Marlin 60

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by Killer1989, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Killer1989

    Killer1989 New Member

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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.

    Thank you all.
     
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  2. Shotgun Shooter

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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.

    S.S.
     

  3. Ram Rod

    Ram Rod New Member

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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.
     
  4. Shotgun Shooter

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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.

    S.S.
     
  5. Gene L

    Gene L New Member

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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.
     
  6. big shrek

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  7. stalkingbear

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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).






     
  8. rugermike

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    Stalkingbear is all over this one. He's right.
     
  9. c3shooter

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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.

    Just remember that old guns need love too- check out the used market- you might get 2 for the price of one if yer lucky!
     
  10. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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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
     
  11. big shrek

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    Can I have it?? :D I'd have fun working on it :)

    If the OP is talking a NEW Marlin 60, he'll won't face the old problems of the previous ones. The new model's T-900 trigger doesn't need as much tweaking as the old ones...to say the least.

    As opposed to the New Ruger 10/22's trigger, which pretty much needs to Immediately be taken out and thrown away fast as you get it home and replaced with something more reliable from Rifle Basix/Voldquartzen/etc. ;)


    If Marlin 60's were as bad as the Ruger lovers complain...it wouldn't be the #1 Best Selling .22lr rifle of all time. They are both solid performers in their class as basic .22's.

    But a Calico M-100 outdoes 'em BOTH! Just at 3 times the price ;)
     
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  12. sgtdeath66

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    i would go with the remington 597 over the 10/22, they come out of the box wicked accurate and you dont need to upgrade the parts like 10/22's. ill get a lot of negative feedback on this post but heh. ive read on another forum that the 10/22 people had to upgrde the barrel just to get the accuracy most talk about when it comes to the 10/22
     
  13. Gojubrian

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    Yep, got the 597 recently! :)
     
  14. rugermike

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    Careful what you ask for?

    What he said!

    And if you keep a Marlin model 60 clean correctly it will last you a long time. But unfortunately most people don't, won't or do NOT know how to perform this task and it makes the guns become a "Jam-o-matic" very quickly. They are a pain to clean correctly as well as mention in another above post. Where as the Ruger 10/22 is an awesome gun in the cleaning and accuracy of semi-auto 22's(non better in my book)
    JMO
     
  15. rugermike

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    Jmo

    I've seen all kinds of snake oil salesman NOW!
     
  16. Txhillbilly

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    RugerMike,What makes the Marlin 60 hard to clean? I can take my 60 apart and clean it just as fast as I can my 10/22T.
    The Ruger,Marlin,Remington,and Savage 22lr's are all good shooting guns,and all are accurate with the right ammo. Just buy which ever one you like the most and find the ammo that it likes to shoot and enjoy shooting it.
    22's are the most fun you can have with a firearm. They are still the cheapest to shoot,accurate,and with practice can make anyone into a very fine shooter.
     
  17. big shrek

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    Let's see...Calico's enjoy a 100 round standard helical magazine...which is 90 & 70 more shots than the 10 round standard or the 30 rounder aftermarket mags for the 10/22...

    Calico eats any ammo...even those dang Remington Golden's...

    And with a good 4-16x40 on it scope, makes some mighty nice 50 & 75 yd groups :D

    And unlike the Ruger 10/22, you don't need a new trigger 15 minutes after you leave the store.

    The only thing Ruger has done to the 10/22 since it was put into full production is to put more & more substandard parts in it. Hence the HUGE aftermarket. You need a new trigger, you need a more accurate barrel, you need a better stock...I'd be embarrassed to offer anyone a stock Ruger 10/22 with all the problems they have.

    More than one magazine has flat out said that Ruger should be embarrased for what they're doing with the 10/22 line. I could EASILY spend a few paragraphs kvetching about just the original trigger in my 10/22T alone...too easily. What the heck were they thinking?
     
  18. rugermike

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    Yep

    We will have to agree to disagree on this one.

    Quote:
    "Take two opinions and mix them up in a mason jar, then pour them out....

    and...

    You still have a couple of piles!":D:D:D

    Have a good day!:)
     
  19. Furad

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    Hi folks, new guy chiming in. I've previously shot a 10/22 and while it was ok, I didn't like how much this particular one jammed a lot. Might have been the cheap 25 round clip.

    When it came time for me to get my own .22 I opted for the Marlin 60 as it felt real nice in my hands and I really like the way it looked. My first few times shooting I noticed it would jam if the bolt was to dry. Since then I've made sure to apply generous amounts of oil after cleaning and it hasn't failed since. :D
    I've even read somewhere that grease on the bolt wasn't a bad idea.
     
  20. rugermike

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    First off Welcome Furad!

    I have never seen any after market (cheap) magazine clip that would cycle consistantly in a 10/22. They will jam and not feed, period. To much slop, play and wear out pastic parts in them.
    The Marlin 60 does need some lubricate to operate smoothly, however some (most) people over lube with creates a gumming mess and instead of cleaning the action they will add more lube and more lube(more is always better right?) Wrong. All the powder residue, brass shaving, bolt wear, etc. becomes one of the best rubbing compounds. Which in this case is not a good thing, creating abnormal wear on all of the action and feed throat parts. One of Ruger's best points is the clip is removed letting "some" of the residue to be discarded out the bottom of the action. Is this good enough, no but then you have access to the action and the clip area seperate to use a air hose or canned air in between cleanings when needed. The cleaner your action stays the less wear and tear is going to happen to your firearm.

    Again, (JMO) Marlin rifles are just fine as long as you care for them regularly. I own several Marlin Lever actions and they too are very nice rifles but they take some extra care to keep them in good operating order as well.