Marlin 25 for 89$ ??


November 6, 2010, 01:37 AM
hi guys

a local shop has a couple of Marlin bolt action clip fed wood stock for 89 I think they are ex rentals but not sure. They are either 25 or 925 I think. They have probably had a lot of rounds though them, & I think the safety on one doesnt work, but other than that they are in nice shape.

I am thinking of picking one up & would like to get opinions on these.

I have several marlin rimfires already and they are all good shooters, ( 70pss,795,60,39) but I have never 0wned a bolt rimfire.

Its not like I need another one, but I have taken a liking to marlin. i would not call myself a collector, but an accumulator i guess


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November 6, 2010, 01:58 AM
KF, once upon a time I worked for a number of sporting goods stores in the local area. Back in 1993 (if I remember correctly, it may have been '92) I bought a Marlin 25N bolt action .22LR not for the asking price of $89.98 but for something closer to $83. I can't say when the model 25 was discontinued but mine is SN # 07587xxx. We kept a good number of them on hand though the model 60 and Ruger 10/22 out sold them by leaps and bounds.

While it may seem ridiculous that the price is still the same for a 10 year old (or more) rifle, the new Marlins have seen a substantial price increase as well. As a for instance I also purchased a Ruger 10/22 SS sporter for my father around that time for less than $150.

My Marlin replaced a Ruger 77/22 that cost nearly 4 times as much but the Marlin was the more accurate of the two in my hands. I was out two weeks ago harvesting squirrels with it after filling my deer tag. Not the MOST robust rifle ever built, especially the safety lever but mine still looks and shoots better than me bone stock with a little trigger lightening.

Offer $70, tell the guy they sold new for his price and see if he'll budge. I'd buy another one at his price, if I could go back in time I'd buy 3 more for my kids. 7 round mags are still readily available, saw some at Gander tonight but I bought 3 spares way back when.

Best of luck.

November 6, 2010, 07:30 AM
Are they the 25 or 25N?

November 6, 2010, 09:45 AM
I have a 25, bought it used but looked new for 75$ in 1996, came with 2 magazines. it is the only 22 I ever paid money for that came ready to receive a scope. Plain jane little rifle but the equal of my neighbors 541 Remington for field use accuracy. I was given a Savage that will take a scope so the 25 doesn't stand alone anymore. Great 75$ well spent.

November 6, 2010, 11:33 AM
I got a Romanian M69 (bolt .22) last year for $85. I'd bet it has more rounds through it than I could count, but it is accurate and fun to shoot. Only adjustment is how short the bolt throw is. My arm keeps wanting to pull back the length of a centerfire cartridge, which can be hard on the rifle.

Plinking with a bolt action .22 costs almost nothing and the brass is all right next to you for easy cleanup afterward :)

If you're not stretching the budget I'd say get it, shoot it and if you don't like it, carry it to the next gun show asking $100 :evil:

November 6, 2010, 07:57 PM
Buy them both! If you decide later that one is enough(yeah right) you can still sell one and be $$ ahead.

November 6, 2010, 08:07 PM
i'd use my $100 rule on this one. if its less than $100 and it works, but it. The worse thing that can happen is your out $89. :rolleyes:

November 6, 2010, 10:41 PM
I like Brian's rule. I'd like it more if he allows it to be applied 3 times to the same rifle and explains it to my wife. Don't these women understand addiction?

November 6, 2010, 11:01 PM
I went to the shop today fully expecting to purchase one, but unfortunatly they turned out to be complete duds. They were both the 925, ex rental guns wich I was ok with but one gun had an issue with the safety that made it unshootable according to the counter person& the other gun had a bad mag well that would not lock the mag into place. The worse part is the dealer was unwilling to come down from the 89$ price tag. I think thats way too much to ask for broken guns that have a street price of around 175$ Nib

November 16, 2010, 08:15 PM
Street price of $175 NIB is something to jump on. Buds Gunshop sell them for $186 shipped and FFL transfer fees still need to be added.

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