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Old 01-05-2010, 02:20 PM
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I'm thinking about this as my next purchase. Its a bolt action, tube fed 22lr. I hope I can pick one up at one of the local walmarts that sells guns.

Any thoughts or experiences with this gun?
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I love mine, accurate and takes any kind of .22 shell made.
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Marlin has a very good barrel on it's rim fire rifles.That is the largest contributing factor to their accuracy. The down side is that most Marlin rim fire's have an unlovable trigger for serious target shooting. That can be solved with the installation of something on the order of one of these:. The factory 5.5 pound trigger pull is hard to compensate for. The Rifle Basix trigger can cut that figure in half and more.

On the other hand, a squirrel hit with a rifle with the stock trigger will end up the same: dead.

The rifle, properly cared for will outlast you. And few people truly develop skill levels that exceed their rifles abilities. A good buy for the money.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:14 AM
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Thanks for the info.


I want this rifle to really practice better shooting habits so that I can shoot my other long guns more accurately, and also for its ammo versatility. That 5.5lb trigger might not be a bad thing for learning better control, you think?
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Agreeing with vatrader01 on the quality of Marlin rifle barrels.
I don't have the exact model you're looking at, but I have a
model 880ss .22LR bolt action (mag fed).

That gun is just spooky accurate. My range buddies and I
often joke that there's plenty of target available -- you don't
have to put every round through the exact same hole.

I've rarely heard anyone say anything bad about any .22LR marlin.
I think you'll be happy with your purchase.
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thanks alot, i think im going to go to wally world and look and see how much they charge for them during lunch.


Edit: walmart said $175

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I got the after market trigger and I'm glad I did. I am so much more accurate with a lighter trigger pull. I recommend you don't stay with the factory trigger either.
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I got the after market trigger and I'm glad I did. I am so much more accurate with a lighter trigger pull. I recommend you don't stay with the factory trigger either.
2nd vote, great barrel, !@#$%^&* trigger. I still have my stock one on there. 10 shot group at 100. 5 of them are in a nice tight spot, the other 5 wander around a bit. Likely the trigger.

Trigger kit is $100, still the gun is worth it.
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