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Marlin Model 60 long-term durability vs Savage 64 long-term durability

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by rjc149, Apr 4, 2013.

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  1. Bobson

    Bobson Member

    Aug 9, 2011
    Snohomish County, Washington
    My dad's running his all-original Model 60 from the mid 80s, never had to replace a single thing. My own Model 60 is less than two years old, but has been equally dependable so far. I enjoy it. :)
  2. firme67

    firme67 Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    I have a Savage 64 with open sights and a 10/22 with a scope. My dad has a Glenfield 60 with a scope. The Savage is as accurate as I can be with open sights, and is the gun I keep in my farm pickup year round, and the Glenfield is the gun we keep behind the shop door. I haven't shot the 10/22 in 10 years. I guess that answers how I rate them. Kinda depends if you want a tube feed or mag feed. marlin makes a mag feed model 795 also, although I have never handled or seen one before. I think either the Marlin or Savage you will enjoy greatly. Also you might check out rimfirecentral.com , it's a great site too.
  3. hddeluxe

    hddeluxe Member

    Apr 14, 2008
    Yuma, AZ
    I have two model 60s, and they are 100% reliable. I can't begin to imagine how many thousands of rounds have been through them, and they just keep right on firing as if they were new.
  4. StrutStopper

    StrutStopper Member

    Jul 5, 2011
    Also, there may be fewer aftermarket parts for the Model 60 but if modification is your thing, there are parts available to dress it up some
  5. 03Shadowbob

    03Shadowbob Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    West Palm Beach
    I've had both the 10/22 and 60 at different points in my life and the 60's were always more accurate out of the box. Now a nice $1000 10/22 is a very cool gun that is very accurate but in my opinion the cost of making it accurate is not worth it. I'd rather by a Kimber or CZ.
  6. morcey2

    morcey2 Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    Central Utah
    I love my 60 (actually my brothers, but his wife won't let him keep it in their house) in terms of accuracy, but it has cycling issues that I haven't been able to fix. Yet. I'll get it someday. When I first took possession of it, it hadn't been cleaned. Ever. The bore had been cleaned, but not the working and moving parts. I took it apart and there was so much carbon and junk in there that I was surprised it worked at all.

    It is extremely accurate, but rarely makes it through a full magazine without jamming or stovepiping. If I use cheap remington bulk stuff, it makes it about 3 rounds. CCI, Federal, American Eagle, and Winchester shoot better, but still have jamming issues, just more sporadically. But it's accurate.

  7. orionengnr

    orionengnr Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    I bought my Marlin Glenfield (used) in 1983--think I paid $60 for it. Never had a lick of trouble with it--probably ranks in the top 2 in value for all the firearms I've ever purchased. If I'm honest, might rank a bit above the top two. :)

    Wife has a 10/22 that she bought in 2004 or so. It is a fine rifle (although it cost at least 3x what the Glenfield did...but that is 21 years of inflation, yada yada). A friend recently gave me his laminated stock...but that requires a bull barrel...and then I would want a bunch of Volquartsen stuff, and...

    Get the idea? Buy an old Marlin these days for probably $75-100 and it will still be working fine when you hand it down to your grandkids.

    Or buy a 10/22 and spend $1000 and have the super-ultra-mega-trick-est .22LR in town. And you will still be looking at the Volq site or RFC and wanting to spend more money on it... :)
  8. gotigers

    gotigers Member

    Sep 1, 2009
    In ways yes, in other ways no. The Mod 60 is more accurate. The 10/22 is more customizable. It costs $350 or more to get a 10/22 as accurate as a mod 60 out of the box. If you want a custom, get a 10/22. If you want a squirrel killer get an older mod 60.
  9. Cee Zee

    Cee Zee member

    Aug 23, 2012
    That could well be your problem right there. I have bolt action rifles that won't cycle after a few rounds of that stuff. I'm serious. The bolt won't slide back after about 25 rounds. It's amazing how dirty that stuff is.

    If you cleaned the 60 and aren't familiar with the potential problems created by even a slightly bent ejector wire that might also have become a problem for you. They are pretty sensitive to getting moved around even a little. But they are very easy to fix. If you have a nickel you have the gauge you need to put that spring back where it goes. I'll let someone else explain just how it works. I hope the mods don't mind me providing a link to another forum but this info is invaluable to a 60 owner.

  10. PonyKiller

    PonyKiller Member

    Oct 6, 2011
    Southern New Jersey
    we've had a marlin 60 since the early 80's. Still shoots great, has never broken and is only a little picky when it comes to non name brand bulk ammo.
    It's just about quarter sized accurate at 50yds with a cheap 4x scope on it. Cleaning wise it seems to thrive on neglect.
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