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Old 06-25-2010, 05:45 PM   #1
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Semi-auto carbine, which one?

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine, owner of a gun shop, let me try his Ruger 10-22 with the Archangel package (including a red dot sight and 30 round mags).

Although I do own a 22LR rifle (a one-shot and old brit BSA), I almost never use it because that caliber wasn't really interesting to me (it was a gift). Until I tried that Ruger. Shooting it is so fast, and it really can get those little bullets very far. And, it doesn't make noise, no ear protection is needed to shoot it. Plinking can become a vice with this kind of carbine, plates just fall incredibly quickly. And of course, the gun is really accurate.

So, I'm really considering a semi-auto 22LR, but before I open my wallet, I looked around and noticed some Marlins (60 & 795) at another local shop, and really, really cheaper than the Ruger, so I wonder. The same shop say they'll have the Colt-Umarex M4 soon, don't know the price yet, but seems it'll be expensive.

Are those Marlins bad? Why the huge price difference? Which would you choose and why?



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Old 06-25-2010, 11:22 PM   #2
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Hello Rodrigo,

The Marlin model 60 will hold it's own against the Ruger 10-22. The Ruger has a lot of after market parts you can buy so it is a popular .22. Either one would be a fine rifle. Good luck with your choice.



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Hello Rod,



Based on my experience, I would agree with Gib's assessment given.





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gib[/color]]Hello Rodrigo,

The Marlin model 60 will hold it's own against the Ruger 10-22. The Ruger has a lot of after market parts you can buy so it is a popular .22. Either one would be a fine rifle. Good luck with your choice.



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I've owned a number of 10/22's over the years and have accessorized them extensively, but for casual small game hunting and target shooting--the Marlins get my nod for the money.



Currently, my all around favorite .22 rifle is my bolt action CZ-452, but since you mentioned that you were in the market for a new semi-auto, it doesn't bear mentioning here.



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My very first firearm was a Ruger 10/.22. Currently, I do not own a semi-auto .22, but I'm familiar with some of them.



I think that if you want quickly detachable magazines you'll gravitate toward the Ruger. The Marlin has a 14-shot tube magazine, which is adequate in my view, but slower to reload perhaps than getting several magazines for the Ruger. Here in the U.S. Marlin offers rebates and other incentives that make the Marlin 60 pretty hard to beat price-wise, and the 60 does have a following. Personally, I would probably opt for the Marlin, but then again, at my gun club we've got a guy who is just a prodigy with his Ruger 10/.22. I've never seen anything like what he can do with his Ruger...
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My choice considering price would be the Marlin model 60, I had Ruger 10/22 years ago and its a fine rifle but I gave it to my son. I later wanted another 22lr semi-auto and opted for the Marlin model 60 and for me at 50 yards w/scope is very accurate with is micro 16 groove barrel.











I also own a Winchester model 290 semi-auto tube fed 22lr, and a CZ 452 bolt action w/5rd mag, excellent rifle, very accurate. Of my three .22's though the Marlin model 60 gets shot the most.
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Thanks guys for the input. I see many of you use the Marlin 60, what about the 795? Is the 1 inch-less barrel an issue? I really like the clip magazine better than the tube, what can you say about that?

Does anybody has the Colt-Umarex M4? Is it worth the money or is it just paying to feel like a soldier?



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I'd really stay away from the Colt/Umarex M4, I had one and it looked good but was almost impossible to field strip for cleaning. Basically it looked good but was poorly designed. A much superior rifle is the S&W M&P15-22. They are very reliable and accurate and operate just like a centerfire AR making for a good training aid. Some people don't like it's plastic construction, but that keeps the weight down and is very high quality.
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Thanks guys for the input. I see many of you use the Marlin 60, what about the 795? Is the 1 inch-less barrel an issue? I really like the clip magazine better than the tube, what can you say about that?

Does anybody has the Colt-Umarex M4? Is it worth the money or is it just paying to feel like a soldier?



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Given the choice, I like the tube better simply because it is almost impossible to lose. It has a 14 round capacity compared to 10. It does not protrude out the bottom. I find tube magazines much easier to load than traditional magazines. The box magazine looks to be be easier to damage if the rifle is dropped, but I don't know, I am not in the habit of dropping rifles.
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