Nylon 66 or marlin 60??


October 19, 2008, 07:48 PM
Hi everybody, i apologize for this because i know there are lots of rimfire threads out there and it must be a nuisance for people to see another one pop up but i have got to get some other people's opinions about this.

I've loved the way old nylon 66's look but would i just be better off getting a marlin model 60 new? i could probably fetch them for around the same price and i'm settled on a marlin 60 unless i can get a good nylon 66 thats not too expensive. Up here around my neck of the woods its in some places pretty thick brush so i'll be using it as a brush gun, but while there is some brush there are also some wide-open fields so i need accuracy. Point is, i need an accurate a reliable brush gun-would i be better off with an old nylon 66 (if i could find one for a good price and in good condition) or just save myself the trouble and buy a new m60.


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October 19, 2008, 08:12 PM
As I understand, the venerable nylon 66's are going at a premium,but fine rifles ,to be sure. The Marlin is going to be easier to find, and likely cheaper. I got a stainless 60 a couple months ago, and can't speak highly enough of it.
Though I often find this oft-repeated advice annoying, in this case I can't resist...GET BOTH !!!

October 19, 2008, 08:16 PM
haha yeah i surely would love to get both but my budget is very limited.

October 19, 2008, 08:30 PM
There has been a Nylon 66 on the shelf at the local pawn shop in good condition for $250 for about 3 months now.

October 19, 2008, 08:31 PM
Had a Nylon 66.
Still have my Marlin.


October 19, 2008, 08:36 PM
Get a Ruger 10-22.You'll thank me.Of the two you mentioned,I'd get the Marlin.I've shot the Nylon 66,and it had a weird ''squishy'' trigger.

October 19, 2008, 08:59 PM
(QUOTE) "haha yeah i surely would love to get both but my budget is very limited."
Yeah, I was just joshin'. But seriously, do a search, or even scroll back a few threads. This subject comes up pretty regularly. I responded to a similar thread at least once in the last couple hours.
Going by the vast majority of opinions, a stock 10/22 doesn't hold a candle to a Marlin 60. I have a stainless 60, and it noticably outshoots my buds TWO customized,re-barreled 10/22's. The stainless,wood-stock 60 is at wal-mart for around $200 ( but please, give your local gunshops the buisness over china-mart, if at all possible). HI HO. :D

October 19, 2008, 09:25 PM
The Nylon 66 has developed a mystique. I had one before then. Nothing special in my mind. I'd buy the Marlin 60.

October 19, 2008, 10:09 PM
In my part of the country you can buy a new model 60 for about half what you can get a nylon 66 for.

i love my nylon 66 and have put god knows how many tens of thousands of shells thru it. I've only cleaned it 5 times.

October 19, 2008, 10:40 PM
Marlin 60.... I take it over my 10/22.

new stainless with laminate stocks $214.... w/Synthetic stock under $200....
Pawn shop wood/blued $50 up.... Hard to beat!

October 19, 2008, 11:12 PM
I don't understand what you have against the ruger 10/22. In all my 27 years of gunsmithing,I've NEVER had to repair 1. Clean,do trigger jobs,even upgrade/build full customs,but NOT repair. Detachable magizine,easily upgradeable,accurate,VERY dependable-what's not to love?

October 19, 2008, 11:21 PM
get a used, or new mod 60; i never buy them new, but then I have enough experience with them, to know exactly what I am looking for, and if they will work fine, just by looking at them. also a nylon 66 is very difficult to take apart , and do any cleaning on, unless you get the bolt type.

October 19, 2008, 11:27 PM
Id go with the 60, I never understood the fascination with the plastic 66.
Im sure Its a great gun it just looks like a cheap bb gun to me.

October 19, 2008, 11:48 PM
IMO - get a new Marlin 60 and use the $200+/- you save over a used Nylon 66 and buy yourself a few thousand rounds of ammo to shoot in it.


October 20, 2008, 12:23 AM
I guess I'll post in here too:
After reading a bunch of threads like this 6 months back I chose the Marlin 60. I was actually kind of repulsed by it when I first handled it. I got it at G.I. Joes, the outdoor sporting goods franchise, so if they have a cheaper finished Wal-mart type model then I'm guessing this is it. I went for it, against my gut, based on all the positive reviews I'd seen and because it was on sale for $140. My negative first impression was mostly based on its size, a plywood stock with a thin, cheap-looking, outer veneer, as thick as paper, reminiscent of a linoleum floor, and because the receiver looked like a hilariously small piece of spray painted aluminum. I even noticed that the rear sight was literally loose.

Anyway, all this initial stuff aside, I love my M60. The rear sight sat solid as a rock after I removed it and bent it slightly to create some tension, the cheap looking stock really doesn't matter to me at all, it works. It didn't help my first impression that mine had a lot of misfires early on. I'd read that you don't really need to clean them much. In the case of my rifle, it came kind of gummed up from the factory and didn't run right until I brushed the internals clean and left it mostly dry. It's run perfectly since then and it wasn't nearly as difficult to take apart as I'd been lead to believe. Be sure to search these forums or rimfire central for the thread where a Mod 60 is broken down with illustrations, it's very easy as long as you are gentle with the recoil spring.

It's an accurate and handy gun (mines a 16 inch barrel, it's about as long, overall, as an AK). I can pretty easily shoot the caps of bottles within 40 yards but it becomes difficult to make tight groups beyond 100. Maybe it's just the cheap blazer lead or my poor shooting.

I'd say it's a lot of gun for the money paid, and unless you see yourself loading up 10 hi caps for your 10/22 before going to the range, then you might as well save yourself the effort and $ and just have a tube feed. Magazines are too expensive to have a pile of them for each weapon, you don't really need a battle-ready .22 plinker. Aside from adding some sling swivels, you really don't need any accessories for the Mod 60. Looking at the heavy barrel, you can bet that if you saw something like that on a Ruger, it would say "Target" or "Competition" somewhere and cost $100 more. Anyway, thought I would share. Good luck.

October 20, 2008, 09:07 AM
just something to think about, unless you have a specific use for an autoloader, THINK about a lever gun. i own a 22 mag bolt, a 22 autoloader, and a 22 lever. of the three, for me, the lever gun is the most fun to shoot. now, that being said, if i am HUNTING, i take the auto loader. the reason? because I can shoot it 5 times ACCURATELY in the time it takes me to shoot the lever gun ACCURATELTY twice.

October 20, 2008, 09:07 AM
I would get the Marlin Model 60 in stainless with the black composition stock myself. They cost a little more than the hardwood stocked version, but I think they look better. Plus I find there is nothing that makes a gun look "cheap" than a hardwood (usually birch) stock.

If you really want a Remington Nylon 66, it is just money. They are good reliable firearms.

October 20, 2008, 10:33 AM
I own a Nylon 77 (mag fed version of the 66) that I've been shooting on a regular basis for the last, oh, 35 years.

You are going to pay a premium for the Nylon, because they are quickly becoming collectors items. It also doesn't "scope" well, so if you have that in mind for the fugure, the Nylon isn't the right pick (I don't know if the Marlin -is-, but I know the Nylon isn't).

Since $'s does seem to be a factor here, I'd have to side with a new Marlin over an old (at least what, 20 years?) Nylon. The $75-100 you'll save will buy a lot of ammo.

If you -can- part with the premium, and don't care about a scope, a good used Nylon could be a real fun toy that would hold it's value well.

Decisions decisions ....

October 20, 2008, 12:10 PM
I learned to shoot with a Nylon 66, but for the money today I'd go with the Marlin 60.

October 20, 2008, 01:47 PM

This might be just the ticket ... and the price sure is right!

Mike U.
October 20, 2008, 02:12 PM
Plus I find there is nothing that makes a gun look "cheap" than a hardwood (usually birch) stock.

Here are a few pics of what a "cheap" Birch stock can look like when refinished by owner. Please excuse the crappy pics. I'm not a very good photographer. The light and dark areas you see on the stock are due to chatoyance. This stock has a great deal of it. And believe me, these pics do not do it justice.

This Model 60 is very special to me. The stock was done by my younger brother Bob under the watchful eye of our father who was a gifted woodworker. We just lost Bob to cancer on Sept. 25. One day after his 50th birthday.
As ya'll might imagine, this rifle will never be for sale or trade. When I die, it will go to my youngest brother who will hopefully pass it on to his children.


October 20, 2008, 03:57 PM
Mike U,

Thanks for sharing those photos and the story behind it.

I've always liked the squirrel stocked Model 60s (Glen-field)

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