New Marlin Model 60 - Front Takedown Screw Loosens After Firing


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Sirous
October 8, 2011, 01:36 AM
The front takedown screw on my new Marlin gets loose after a hundred rounds or so, and gets loose enough to actually feel the reciever and barrel assembly sliding back and forth a little in the stock.

Should I put some Loc Tite on it and just fasten it 'til it's snug?

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RaceM
October 8, 2011, 01:43 AM
Well if you locktite it you might run the risk of stripping the receiver threads, or having it drip and glue the receiver to the stock. Over-tightening is also bad 'cause it'll crush the stock wood over time. What you need is a flexible washer, rubber or leather, under the head of the takedown screw. That will exert enough drag on the screw to keep it from backing out, won't screw up the wood, and is easily replaced when it loses its springiness.

Sirous
October 8, 2011, 05:52 AM
Well, I just figured out what the bigger problem is. The rear takedown screw vibrated loose and fell out without me realizing it. obviously making the front get loose. I only noticed today when I went to remove the action for cleaning.

I hope getting a new screw won't be too hard. I'm going to go back to where I was shooting to see if I can find it on the ground.

ball3006
October 8, 2011, 09:46 AM
Blue loctite will solve your problems. Why do you need to remove the action from the stock for cleaning? The only reason I remove mine is if I get caught in the rain, which has never happened....chris3

popper
October 8, 2011, 04:20 PM
Same happened to me. Get some spares from brownell or wherever. The receiver is aluminum, so I wouldn't recommend loc-tite blue. You can bed the screws with steel tubing and epoxy. You can also use small diam. O rings or star washers. I just check mine frequently. The barrel is free floating, if you tighten the front one too much, the tube will hit the stock. Also check the hammer hole to make sure it is not chewing on the hammer pin. Mine was. I've posted this problem elsewhere.

moxie
October 8, 2011, 04:53 PM
As ball3006 said above, Blue Loctite will do the job. Just put a tiny drop on the threads with a toothpick. No dripping or stripping. Don't overtighten, just get a snug fit. For a replacement screw, try calling Marlin at 800-544-8892. Chances are you'll get one for free.

courtgreene
October 8, 2011, 05:35 PM
Be careful with the front takedown screw. They strip EASILY! A relative of mine stripped his (he's my brother so I can say the following) but that's probably because he's an idiot and screwed it down way to hard. Either way, I had to drill into the stock to sink a new screw deeper, so it would grab the usable threads left in the receiver. It worked great after that, and I ended up selling it for him (idiots tend to always need money) for almost what a new one costs. As for new parts, brownels has them. I think midway too. They are easy to find.

Sirous
October 8, 2011, 07:32 PM
ball3006,

Just to wipe down the action/trigger incase I got any rem oil on it, since I don't know what it will do to the synthetic pieces.

Have not gotten brave enough yet to do a total takedown and clean, so I just sprayed some rem oil in the chamber and wiped things up instead.

okiewita40
October 9, 2011, 11:14 AM
I bought a model 60 from a pawn shop. I lost the rear take down screw the first time I shot it. I ordered one from midway and a week later I was shooting it again. I spent more on the shipping than I did for both of the take down screws.

stevekozak
October 9, 2011, 12:39 PM
ball3006,

Just to wipe down the action/trigger incase I got any rem oil on it, since I don't know what it will do to the synthetic pieces.

Have not gotten brave enough yet to do a total takedown and clean, so I just sprayed some rem oil in the chamber and wiped things up instead.
I wouldn't take the action and barrel out of the stock unless I was going to take the bolt out and thouroughly clean it. It is easy to do, and I recommend doing it every 500-1000 rounds or so.

moxie
October 9, 2011, 07:40 PM
Sirous,
You are worrying about problems that don't exist. Rem-Oil won't hurt any synthetic or non-synthetic parts on the Model 60. Nor will Hoppes or nearly any other cleaner or lube. Just use what's available. The 650 only needs a little lubing and cleaning as you've done. No need to take the gun down. Loctite Blue WILL NOT hurt aluminum. I have been using it on aluminum parts for over 20 years. It works as advertised.

popper
October 9, 2011, 08:45 PM
The M60 will get gunky after a lot of rounds. It does need to be taken apart to clean properly or sprayed liberally (drowned) with brake cleaner. The blue loc-tite will work, but needs to be completely cleaned from the screws before the next application. No, it won't hurt aluminum, unless you get some dirt causing a gall and stripped threads in the receiver. The receiver is about $60 and I understand Marlin HAS to replace it. If ordering new screws, get a couple of those C clips too. Also, study the way the ejector spring works, so when it starts to jam, you know how to bend it back to the correct location with needle nose pliers. Just open the action, use the pliers to bend it back.

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