Ruger 10/22 vs. Marlin .22 Semi Auto

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by LandMonster, Jul 15, 2012.

  1. LandMonster

    LandMonster New Member

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    I am in the market for a .22 semi auto and I know that time and the aftermarket love the Ruger 10/22. But I saw the Marlin and I like its more conventional mag and price point.

    Anyone have expeience with these two rifles and how they compare to each other?
     
  2. mike2021

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    I'm new to guns, have maybe three weeks shooting and I've been using the ruger 10/22 my brother owns and the gun shoots great. The only thing I am not fond of is the trigger. When I asked my brother if he preferred the model 60 over this one his answer was "yes, because I would have saved money for better optics and the difference wouldn't have been that great."

    Again, we really are not at the level of customizing our own guns as I know the ruger has massive potential for that. Maybe a year down the road he will change his mind about it.

    Hope this helps.
     

  3. jjfuller1

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    Out of the box I would take a marlin hands down. Nice triggers they shoot very well. If you eventually want to spend money and customize a 10/22. Look for a used one. Both shoot good and are good rifles but my vote is for a marlin
     
  4. ineverFTF

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    If the mag is your only issue then buy an aftermarket mag. I am a little biased towards ruger and would go with a ruger before even looking at a marlin. Dont get me wrong i have a marlin 22mag and its a great gun, but i wish it was a ruger :p
     
  5. ineverFTF

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    And if you're concerned about price then buy a used 10/22 and imo will still be better than an off the shelf marlin.
     
  6. JonM

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    Ruger 10/22 with the ruger bx25 round mags and a butler creek speed loader. No question the 10/22 is better in my book.
     
  7. hawkguy

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    i don't own either , but i have shot both a few times now.

    i think they're both very good guns, and i doubt you'd be disappointed with either.

    in my expereince, i think the marlin 60 might be more accurate....but this is limited expereince. but the marlin i shoot is a tack driver so far. but personally, i dislike the marlin 60 tube magazine and greatly prefer the detachable mags of the 10/22. i also dislike the fact that it is a pain to even just put a sling on the marlin 60.

    if i were to buy one, it would depend on what i wanted to do with it.

    if i wanted to deck it out and experiment with it, it would be the ruger 10/22. it just has so many options & accessories available. just look around at all the crazy things you can do with this gun.

    if i just kept it stock, the marlin would be good. but there is very little after market support for this gun. in my experience, it shoots very well though.

    if i chose 1 right now, i would go with the 10/22 for the accessories and the detachable mags.
     
  8. Kdub

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    Can't go wrong with either. Marlin is probably more accurate. The ruger is not inaccurate however. As mentioned the Marlin is harder to accessories. Even a sling is more difficult to add but can be done. As far as magazine quality Ruger wins hands down. I have a marlin 60. It's a tube fed not magazine bet have had experience with the marlin magazine guns. Not bad but not the same as the ruger. It all depends on what you want to do with the gun. Guns are like tools. You don't reach for a hammer when you need a screw driver. You wont be disappointed with either. What's your intention for the gun?
     
  9. LandMonster

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    This rifle is mostly target shooting. There is a nice rimfire range where I shoot with steel targets.

    I also intend to get the kids started on this. My oldest will be 6 this month and I think he is almost mature enough to learn.

    I am leaning toward the 10/22. Any gun with that much aftermarket support has to be a winner. Even though I would love to upgrade with aftermarket parts I probably won't because of the kids. Besides, I have an AR for that.

    I do like the bullpup stock though. That looks like a lot of fun.
     
  10. mrt8110

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    new .22

    There are more after market accessories for the 10-22.That being said.I have 2 10-22 and 2 Marlins model 60's. The Marlins is more accurate out of the box than the Rugers. In order to get the Rugers to shoot better,swap out the barrel and change the trigger mechanisim. My go to gun has and will be the Marlin 60,you do not have to do anything to it for it shoots great right from the box.

    My Rugers are for sale... anybody interested..978-424-7024:) Cliff
     
  11. Hawg

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    If you want to spend close to 500 bucks to get a rifle that shoots like a 160 dollar rifle get the Ruger.
     
  12. silverado113

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    Man who are you buying from where a 10/22 runs $500?
     
  13. Fathead00

    Fathead00 New Member

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    My Ruger which came with a Simmons scope was $280+tax at Gander Mountain.
     
  14. BRAD313

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    If u only want to have a gun to hunt n shoot with its the marlin if want a gun to customize n play with n find a good chunk of money into n learn a few things about the gun then go with the Ruger I had both guns n like they said out the box the marlin. to play n customize ruger
     
  15. DrumJunkie

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    Wow! Last ruger I got was 100 bucks at a pawn shop and will shoot dead on at 100 yds. I guess if you want to totally rebuild the rifle maybe but I see no reason to if all you want is a plinker.

    The Marlin 60 is a good rifle. But I see the Ruger as a better alternitive with more options to make the rifle suite the shooter.
     
  16. BRAD313

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    If u can find a older Ruger with a steal trigger right on but know they just make them cheaper now so the new ones are not as good as they use to be can always get one all tricked out all ready if u wanted to
     
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  17. sputnik1988

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    Last 10/22 I saw was $197 at walmart.
     
  18. silverado113

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    He may be referring to the Takedowns they are a little higher than your normal 10/22 but not $500 by any means.
     
  19. Kdub

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    The ruger will be easier for the kids to handle and shoot.
     
  20. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    if i remember correctly, the standard ruger 10/22 is about $40 more than the standard marlin 60 at my wal mart.

    as i said in my first post, they are both great guns. i was surprised by the marlin's accuracy, it really was acccurate (bullet on top of bullet acccurate). but the ruger i shoot was plenty accurate, just not quite as much of a tack driver in my limited experience with it.

    i think it boils down to two main differences: magazine difference and after market support. if you don't want to change it from stock(and you don't mind the tube magazine), i'd go with the marlin, because it is a great gun staight out of the box. if you think you might want to tinker with your gun or change it up (or prefer detach magazine), it has to be the 10/22.