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augustino
August 21, 2010, 07:53 PM
Recently I've been caught up reading the different survivalist and prepper sites. And with "THINGS" being as they are in the USA and the world in general, well stuff I might have laughed at 15 years ago, well today isn't so far fetched.

So regardless of what I read, from a myriad of different writers, one of the most common denominators seems to be that among any survival or SHTF battery of firearms they all seem to agree that the 22LR rifle and perhaps pistol, should be included.

So today I came across an AD from a fellow that had 2 Marlin Model 60 22LR in Stainless Steel for sale. One a full lenght, the other a sweet carbine. Asking price $275.00. I contacted him and before too long he agrees to $240.00 for both. Says they're darn near new only shot very few times.
Picked them up and now am the proud owner of a long version model 60 as well as a carbine both in stainless steel for $240.00.

Sound like a good deal?
Anything I should know about these model 60s in SS?

From all I've heard they are a reliable, very accurate 22LR that eats just about any/all ammo you can feed it.

Opinions please...

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HOWARD J
August 21, 2010, 08:05 PM
They are a pain to take apart for cleaning & put back together.
Instead---take the stock off the gun---spray Gun Scrubber by Birchwood Casey into the breech & trigger assembly----let it sit for a minute---turn gun right side up & let it drain--it drys quickly & does a great job cleaning the rifle.

JR47
August 21, 2010, 08:08 PM
The Marlin Model 60 is a great little gun. They are accurate, reliable, and durable. You'll find that they do everything that you need, survival-wise.

strange246
August 21, 2010, 08:21 PM
It was the first gun I ever bought way back when I turned 18, loved it, sold it because I HAD TO HAVE something or another...Bought another one, loved it, again sold it because I HAD TO HAVE something else...Bought my 3rd one about 10 years ago, love it and learned my lesson, very few guns make me as happy as my model 60! It'll get passed down to my son if it goes anywhere...But maybe he'll have to have his own ;)

Hesenwine
August 22, 2010, 01:34 AM
Don't use cheap Wally World bulk Winchester ammo in them. Don't ask me how I know this.

Deus Machina
August 22, 2010, 06:00 AM
It's really not that bad taking it apart for basic cleaning. Even for that, all you need to do is get the bolt out, wipe (or spray) out the reciever and bolt, oil the bolt, spray out the trigger pack, and drop it back together.

Frankly, I've run about a thousand rounds through my used one, and only did my initial 'familiarizing' cleaning.

If it's anything like mine (and, frankly, every .22 I own), run Winchester Dynapoint GT's through it. Mine will hold 50-yard 5-shot groups within 1" with Wolf Target Match ($8/50), or half that with Dynapoint GT's ($24/500). And my Savage has the holes touching, so my vote for the GT's goes for everything.

Stay away from Golden Bullet, Thunderbolt, and the white-box Winchester bulk packs. I have yet to find anything my 60 won't fire, but those ones will leave you doubting the gun's barrel if they're all you've tried.

dewalt-2
August 22, 2010, 08:55 AM
Don't use any hyper velocity ammo, it'll shatter the plastic buffer and batter the action.
Stay away from Remington ammo-lot's of misfires and very dirty.
You did good, you'll learn to love those rifles-I do mine.

jimmyraythomason
August 22, 2010, 09:13 AM
Don't use any hyper velocity ammo, it'll shatter the plastic buffer and batter the action.
I've never experienced any buffer problems and clean with brake cleaner and shoot CCI-minimags exclusively.YMMV Stay away from Remington ammo-lot's of misfires and very dirty.
Agreed. I never buy or use bulk .22 ammo for just that reason.

Tentwing
August 22, 2010, 02:16 PM
augustino;

I think you made a great deal. I love my model 60. It has survived 37 years now. It outlasted my youth and the youth of my two sons. I have never had to replace anything on it, and with normal cleanings it has chewed through good quality ammo and whatever cheap stuff two teenage boys would feed it. :rolleyes:

Other than a rough looking stock ( the product of making it to the woods as everybody's favorite squirrel rifle including my daughter ) It is just as functional now as it was when I recieved as a Christmas present in 1974.

............Tentwing

rromeo
August 22, 2010, 03:04 PM
Stay away from Golden Bullet, Thunderbolt, and the white-box Winchester bulk packs. I have yet to find anything my 60 won't fire, but those ones will leave you doubting the gun's barrel if they're all you've tried.
Stay away from Remington ammo-lot's of misfires and very dirty.
I have a Marlin 795, and the Remington Golden Bullet was terrible in it. I had at least one misfire every ten rounds. I had okay luck with the Winchester 333 and 555 bulk boxes, but it likes Federal best, especially Automatch.

gdcpony
August 22, 2010, 03:32 PM
They are my prefered "first gun" for a new shooter. It was mine too. Decently light, safe, accurate, and durable. I would bet on it if I wanted and economical squirrel killer and can plinker for me or a child.

However, I picked up a used blued one for under $100 just a year ago, and a new blued one for $140. I don't know that an SB model or even an SS model need be so expensive. Maybe I've been out of the market for awhile.

If I had one for what you seem to be looking for I would consider a Buckmark pistol and rifle. They take the same mags, are very fast and accurate, and are easy to manuever around. They are pricey though, but will still be my next purchase since I got rid of my last ones when I got stupid.

JoeMal
August 22, 2010, 03:38 PM
I have a 60 and it's a great gun. Only ammo mine doesn't like is Fed Lightning and Remington...who knew :scrutiny: I'd say grab 'em

Deltaboy
August 22, 2010, 03:41 PM
Great Rifles!!
I've got one that is over 45 years old and it still shoots 1/2 groups at 50 yards with Bulk ammo and 1/4 at 50 with CCI Mini-mags!

jmorris
August 22, 2010, 03:43 PM
I paid $60 for the one I have brand new at K Mart. It has been a “loaner” gun since day 1. They work, are durable, accurate enough, and were a very good value.

6-gunfun
August 22, 2010, 03:55 PM
1.dont use winchester ammo threw them cuz it usualy dosnt feed

2.very very accurate especialy with a scope

3. ive never seen a hunting rifle be able to empty a tube so fast

4.only downside at least for me is its tube fed i like clip fed pearsonaly but at $200 for a ruger 10/22 or around $100 for a mod 60 who cares?

rromeo
August 22, 2010, 03:59 PM
4.only downside at least for me is its tube fed i like clip fed pearsonaly but at $200 for a ruger 10/22 or around $100 for a mod 60 who cares?
I have the 795, which is the clip magazine version, otherwise it has the same action. It's quicker to switch magazines, but I can load the tube on my 60 faster the loading up one 795 mag.

Deltaboy
August 22, 2010, 04:12 PM
The cycle rate on a mod 60 is for a fact pretty fast.

courtgreene
August 22, 2010, 04:31 PM
If you decide you need another one, they are easy to find cheap. I got one for 50.00 (older 17 rnd version) and it's been great. As for the hypervelocity ammo, it's been no problem for me and with the hotter rounds you have less failures to cycle. Bulk ammo yields smoke stacks.

ms6852
August 22, 2010, 04:53 PM
I have the marlin 60 and is deadly accurate and will shoot anything out of the box. Another 22lr I would consider is the ruger 10/22 it will only go up in the future. Buy it new or used it does not matter since they are easy to customize. One of the easiest rifle to disassemble and assemble along with the trigger housing. As far as a 22 pistol I would highly recommend a Ruger or Browning Buckmark.

LoonWulf
August 22, 2010, 05:00 PM
ive had one for about 13yrs, it was the first and only gun my father got for me LOL. Its had a broken hold hold open lever and ive lost the sights more then once. other then that its run like a top thru more .22 rounds then i care to think about. I picked up a 597 when they first came out, but still kept going back to the 60 and its squishy trigger. Imho they arnt any more difficult to clean then a 10/22, or 597. The procedure is almost exactly the same for the ruger, and acutaly a bit easier then the 597 since it has two guide rails and springs.

one realy nice thing about tube feeds (mines a 17 so i get 7 more rounds then either my ruger or 597) is its alot harder to lose that long stick follower then it is a .22 size magazine.....im actually looking for one of my mags for my 93r17 :(

PT1911
August 22, 2010, 05:00 PM
you will want to clean it regularly otherwise it will begin to eat itself... if you take care of it, it is a reliable and incredibly accurate gun...

JUST CLEAN IT!!!!

EAJ
August 22, 2010, 06:50 PM
Mine may outlast me. Vintage 68 ;)

http://www.fishkind.com/collection/images/marlin_03.jpg

jdrink
August 22, 2010, 08:23 PM
I own the stainless model 60 and my 14 yo daughter has the blued version. Both are very accurate and reliable. The only problem i have ever had was using Winchester WB bulk ammo. It would not cycle the action completely. All I ever shoot is bulk and have never had any problems with Remington or Federal bulk packs, only the Winchester. Enjoy, it is a great gun.

augustino
August 22, 2010, 08:34 PM
You folks are great! Tons of useful information specifically suggested ammo.

Last night they were calling me so I took the long rifle apart. SPIT polish clean inside! Not a spck of debris. I guess the guy I bought them from wasn't lying when he said the rifle has never been shot to the best of his recollection.
The carbine was ever so slightly dirty, but doesn't even merit cleaning, that how little residue I saw.
The carbine does however need a new magazine tube. Sure I can fix the one that's on now, but I would rather have a new one. Only problem is I couldn't figure out how to remove the old magazine tube?
Any suggestions?

Thanks again for the positive and informative feedback. By the way I'm don't know where some folks are seeing these at Wally World for 100 or less bucks. But that's not the case here in East Tennessee. You couldn't get a new 60 for those prices around here. And in stainless forget about it!

rromeo
August 22, 2010, 09:04 PM
I see them on the used rack for $100, but not new for that price in quite a few years.

Tentwing
August 23, 2010, 01:25 AM
augustino;

Not sure where your at in east TN, but the cheapest I have found for a new one is at the Wally world in Sparta, TN. It is the blued version of the long 60 for $154 plus tax.

I did pick up a 795 for $50 plus $10 for the background check at a Pawn shop here local. It was a ton of fun until my wife fired it a few times. Now its not mine anymore:o

.............Tentwing

dewalt-2
August 23, 2010, 08:06 PM
Jimmy, MiniMags are not hyper velocity. I shoot them as well, but get better accuracy with the CCI Standard Velocity, and Federal Auto-Match(getting hard to find around here). The CCI Blazer's work pretty good too.
Just for fun, here's my 60W bought at Wally's in '94 for $79. Trigger job, pillared action, free floated barrel, Simmons 22Mag 3-9X32 AO scope, and refinished stock. Clovers at 50 yrds are easy off bags. You can't beat a tricked 60, can't hunt with a semi here in PA-so it's a target rifle...
http://i999.photobucket.com/albums/af120/Radar-1/005-3.jpg

jimmyraythomason
August 23, 2010, 08:08 PM
You can't beat a tricked 60, can't argue with that. I love the model 60.

augustino
August 23, 2010, 08:16 PM
I sure am learning that these model 60s are a really fine little package. And new at Wally World for around 150+/- and then tax of course is about right. This being the blued version. The SS get you into the 200 range. maybe a tad more.

Next I've got to refine the ammo I will stock up on. This 22LR is pretty inexpensive so putting up 1,000 rounds or more shouldn't be too much of a strain on my budget.

But yes I'm loving these 60 Marlins alright. I still think the Ruger 10/22 is a fine rifle as well and if the opportunity to snag one cheap came or comes along I'll be on it like ducks on junebugs.

jimmyraythomason
August 23, 2010, 08:30 PM
I still think the Ruger 10/22 is a fine rifle as well I'm on board with that also.

Eb1
August 24, 2010, 02:52 PM
My Model 60 can shoot Winchester SuperX hollow points into 1/2 @ 50 yards. I love that rifle.

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