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Old July 23, 2012, 11:30 AM   #1
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Marlin Model 60

My first post here. I found a used Marlin Model 60 with 3 x 9 scope used at a pawn shop for $80. It has some surface rust on the outside, I can't really see the bore. Good Deal or not? I am in the market for a .22 for plinking.
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Old July 23, 2012, 12:21 PM   #2
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Depending on year and condition they range in price from $50 to $100 in my area. I have a Glenfield/Marlin Mdl 60 with scope and a Marlin 99M1 LNIB that I bought at auction for $80 and $100. $80 sounds resonable
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Old July 23, 2012, 01:43 PM   #3
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80 for a marlin 60 in decent condition is alright, if you talked them down to 70 on account of the surface rust you should be in good country. a big thing to look for is ammo capacity, the older ones are just slightly more accurate and have 18 round tubes and curved charging handles, the newer ones are just slightly less accurate and have 14 round tubes with round charging handles. both old and new will still outshoot a ruger 10/22 so it's not a great difference. one word of warning, some of them can be really picky about ammo, my first rifle was an old style marlin 60 and it would not cycle soft lead ammo, it could only handle brass or copper jacketed ammo.
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Old July 23, 2012, 03:22 PM   #4
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Also check the trigger pull if possible. Some of them are horrific. You can get after market parts, but the cost of them negates any cost savings.
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Old July 25, 2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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Not a bad price if you can easily clean the rust up. My M-60 will outshoot any of my Ruger 10/22s. It's a good rifle.
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Old July 25, 2012, 10:23 PM   #6
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I have a model 60 that I got for $20 (needed some work) and it's a great gun, however my Marlin 7000 is on the next level all together
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Old July 25, 2012, 10:29 PM   #7
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80 for a marlin 60 in decent condition is alright, if you talked them down to 70 on account of the surface rust you should be in good country. a big thing to look for is ammo capacity, the older ones are just slightly more accurate and have 18 round tubes and curved charging handles, the newer ones are just slightly less accurate and have 14 round tubes with round charging handles. both old and new will still outshoot a ruger 10/22 so it's not a great difference. one word of warning, some of them can be really picky about ammo, my first rifle was an old style marlin 60 and it would not cycle soft lead ammo, it could only handle brass or copper jacketed ammo.
I suppose you are speaking from your own experience and I have to say that, in my experience, I have seen several newer 60's and 795's (including my own 795) demonstrate eye-popping accuracy. My best friend has a Glenfield that will not hold sub-1\2" groups at 50 yards like my 795 and my grandfather's ~2007
Model 60.

Also, in my experience with Marlin .22 semi-auto rifles they all shoot and cycle lead round-nose much better than copper plated rounds. This just leads me to believe what I have always believed, which is: Every rifle has it's own rules. I have shot an 18rd. Mdl. 60 that shots tiny clovers like my 795 does and I have shot a Glenfield that isn't near as accurate.

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Old July 27, 2012, 01:33 AM   #8
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I wish I could find deals,like that.

Even beat up, old, rusted guns in my area run $150 and up.
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Old July 27, 2012, 02:16 AM   #9
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Offer $50 and try to settle for no more that $60. The surface rust and unknown bore condition would put it in that price range for me.
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Old July 27, 2012, 07:28 AM   #10
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Get your self a cheap borelight and check it out.
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Old July 27, 2012, 08:08 PM   #11
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model 60

If the barrel is 22 inches it will hold 18 cartridges in the tube, if it is 19 inches it will hold 14. If it is surface rust tripple o steal wool and WD 40 will clean it right up,80 bucks is a fair price. Keep in mind Bass Pro is selling them for 160.00. I have two bought them used and out of all my .22's they are my go to guns.Cliff
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Old July 27, 2012, 11:36 PM   #12
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after reading through the second time I realized that the rifle comes with a 3x9 scope... ok even with a little surface rust 80 is a really good buy almost enough to be suspicious about.
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Old July 28, 2012, 12:11 AM   #13
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But if it's on the shelf for $80 you can figure the shop owner used that same rust to talk the seller down to about $40.

He's got some wiggle room in in the price.

I wonder if the OP is still around? I doesn't look like he's been back since he asked the question.
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Old July 28, 2012, 09:05 AM   #14
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Sorry, It's been a busy week, so I haven't checked back in. Thanks for the comments and advice, but I decided against the model 60. I came across a Marlin model 70, in nice shape for $90. The only catch- no magazines. I talked them down to $70 cash. I found some mags, and will be at the range this morning to check it out. I'll see if I made a good deal or not. I'll post back this afternoon with a report.
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Old July 28, 2012, 09:10 AM   #15
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interesting, until you mentioned it I completely forgot about the marlin survival rifle. sweet little setup, glad you got it for $70. let us know how the range day goes.
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Old July 28, 2012, 09:26 AM   #16
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If you want it, just buy it. You can't get a new one for anything close to that. It will be reliable and highly accurate with the right ammo. I paid $50 used for one in the 1990's that will shoot one hole at 25 and dime-sized 10 shot groups at 50 all day. I would expect to pay $100 for it today, and most certainly would. As we've already seen in the past, they will eventually be outlawed just as fast as their high powered brothers--only increasing their value further. -7-
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Old July 28, 2012, 01:20 PM   #17
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Range report Marlin Model 70

I went to the range this morning to check my pawn shop special, the Marlin Model 70 I picked up for $70. Well, really $90, if include the cost of 2 mags.
I went to the indoor pistol range close to my house. I shot off at hand, leading up against a wall, with the target set at 25 yards. So my grouping is not real accurate. I don't have a sling on it yet, and the sights were the standard ones from Marlin. My tried eyes don't like them, but for now they will do. I was testing reliability at this point more than accuracy.
I shot about 100 rounds of Winchester 36 grain, copper coated rounds through it. No misfires, no jam, 100% reliable. That's I shoot through my Ruger LCR22. I also, shot about 200 rounds through my ruger also.

After 100 rounds I had a nice 1/12 ragged hole with only 2 flyers. That was me not the gun.

I love the Marlin. Now, I must decide whether or not to get Tech sights or put a red dot scope on it, either of which will cost as much as the gun. Decisions, decisions!
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Old July 28, 2012, 06:03 PM   #18
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I went to the range this morning to check my pawn shop special, the Marlin Model 70 I picked up for $70. Well, really $90, if include the cost of 2 mags.
I went to the indoor pistol range close to my house. I shot off at hand, leading up against a wall, with the target set at 25 yards. So my grouping is not real accurate. I don't have a sling on it yet, and the sights were the standard ones from Marlin. My tried eyes don't like them, but for now they will do. I was testing reliability at this point more than accuracy.
I shot about 100 rounds of Winchester 36 grain, copper coated rounds through it. No misfires, no jam, 100% reliable. That's I shoot through my Ruger LCR22. I also, shot about 200 rounds through my ruger also.

After 100 rounds I had a nice 1/12 ragged hole with only 2 flyers. That was me not the gun.

I love the Marlin. Now, I must decide whether or not to get Tech sights or put a red dot scope on it, either of which will cost as much as the gun. Decisions, decisions!
Tech-Sights would be the way to go if you like 25-50 yard target shooting. Much funner/more challenging than using a scope.

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Old July 28, 2012, 08:36 PM   #19
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Yes, having a challenge and fun is the key. I think tech sights will be on order soon.
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Old July 28, 2012, 09:33 PM   #20
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I came across a Marlin model 70, in nice shape for $90. The only catch- no magazines. I talked them down to $70 cash.
Pics or it didn't happen.

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Old July 29, 2012, 02:52 PM   #21
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As requested, pictures of my pawn shop find and a target from yesterday. I hope the pics are the right size. I am just now learning how to do that.
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Old July 29, 2012, 05:55 PM   #22
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Looks like those iron sights are working just fine for you.

I would blame those three wanderers on cheap ammo.
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Old July 29, 2012, 06:07 PM   #23
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Model 60

I've had my model 60 now for over 15 years. I have other more expensive 22's but there's just something about the Marlin that draws me. Probably because it's the one I've had the longest. Keep the scope on something else, the Marlin 60 doesn't need one.
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Old July 29, 2012, 09:23 PM   #24
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Thanks, I am ordering tech sights tomorrow so I can see better with the bifocals that I wear. When I get the new sights installed I will find out what the real accuracy of the Marlin is. I'm thinking it will put squirrels in the pot. My mouth is watering already.
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Old July 30, 2012, 11:22 AM   #25
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i had mine for sale on the classifieds until last week. it was like new and sat on here for 4 months at $100. also had a scope. just sold it to a buddy at work.
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