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View Poll Results: Which 22 semi automatic rifle?
Ruger 10/22 119 55.61%
Marlin 60 96 44.86%
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Old February 28, 2008, 05:25 PM   #1
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Ruger 10/22 versus Marlin 60?

I am in need of an inexpensive 22 semi automatic for training and plinking. Seems these two rule that market segment so asking for pros and cons on each. Doesn't seem you lose with either.

Comments on any other sub 300 dollar 22 semi automatic rifles are welcome too.
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Old February 28, 2008, 05:32 PM   #2
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Got the same challenge that I am trying to figure out in my thread:

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/...d.php?t=282572

Love to hear repeater vs. bolt vs. single shot.
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Old February 28, 2008, 05:35 PM   #3
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I have tried 4 10/22s and they all had problems. I finaly got one (the 4th one) that was reliable and the sights were canted and scope base holes were not inline with the bore and even with the scopes windage adjusted all the way left, it still shoot waaaaaaaaay right, oh well. I gave my M60 to my brother when I moved and kept the way more accurate Romanian trainer.

oh well.
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Old February 28, 2008, 05:45 PM   #4
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I fouled up I think. The 60 is tube fed and I think I would be more interested in the Marlin 795 with the box magazine. I have Ruger Pistols and a Marlin 1894C rifle so I like both brands.
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Old February 28, 2008, 09:04 PM   #5
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Well, I love the Marlin 60, tube feed and all. I think it looks sleeker than the box magazine also. I had a rem 597 (in your price range, check it out), I liked it but all I head for when I grab a 22 is my model 60. Super accurate, rugged, light-and cheap!
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Old February 28, 2008, 09:22 PM   #6
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"I fouled up I think. The 60 is tube fed and I think I would be more interested in the Marlin 795 with the box magazine. I have Ruger Pistols and a Marlin 1894C rifle so I like both brands."

same here, i think the marlin 795 is better than the 10/22. my 795 is more accurate and jams less than both my 10/22's
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Old February 28, 2008, 09:26 PM   #7
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I have both. The Marlin is by far more accurate.
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Old February 28, 2008, 09:29 PM   #8
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I've got nothing to offer but anecdotal evidence.

I have a Mod. 60. It has been more accurate and reliable than it has any right to be, given the price I paid for it. Whenever I plink, it goes out with me.

I have at least a couple of friends with 1022s. My 60 shoots circles around their guns. One guy even has his tricked out a little. It's sort of a sore spot with them. My cheap little gun really does put theirs to shame.

Forget about the issue of "tube feed." Why would that matter? It holds plenty of bullets, and it's easy to reload.
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Old February 28, 2008, 09:37 PM   #9
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I have a Marlin model 60 and it is very accurate.
I had 10/22's befor but they werent as accurate out of the box as the Marlin plus they get expensive after you start "customising" it.
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Old February 28, 2008, 09:40 PM   #10
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I have both. The ruger has more accessories available for it, but I think the Marlin is better and more accurate out of the box.

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Old February 28, 2008, 10:18 PM   #11
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I have fond memories from my youth of my dad's Model 60. It was a nice reliable little rifle. But I like to tinker. I've taken one of my 10/22s and had a Clark Custom trigger job done and upgraded the sights. That's all I'll do with it... but the other one will become a custom tack driver. If you're going to keep it bare bones stock forever than I'd lean toward the Model 60, but if you're a tinkerer then it has to be the 10/22.
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Old February 29, 2008, 12:03 AM   #12
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Check out www.rimfirecentral.com. You might think a little different about the ruger. I have had zero problems with mine. There is an endless supply of aftermarket accessories for them.
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Old February 29, 2008, 12:40 AM   #13
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If you do like the Model 60, I would try to find one of the older 18-shot models without the bolt hold half-open safety device. That thing will make your fingers VERY sore after a full day of plinking. Or, for a little different flavor, the old Winchester 190. Same premise as the Model 60, but a little different look. Both can be had around here for less than $130 each.
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Old February 29, 2008, 01:03 AM   #14
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I had a 10/22 about 16 years ago that was mind blowingly accurate. Unfortunately I would end up selling it to help recover from a divorce that wiped me out. I had a clip on bipod and a bushnell 4x deer rifle scope. I put a ram line muzzle brake on the stock barrel and had a aftermarket trigger kit installed. I polished the bore with 100 strokes of Flitz polish. I smoked Marlboroughs back then (now smoke free for 14 years) and could place an empty pack at 25 yards and hit the red Phillip Morris emblem the first time every time. Five shot groups were 1/2" or less.

Now I have a new 10/22 with a Bushnell rimfire 3-9X and a varmint barrel, synthetic stock, and Harris bipod. I haven't sighted it in yet. Hopefully it'll shoot like the old one did after I worked on it. If not I'll try some of the smae routine. By the way, my old one shot more accurately and reliably with CCI ammo.
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Old February 29, 2008, 05:49 AM   #15
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Forget about the issue of "tube feed." Why would that matter? It holds plenty of bullets, and it's easy to reload.
The only reason I care is I am going to an appleseed training session and everyone recommends box because there are some speed loading and shooting drills.
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Old February 29, 2008, 06:34 AM   #16
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I have a Marlin Stainless Mdl 60 tube feed with a BSA 3-9 X .22 Spcial scope and a Ruger 10-22 T with a Burris 6 X Target scope. I got a thumb hole target stock for the 10-22 and glass bedded part of the action. I also tuned up the trigger. My 10-22 T Ruger will out shoot the Marlin 60. I have never had a problem with the Ruger 10-22 rifle. There are a lot of after market parts for the 10-22 rifle see www.rimfirecentral.com
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Old February 29, 2008, 11:43 AM   #17
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Does anyone have any tricks or tips to pass long for happily loading a tube fed mag? I've got a couple rifles that load this way (model 60, bl22). I LIKE shooting them but I DON'T LIKE loading them!

Anyone?
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Old February 29, 2008, 11:54 AM   #18
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I really can't tell you as I've never shot a stock 10/22. I bought one and built it up with ALL the mods before I shot it. Its a tack driver and A LOT of fun to shoot. All that remains original on it is the receiver and bolt.
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Old February 29, 2008, 12:08 PM   #19
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Speed load a Marlin 60

Absolute0, you can "speed load" a tube feed by taking an arrow and pulling off the back, you then feed the 22 ammo (15 rounds) into the arrow. When you are ready to load or reload the tube fed rifle, you just put the arrow into the tube opening and it will feed the ammo. Just make sure you have the ammo pointing in the proper direction in the arrow!
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Old February 29, 2008, 12:13 PM   #20
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I like both, but am partial to my Mod 60 "glenfield"

I paid $60 bucks for it at a pawnshop 10 years ago. It has been thru alot, and ain't pretty , or tacticool,but it still is one of my favorites. And if you are a squirrel, rabbit, paper, or can...ya better watch out!
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Old February 29, 2008, 12:17 PM   #21
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Never used the Marlin but I have nothing nice to say about my old 10/22. Bad trigger, picky with ammo. Good riddance.
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Old February 29, 2008, 12:37 PM   #22
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My opinion basically sums up the rest of the comments. Your options are:

1) Buy a Model 60 and start shooting nice groups out of the box.

2) Buy a 10/22 and then buy a bunch of adds on for it to get it to shoot like a Model 60. But it does have a detachable mag.

Not knocking the 10/22, they're fine rifles and I love that you can buy any part that can be imagined for one. The fact of the matter is that a Marlin 60 is cheaper to begin with and does not require any additional cash thrown at it to get similar accuracy.
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Old February 29, 2008, 12:39 PM   #23
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I use this speed loader for my 60 http://www.cabelas.com/reviews-cdn/8.../reviews.shtml it works great.
My fingers used to turn black loading the 10/22 mags but the tube can be a pain sometimes too.
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Old February 29, 2008, 12:55 PM   #24
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As others have posted, Model 60/795 is more accurate out of the box. If you enjoy tinkering then the 10/22 is the one to get. I try to find them used for around $100 or less. Great fun shooters whichever one you get.
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Old February 29, 2008, 01:51 PM   #25
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While there's not a thing wrong with a Model 60, I'd probably go for the 10/22, simply because of its modular nature and the jillions of accessories available for it.

Of course, I don't currently own a .22 rifle that isn't powered by compressed air and I am on a tight budget, so if I'm wandering through a gun shop in the near future and see a used Marlin 60 in the $50-$100 range, I'll probably pick if up. The used Marlin Model 60 is probably the cheapest reliable autoloading firearm on the market ever, especially allowing for inflation-adjusted dollars...
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