slightly less safe IF that person loading forgets to keep bolt open while loading. I'd be willing to bet that once you got into it, you'll want to mod your .22 rifle for more accuracy or improved ergonomics.

By the way, it's not NEAR as simple to improve the trigger on an Marlin/ Glenfield model 60 as it is on an Ruger 10/22, and should be attempted by a qualified gunsmith ONLY ( Marlin model 60).
Stalkingbear is all over this one. He's right.
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As much as I like Marlins, the 60 is a bit of a gunsmith's nightmare (or dream, if he is short of work) The 10-22 has a lot of after-market barrels, stocks, triggers, etc- which leaves me wondering- why do you need the after market stuff? Something wrong with the factory gun?

I shoot Marlins, Rugers, Winchesters, Remingtons, Brownings, and Mossbergs. Depends on what you want to do. Hunting? Plinking? Serious target shooting? I love my Mossberg 44US (Plug- they are available from The Civilian Markmanship Program for under $200) as a great target rifle- but I sure would not want to haul it around squirrel hunting. I love my Marlin 39A- best lever action 22 made- but it is not my first choice for a 50 meter competition gun. My Remington 550-1's are somewhere in the middle- pretty accurate, not a dead weight, and are fun plinkers that will handle any non-magnum 22 cartridge I feed them. And the old Mossberg 152's with the fold down front pistol grip are just real retro, and a lotta fun.

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Yeah, Bear you beat me to it only because I saw the title of the thread and do not really care for the Marlin 60. For the money, it is a decent gun. I have one that always fed reliably and shot reasonably accurately.

But, the barrel appears to be simply press fit to the receiver. Mine is so loose in the receiver I will not shoot it anymore.

10-22. Much better gun

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