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Buying a Rifle this weekend need some advice

Discussion in 'Rimfire Forum' started by JDennis, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. JDennis


    Aug 9, 2012
    Des Moines
    I currently own a old .22lr bolt action and built a dedicated ar-15 based .22lr for my fun gun. I am wanting to pick up a rifle this weekend to keep around for nephews to target shoot and for ground hogs. I am torn between a stainless marlin 60 or a ruger take down .22lr. I have zero experience with the marlin or ruger 10/22. The Marlin is about 65.00 cheaper than the ruger since the ruger is the TD model which isn't a huge deal. But if I go ruger I would prefer the take down since its available. Doing my net "research" it seams to be the chevy/ford debate. If i wanted to own both in the rifles like I currently do the cars, I would get both rifles but only need one. What would be the way the go? Both seem reliable but really want something that can have thousands and thousands of rounds through it and hold up like my old Winchester 52B.
  2. JimBianchi

    JimBianchi Da Da CLM

    Feb 15, 2006
    Las Vegas
    I vote 1022.

    Infinite possibilities.

    And no matter how many rounds you shoot, it will last several lifetimes.

  3. slainer


    Feb 18, 2006
    Bought a Marlin 60 last year.. Sold it this year!! Going with a 10/22 next week! No comparison! Infinite add ons! Better quality!
  4. I prefer the model 60 if you are not planning on modifying it. ( and why would you modify the takedown version?)

    Marlin also makes a takedown semiauto. It is called the papoose or model 70PSS

    posted from my stupid smart phone, please excuse any spelling mistakes.
  5. 21Brutus


    Jun 21, 2010
    I have the Marlin 60 but would go with the 10/22 take down myself...too many additional things can be done if you are so inclined in the future.
  6. Arvinator


    Jan 16, 2011
    I own a Marlin Model 60 and a Ruger 10-22. I think you need to buy which ever one feels good to you and you can afford to buy plenty of ammo. If you need a rifle for compact carrying, by all means get the Ruger. I am thinking of a take-down Ruger one day just for that factor.
    Personally, I do not add on anything past a scope. A .22 rifle is just that, a .22 rifle.
  7. ruger 10/22 is a solid choice, I love mine...and have never heard anything negative about the 'Take Down'.
  8. JDennis


    Aug 9, 2012
    Des Moines
    Well I just ended up buying both lol The Marlin seems to be more accurate than the t/d but the sights on the Marlin are way better (has the caged hi viz front). I was just going to go with the T/D but stopped by my local Walmart to pick up some .22lr before going to the range and took another look at the Marlin 60SB. It had a few minor dings in the stock and a small scratch on the receiver and the guy behind the counter said they should have 2 more of them in the back. I was just checking it out but he was adamant on checking and the dinged one was the only one they had. Then he told me if I bought that one he would discount it for me. Needless to say it was a deal I couldn't refuse for such minor imperfections, so it came home with me. I am sure it will get a few more small dings from critter hunting.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012
  9. JFrame


    May 29, 2001
    Mid-Atlantic, US of A
    Well -- that always solves the dilemma of "which one"... [​IMG]

  10. Arvinator


    Jan 16, 2011
    Good for you! My Ruger is NOT the take down version, and I scoped it several years ago. My Marlin has the factory sights and I am well pleased with them both.

    I think you made a very wise choice in getting both! Now I suggest you buy several boxes of good hollowpoints, and I like the Stinger and Mini-Mags for hunting purposes and cheap stuff by the bricks for general shooting.
    if I HAD to, I'd use the "Cheap stuff" for what ever reason I needed....