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Marlin Model 60 .22 or a Ruger 10/22. Which would you prefer and why?

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Both are reliable, accurate, and durable rifles. I tend to prefer the Ruger simply because it has such a wide array of after market accessories that I can in reality create my own custom. Also I will have the capability of using high capacity magazines. May be a mute point unless you can locate more .22 rimfire ammo where you are located than I can around here.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Good point ish, but I bought my son a M60 years ago for $90, today about $110 and it raps them rounds out like nobodies business. Can't fancy it up though like you can a 10/22. So that's something to think about.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

The Ruger would be my pick, it feels more like a hunting rifle while the Marlin Model 60 has very little drop of the comb.

I love my Remington Nylon 66

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I like the Ruger. Espeacially if it is Semi Auto

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

i agree with Ish, i would go with a 10/22

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from Nick Jensen wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

10/22 just feels more like a real rifle, plus with a minimum of know how and 200 bucks or so you can make it shoot circles around the Marlin.

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from Greenhead wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Never used the Marlin, because I liked my first 10/22 so much i never saw any reason to try something different. As mentioned above, the aftermarket options are a definate plus.

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from Bella wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Love my 10-22. Don't know about Marlins. Go with Ruger!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Golfin Sportsman, no you can't shoot circles around them from the factory, I tried and they aren't all that. And durability is the same for half price. Why would you buy something for twice the price and then have to add 200 dollars to make it shoot better?

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from shane wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Savage.

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from Reid Jones wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

THANK YOU JIM IN MO! somebody that agrees with me a little bit. the M60 is a very nice gun with a very nice trigger. i've shot 10/22's with heavy triggers. i didn't really like it. sure they have all of the aftermarket parts. but wouldn't you rather pay 200 dollars less for a gun that shoots just as good, if not better? BTW! the model 60 Marlin does have aftermarket stuff. you can find tons of stocks for it.

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from buddyboy564 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

the ruger, i have never cared that much for marlin but maybe im wrong... but i have heard alot about the 10/22 and think that it is a good gun

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I went with Ruger 10/22 because there are more redily available parts for them. The 10/22 is also more accurate and more reliable.

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

If you want to see a real nice 10/22 go to my profile and look at the picture of our coyote gun.

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from shooter4life wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I have a marlin model 60 and I took the piece of junk tasco off it and replaced it with a bushnel 4x32 from gander. Dad and I dialed it in to split the hair off a gnat at 100yards and my brother in law has a 10/22 I can smoke it every time we shoot. He is always tweaking the Ruger and I never have to do a thing to the marlin. same range, same target and about two hours on a Saturday and mine is spot on with subsonic and high velocity rounds. My brother in laws has to be tweaked every time we shoot and he still can't get the Ruger as dead on as my Marlin. I would dare say my marlin is as accurate as my Anschutz 154 that I love to shoot. for the 125 I spent on it and the two hours dialing it in, there is no other choice to make in a 22 that is cost effective and spot on. You keep the Ruger. Make mine a Marlin.

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from fishingfurst wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Marlin and Savage make rifles that are much more accurate right out of the box. The Ruger needs $600.00 worth of modifications to shoot 1/2 as well as a Marlin or a Savage. Why pay twice the price? I have owned all three. I will take accuracy over add on toys every time.
I used to shoot small bore competition and my Savage is every bit as accurate as my Anshutz Super Match 54.
Only accurate rifles are worth owning.

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from SIMON REED wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

BOTH GUNS ARE GOOD IF YOU DON'T BUY THEM FROM WALMART THE GUNS THEY BUY GUNS THAT ARE CHEAPLY MADE . THE MARLIN 60 IS NOT AS ACCURATE AS THE RUGER 10/22 BUT PERFICT FOR A YOUTH STARTER GUN. IOWN BOTH THE MODEL 60 HAS PROBLEMS WITH CCI STINGERS WICH ARE LONGER THAN THE STANDARD 22 LR THE AMMO HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE ACCURATCY SOLID NOSE BULLETS ARE BEST BUT IF YOU MUST USE A HOLLOW POINT THE REMIMTON YELLW JACKET IS THE BEST . THE 10/22 WILL HANDLE ALL 22LR ROUNDS. THE RUGER HANDLES DIRTY CONDITIONS BETTER WITH LESS JAMING. MARLIN WORKS BEST WITH THE 22 LONG (not to be confused with CCI 22 long CB wich is a low volicty round). REMEMBER YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. keep'em clean & be sure of ya target

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from lavaandy wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

The Marlin 60 is more accurate out of the box than a stock 10/22. Magazine for the marlin is 14 shot compared to 10 for the 10/22 and is more reliable. Along with the last shot hold open bolt and the lower price you can't go wrong with the Marlin Model 60. The 10/22 is overrated IMO.

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from bjanis wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I have two 10/22 rifles and one marlin mod 60( Pre 1980) The Marlin is incredibly accurate.I can hit a penny at 50 yards, all day long. The rugers dont shoot
quite as well. The Ruger has a 8-9 lb. trigger. And if
you like to tinker with guns, get a ruger, then spend
3-4 hundred bucks and you may out shoot the Marlin
Mod 60. They are both a lot of fun to plink with. But if you only want to spend $ 150.00 Bucks and thats it,
get a Marlin !
BJanis

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from Ozzlefinch wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I prefer the Marlin. Out of the box with no mods at all it is one of the best .22 rifles on the market. I can consitently get head shots on small game at 75 yards using cheap bulk ammo with my bone stock 60. I've had exactly zero mechanical problems and I believe that those shooters that do have problems probably don't clean the rifle and it gets gummed up or in extreme cold weather they are not using cold weather blend gun oil.

The Ruger is good if you are into spending $250 on a rifle then discarding everything but the reciever, then spending an additional couple hundred bucks on new stock, barrel, trigger, sights etc. If you are interested in a custom looking rifle that shoots as well as the Marlin, then the Ruger is for you.

Perhaps the Marlin has a limited aftermarket because it doesn't need one. I cannot think of anything I would do to my 60, it's a comfortable, reliable tack driver straight from the box. Scopes mount easily on the built in rail and if you want a box mag then the 7 series Marlins are for you as they are mechanicaly the same as the 60, only with a box mag and a variety of choices of stainless steel and compostite stocks.

Conclusion: both rifles shoot well. The Marlin is excellent out of the box at about $200 new and will serve you well for 99% of any use you can think of for a .22. A Ruger cost more up front, and you can indulge in whatever fantasy you have and make the rifle look like whatever you want for and additional $200 to $1000. I prefer the Marlin a it is fully functional out of the box and I am not interested in the accesories the Ruger offers. Personal choice.

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from dickhanover wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I have one of each. The Marlin is the better piece out of the box; more accurate, better quality for the price, higher capacity magazine. There are reasons that there are so many of them out there, an it's not just because they're cheap. The Ruger is a "hot-rodder's" dream, though. If you want to buy a gun and shoot it with no fussing with it, buy the Marlin. If you want to build a custom, buy the Ruger. You can't lose with either one, really. I own several each, Marlins and Rugers, and have a preference for my Marlins.

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from mrt8110 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I have both, Marlin by far,sleeker,more accurate,and quieter out of the box. If I wanted a target rifle,I would buy one,not use add ons to make one!

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

Agreed with ishawooa answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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from bmin2709 wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I second that my 22 marlin model sixty has better accuracy than 10/22 considering it has a a longer barrel for better accuracy and if you really want accessories make spots for them on your own like i'm 13 and i drilled and tapped my 3/8" dovetail to add a weaver rails nd i created my own stock out of walnut

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from KEVIN HOLLAND wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I prefer the Marlin, bought one about 18 years ago and it was tack driving out of the box. I cant count the number of squirrels, coons, or rabbits that it has brought home with me or my brother, and a deer or two to top it off! I've shot everything from bulk package ammo to CCI Stingers to Remington yellowjackets out of it and all shoot great. Go with the Marlin without a doubt!!

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from lawsonej wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Hands-down Marlin for me, it's a keeper. Started with mine from my parents about 14 years old. 18rd tube magazine, it will fire all day long. Didn't need to but i added some tech sights i found on sale and now Im bustin shot glasses at 100. Can't go wrong with the Marlin 60 on reliability, parts or design. Had an uncle with one that didn't clean it for 37 years. We cleaned it up and it fires as good as mine. The 10/22 is pretty sweet and savage bolt actions are tack drivers too, as well the 702 mossberg plinkster can pop them off all day long. But for price and all it has to offer.. go with the 60.

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from afcbasser wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

posted the same question in this other forum
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=424487
the decision became crystal clear.

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from headbone wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

One of the posters on this thread cautioned against buying guns from Wal-Mart because they are cheaply made. Do Manufacturers make cheaper quality products just for sale at Wal-Mart? If so, what's to say that other gun dealers don't do the same? Also, if this is true how do you know if it's a cheaply made Model 60 or a quality made gun?

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from Willard94 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I got the Ruger 10/22 my 7th grade year - 5 years ago. I love it. Out of the box, i was shooting empty shotgun shells from a hundred yards. I also loved the rotary mag and bought a 25 round one too. Recently required a marlin 60. i like that too, havent got to shoot it much yet as far as accuracy goes, but i will say i prefer the magazines. The nice thing about the marlin is that the dovetail is already on the reciever, where on the ruger you need to put it on and when you put it on you can't see out the iron sights, but i put a scope on so it really was no big deal to put the scope rail on, especially scope had weaver rings and the marlin only offers dovetail. I never have too many problems (every rimfire has some ammo problems)with either, but i clean my guns often too. Which is where i like the ruger, comes apart easily and i can take the whole trigger group apart myself, a one up on the marlin. In my opinion, its tube vs mag fed. That is the only difference to me, but maybe i just got lucky.

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from campacj wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

I recently bought a vintage "plain Jane" Ruger 10/22 hardwood-stocked carbine and topped it with a Tasco 3-9x32 Pronghorn scope. Today, I took it to an indoor range and, after sighting it in, I was able to fire 9 out of 10 rounds inside a 1" Shoot-N-C Target at 25 yards. A few moments later I fired 3 shots into a dime-sized target at the same range. That's a great testament to both products and plenty good enough for me.

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from Nathan Van Werden wrote 46 weeks 6 days ago

The marlin has better accuracy, many people have said that because of its thicker and "More Durable" barrel.

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from Andy Olson wrote 25 weeks 6 days ago

I have had 6 10/22's from about 1975 on.I have stuck with that rifle because I like the way they shoot.All of them could shoot moa groups with at least one brand of ammo. All have been reliable functioning with good ammo and good mags, always prefered high caps fast shooting. Like the ease you can modify and improve the ruger. can even build one completely from aftermarket parts ground up. Havnt had a marlin, I know they shoot decent for a cheaper gun and if your fine with that and the lack of aftermarket the marlin is not a bad choice.

I think accuracy claims have to be taken with a grain of salt, especially on the internet. go with the assuption that both are relativly equal imo at least in stock form. There will be the occasional jewel that will shoot better than others but these are the exception not the rule usually, especially when your talking plinker class rifles. ive not seen a 22 yet that shoots all brands of ammo with great accuracy and reliability. imo if your claiming your marlin outshoots your buddies 10 22 then he probubly isnt shooting that ammo that his gun likes best. thats just a fact.

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from Ozzlefinch wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I prefer the Marlin. Out of the box with no mods at all it is one of the best .22 rifles on the market. I can consitently get head shots on small game at 75 yards using cheap bulk ammo with my bone stock 60. I've had exactly zero mechanical problems and I believe that those shooters that do have problems probably don't clean the rifle and it gets gummed up or in extreme cold weather they are not using cold weather blend gun oil.

The Ruger is good if you are into spending $250 on a rifle then discarding everything but the reciever, then spending an additional couple hundred bucks on new stock, barrel, trigger, sights etc. If you are interested in a custom looking rifle that shoots as well as the Marlin, then the Ruger is for you.

Perhaps the Marlin has a limited aftermarket because it doesn't need one. I cannot think of anything I would do to my 60, it's a comfortable, reliable tack driver straight from the box. Scopes mount easily on the built in rail and if you want a box mag then the 7 series Marlins are for you as they are mechanicaly the same as the 60, only with a box mag and a variety of choices of stainless steel and compostite stocks.

Conclusion: both rifles shoot well. The Marlin is excellent out of the box at about $200 new and will serve you well for 99% of any use you can think of for a .22. A Ruger cost more up front, and you can indulge in whatever fantasy you have and make the rifle look like whatever you want for and additional $200 to $1000. I prefer the Marlin a it is fully functional out of the box and I am not interested in the accesories the Ruger offers. Personal choice.

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from Reid Jones wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

THANK YOU JIM IN MO! somebody that agrees with me a little bit. the M60 is a very nice gun with a very nice trigger. i've shot 10/22's with heavy triggers. i didn't really like it. sure they have all of the aftermarket parts. but wouldn't you rather pay 200 dollars less for a gun that shoots just as good, if not better? BTW! the model 60 Marlin does have aftermarket stuff. you can find tons of stocks for it.

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from fishingfurst wrote 4 years 25 weeks ago

Marlin and Savage make rifles that are much more accurate right out of the box. The Ruger needs $600.00 worth of modifications to shoot 1/2 as well as a Marlin or a Savage. Why pay twice the price? I have owned all three. I will take accuracy over add on toys every time.
I used to shoot small bore competition and my Savage is every bit as accurate as my Anshutz Super Match 54.
Only accurate rifles are worth owning.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Golfin Sportsman, no you can't shoot circles around them from the factory, I tried and they aren't all that. And durability is the same for half price. Why would you buy something for twice the price and then have to add 200 dollars to make it shoot better?

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from shooter4life wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I have a marlin model 60 and I took the piece of junk tasco off it and replaced it with a bushnel 4x32 from gander. Dad and I dialed it in to split the hair off a gnat at 100yards and my brother in law has a 10/22 I can smoke it every time we shoot. He is always tweaking the Ruger and I never have to do a thing to the marlin. same range, same target and about two hours on a Saturday and mine is spot on with subsonic and high velocity rounds. My brother in laws has to be tweaked every time we shoot and he still can't get the Ruger as dead on as my Marlin. I would dare say my marlin is as accurate as my Anschutz 154 that I love to shoot. for the 125 I spent on it and the two hours dialing it in, there is no other choice to make in a 22 that is cost effective and spot on. You keep the Ruger. Make mine a Marlin.

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from lavaandy wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

The Marlin 60 is more accurate out of the box than a stock 10/22. Magazine for the marlin is 14 shot compared to 10 for the 10/22 and is more reliable. Along with the last shot hold open bolt and the lower price you can't go wrong with the Marlin Model 60. The 10/22 is overrated IMO.

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from bjanis wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I have two 10/22 rifles and one marlin mod 60( Pre 1980) The Marlin is incredibly accurate.I can hit a penny at 50 yards, all day long. The rugers dont shoot
quite as well. The Ruger has a 8-9 lb. trigger. And if
you like to tinker with guns, get a ruger, then spend
3-4 hundred bucks and you may out shoot the Marlin
Mod 60. They are both a lot of fun to plink with. But if you only want to spend $ 150.00 Bucks and thats it,
get a Marlin !
BJanis

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Both are reliable, accurate, and durable rifles. I tend to prefer the Ruger simply because it has such a wide array of after market accessories that I can in reality create my own custom. Also I will have the capability of using high capacity magazines. May be a mute point unless you can locate more .22 rimfire ammo where you are located than I can around here.

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from dickhanover wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I have one of each. The Marlin is the better piece out of the box; more accurate, better quality for the price, higher capacity magazine. There are reasons that there are so many of them out there, an it's not just because they're cheap. The Ruger is a "hot-rodder's" dream, though. If you want to buy a gun and shoot it with no fussing with it, buy the Marlin. If you want to build a custom, buy the Ruger. You can't lose with either one, really. I own several each, Marlins and Rugers, and have a preference for my Marlins.

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from mrt8110 wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I have both, Marlin by far,sleeker,more accurate,and quieter out of the box. If I wanted a target rifle,I would buy one,not use add ons to make one!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Good point ish, but I bought my son a M60 years ago for $90, today about $110 and it raps them rounds out like nobodies business. Can't fancy it up though like you can a 10/22. So that's something to think about.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

The Ruger would be my pick, it feels more like a hunting rifle while the Marlin Model 60 has very little drop of the comb.

I love my Remington Nylon 66

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

i agree with Ish, i would go with a 10/22

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from Greenhead wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Never used the Marlin, because I liked my first 10/22 so much i never saw any reason to try something different. As mentioned above, the aftermarket options are a definate plus.

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from Bella wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Love my 10-22. Don't know about Marlins. Go with Ruger!

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from shane wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Savage.

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from buddyboy564 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

the ruger, i have never cared that much for marlin but maybe im wrong... but i have heard alot about the 10/22 and think that it is a good gun

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

If you want to see a real nice 10/22 go to my profile and look at the picture of our coyote gun.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 50 weeks ago

Agreed with ishawooa answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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from KEVIN HOLLAND wrote 3 years 17 weeks ago

I prefer the Marlin, bought one about 18 years ago and it was tack driving out of the box. I cant count the number of squirrels, coons, or rabbits that it has brought home with me or my brother, and a deer or two to top it off! I've shot everything from bulk package ammo to CCI Stingers to Remington yellowjackets out of it and all shoot great. Go with the Marlin without a doubt!!

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from campacj wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

I recently bought a vintage "plain Jane" Ruger 10/22 hardwood-stocked carbine and topped it with a Tasco 3-9x32 Pronghorn scope. Today, I took it to an indoor range and, after sighting it in, I was able to fire 9 out of 10 rounds inside a 1" Shoot-N-C Target at 25 yards. A few moments later I fired 3 shots into a dime-sized target at the same range. That's a great testament to both products and plenty good enough for me.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I like the Ruger. Espeacially if it is Semi Auto

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

I went with Ruger 10/22 because there are more redily available parts for them. The 10/22 is also more accurate and more reliable.

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from SIMON REED wrote 4 years 17 weeks ago

BOTH GUNS ARE GOOD IF YOU DON'T BUY THEM FROM WALMART THE GUNS THEY BUY GUNS THAT ARE CHEAPLY MADE . THE MARLIN 60 IS NOT AS ACCURATE AS THE RUGER 10/22 BUT PERFICT FOR A YOUTH STARTER GUN. IOWN BOTH THE MODEL 60 HAS PROBLEMS WITH CCI STINGERS WICH ARE LONGER THAN THE STANDARD 22 LR THE AMMO HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE ACCURATCY SOLID NOSE BULLETS ARE BEST BUT IF YOU MUST USE A HOLLOW POINT THE REMIMTON YELLW JACKET IS THE BEST . THE 10/22 WILL HANDLE ALL 22LR ROUNDS. THE RUGER HANDLES DIRTY CONDITIONS BETTER WITH LESS JAMING. MARLIN WORKS BEST WITH THE 22 LONG (not to be confused with CCI 22 long CB wich is a low volicty round). REMEMBER YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. keep'em clean & be sure of ya target

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from bmin2709 wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I second that my 22 marlin model sixty has better accuracy than 10/22 considering it has a a longer barrel for better accuracy and if you really want accessories make spots for them on your own like i'm 13 and i drilled and tapped my 3/8" dovetail to add a weaver rails nd i created my own stock out of walnut

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from lawsonej wrote 3 years 6 weeks ago

Hands-down Marlin for me, it's a keeper. Started with mine from my parents about 14 years old. 18rd tube magazine, it will fire all day long. Didn't need to but i added some tech sights i found on sale and now Im bustin shot glasses at 100. Can't go wrong with the Marlin 60 on reliability, parts or design. Had an uncle with one that didn't clean it for 37 years. We cleaned it up and it fires as good as mine. The 10/22 is pretty sweet and savage bolt actions are tack drivers too, as well the 702 mossberg plinkster can pop them off all day long. But for price and all it has to offer.. go with the 60.

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from afcbasser wrote 2 years 52 weeks ago

posted the same question in this other forum
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=424487
the decision became crystal clear.

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from headbone wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

One of the posters on this thread cautioned against buying guns from Wal-Mart because they are cheaply made. Do Manufacturers make cheaper quality products just for sale at Wal-Mart? If so, what's to say that other gun dealers don't do the same? Also, if this is true how do you know if it's a cheaply made Model 60 or a quality made gun?

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from Willard94 wrote 2 years 20 weeks ago

I got the Ruger 10/22 my 7th grade year - 5 years ago. I love it. Out of the box, i was shooting empty shotgun shells from a hundred yards. I also loved the rotary mag and bought a 25 round one too. Recently required a marlin 60. i like that too, havent got to shoot it much yet as far as accuracy goes, but i will say i prefer the magazines. The nice thing about the marlin is that the dovetail is already on the reciever, where on the ruger you need to put it on and when you put it on you can't see out the iron sights, but i put a scope on so it really was no big deal to put the scope rail on, especially scope had weaver rings and the marlin only offers dovetail. I never have too many problems (every rimfire has some ammo problems)with either, but i clean my guns often too. Which is where i like the ruger, comes apart easily and i can take the whole trigger group apart myself, a one up on the marlin. In my opinion, its tube vs mag fed. That is the only difference to me, but maybe i just got lucky.

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from Nathan Van Werden wrote 46 weeks 6 days ago

The marlin has better accuracy, many people have said that because of its thicker and "More Durable" barrel.

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from Andy Olson wrote 25 weeks 6 days ago

I have had 6 10/22's from about 1975 on.I have stuck with that rifle because I like the way they shoot.All of them could shoot moa groups with at least one brand of ammo. All have been reliable functioning with good ammo and good mags, always prefered high caps fast shooting. Like the ease you can modify and improve the ruger. can even build one completely from aftermarket parts ground up. Havnt had a marlin, I know they shoot decent for a cheaper gun and if your fine with that and the lack of aftermarket the marlin is not a bad choice.

I think accuracy claims have to be taken with a grain of salt, especially on the internet. go with the assuption that both are relativly equal imo at least in stock form. There will be the occasional jewel that will shoot better than others but these are the exception not the rule usually, especially when your talking plinker class rifles. ive not seen a 22 yet that shoots all brands of ammo with great accuracy and reliability. imo if your claiming your marlin outshoots your buddies 10 22 then he probubly isnt shooting that ammo that his gun likes best. thats just a fact.

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from Nick Jensen wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

10/22 just feels more like a real rifle, plus with a minimum of know how and 200 bucks or so you can make it shoot circles around the Marlin.

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