the marlin 60 project. finished


January 11, 2011, 07:23 PM
not to long ago i picked up a weeeeelll used marlin 60 from a local pawn shope for the low low price of 75 biguns! i have ben wanting to restore a rifle for a while now and the marlin fit the bill to test out some ideas i had and for good practice. first off, im not looking for feedback or anything i just wanted to post my work so others can do the same.

dull finish
f2f's of all kinds
wouldent group
scratches in the blueing
scratches in the receiver

lets start the pics off with the receiver poor think had a rough life!

the upper trigger mec was no exception! looks like about 4000 no 400000 rounds with no cleaning. this thing was awful!

the barrel had som interesting spots where it was missing the blueing

the bolt was just as bad as the trigger group
little rust action

sooo thats what i started with and the end product was worth the 100.00 and the experiance.

i started by flat sanding the receiver's sides to give it a two tone look. then i repainted the top of the receiver.

next the barrel and its questionable markings. simple stuff here, striped it, sanded it with 400 and bc super blue and blened with 0000 steal wool

i forgot to take pics of the trigger mec rebuild, but heres the run down. i completly tore down the trigger mec and cleaned it. i the gave the feed ramp and good polishing and angling. lastly i tore down the bolt and recut just slightly the arms. thats when i found that the feed bar spring was bent slightly down. i bent it back up to where it needed to be.

next i gave the barrel a good two hours of attention with a combo of bore tech cu+2 and shooters choice lead remover.

then i started in on the stock, wet sanding the whole thing lightly with 2000 grit. i then polished the stock with blue magic metal polish and cotton cloth and gave it a healthy coat of wax.

side note: i have noticed that the older marlin stocks seem to be of higher quality wood wise. the newer models have almost a fake sort of feel to me but these older ones have beautiful grain to them. it almost seems to shimmer like burled walnut.

end result a beautiful shine!

lastly i desided to counter sinc the forward receiver bolt into the hand gaurd. this is where the trial and error come

in the end i have a beautifull gun for squirrel hunting and plinking

i still have a few tricks up my sleave, ie checkering, but that will have to wait. im still learning how to do that one but one day i will.

i was inspired to do this buy larry potterfield, he has hundreds of video on gunsmithing and shooting.

all and all i have about 115.00 dollars in it and she looks and shoots like a champ!

( sorry if the spelling and grammer is a little off, my right knee is on the fritz again and im on some light pain killers)

i promis i will edit it tomorow at some point.

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January 11, 2011, 08:13 PM
Great Restore! I love seeing old abused guns getting some Ole School Love.

January 11, 2011, 08:45 PM
Quite a transformation. Nice job.

January 11, 2011, 08:58 PM

Very nice reclamation project. Nicely documented with your photos too. A job well done.

January 11, 2011, 09:04 PM
Wow! Job well done! I'm trying to get a old shotgun to do the same thing. You've got me excited! No not about pks lol.

January 11, 2011, 09:12 PM
The turned out really nice.

January 11, 2011, 09:37 PM
How does it shoot?

January 11, 2011, 10:01 PM
I wish more people had your fortitude. It seems spending $1200 on 10/22 "custom" parts is the sensible alternative to elbow grease and pride. Outstanding job.

January 11, 2011, 10:01 PM
way to go! thats like rescuing a dog from the pound!

kudos to anyone who can resurrect a firearm like that.

January 11, 2011, 10:16 PM
Way to go! That is excellent - and ten times better than it looked brand new....

January 11, 2011, 10:17 PM
Great job! I hope she shoots as good as she looks.

January 11, 2011, 10:23 PM
I feel inspired to go and pick up a used Marlin 60 and give it a make over now. Good Job, She looks great!

January 11, 2011, 10:47 PM
Nice work. Hope you're better.

January 11, 2011, 11:20 PM
guys thank you so much for the kudos. i started this project with the mind set that you dont have to spend a month or two's wadges to have a accurate beautiful firearm. i have to say that this has be a very rewarding experiance for me and and cant wait to start a new project once this one is completly finish. plus in the long run i can pass it along to my kid and they can have something there father worked on.

almost does it shoot?

not to bad! 45 yards and it will keep em in a squirrels head and thats all i ask

January 11, 2011, 11:30 PM
Good work!

January 12, 2011, 04:54 AM
Great job on the restoration. I love those marlin 60's. Could be because that's what I learned to shoot with. They are dead accurate. Will probably pick up another one when I get home next month.

January 12, 2011, 08:08 AM
geat job

Col. Plink
January 12, 2011, 04:43 PM

One question: metal polish? thanks!

January 12, 2011, 05:26 PM
Nice, I have a marlin .22 that I've been meaning to restore as well.

What kind of paint did you use?

January 12, 2011, 06:19 PM
Very Excellent :)

January 12, 2011, 08:34 PM
Nice job! I have a couple Marlin 60s, the first I got in 1971. Great little rifles.

January 12, 2011, 08:39 PM
Looks great. Feelin the urge to pick up a project gun for myself now. Of course the wife would probably beat me with it.:o

January 12, 2011, 11:38 PM
I like the 2 tone, great job!

January 13, 2011, 03:48 AM

1. metal polish. no i tryed to but i kept getting a weired pattern in the reciver so i just straight sanded the reciever with 400 grit to get a brushed finish

2. paint, tryed krylon but turnes out theres just somethings krylon cant fix! so duracoat was the way to go here. suprisingly easy to do to!

im heading off to alabama in 5 days and ill be taking the marlin to get a few squirrels for camp meat. im heading out to the range tomorow and ill try and get some pics of the results from the old marlin.

hmmmmm i wonder what gun ill do next???

Col. Plink
January 13, 2011, 03:49 AM
my treasured Marlin 60

January 13, 2011, 10:19 AM
I think you just inspired me to work on the old Marlin 99 I have. It was in even worse shape than the one you did though. The only thing stopping me is that I don't know what is causing the gun to fail to eject and fail to feed.

I do love what you did to that 60. Turned out looking very good, and at the price, I doubt you could find anything comparable.

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