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Marlin Model 60
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:57 pm    Post subject: Marlin Model 60 Reply with quote

Shocked .............First posting for me here.

I have 2 Marlin .22 Model 60's for me and my 9 year old son and we like to go out and use them together at the 50 range at our local gun club. We like to keep things CHEAP. Both guns together cost less than $150.00, so we are not going to pay a gunsmith $200.00 to fix a $75.00 gun - if you see my point. I hope I'm not offending anyone with a SUPER MODIFIED $1,900.00 taget/sniper gun by inquiring about my modest setup.

I noticed a very small amount of play where the barrel attaches to the reciever in one of the guns. I hope I am using the right word for this main piece of the gun (basically a block of aluminum where everthing attatches). The barrel is tapped/hammered in from the front (1" deep?)and a pin helps to hold it in place. Is there a cheap and easy repair to tighten the barrel fitting?

Don't laugh, but I considered dumping a little lock tight or superglue into the gap where the barrel meets the receiver.

Any other suggestions?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 3:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin Model 60 Reply with quote

First of all, welcome to the site!!!

So the barrel itself is loose in the reciever?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin Model 60 Reply with quote

Don't know if it's possible but a picture of your issue may help clarify and we could possible give some help.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin Model 60 Reply with quote

ok i would say if you just bought them take it back, obviously something aint right, and if the price is what you say it was, you can hardly be too upset with it, firearms are one of the few things out there that you get what you pay for, within reason of course, i cant understand a 1200 dollar shotgun when my 200 dollar one does the same thing just as good...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin Model 60 Reply with quote

Don't forget...The Model 60 may be the most popular 22 semi auto ever sold. I have 2 now. I have had a total of 4. My father has had 2. Uncle 1. Friends about 7. I mean cheap guns that normally shoot absolutely good enough for paper, squirrels and plinking. Take it back maybe, but I would still offer some help if I could.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin Model 60 Reply with quote

I would use Brownells Acraglass Gel to make a rock solid repair. Probably would have to remove barrel, put a thin layer on barrel shank and then reinstall.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 7:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin Model 60 Reply with quote

Loctite would work. There are special Loctite grades such as their Retaining compounds 609 or 648 is what you'd be looking for I think.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin Model 60 Reply with quote

I believe it may be possible to repair this problem. My first concern is what type of play you have and how much? Is the barrel moving forward? primarily wobbling up and down? or both. If the gun is still firing, it will more than likely just effect accuracy. If it gets worse you may experience a fail to fire situation or at the worst case scenario a split case after firing.
I guess you are probably just suffering a loss in accuracy and don't need to worry about a split case all that much.

If you purchased the gun new or it is "newer" contact Marlin, It may be under warranty and they might repair such a problem free of charge. (minus shipping)

If you need to repair it yourself, you will need to find out where the play is coming from. Most .22s I have played around with usually have a "tolerance fit" between the barrel and receiver meaning that the just slide into the receiver with some friction and then pinned or bolted to keep them from moving rather than threaded in like conventional centerfire barrels.. I have a Glenfield model 60 (same) here that is just a barreled action at the moment and I could not see whether or not it was threaded. I looked at the schematics at Brownells (great company I have spent thousands of dollars with them with only one small problem not worthy of mention) and it appears that it is a "tolerance fit" Bbl. as well. I did not pull my barrel to find out.

Without experiencing your problem with you. I can only figure on three causes of play. The amount of space between the part of the barrel that touches the receiver, the spaces around the pin or both. The pin contacts the receiver on both sides as well as the barrel. Space between the barrel and receiver would cause a wobbly type of play. The pin would allow more of a forward-backward movement.

I agree with roklok. For repairing excessive space between the barrel receiver it should work okay. Acraglass has some elasticity, but so does the receiver and barrel so I don't think you would need to add steel or brass powder to it. I think black loctite would work to. I am more familiar with acraglass and found that if you make a boo boo. a small amount of heat will usually help get it loose again. If you go this route, you will need to pay attention to the two angled slots ot the side of the barrel. They are for the extractors. Clog these slots and you will have problems. Also try and keep the barrel strait. I worked on an old savage a while back. Where play was bad enough to cause everything to move resulting in a fail to fire. This was caused by a warped stock and poor maintenance (left outdoors all of the time) and not related, but just a good idea.

As far as a pin problem goes. I need to know what its doing. May just need a new or slightly bigger pin.

Let me know if I can be any extra help.

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