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Old November 15, 2006, 05:15 PM   #1
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Marlin Model 60

I have a Marlin Model 60 .22 LR. For some reason it is jamming almost every shot. Any one know what the reason might be?
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Old November 15, 2006, 05:45 PM   #2
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Check the feed ramp for lead build up. Nearly every 60 I work on that is jamming has this problem.
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Old November 15, 2006, 05:54 PM   #3
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I checked for lead buildup i dont see any,
P.S. when i work the bolt back and fourth manually it cycles fine, its just when i fire when it jams.
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Old November 15, 2006, 06:00 PM   #4
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Give the whole action a through cleaning.
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Old November 15, 2006, 06:07 PM   #5
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its pretty clean as is, but i will try it. The bullets are often tweeked, or angled by the time its going into the barrel. Could whatever is causeing that, be to blame?
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Old November 15, 2006, 11:54 PM   #6
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If a thorough cleaning still doesn't correct the problem, then try a different ammo. Sometimes a gun just doesn't like a certain type of ammo.
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Old November 16, 2006, 01:56 AM   #7
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Sometimes the ejector lifter spring gets a little bent out of alignment. Check out this page and also this one.

I had the same problem with mine...when nothing I tried worked, I sent it back to Marlin and they replaced the trigger assembly. No charge. They must have also felt that my stock wasn't up to par because they restocked the rifle and sent me back the old one under seperate cover. Best service I've ever received!
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Old November 16, 2006, 01:11 PM   #8
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I've put over 5000 rounds through mine (and I got it used), ALL different kinds of ammo, and the only problems I've had are about 5 FTE's. I've never totally dissasembled it for cleaning. every 1000 rounds or so I just remove the action from the stock, and "hose" it with carburator/brake cleaner. Then I lube it up really good. Also, clean out the magazine tube and follower, as they can be gummed up over time.
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Old November 16, 2006, 01:20 PM   #9
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Sounds like the feed lips are tweaked. Either have a smith realign them or send the rifle to the factory. It's a quick fix, but not necessarily easy to get the feed lips right.
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Old November 16, 2006, 06:52 PM   #10
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This is the exact reason I gave up Marlins and switched to the 10/22. hpg
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Old November 17, 2006, 11:48 AM   #11
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Try some different ammo. I had the same problem with mine and turns out it just did NOT like the cheap federal stuff, but anything Remington or CCI it loved.
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Old November 17, 2006, 12:02 PM   #12
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I had that problem on my 60 a few years ago when I was first learning. The guy at the gun store was right, should've got the 10/22.
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Old November 17, 2006, 07:32 PM   #13
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same problem here, jamming every few rounds, I changed springs, cleaned it until you could eat off it, and tried every brand ammo you could think of, yet it still jammed. I went out and got a Ruger 10/22, never looked back...
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Old July 13, 2010, 12:08 PM   #14
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You could go buy a Ruger and waste money.
Or just send it to Marlin and have them fix it.

I bought a used marlin 60ss and it was jamming almost every other time. When I opened it up the ejector spring was bent so I bent it back. Went and fired a few hundred rounds and it started again. Keep in mind the thing was clean as a whistle, but I have no idea what the last owner may have done to it.

I went to Marlin, registered the warranty then sent it to them. They sent it back a few weeks later, no charge. They fixed the issue, pretty much replaced all the internals. And I don't think they even aknowledged the warranty. They just fixed it and sent i back because I asked them to.

Great service from MARLIN. So much so that I'm registering just so I can tell others.

On a related note. Don't buy anything from budsgunshop.com. Bastards sold me a misfiring gun and don't accept returns. They should at least fire their rifles before they sell them.
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Old July 13, 2010, 01:02 PM   #15
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On a related note. Don't buy anything from budsgunshop.com. Bastards sold me a misfiring gun and don't accept returns. They should at least fire their rifles before they sell them.
Bud’s is by no means perfect, but surely you don’t expect them to test fire every firearm that they sell; that’s the responsibility of the manufacturer, not the retailer.
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Old July 13, 2010, 01:55 PM   #16
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I had a Model 60 that jammed every 10th shot....then I took it apart and found that my dad hadn't cleaned it in 30 years

Lil bit of TLC and she's running flawless. At this rate, my daughter might have to give it another cleaning in 20 or so years.

I love the Marlin design. I bought a 795 as a truck/camping gun...man, what a lil tack driver with open sites. Sweetest shooting rifle I own, and gives me about 3 hours of fun for about $15 worth of ammo
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Old July 13, 2010, 02:27 PM   #17
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use CCI MINI MAGS - mine was jaming with the federal bulk pack. Switched to MINI mags and no more problems.
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Old July 13, 2010, 10:58 PM   #18
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use CCI MINI MAGS - mine was jaming with the federal bulk pack. Switched to MINI mags and no more problems.
Mine loves mini-mags too. Actually, it has a passionate affair with them. I occasionally get FTF's with other (cheapo) brands, but never with mini-mags. They're pretty clean too - I get very little fouling in the action and almost none in the bore.
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Old July 14, 2010, 12:32 AM   #19
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+1 on selling and getting a 10/22
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Old July 14, 2010, 08:40 AM   #20
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try some different ammo, my model 60 can be finniky. i use winchester wildcats in mine w/o issues.
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Old July 14, 2010, 10:42 AM   #21
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This is the exact reason I gave up Marlins and switched to the 10/22
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The guy at the gun store was right, should've got the 10/22
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I went out and got a Ruger 10/22, never looked back...
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+1 on selling and getting a 10/22
And the Winner is....................... you guessed it, you should of got a 10/22.
Of the Marlin 60's I've had the misfortune of being around all ran good outta the box but developed issues after time. After that they're a bear to get back right. On the other hand of all the 10/22's I've been around none have ever failed and the nice thing about them is even if they do a monkey could diagnose and fix the problem.

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Old July 14, 2010, 11:42 AM   #22
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I purchased this Glenfield Mod 60 new in 1968. Have never experienced an issue or had to replace a part on it. It will probably outlive me.

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Old July 14, 2010, 11:51 AM   #23
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And the Winner is....................... you guessed it, you should of got a 10/22.
Of the Marlin 60's I've had the misfortune of being around all ran good outta the box but developed issues after time. After that they're a bear to get back right. On the other hand of all the 10/22's I've been around none have ever failed and the nice thing about them is even if they do a monkey could diagnose and fix the problem.
I wish one of you could have told my 10/22 that. I kept that think spotlessly clean, and well lubricated and it was a stove-piping nightmare with every mag I owned and every brand of ammo I tried.

Traded up for a Model 60 and never looked back. A few thousand rounds later, with regular cleaning, and I cant even remember the last time my '60 jammed. Far more accurate than the 10/22 as well, with a much better trigger.
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Old July 14, 2010, 11:57 AM   #24
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I own two 1973 10/22s and a 1998 model 60 and I've got 4 times the ammo through the model 60 with no issues as long as I keep it clean. I can't say the same for the 10/22s. Also, the model 60 is much more accurate out of the box and has a better trigger to boot.
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Old July 14, 2010, 12:02 PM   #25
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Over 95% of FTE's with (New Model 60) Marlins is a problem with the ejector wire being positioned wrong.

This is how it looks when properly positioned.



A lot of folks unknowingly/inadvertantly bend the wire the wrong way when cleaning...so it's pretty common for problems to be wire related.

In fact, it's one of the ways I get Marlins so cheap...idiots sell them to pawn shops, the pawn shop guys test 'em and think they're malfunctioning, and they sell 'em for $50-60...and all I have to do is pull the bolt back & take a look to tell if the wire's set wrong

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Also, avoid Remington Golden Bullet & Thunderbolt ammo.
1. It's the dirtyest-firing ammo I know of.
2. Constant problems with short powder loads & no powder loads.
3. Quite often they forget to put primer in the rim.
4. Inconsistant bullet size. (Mic a 550 box, it's fun...not)
5. Inconsistant bullet seating (sometimes you can pull them out by hand)

That's all the problems I've run across so far.

Remington Golden Bullet AKA "Golden Bullsquish"
Remington Thunderbolts AKA "Thunderduds"

Ammo doesn't earn nasty nicknames across the USA unless it really sucks.

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Now for Old Model 60's with the two-piece feed throat...there's a kit that Marlin sells which puts a new 1-piece feed throat and a few more parts which totally solves those feed issues. Call Marlin for the kit. It'll cost ya a few bucks, as your old Marlins are out of warranty, but it solves the problem.

The old models have a solid ejector, not a wire, which can occasionally get bent to one side or the other...it should be just INSIDE the feed throat, just like the wire.

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Great thing about the Marlins...you don't have to dismantle to clean.

You take out the two screws holding the action to the stock...

Then you remove the two clips holding the action guts to the action housing & separate them.

You can clean everything easily without having to break it down any further than that.

Hope this helps some folks!
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