Question on Ruger 10/22 v/s Marlin 60

Discussion in '.22-Rimfire Forum' started by John1 S, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. John1 S

    John1 S New Member

    May 6, 2010
    If you could get only one of these guns what one would get , the 10/22 or the marlin 60??

  2. jstgsn

    jstgsn Well-Known Member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Milford, Delaware
    Interesting question. I own both, and like both. I believe you are about to get many different opinions.
    The 10-22. Excellent gun. They now sell 25 round mags from Ruger, opposed to the ones available in the past from other companies, these magazines are reliable. They sell customizing kits for 10-22's to make them look like ARs with folding stock etc. They also sell target barrels to make them more accurate. The gun is shorter than the Marlin.
    The marlin is also an excellent gun. It is tube fed, accurate, and fun to shoot. Been around for ages.
    There are some who will say they are equally accurate.
    The main difference is the way the guns are loaded, and unloaded. I enjoy being able to use a magazine for loading and unloading. The 10-22 is faster. Remove the mag, eject one bullet, move on, see a varmint, load the mag in one simple movement, pull the bolt back and let go, it's loaded with 25 rounds. The model 60, Pull the ramrod, empty the loose bullets into a bag(?), eject the chambered round, replace the ramrod, check to make sure there wasn't a round left in the tube, see a varmint, pull the magazine tube and place one bullet at a time in until you have 14 rounds in and then chamber a round.
    A 10-22 with two 25 round mags loaded can fire 50 rounds a lot faster than you ever will with a model 60, if you ever need to fire 50 rounds fast. ???

    Both great guns.
  3. Dirtypacman

    Dirtypacman New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Merrimac Valley, MA
    I like my 10/22 a bit finicky with different ammo but that could just be cause I keep it dirty.

    I like the mag feed over the tube feed also. You can make a lot more modifications to a 10/22 overall so its fun to customize on the cheap.
  4. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    The Marlin model 60 is more accurate than an out of the box 10/22. It's easier/faster to load and if you use speed loaders even faster. I have both and the Marlin is the best of the two.
  5. Albtraum

    Albtraum Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Own a Marlin 60, but my brother's have 10/22's. Both are great .22s, and are both very reliable, do not cost as much as other manufacturer's (Browning's and Remington's are closer to $500, while these are sub-$250) they are popular for a reason. Some features I'd like to point out between the two:

    Marlin 60 +'s:
    Tubefed magazine makes the gun thin and sleek in your hands. Not sure of the weight compared to the two, but the Marlin 60's stock, fit and finish is great.
    Tubefed Magazine holds 14 rounds, which is great if you live in California like me.
    Has Bolt-Hold-Open feature, after the last round is fired, the bolt stays open, letting you know you're out, and prevents a dry-fire, which is really bad for rimfires.

    Marlin 60 -'s
    Tubefed magazine - Unusual to load, you point the gun in the air, remove the brass tube, put in the rounds and put the tube back in.
    Not a big market for upgrading the gun, just the stocks and triggers.
    Ruger 10/22 +'s
    Upgradable. There is a huge market out there for every component of the gun, although it is pricey. Some people aren't satisfied with the stock 10/22 barrel, so that's usually the first to go. Lots of new stocks in a variety of shapes and colors, at a gun show, I tried out some nice ones and they fit really well.
    Rotary magazines don't protrude from the stock.

    Ruger 10/22 -'s
    Rotary magazine is unusual to remove, you pull a lever and press a button and wiggle the magazine out, rather than pressing a button which drops the mag out.
    Loading the magazines hurts my finger tips after pushing them in, the spring is pretty powerful.
    The stock is pretty wide due to the rotary magazine, then tapers down towards the front of the foregrip. I personally do not like the wideness.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2011
  6. bamajoey

    bamajoey Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    I have 4 10/22 mags. One is from a 1968 carbine, the other three are new. When I bought the carbine several years ago I took the mag apart to clean it. When putting it back together, I didn't tighten the spring up as tight as was recommended but it loads and feeds just fine, and is very easy to load compared to the new ones.
    As far as to which I prefer, I enjoy shooting the 10/22 better than the Marlin 60. Both are stock, neither are accurate.
  7. Have both like both, both are accurate out to 100 yards. Serious target work I choose the 10/22 with bull barrel but for walking in the woods I take the Marlin 60 because of it's light weight, quickness to point and just nicer to carry. Unloading it has never been a problem.
  8. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Simla, Colorado
    Gotta be the 10-22, hands down. Have owned 4 over the years, and the best is a 1981 made. The factory mags are very good quality, and if you keep the rifle reasonably clean, never jam. Some guys don't like the factory carbine stock. It looks classic to my eyes. And the 10/22 can be 'hot-rodded' to no end with aftermarket do-dads.

    Marlin does make a good quality product these days. I never had one of the older ones that didn't jam.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2011
  9. rcairflr

    rcairflr Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2011
    Wichita, Ks
    I've owned both, but only own a 10/22 now. My vote is for the 10/22 and I would disagree that the first mod most do is the stock, I would say its reworking the trigger. I just installed a Voltsquarten hammer on mine for $32 and got the trigger pull from about 8 pounds down to 2.5 pounds.

    To get the stock version accurate, you need to find what ammunition it likes. Mine likes Winchester Wildcat and Remington Cyclone. I haven't tried any of the expensive match grade ammo other than the Wolf match.
  10. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    Have had "multiples" of both.
    Still have a M-60, don't own a 10-22.
  11. Ledslnger

    Ledslnger New Member

    Dec 12, 2011
    10/22 without question. You can find several books about modifying the Ruger and doubt you can say the same for the Marlin. You can buy all types of mods including countless heavy barrels. The 10/22 in my opinion is the AK47 of the rimfire world....except with better accuracy. It is tough like the AK, guess that is what I am getting at. Have had my on countless hunts and target shoots. Has taken a beating over the years and still ROCKS! It is more compact and easier to move around while hunting in brush. Just an all around good gun.

    Oh, on a side note heard today you can't get some repl. parts for the Marlin anymore due to it changing financial hands. Won't be any more new made either for the same reason....could change in the future. But, who knows how long that will be.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  12. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth
    I like the feel of the Marlin better. I've had both and only have the mod 60 left; it's my daughters choice too. She shoots it better than the 10/22 and it's easier for her to load. ( she's going to be 14 in Jan ) She shot the 10/22 when she was 10 and I got the mod 60 a couple years ago. She didn't pick up the 10/22 after her first range day with the Marlin.
  13. Albtraum

    Albtraum Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    With so many modifications available to the Ruger, and even guides and books on modding them, you begin to question it's factory design. From it's 8 pound trigger, short stock/ length of pull (designed and fitted for younger shooters), barrel band (diminishes accuracy), lack of bolt buffer (rough action). No wonder serious shooters spend the $$$ on new barrel, new stock, new trigger group, new hammer, firing pin, springs, etc, to improve the gun from how it came out of the factory. With all the modifications, how can it still be a "Ruger" when only a few Ruger parts are left on the gun? Perhaps it's not very good to begin with, thus requiring improvement by upgrading essential components to the firearm.

    Just food for thought. I don't mean to bash the Ruger, my brothers' 10/22 are great, but they do need some modifications out of the box. Both had thick black paint inside the receiver which was revealed after the first time at the range, as the bolt scratched off streaks of bare metal . Paint thinner and steel wool on the entire receiver made both guns' actions much smoother. Eventually both got the recoil bolt buffers which made the action even smoother. They shoot awesome now.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  14. Agreed with the above post. I bought it in 1990 had to replace the trigger, clean all the flashing off the inside of the stock and replace the scope with a good one. Then a few thousand round fired through it to make it the tack driver it is now.

    The Marlin 60 came out of the box and all I ever had to do since 1964 is shoot it, clean it, shoot it some more. Was good from day one and just as good today.
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