marlin model 60 makeover!

Discussion in 'Engraving & Refinishing' started by Axxe55, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    well i picked up a well used, but functioning perfectly marlin model 60 today for, $80! shoots great with open sights. needs some tlc bad! i going to clean it up and refinish the stock and use some cold blue on the metal surfaces. i will post some before pictures to show how it started out and then some after pictures to show what a little time and not a lot of money can accomplish. keep y'all posted!
     
  2. 762

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    do you have any feeding problems? my brother moved to new orleans and left his in my gun safe. all i've done is refinish the stock so far.
     

  3. chip102

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    Same thing just happened to me about a month ago, local shop had a model 60 for 70 buck..it was cosmetically a POS, but it worked like new and shot on top of each other every time at 50 yards. I plan on over the winter doing a full stock and blue strip and redoing the whole thing with a darker finish on the wood and I am either going to polish the steel or give it a hot bluing salt bath.

    Is yours the older model with the 18 round tube, or the new one with the short tube?

    I found that the CCL Standard velocity 22LR 40 grain target ammo works great in it. No cycle issues, not a single dud in the entire box of 500 either, and its affordable (but what .22 ammo isn't :p)

    I will post a thread with my project when I get home in Dec. for winter break along side my custom Mosin thread.

    Good luck with the refinish, let me know if you have any advice as you proceed.
     
  4. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    762, i shot about forty rounds through it when i got home at about 50 yrds and seemed to hit pretty close to where i was aiming(iron sights and i can't see as well as i use to!) no feeding or ejection problems. then i proceeded to tear it down.

    chip, mine looks to be an older one, and i think it holds 18. i only put about 15 in the tube.

    i will post some pictures later tonight.
     
  5. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    marlin 60 before

    some before pictures of the stock and metal.
     

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  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    here are some after pictures. cleaned and steel wooled the barrel of rust, cleaned again and painted the barrel and receiver with Krylon flat black camo paint. stripped the stock of old finish, sanded smooth with 150 and 220 grit sandpaper, used some dark red mahogany stain, buffed out with Johnsons paste wax and steel wool. removed the iron sights, cleaned and repainted the buttplate. ordered some rings to mount a Simmons 3-9x40 i had stashed back waiting on something to put it on.
     

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  7. TheOldMan

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    Nice work on the stock .. Afraid you'll be disappointed with your choice of painting the metal with Krylon though. A better choice would have been DuraCoat which is actually made for gun metal. I think you can get a "kit" for around 30 bucks at Midway or Brownells.

    Still over all a nice look.
     
  8. 762

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    nice work axe. the stock looks exactly like mine. i think i used a cherry stain. i dont remember. i'll probably work on it some more this winter. i'm thinking of sanding down the barrel and duracoating it some sort of brown or tan maybe? i dont know, i cant decided. i may just do a flat black. i HATE bluing. lol
     
  9. unclebear

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    Looks brand new, you did a great job.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    thanks everyone. chip102, it has the 18 round tube so it is the older model. 762, shot it again after putting it back together, worked great. i took the sights off and have a couple of extra scopes, so i ordered some rings last night and will mount the scope when they come in. it's just a 3-9x40 Simmons, but should be fine for this gun. i'll sight it in at 50 yrds and it will be good to go. when i'm finished, i'll still be under $100 on the whole gun.
     
  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    Update to Marlin M60 makeover!

    well i got the rings in yesterday, and got the scope mounted. shot it and got it sighted in. scope works great on this rifle. sighted it in at about 15 yards just to get it on paper, (don't have a bore sighter yet!) and then shot it at about 100 yards and noticed it hitting about 6-8" low. i will have to measure off 50 yards and get it dialed in later. here is what it looks like withe scope mounted.
     

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  12. Carpshooter

    Carpshooter New Member

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    Here's what I think !

    Great job on that Marlin ! ;)
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    thanks carp. i really enjoyed giving this rifle a new lease on life! walmart had marlin m60 w/ 12 rnd tube, 19" barrel new for $157+tax. i bought this one for $80, cleaned it up, refinished the stock, bought a set of rings, mounted a scope i already had laying around, and still less than $100 in it. i'm very happy with it so far. this is an older m60 w/ 18 rnd tube and the 21" barrel and mechanically it was in good shape, so i thought it would be a good candidate for a simple makeover. i am going to start looking for some new projects now, like and older winchester m94 in 30-30.