Marlin Model 60
Everyone has that one favorite thing they keep around, even when other, fancier versions come around. Everyone has their favorite bathrobe, or pair of shoes, or sunglasses – it can be something silly, but you love it and keep it around because it’s functional, comfortable, and familiar. For a large portion of the gun-owning American population, that “old reliable” is their Marlin Model 60. With over 11 million rifles sold since its release in 1960 and few accessories offered (or needed), this tried and true .22 rifle is an American classic, and it’s clear why it’s here to stay.
- Accepts most .22 LR rimfire bullets
- Autoloading, tube-style magazine
- Accurate to 100 yards, scope compatible
- Ammo-finicky from gun to gun
- Right-handed only
- I've had mine since 1993 and I haven't had a problem. it's a great gun to have and to shoot.
- I decided to take a chance on this because it was such a good price at my local store. I'm so glad I did because I'm not disappointed at all. It was so light when I shouldered it at the store. I love it. There's simply nothing to complain about.
- If I have to choose just one gun this would be it in a survival situation. you can live forever in the woods and all you would need is some bullets. These guns are always so fun and accurate to shoot. In my opinion, everyone should own one.
- The only downside to this gun is that I wish I would have bought two or three. I got this on sale during the holidays and after shooting it at the range I wish I owned more.
- I would certainly recommend this to a friend. It is easy to operate and it's not fussy about the ammo that you put through it.
- I got this rifle because it was relatively inexpensive and I could shoot quietly. it works flawlessly. I did use a scope since my eyes aren't what they used to be. Overall a nice rifle.
- After shooting a hundred rounds through this I will definitely be buying another one. This is a great price for what I was looking for which is a gun that was reliable and solid.
- I was able to run a 300 rounds through this without any stoppage. I did have to swap out the sight . This is a great rifle for the money and definitely worth more than I paid for it.
- This is a great rifle for a young or new shooter. The Marlins are excellent rifles. Accurate, reliable and allows for a mounted scope. I had to get one of these after shooting the one that my wife owns. In fact, everyone in my family has one.
- Great all-around gun.
- I got this for my 12 yo who has put over a hundred and fifty rounds in it on the first day. This is great for easy wipe down. It was time for her to move up from the single shot 22. It looks like I have to get my wife one too because she's trying to steal my daughter's Marlin Model 60.
- Very reliable, beautiful and easy to clean.
- This is a gift for my son who's on rifle team at school. Will be great for practice outside the season.
- I love the Marlin Model 60 rifles and that you can upgrade them with tactical stock.
- Now wish I would have bought another one when it was on sale. Great rifle,
- This rifle is pretty accurate. I was able to shoot several rounds without any problem. Very simple to take down and clean up. No problem with reloading. This is a great fun and affordable rifle. It's perfect.
- This rife has been around forever, it seems. Dad had one and we both had a good time with it. It's a reliable 22 with auto reloader. I would definitely buy one of these again with no hesitation.
- I wanted a gun for backyard shooting and this rifle is great, very accurate even without a scope. I highly recommend this rifle and would definitely buy one again.
- I've had this gun for years. I got it when I was 8 years old and I am now 42. It is still my go-to gun for squirrels. It looks new still to this day. If you're thinking about buying it you will not be disappointed.
- I got this gun to teach safety to my wife and my 13 year old son. It's important to know how to have safe fun while shooting. I enjoyed this rifle more than I thought and right out of the box we put in several rounds. This is an excellent gun for teaching.
- Not mag loaded
- Most buyers replace the sight because it's not the best quality
Barrel / Receiver
On the outside, the receiver has a non-glare finish across the top and bears a groove for scope-mounting. If you choose not to apply an after-market scope to the rifle, you’ll still have the adjustable open rear-site and a ramp front-site to help you aim at your intended target. Without a scope, the Marlin Model 60 boasts accuracy of up to 100 yards, with some owners reporting as close as 1-inch groupings at ranges. Different variants of the Model 60 have been released with nickel-plated stainless-steel barrels, such as the 60SS, the 60S-CF, or the 60SSK. For those hunters who head out year-round in all kinds of weather, there’s even the 60SB, which is a weather-proof stainless-steel version of the basic rifle.
Primary and Secondary Uses
Some hunters also use a Marlin Model 60 to practice before moving on to different hunting rifles, which is fine – everyone had a reliable bicycle before they started looking at 6-speed mountain bikes, didn’t they? – but unless you’re hoping to go after big game, there really isn’t much reason to stray from the reliability of this little hunting rifle. Just don’t go out thinking you’re going to bag a deer with it – the Model 60 is intended for small game, not large game. Squirrels, porcupines, rabbits, and occasionally foxes are generally what hunters focus on when wielding this particular firearm, and with good reason: it’s easy to bring hunting and carry home even if you have a brace of conies on your belt.
Loading and Function
Some reports have been made of a heavier trigger pull than anticipated, quoting around five pounds of pull, but when compared to a Ruger 10/22 it was deemed that the Marlin Model 60 had a better trigger pull overall. Additionally, though unsurprisingly with most American models, this rifle design bears a side ejection on the left – the Marlin Model 60 is a righthanded rifle with no lefty flip option. Just watch your arm if you hunt in short sleeves near a tree – if that spent round bounces off the bark and hits your skin while the metal is still hot, you’ll know it. Truthfully this is so rare that it almost doesn’t bear mentioning, but in the interest of being thorough the simple resolution is this: wear long sleeves.
Price and Value
The Model 60 is well worth the money spent even if you find them closer to the high end of the aforementioned price range. Even some of the internal parts – minus the magazine tubes, firing pins, hammers, and feed throat mechanisms – are backwards compatible. This means that if you buy a slightly newer model, but someone is selling parts from a slightly older model, you can usually grab them up and they’ll serve your purposes some day.
If you try crossing from post-1980s to pre-1980s, however, you’re likely not going to find all that much compatibility because of the design changes that the rifle underwent around that timeframe. The older models with the longer barrel length and higher magazine capacity are actually worth more because they were discontinued during the remodel phase. Finding those in good working order now is not as difficult as with more fragile or finicky firearms, but with every passing year, they become more and more valuable. If your grandfather offers you a hand-me-down gun, and it’s a pre-1980 Marlin Model 60, say thank you and understand the gift that is being bestowed upon you.
The owner’s manual recommends cleaning the action after every 250 or so rounds, but it also goes on to note that different ammunition brands might change that number. Standard .22 caliber cleaning rods and patches will clear the bore if needed. Never disassemble the safety of your gun. If that area is posing a problem, see a professional to review it, or (if you purchased one) invoke your warranty. General recommendations from Marlin Model 60 owners suggest complete disassembly only approximately once per year, depending on frequency of use of the firearm, and to make sure you completely understand the reassembly before beginning. Always wear safety goggles when disassembling your rifle for cleaning, if you do so. Some owners found they needed the aid of a second pair of hands when replacing spring-loaded parts during reassembly, but others reported that it just takes some practice and the entire process can be completed alone. Consult your manual, and supplement with some reputable online instructional videos before getting started.
Cleaning might seem involved at first, especially with how detailed the manual’s step-by-step instructions are (if you have your owner’s manual) but like anything else, practice makes perfect and repetition is your friend. The more you do it, the easier it will be. Consider it an investment in your firearm’s lifespan, like regular oil changes and tire rotations on your car.
The Bottom Line
Daily hunters use their Model 60s to bring home dinner; mentors and parents use it to teach their younger siblings, children, or friends what it means to handle a firearm safely while shooting tin cans off of hay bales in their backyard or a target at a local range. The Marlin Model 60 can be trusted to do all of these things and more.
There’s no question that this gun does its job in the field or at the range, but what’s also important is the value of this rifle, and that isn’t always equated just through dollars. For a relatively inexpensive purchase, you will be receiving an incredible value. With all things, you have to take care of your possession, but as a general rule of thumb if you clean your gun regularly, you’ll be passing it down to your descendants one day. When something isn’t broken, it doesn’t need to be fixed, and that is believed to be one of the reasons that the Model 60 has experienced so few changes in the 58 years it’s been on the market. Treat it well, and the Marlin Model 60 will last you a lifetime.