New Marlin 60


May 16, 2006, 09:46 AM
After reading about these, I bought this bugger at Wal-mart yesterday. I would like to know if you owners have any tips on owning one of these (certain parts to get extra-thorough cleanings, adjustments, opinions, etc.).

Was looking for a synthetic/stainless one, but this just looked to good to pass up.

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May 16, 2006, 10:54 AM
I would start with a better scope. The Marlin is an accurate rifle and will benefit from a better scope. If you want to keep cost down, the Simmons 22 Mag 3-9x32 scope runs about $40-$45 and you might find it cheaper on ebay.

Just clean the gunk out of the action and the Marlin will run forever. Mine gets cleaned about every 500 rounds. The barrel in most 22s don't get much leading or copper fouling. Enjoy your rifle.

May 16, 2006, 12:00 PM
If you are asking what will enhance that rifle, then I agree that a better scope would be the first step.

That isn't saying you can't be satisfied with what you have now, but once you use a nicer 1" or 30mm diameter scope, you will notice the difference immediately.

May 16, 2006, 12:55 PM
Great gun. Mine will shoot 10 shot dime sized groups at 50 yards. BUT, I took the cheapo 4x scope off (it was given to me by a friend before he died) and replaced it with a Tasco 3-9x ($40 on sale) with some good rings. Tried a wide variety of ammo and mine shoots best with Winchester T-22s and Wolf Match Target. YMMV

My buddy has a 10/22 and he no longer brings it to the range w/ me...the only way he comes close (and he hasn't quite beat me yet, although he's come close) is with his Winchester Model 52 target w/ 24x scope. total cost $2500.

Mal H
May 16, 2006, 04:10 PM
I bought a Marlin 60 exactly like the one you have, scope and all, also from Wal-mart. I needed a light weight handy rifle for squirrel control. I'm very satisfied with it.

On the scope issue, let me tell you what I did ... nothing. The very first time I saw that scope, my thoughts were, "well that little POS has to go immediately." However, the little scope is still on the 60 and works perfectly. I have Leupolds on several rifles and handguns, so I do know quality scopes. But for what my 60 was intended to do, the little scope from Wal-mart will probably be on that rifle for many years. It all has to do with what duty your scope is expected to perform.

May 16, 2006, 04:28 PM
I have an older Marlin 60 from the mid 70s. Theres not much difference between them and the ones today, except for some minor problems with throat erosion being solved and the older stocks being more decorative. It should last you for a lifetime and is quite accurate. The only thing to be careful with is like all tube fed that are so close to the barrel. Be careful not to shoot yourself in the hand reloading. They had to do alot of repair to my brother in law's hand for that very reason.

May 16, 2006, 04:35 PM
Sir, I can see the future. At your feet lies much spent .22 brass. There are small holes in the paper in front of you. There are piles of small dead creatures around you. Your heart is happy. You are fulfilled.

You can change the scope if you like. There is a Nixon 4X RF Classic on the Model 60 that lives at our house. We like it a lot. All those 60's are good for is shooting and shooting and shooting some more. Great little rifle, terrific value.

May 16, 2006, 04:42 PM
I have two marlin mod. 60's and two glenfield mod. 60's same gun different ages the new mod marlin features a last shot bolt catch I personally like the glenfield more I have found that the new mod. jams more with extensive use, but if you bought it new and take care of it you have a nice economical firearm wal-mart sells a bsa 3-9x 39 scope for 25 bucks perfect for a 100 dollar gun

May 17, 2006, 12:41 AM
dont take apart the action/assy just sprya it out with super hot water or some foam cleaner, or spray in som e regular solvent. keep the buffer clean and dry though. that is the whitish plasticky looking ting at the rear of the action. you may wanna get a dental tool fro the area where the bolt assy. face goes into the chamber face. the extractor on the left side, kinda fits into a groove over there, so keep it clean, to keep extractor clean, also that you will get good bolt assy. seating. dont need to scrub the bbls to much, couple of brass strokes is fine. then foam cleaner, leave it set in about 20 minutes, patch it out, repeat about 2 times. After this your first really good cleaning, RESIST CLEANING! let it stay as dirty as possible, until it just stops working. any other cleaning is unecessary on this gun, and will just wear it out faster.

May 17, 2006, 04:21 AM
Great buy.......!

i made that same buy at the local wal-mart about a year ago. i've never had a single problem with mine. the only thing that i've done to mine is replace the scope with a decent Tasco. and thats it! it doesn't need anything else.:)

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