Of course...the Marlin 60 has sold over 12 million rifles and is the Most Popular .22lr semi-auto due to that fact.
The Ruger 10/22 has sold over 7 million, yet only came out 3 years after the Marlin 60...and it's never caught up...
and never will.
While you can replace almost everything on a 10/22...the sad fact is, for real precision out of them, you NEED to.
Volquartzen has made a cottage industry out of making 10/22 replacement parts...and now even
makes 10/22 rifles better than anything Ruger ever could hope to make.
With a Marlin 60 or 795...the barrels are already precise...not much need to change 'em.
Heck, the 795 comes with a Medium-weight tapered barrel, which is the same as the one on the old Marlin 700..
Marlin figured out that the 700 style barrel was even more precise than the original 70HC/70P, so made the switch.
The only things that NEED to be done to a Marlin is Bolt-polishing & Trigger-polishing...which frankly, are needed on the 10/22 as well.
There are some nifty options available for the Marlins...ya gotta search a bit for 'em, but some of us run a listing over on G&G, and occasionally I post about things that I test or buy to upgrade mine on every board I'm a member of.
Fun part is, almost anything you can stick on a Ruger, you can use on a Marlin with a little modding
The Marlin is thinner, so stocks need to be built up a bit to hold the action...
but all the same rules apply to fitting an airsoft stock to a Marlin as they do a Ruger.
Now if only Manufacturer's of Ruger gear would realize that there are 12 million Marlin 60's & 3 million 795's & another 5 million 70/700/7000/995's out there than NEED ACCESSORIES. There's an almost untapped market just waiting for intelligent people to jump in.
Boyd's does a special run of stocks for the 60/795 every other month or three...you have to be on-the-ball when they come out, because they usually sell out within 72 hours or less. Last run was 4 different colors of Thumbhole stocks, the first two of four colors sold out within 12 hours, then the third within 24, and the last within 72 (they made a lot more in Natural).
The next run will start selling on 6/29/10. Watch Boyd's website for more info on that date...and I'd be on early...
Tech-Sights came out with a perfect sight system for the marlin 60/795's...and has sold quite a few over the last two years. Enough to where they are pretty darn happy.
Come out with something good, reasonably priced, and word gets around the Marlin community fast...especially if I find out about it...even more so if I test it and it turns out GOOD
Rimfire Technologies is proof of that...they started making ONE little Marlin item...and now have 11 Items currently, and a few more in the testing stages that will be out soon
Heck, I'm working on producing a nifty rear sight specific to Marlin semi-auto's, but will also fit on any 3/8th's rail.
Even if I just sell to One-Half a Percent of the total of Marlin semi-auto-owners...I'll definitely recoup my costs
More than likely I'll be able to put a kid or two thru college on it alone, even with just a two-dollar profit per unit.