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Old 03-06-2013, 5:03 PM
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Old 03-06-2013, 5:23 PM
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I have one from the 80's. It is a great shooter. Just need to keep it clean and don't over lube. It tends to fail to feed when it gets too dirty.
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Old 03-06-2013, 5:26 PM
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Had one, they are nice. Tube feed vs mag. So you have to consider weather that will work for you. I think the tube holds 14 rounds. The bolt stays open on last shot, unlike the Ruger 10/22 so that is a plus. The rear sight is a little funky, but if you plan to scope it, does not matter. I prefer wood stock, but you may like poly better.
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Jammer... go buy the 10-22 instead
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I have put about 5000 rounds through 2 model 60s. Both shoot great but like any .22 semi auto, if you let the action get too dirty(like 1000 or more) it will start having problems. I clean my 2 model 60s and a 795 about every 500 rounds and never have any problems at all. Marlins are more accurate out of the box then the rugers.
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Jammer... go buy the 10-22 instead
10/22 are good guns if you want to buy all kinds of after market parts but out of the half dozen different stock 10/22 I have shot, none of them would feed worn a damn. My marlins on the other hand will eat any type of crap bulk ammo I feed them. The only ammo my guns didn't like was the older Remington golden bullets before they fixed them.
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Jammer... go buy the 10-22 instead
Can you expound on your experience here? What model, ammo, FTE, FTF, etc.
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Don't listen to relaxalot, hes probably never even held, one let alone fired one.
And if he has hes probably just jealous that a Marlins stock barrel outshoots an upgraded 10/22's bull barrel that costs more then the M60 to begin with.

The Marlin 60 was introduced in 1960, that's 4 years before the 10/22. The Marlin 60 its self has sold over double as many 10/22's (we are talking Millions more!). That doesn't even count its various offspring like the Marlin 70, 70PPs, 995, 795, 7000 etc.

The Marlin 60 is the true American semiautomatic 22LR rifle.

Check out the Marlin 795 Megathreads to get some ideas on what can be done with a 60 as a 795 is really just a magazine fed variant of the M60:
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...d.php?t=607193
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I have had my for 28 years. It's a great shooter with no issues. The model 60 was my first gun. Walked into Big 5 told them I wanted it, handed over the cash and walked out with it.
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my wife's 60 tube feed has been reliable, no issues, eats any type of ammo and the best part from the box to the bench is its pretty frickin accurate
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Even though I own two 10/22s (carbine/takedown) I bought my grandson a Marlin 60.

If you don't feel the need to over accessorize your .22s then the Marlin is the way to go. It's a great rifle...no mags to worry about, last round hold open, ergonomic controls, accurate right out of the box. His shoots much better groups then my stock 10/22 does.
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I worked for Big5 in the early 90's. we sold more of that gun than every other gun combined. probably 10x as many as all others. never ever had one returned or ever heard complaints. I shot a few and they were great.

sights are eh. big deal. a decent scope if you prefer would help. it's an awesome little rifle.

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http://tech-sights.com/marlin.htm

I have them for my 10/22. they're absolutely amazing!!
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Looking at buying a stainless steel with poly stock?
Instead, I'd recommend the current wood stock. Very nice.

I'm very happy with mine, but since I may get more serious
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It's a nice gun. I've shot a good amount of rounds though the gun, one that wasn't properly maintained by its owner and it worked just fine. The only problem I had was the tube loading method. Putting my hand around the muzzle just feels scary even when I know the gun is unloaded.
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I love my m60... I have a ton of ammo thru it....
I have put an ATI poly stock on mine..
Its from 1977 or so and shoots great..
I love to shoot it..
Its oneov my first guns I owned...Paid 100.00 for it. with a scope and 2k rounds and a bag..... its a 17rnd tube..shoots everything ....LOVE IT
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they are ok but they have a cheaper feel than the 10/22

also the bolt stop is kind of confusing their plastic is not as sturdy as ruger
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Always wanted one. I picked up a 795 though 'cause it was cheaper.
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I think its the best .22 system out there out of the box. 10/22 will always beat up on it for aftermarket, but my 2 marlin 60's and 1 795 beat up on most 10/22's at the 25-50 yard range as for accuracy.
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when I was a young man my friend had the Marlin 60 and I had the Ruger 10 22. reliability it was about the same. he put a scope on his so I can't really comment on the accuracy of the 2 rifles against each other as I liked normal sights
I think the really big difference is the reloading with the Marlin it's easy and painless just a drop in the 22 shells from the top of the tube. as I remember it is designed to make it difficult to put the bullets in the wrong way. but that procedure takes time and you can't really do it in advance. where the Ruger kind of is a pain.you get a " red thumb" from from pushing the rounds into the Ruger or aftermarket magazines. The big plus is you can have the 10 22 magazines pre loaded and ready to go. just in case you ever wanted a gun with fast reloads.
as mentioned before the ruger has a ton of accessories but I'm not sure that's a great thing. practice over (most) accessories makes you a better shot.
to sum it up if you can get a good deal on a Marlin buy it. I don't think you'll regret it.
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Love my 60. I put it in a boyds stock, scoped and bipod'ed it. I can consistently put rounds into a 2x1" rectangle @ 100yds @ angeles range - some go directly into the rectangle, some actually bounce off the ground just in front and then you see it bounce into the rectangle. the "rectangle" is actually the steel "foot" of the 100yd steel target base where the targets hang from. I got tired of hitting the steel targets so easily so I started looking for more difficult ones. another favorite is shooting the individual chain links that the targets hang down from.

The only problem Ive had is with wolf match - they laquer the cases or something and the rounds start jamming with "rapid" firing. Slow firing the rounds get hung up but never jam. with fed bulk nothing but accuracy and consistency.

I put on a DIP picatinny rail for the scope and added the DIP trigger guard and trigger - havent been out shooting it with the trigger mods yet.
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I wanted a 60, but every time I looked all they had was 795s. When the panic hit I just went ahead and got the 795. may have to get a 60 to keep it company though.
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I have a 795 (mag fed) and just love it. I also picked up a early 60's model 81 (tube fed) and am very happy with it too. I have a 10/22 and while it is also a very good rifle i prefer my 795 out of the box.
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My first gun was a Marlin 99 Glenfield which I believe went on to become the Marlin 60. It's one of the most accurate out of the box guns I've owned provided the stock screw is torqued just right!
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Big fan. Love the tube fed vs. Magazine. Great shooters and accurate.
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I beat and abuse my M60. It's pretty damn good right out of the box. Not a lot of after market parts for it. But that just means it's good as is One thing you can get to make it more usable is some Tech Sights.

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Im a Marlin fan!



at the far end is the first one I bought in 1975 for $29.95 at K mart.



here it is again with a Boyds stock



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I've had one since I was 11 (I'm 40 now), and it's still as good as it was the day my dad bought if for me (he bought it used). You will not be disappointed.
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Get the Marlin, its a lot of fun. I did a bit of work on the internals and have about 900 rounds through it. Going to see how long it can go before it really starts getting to dirty to work well. I may have to clean it today. Enjoy.
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Get the Marlin, its a lot of fun. I did a bit of work on the internals and have about 900 rounds through it. Going to see how long it can go before it really starts getting to dirty to work well. I may have to clean it today. Enjoy.
I tried this with mine (decided to not clean it until it failed), and I'm being dead serious, it didn't get cleaned for over 10 years, and finally one day failed, I sat down behind where everyone was shooting stripper her down, cleaned her up real good in about 10 minutes, put her back together, and she has been shooting good as new since.

I now have 2 795s, but I'm convinced the 60 is one of the best rimfire rifles ever made.

I've had two 10/22s, and neither were as accurate as any one of my Marlins, neither was as reliable as any of my Marlins. That should tell you something, because a Ruger 10/22 is one heck of a fine rifle. I just think the Marlin 60 and it's offspring are better over all rifles even though they feel more cheaply made. I'm a practical person, and I'm all about some function over form.

When I see a person spend $400+ to build their 10/22 so it will shoot as good as my $130 Marlin 795 I can't help but to get giggly. My Marlin 60 has been a tack driver since the day dad bought it for me almost 30 years ago with a cheap BSA 3x15 scope on it from WAAAAY back in the day. It'll shoot better than any shooter that shoots it.
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I shoot one that belongs to my dad, its been around longer than me (I'm 30), and i couldn't guess how many thousands of rounds have been shot through it and still works great. I prefer the tube fed design, not only is it quicker and easier to load it also has a higher capacity (17 rounds i think?).
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.... I prefer the tube fed design, not only is it quicker and easier to load it also has a higher capacity (17 rounds i think?).
The capacity varies by the barrel length with (I believe) 14rds being the least you get.
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I have both a 10/22 and a model 60, I can easily hit golf balls at 100 yards with my 60, it has a bushnell trophy scope on it. My 10/22 has an archangel stock, and a barska scope, and I can hit a golf ball at 100 yards as well, but not with every shot. Their both a lot of fun to shoot, but side by side the 60 is way more accurate. Love em both, had both since I was 13, now I'm 38, would pick up a 60 first if I had to do it over.
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Bought by Glenfield/Marlin 60 December, a 1976 22 inch barrel tube fed. It looked like it had never been shot. Cleaned all the dust out of it, polished the feed ramp, after about 400 rounds it starting to really get fun. now after about 800 rounds is shooting just fine, need to clean it soon. Get the marlin 60.
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Big fan. Love the tube fed vs. Magazine. Great shooters and accurate.
Me too. Part of the fun of shooting .22 rifles for me is often the nostalgia of loading the tube feed plus they're very reliable and not easy to lose. I have Winchester, Remington and Marlin tube feeders and love them all.
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Several years ago Boyd's Stocks had a close out sale on unfinished walnut TH stocks for the Marlin 60. I think I paid $39.00, and did the final fit and finish myself. It was my first TH, I like it, I have since put TH stocks on three other rifles. The Marlin is a late 90's stainless that is ridiculously accurate for the dollars spent.

I've had several scopes on this rifle. I think I've settled on a pawn shop find Leupold m8 4X.




Firecaptain... the only issues these rifles have as far as I'm concerned is the possibility of a scratchy, heavy trigger. Check out rimfirecentral.com for fixes. There are several ways to improve the trigger, they cost from zero dollars to about $90.

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I have more than one of both Marlin 60 and 10/22. That "60" barrel out of the box is proven winner. I've learned that tweaking the stock screw torque on both guns makes a tremendous difference. Torqued properly the 60 can produce groups right with my target conversion 1022.
But the 1022 is a lot more fun to modify!
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They are iconic guns.
More of these have been made than any other .22 semi auto.
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id buy more Marlin 60's over 10/22. theyre just cheaper and they hold more than 10 rounds.
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