Originally Posted by topcat990
Thanks for the numbers ! I realised that the model 60 was selling well but did not know that it was out selling the ruger. as i said mine has many many rounds thru it and still is accurate. this gun has helped many friends get into the fun of shooting and will hopefully bring in many more. the model 60 may not have the many aftermarket parts that the ruger 10/22 has but if you get down to it, it really doesn't really need them. the stocks that i have personally refinished for friends have all turned out well and to date i have done over 20. one of the ideas i picked up from a master furniture gentleman was to remove the old finish, then remove all of the catalls using water & heat. when the stock is mirror smooth begin rubbing clorox bleach into the wood and then resanding. after a few treatements the stock the stock will develop a very deep blond color and can now be finished with tru-oil. my best results for a great gunstock finish is still hand rubbed oil but on this stock truoil is ok.
Those number were just fresh in my mind, I was digging around a couple of weeks ago for the info. and now don't even remember why. So it must have been real important
. A tow to one ration in sales is a little more than I would have expected with just a four year head-start, but a lot of people do have both.
A good friend of mine has 4 different 60's and one Ruger between him and his two sons. The 60's vary in age and the newest is probably from the mid to late 90's. The oldest could be as old as the early 70's and I believe the Ruger is also from the 90's. I've never had to work on the Marlin 60's or the 10/22 they have, but I did get to fix a beat-up 336C that needed a new carrier. He bought it well used (abused actually) he takes care of his firearms as I've cleaned and repaired a few of his over the years and fitted a set of wood grips to a Taurus pistol he has.
The stocks on the Marlin rifles are less than spectacular, with some notable exceptions. The recent Deluxe models of the 60 and the 336 have some really nice checkered Walnut on them and there were some with the nice thumbhole laminates at one time. The birch laminate that was factory on mine wasn't much to look at, but it did its job until it was replaced with a Boyds Pepper (black & gray) laminated thumbhole stock. The only real complaint I can have with the Marlin was the heavy trigger pull, mine was around 7-lbs. There have been reports of trigger ranging from 4 - 9 pounds on the Model 60.
The trigger was remedied with 20 minutes of stone work on the sear, a nice 2-lb 11-oz trigger made this one a whole new rifle. I also removed a little bit of trigger take-up and some overtravel.
There are a few after market parts out there for the 60 and 795 rifles, nothing compared to the 10/22 but still enough to make the rifle your own.
And l I'll copy and save the information you posted on the stock finishing for future reference. I've been debating on what to do with the original and the Tru-Oil I used on my Boyds Shady Camo stock tuned out very nice even if it was a lot of sanding and coating and waiting and buffing and coating and waiting etc. etc. It was worth it, plus the more time you spend on wood finishing or painting means much better results in the end.