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Taurus M62 (carbine)vs. Marlin Papoose...for backpacking/survival gun

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by clipse, Aug 14, 2007.

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  1. clipse

    clipse Member

    Sep 19, 2003
    Yeah, I know the term 'survival gun' is shunned by many on this board but, I thought with all the knowledge on this board I would go ahead and ask here anyway. So, please, no ranting about the term. Thanks. :D

    Anywho, I would like to get another .22 for camping/survival/backpacking/plinking. The only other .22 rifle I have is a Remington Nylon 66 that I really like but I want another gun. I want a take down gun so I narrowed it down to these two. Which would you get and why?


  2. Sistema1927

    Sistema1927 Member

    May 21, 2004
    "Land of (dis)Enchantment"
    I would get the short barrel Taurus 62.

    I have found that my original Winchester '06 is a great little carbine, and breaks down into two very packable sections. The only thing I don't like about the Taurus is that "lawyer button" on the top.
  3. borrowedtime69

    borrowedtime69 Member

    Aug 5, 2005
    Denver CO area
    my two cents, FWIW

    of those two, if they're my only choices, i would pick the marlin papoose. i had one in college that kept me fed with rabbit and squirrel in the dorms when i was short of funds. WARNING: THE FOLLOWING IS NOT RECOMMEND AS IT COULD BE ILLEGAL!. I used to take it in and out of the dorms in a simple school duffle. didnt trust having it in the car. these days you could be sent to the pokie for that.

    however, if money is not really an object you could try to find a Springfield Armory M6 combo gun in .22 LR/.410.


    they have been discontinued but you can still find them in pawn shops, gun shops, and gun shows. they come in black and stainless. prices can range from $100 for a really nasty one, to about $250 for one thats decent to as high as $400 for a prime specimen. you can build an entire survival kit around this gun as i have. i carry CCI mini mags, .410 shotshells and 000 buckshot when i travel with this gem.

    best of luck - Eric
  4. JustsayMo

    JustsayMo Member

    Oct 20, 2004
    the Evergreen State
    I haven't had a Taurus but I have a good amount of experience with the Papoose. Good little carbine. Its handiness is second only to a pistol and because of that it saw plenty of use. As accurate as any 10/22 I've ever owned, Quarter sized groups at 25 yards the norm with the occasional dime sized when I was having a good day. Fed reliably with most standard and all hi-velocity ammo.

    Trigger could be better but once you adjust to it you won't bother you (as much).

    I put a small scope on mine, still fit in the case and extended *my* effective range with it. It held zero within a click or two after disassembly, travel and reassembly too.
  5. Father Knows Best

    Father Knows Best Member

    Apr 14, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA
    I'm not familiar with the Marlin, but I have a Taurus 62 and it's a fine little gun.
  6. snorko

    snorko Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    SW Indiana
    These are all good guns, I especially like my recently purchased M6 Scout. However, the Taurus can be had with a youth stock - making an even more compact package - and I realy like the tube feed for woods/hiking.
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