New Marlin 60's

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by tCan, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. tCan

    tCan Active Member

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    My Marlin 60, which I just bought new, has Allen key take down screws. Retarded. I have both a metric and an american set, and neither one seems to fit. Why the change up? I thought they used flat heads...
     
  2. tCan

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    I did a little reading into the subject, and apparently they went to the hex key because it's easier to install than a standard screw, so they can build them a little bit faster. Understandable. But they chose a 9/64 inch hex screw. That's a specialty size that's not included in most kits. You have to buy it separately. Marlin is going to be getting a phone call from me, that's for sure. It's just dumb of them to do it that way. Pick something everyone is going to have, like a 1/8 inch.
     

  3. godale

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    i have read different posts that the new are not up to standard with the old ones? whats your feel on this?
     
  4. orangello

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    Well, maybe it will save you a stock scratch at some point.

    Are the recoil buffers better now? Mine had the old white plastic recoil buffer that eventually went to shreds & jammed the action. I ordered a replacement that is supposed to be "updated" and is black in color. Which color buffer did you get?

    edit* Mine is from the late 1970's with the 18 round magazine.
     
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  5. sharpshooter1997

    sharpshooter1997 New Member

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    I have a a Marlin 60 that is over 20 years old and it stacks bullets at 50 yards. The hex key subject is stupid, They should of kept the normal flathead. I can take mine apart with one flathead skrew driver.
     
  6. tCan

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    Mine's a 14 rounder.... I wish I could answer your other question. I can't break it down to look - I dont have the proper size allan key. I looked up what the old style screws cost. It's $20 per.

    The action felt a bit scratchy out of the box. I've added some oil and worked it a bit and it's smoother now. I haven't shot mine yet so I can't say anything to accuracy limits and I don't have a car. Hard for me to get range time. I will say this though. I regret not buying the used one I saw for $120.
     
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  7. orangello

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    Well, if you decide you want to change it up at some point, i like the tech sights "peep sights" on mine. Easy to mount & the rear mounts on the scope mount/top of receiver and can be slid forward or back until you find the right spot for your eyes.

    Don't laugh, but a buddy of mine saw it and commented that it looked like a mini M-1 or something. :rolleyes:

    http://www.tech-sights.com/marlin.htm
     
  8. tCan

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    From what I can tell of the sights now, without having shot it, I like the sights. I actually like them better than the sights on our Marlin 39A (which now has a scope on it, much to my dismay). The trigger is a different story. I'll do something with it eventually. It's like 7 pounds, but breaks crisply enough. Not a big deal though, I'm practiced with my pellet gun, which has probably a 15 pound trigger with the longest pull through you ever want to run into.
     
  9. big shrek

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    The Hex key is supposed to be IN THE BOX! So make sure you check those boxes...

    And if its not there, call Marlin, tell 'em its not there, and they'll send you one.

    As far as the Trigger, Rimfire Central has the most comprehensive mods on that anywhere...even Marlin Owners ain't got all that's on RFC.
     
  10. tCan

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    I found the piece of cardboard that holds the key, but not the key. I got the floor model at a gun show, so they probably forgot to include it. I'll give 'em a call.
     
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  11. tCan

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    Are you sure they come with the key? Marlin told me it doesn't.
     
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  13. tCan

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    My point is I already have a set. There is no reason for this hex key to be such an exact size. The common 1/8" would have worked just as well.
     
  14. jpattersonnh

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    A set of Hex keys is not a driver set, not even close. I have 2 sets of Hex keys, one standard, one metric, but the are awkward at best when working on a firearm.
    What you are complaining about is the same thing as when Savage changed from a hex bolt to a slotted screw on the back of their bolt. Big friggin deal. I like the Hex, but I usually look over a firearm and know what I'm getting into.
     
  15. tCan

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    ... Whatever. You're missing the point. They had a system that worked. For everyone. And then they ****ed with it. I didn't have a whole lot of time to go over the piece with a fine tooth comb. I bought it at the gun show was closing, and I had already done my research on the model 60 so I knew what to expect. Except the damn hex screws, which is something that has been changed only very recently.
     
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  16. orangello

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    It occurs to me that it would be really cool to drill the stock and insert a hex/allen wrench with a lil slot for the 90 degree section, maybe on top of the buttstock.
     
  17. tCan

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    Like a slug slot on a shotgun? That would be handy. I'd probably prefer a storage compartment in the butt. Just to be safe.
     
  18. jpattersonnh

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    I got the point. Your mistake for not looking it over. They change things just like every other manufacturer. Older ones are all steel, that changed in the 1990's to some plastic. Things change, they always will. I thing the safety on old Mausers is the perfect system, but no company uses it now. Oh well!