The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Art of the Rifle: General

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old May 20, 2010, 06:14 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: August 27, 2009
Posts: 1,086
Marlin Rifles - How are they?

I've got a chance to pick up a scoped Marlin .22LR rifle for a bit over a buck. And I was wondering what y'all's opinion is of these rifles. I've shot them before, in Boy Scouts when I was 10. And maybe when I was 11, but I don't remember what those were. It is a bolt action, and I was wondering if it'd be worth the money for a touch over $100.
-liberal gun nut = exception to the rule-
-1.24274238 miles, because Russians don't need scopes-
-Gun control was the Klan's favorite law, how can you advocate a set of laws designed to allow the denigration of a people?-
SigP6Carry is offline  
Old May 20, 2010, 06:17 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: August 9, 2009
Posts: 645
I have one, cheap 150$ one, semi auto with 10rnd clip. out of the box it will give 3" groups at 100yards iron sights. Very pleased with mine and wouldn't hesitate to purchase another marlin model
kx592 is offline  
Old May 20, 2010, 06:30 PM   #3
cole k
Senior Member
Join Date: January 31, 2008
Location: east of the Big Muddy
Posts: 247
For the money they are hard to beat. I've had 4 of them over the last 35 years and all were shooters.
cole k is offline  
Old May 20, 2010, 06:43 PM   #4
michael t
Senior Member
Join Date: May 17, 2004
Location: Out back Ky
Posts: 4,044
I think Annie Oakley liked them pretty well . I had several of the 30 30 beats the Winchester . my 39A is nearing 60 yrs old and still going strong
Certified Armed Infidel Colt Defender ,Colt Mustang ,Dan Wesson CBOB, PPK/S, American Classic 1911,Bersa Thunder 380
http://bersachat.comHome of Bersa
michael t is offline  
Old May 20, 2010, 10:27 PM   #5
Join Date: May 17, 2010
Posts: 62
They are a very good rifle and have only about half as many parts as the Winchester.
Also since Winchester has stopped making lever action rifles, parts for the Marlin will be easier to get.
The only problem with the Marlins is some of them get what is refered to as "The Dreaded Marlin Jam". When that happens, they have to be disassembled to remove the jamed cartridge.
Contact Scott at S&S Sporting @ 208-313-1570.
He has a very good fix for the jaming problem (I think it costs about $45.00) and if you have him do the jam fix, he will most likely order a new Marlin at a discount, fix the jam problem and ship the rifle to your FFL.
I don't know of any other Gunsmiths who know how to do the fix properly.

Best Regards, John K
dksac2 is offline  
Old May 21, 2010, 12:24 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: November 8, 2009
Location: Panama City Beach
Posts: 269
Very good.
brotus2 is offline  
Old May 21, 2010, 02:06 PM   #7
Join Date: February 11, 2010
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 42
I have a Marlin Model 60 that my dad bought me probably 15 years ago when I was a teenager. I believe he bought it used. I can't even guess how many rounds have been through it and it still shoots flawlessly.

Some people don't like the tube magazine, but I never really minded it. A great gun for the money I think.
wrt81 is offline  
Old May 21, 2010, 02:18 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: August 25, 2008
Location: 1B ID
Posts: 10,198
Their bolt guns and lever guns are great. Stay away from the semi-autos (especially if the owner is asking more than about $60).
"Such is the strange way that man works -- first he virtually destroys a species and then does everything in his power to restore it."
FrankenMauser is offline  
Old May 21, 2010, 02:21 PM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: May 20, 2010
Location: Alabama
Posts: 175
I had a Marlin 30-30 for quite a long time. Got it when I was 17 and sold it when I was 36. I put well over 2,000 rounds through that thing without too many issues. It was a lever action, two foot long rifle. Hard as hell to go through brush with that thing, but it never let me down either. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one if it checks out good and healthy.
Retired15T is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:46 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2017 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07048 seconds with 9 queries