Non Sequitur – the Mighty Marlin 60 vs. the Righteous Ruger 10/22 August 4, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, family, firearms, fun, non squitur, silliness, technology, watch.
Just a fun gun post. I happen to own both a Marlin 60 and a Ruger 10/22 “tactical.” Both are .22LR rimfire semi-auto rifles. Both tend to be quite affordable, the Marlin much more so than the Ruger, especially when the Ruger is tricked out with folding stock, 25 round magazines, Picatinny rails, red dot sight, etc.
I happen to like both guns quite a bit. I’m not a big fan of “tacticool,” modding out guns with all kinds of synthetic stocks, rails, and accessories. They can certainly add a certain amount of utility to a firearm, but they tend to make them heavier and more unwieldy. I’m just the kind of guy who would freeze at a critical moment trying to decide whether to fire, turn on the laser, use the flashlight, or grab the pistol grip. Having said that, because it kind of came that way from the start, I’ve tricked out my 10/22 to a probably silly degree. Pretty much all my other non-hunting rifles are bone stock.
Having said that, in many ways, I prefer the cheap little Marlin to the Ruger. I think the Marlin’s action is better and smoother. I think it’s slightly more accurate. It weighs about half as much (acknowledging, much of that difference is my own fault). And, rather significantly, I’ve never been able to overrun the action of the Marlin with my finger, while I have done that with the Ruger, especially if the ammo isn’t of the best quality. That is to say, I get a misfeed and the gun jams when trying to fire very quickly in semi-auto. Most of that is probably on the ammo, but I get the impression at times I’ve just flicked my finger faster than the action can work. I’ve never had that happen with the Marlin.
The Ruger has a big advantage in being magazine fed, and holding far more rounds (25 vs. 14 or 15 for the Marlin), if you have BX-25 magazines. Even if one only has the “stock” 10 round cylindrical magazine, it is far easier, and faster, to slap a new magazine in, than it is to reload a 14 round tube, even with speed-loading aids. It is very customizable. The folding stock can be very handy. As an entry-level “tactical” or “sporter” type gun, it’s very inexpensive and easy to handle. With the Marlin, there’s very little around to customize it with, and even adding a scope requires buying special hardware for the rings. Which, is no big deal, but I bet more than one owner has been frustrated to find that awesome new scope he just bought won’t mount on his rifle as it came from the store.
I really don’t think you can go wrong with either gun. I agree with the gentleman in the first video, the Marlin 60 makes a very good first gun. Perhaps not the first gun a child ever shoots – a break action gun might be a more prudent choice – but for a child somewhat experienced with firearms, it is an awesome “first gun” for them to own. My kids have largely learned to shoot on one. Even my more skittish daughters like the light weight and ease of handling the Marlin 60.
Pretty thorough review from the great Hickok45 on both guns:
One gun owner who agrees with my take, though most prefer the 10/22 to the Marlin. I agree with his reasons: