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#5817609 - 07/04/15 06:58 PM Marlin Model 60 Rifles ??
WileyCoyote Offline
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Registered: 09/01/04
Posts: 5501
Loc: The Dogwood Capital of Texas
Looking at the idea of buying a Marlin Model 60 Rifle, to go with my Model 39 D & Model 781.

I know the Model 60 has been made forever it seems like, I had a carbine when I was in college in the early/mid '60's that was only of fair quality & accuracy wise, and finally got traded on a Remington Bolt Action with lots of plastic parts and semi finished stamped steel that I hated...and the beginning of my life long low regard for Remington rifles based on personal experiences. FWIW I've owned a dozen or more 870 Wingmasters & trust them, plus a couple of the cheaparsed Express guns that led me to buy Benelli Nova's since I cannot buy Ithaca 37's anymore.

In looking at Gun Broker I see constant references to the M60's being built in CT as somehow being better made and higher quality than the current Rem'Lin production guns...but the SS/wood rifle barreled Marlin Model 60 has caught my eye to drag round the tree rat woods...if it can do it without any drama or issues, and holding the same accuracy I get out of the 39, and expect out of the recently acquired 781.

Any comments from a current Model 60 Owner/User on the pro's & con's of the pre Remmy made stuff Vs the current production...IS the Only question here.

I am not going to look at a Ruger 10/22 BTDT and got it out of my blood long time ago. Find something else in a semi auto LR in the $200-$250 price range if ya'll want to suggest something else than a Marlin Model 60 Rifle.....unless you can find me a 90%+ Remmy 552 tube feed I think it is, the one with the ejector shield on the side of the receiver & IN MY PRICE RANGE.

Edited by WileyCoyote (07/04/15 07:10 PM)
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#5817650 - 07/04/15 07:23 PM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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Registered: 03/22/11
Posts: 2094
Loc: West Virginia
I saw a Marlin 60 with blued finish and wood stock for 169$ at walmart. I have one made in 2002, and it has been a great rifle. My favorite is the 1978 Remington 552 my dad gave to me. I bought a tube fed marlin bolt action last fall. Great shooter, but the front sight was put on crooked.

My friend bought a 10/22 a few days ago, and the front sight fell off immediately and it jammed like crazy ( poor casting). Seams like buying firearms these days is a crap shoot whether you get a good one or not.

Edited by Colt W. Knight (07/04/15 07:24 PM)

#5817718 - 07/04/15 08:18 PM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
Dave Davidson Offline
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Registered: 06/24/06
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Loc: Hurst, Tx
Ron, I have one and consider it a darn good rifle. But then, there are a lot of good 22's.
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#5817722 - 07/04/15 08:21 PM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
bigjoe8565 Offline
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Registered: 06/30/08
Posts: 5317
Loc: Mesquite, Tx
I've owned both and for the most part they're good to very good rifles. Last one I had was a jam o matic, so I dumped it and picked up a 10/22 breakdown model. I would take the 10-22 over the Model 60, but that's my opinion and you know what they say about opinions.

#5817767 - 07/04/15 09:01 PM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
Gravytrain Online   content
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Registered: 01/06/11
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I like mine in wood and stainless. They feel good.

#5817769 - 07/04/15 09:05 PM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
charlesb Offline
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Registered: 04/07/10
Posts: 1499
Loc: West Texas mountains
My Marlin model 60, inherited from my father is a tack-driver. - I think he paid 60 something bucks for it back in the early 80's at Wal-Mart.

It has a Leupold 2-7 rimfire scope on it that cost enough to buy at least three, maybe four of these rifles. Sights on the barrel were removed, with the rear sight slot and front sight screw hole plugged.

The rifle is deadly accurate with decent ammo, and OK with the cheap stuff.

Since I scoped this rifle, I haven't been able to justify buying any more .22lr rifles. - This one does anything that I could possibly ask of a 22.

Without the open sights and slicked up with Renaissance Wax, it's a decent looking gun too. I have made several difficult shots with this gun that are legendary within my family. - I feel absolutely confident with this gun.

Normally the scope stays at 4x, but there have been occasions for it to be cranked up or down. In my opinion, this is the best all-around .22 scope to be had. I use Leupold vertically split rings in gloss, they work really well and when you tighten them, it does not rotate the scope.

Maybe one day I'll buy a nice Boyds stock for it - but then again, maybe not. The factory stock looked a lot better after being waxed. It fits me pretty good too, so it might be better not to fix what ain't broke.

Yes, I have owned several 10-22's and no, I do not think that they are better than the Marlin.

I use dry-moly lube internally. It does not combine with combustion products to create mud. Oiling the internal parts to any .22 semi-auto is the best way that I know of to get it to screw up.

Edited by charlesb (07/04/15 09:43 PM)
Kind regards, charlesb

#5817802 - 07/04/15 09:52 PM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
Colt W. Knight Offline
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Registered: 03/22/11
Posts: 2094
Loc: West Virginia
I wish I had that Leupold on my model 60, very nice.

I bought mine for 95$ new at Dicks when I was 18. It had block iron sights, and when I took it squirrel hunting, I couldn't see the sights in the woods to kill squirrels. I went to walmart and bought a 30$ BSA scope which has been on it eversince.

#5817823 - 07/04/15 10:19 PM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
kry226 Offline

Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 5408
Loc: Germany
Great little rifles! up

#5817826 - 07/04/15 10:19 PM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
blackcoal Offline
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Registered: 01/19/12
Posts: 9209
Loc: 60 Mi North of DFW
Personal experience? Presently I have a Marlin 60 that is OK along with 2 Ruger 10/22 that are OK. I have a Marlin 781 that is OK. A Remington 581 that will outshoot almost any 22 on the market. Also have a Remington 121 pump. The best attribute about the last three is they will shoot short, long, and long rifle. I have a Remington 552 in 95% that I will sell you in the top of your price range.

Thing that I like about the detachable magazine compared to the tube is being able to remove the magazine and eject the chambered cartridge, put the magazine back in and be ready to go. The tubes have to be dumped into your hand or floor, then on or two may lodge in the tube, so the action needs to be repeated couple of times. JMO on Models that I presently own.
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it is the illusion of knowledge.--Stephen Hawking

#5817873 - 07/04/15 11:09 PM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
KC Offline
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Registered: 09/29/08
Posts: 16484
Loc: Hunt County
I have a Marlin 795, which is the mag fed version of the Model 60. It's hands down the best little .22 I've ever owned. Lightweight, reliable, and super accurate. It wears a Simmons 22 Mag 4x32 and has accounted for a bunch of armadillos and coons, even one coyote that was dumb enough to come under the vapor light.

#5817941 - 07/05/15 12:06 AM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
Bullfrog Offline
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Registered: 01/21/11
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Loc: N-Bedford
My 60 has been going strong for the last 20 years. Just DONT take one apart unless you really know what you're doing.

#5818029 - 07/05/15 07:27 AM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
poisonivie Offline

Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 7825
Loc: Bridgeport, Tx
YouTube is your friend. I thought they were too hard to take apart too to I watched a video. Super easy. I've had many 60's and all were great
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#5818091 - 07/05/15 08:37 AM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
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Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 7181
Loc: Granbury, TX
I have one I bought in 1989 and I love it. It's very accurate, but something I learned early on is it doesn't like ammo with plain lead bullets. They tend to hang up on the feed ramp sometimes. I don't know if this is common for them or for tube fed guns in general, but I've never had a hiccup with plated/jacketed ammo.
As far as the new "Remlins", I don't have any personal experience to pass on. They have gotten such a bad rap that I've never bought one to try them.

#5818113 - 07/05/15 09:13 AM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: WileyCoyote]
10ring Offline

Registered: 11/19/12
Posts: 840
Loc: Pilot Point, TX
I've got one that has TEN's of thousands of rounds through it. It will jamb on occasion and it has done that since it was purchased new in the 70's. The main issue when it starts hanging up "like with other autoloaders" is getting dirty. And like others have said they will get "muddy" with any oil on the internals. I've looked at the latest offerings and they aren't the same quality as the old versions "but that seems to be the norm now a days".

#5818212 - 07/05/15 11:15 AM Re: Marlin Model 60 Rifles ?? [Re: poisonivie]
colt45 Online   content
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Loc: bastrop county
Originally Posted By: poisonivie
YouTube is your friend. I thought they were too hard to take apart too to I watched a video. Super easy. I've had many 60's and all were great
it would have been nice to have UTUBE 60yrs ago
hold on Newt, we got a runaway

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