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Marlin model 60...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by augustino, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. augustino

    augustino member

    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...

    HOWARD J Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. JR47

    JR47 Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. strange246

    strange246 Well-Known Member

    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 ;)
  5. Hesenwine

    Hesenwine Well-Known Member

    Don't use cheap Wally World bulk Winchester ammo in them. Don't ask me how I know this.
  6. Deus Machina

    Deus Machina Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. dewalt-2

    dewalt-2 Well-Known Member

    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.
  8. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Well-Known Member

    I've never experienced any buffer problems and clean with brake cleaner and shoot CCI-minimags exclusively.YMMV
    Agreed. I never buy or use bulk .22 ammo for just that reason.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2010
  9. Tentwing

    Tentwing Well-Known Member


    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.

  10. rromeo

    rromeo Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. gdcpony

    gdcpony Well-Known Member

    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.
  12. JoeMal

    JoeMal Well-Known Member

    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
  13. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    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!
  14. jmorris

    jmorris Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. 6-gunfun

    6-gunfun Well-Known Member

    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?
  16. rromeo

    rromeo Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    The cycle rate on a mod 60 is for a fact pretty fast.
  18. courtgreene

    courtgreene Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. ms6852

    ms6852 Well-Known Member

    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.
  20. LoonWulf

    LoonWulf Well-Known Member

    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 :(

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