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defcon
08-31-2012, 11:19 AM
I'm interested in this M60 now for some of my airsoft conversions like the TAR21 and L85. I think this would be the right .22 for these stocks since it would be easier for me to do reloads using a tube instead of a magazine.

I've never held or fired a tube fed rifle. How long does it typically take to load the tube? I've also seen speed loaders using plastic straws.

I'm real curious now.

Does anyone have a M60 in the San Fernando Valley/Ventura?

I'd like to test it out and get a feel for it. How much can I expect to pay for one at Big 5 or Turners?

r1ghtw1ng
08-31-2012, 11:58 AM
By hand, grabbing 2-3 rds at a time, I can load my 18-shot M60 in about 12-15 seconds if I'm in a hurry. It helps to pour out your ammo into a pile all facing the same direction. I've never tried the tube loaders, but they look interesting. I don't shoot mine enough to purchase one.

FYI, the newer production M60s have 15 round tubes... so you might be better off looking for an older 18 round model.

roushstage2
08-31-2012, 12:19 PM
I can load my Marlin 60 in about the same time as a ten round mag. I've never timed it or anything, but it seems about the same.

whipkiller
08-31-2012, 1:37 PM
I had a 60 years ago (I have a 795 now) and while it's not as fast as slamming an already loaded mag in, I would say it's about the same as loading said magazine. The nice part is you don't have to compress the spring with each round like you do in those sharp little 795 mags, you just drop 'em in and then put the plunger in.

I think they're typically $20-$30 more than a 795.

defcon
08-31-2012, 1:51 PM
ok i really want the 18 round tube fed. how can i tell which one has this? i read to look for the squirrel on the stock? would all the squirreled stock be the 18 rounder? is there a specific model name for this?

Fjold
08-31-2012, 2:10 PM
Ok, why would you need to speed load a 22 rimfire?

defcon
08-31-2012, 2:12 PM
Ok, why would you need to speed load a 22 rimfire?

because i dont want to hand load. its just for paper targets.

i can just have a bunch of straws lined up before i go out to the range.

fal_762x51
08-31-2012, 2:25 PM
The Marlin 60 was the first gun I purchased. Walmart had them for $80... those where the days.

Anyway, I like the Spee-D-Loader for speed reloading.

defcon
08-31-2012, 2:59 PM
i just called turners and they dont have any in stock. they said remington is on hold and other shops will likely be out of stock as well.

turners also quoted about $250 OTD for a standard Model 60.

rromeo
08-31-2012, 3:18 PM
In my opinion, $250 is a little high, but not a huge rip off. Look around, they come up for sale here quite often. I had a 795, but I hated loading the mags, so I found an older 60.
The 18 round magazines ended in the mid '80s when New Jersey passed the 15 round limit.
I think the squirrel stocks weren't a special edition, just how they came in a certain time period.

ogarcia_02
08-31-2012, 4:37 PM
i just called turners and they dont have any in stock. they said remington is on hold and other shops will likely be out of stock as well.

turners also quoted about $250 OTD for a standard Model 60.

When I called them I was quoted something like $205. They are on sale on their fall add.

Chaos47
08-31-2012, 9:51 PM
Wow that is really odd about you guys being quoted high numbers its in their fall ad for 159.98 regularly 169.99 on page 33. Maybe their next batch they will get in will cost more but if you go into the store and put money down you should be able to lock in the sale price...

roushstage2
09-01-2012, 12:46 AM
ok i really want the 18 round tube fed. how can i tell which one has this? i read to look for the squirrel on the stock? would all the squirreled stock be the 18 rounder? is there a specific model name for this?
18 rounders are early 80's and before, and no LSHO. I bought a 17 rounder, which doesn't have the feeding problem (something with the throat IIRC) the 18 rounders had and has the LSHO.

Furncliff
09-01-2012, 9:33 AM
Speed-e-loader
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/GNS-120

I have two, they work great.

Annex138
09-01-2012, 2:31 PM
My girlfriend payed right around $192 out the door for her model 60 from bass pro last Xmas. I have a 795 and I think I like her m60 better. Loading 795 mags suck and tear up my fingers.

Ron-Solo
09-04-2012, 10:46 AM
They are great rifles. Should be part of every collection.

defcon
09-04-2012, 11:04 AM
Wow that is really odd about you guys being quoted high numbers its in their fall ad for 159.98 regularly 169.99 on page 33. Maybe their next batch they will get in will cost more but if you go into the store and put money down you should be able to lock in the sale price...

ya i just saw the ad. ive decided to go the used route because i can get them for under $100.

Izzy43
09-04-2012, 12:47 PM
ya i just saw the ad. ive decided to go the used route because i can get them for under $100.

Good decision, the older ones are better than the new ones. I have a 1985 vintage with 18 shot magazine and last shot hold open. Functions perfectly and that micro-groove barrel is one of the best in rimfire.

Tiger87
09-16-2012, 3:42 AM
New Frontier Armory has 2 used model 60's left, after I picked my newest addition to my collection, from them today. They said they are willing to ship if you provide FFL info and $20 for shipping... The guns are each $70. They both look like they could use a good cleaning, and one of them is missing the plunger for the magazine

donw
09-16-2012, 7:39 AM
i have a tube fed marlin 39A lever gun...nothing wrong with tube mag feed...in fact when you think about it, you don't have to worry about losing your magazine and they are ez to load...

rromeo
09-16-2012, 7:57 AM
$70 is a good price, the magazine plungers are readily available.