Old Marlin 60 misfeeds almost each shot.

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  1. Laufer

    Laufer G&G Enthusiast

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    Bought this from a buddy at the range yesterday.
    He warned me about hollow-point problems, but I did not know that almost every new Winchester hp round would jam at an upwards angle, and sometimes send a spark from the bolt.

    With ten rounds of Federal lead bullets, the freq. of stovebolts is about the same with both ammo types.

    Maybe a spring should first be ordered, to avoid an extra 15-mile trip to the gun smith? Have no idea what the problem could be.
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  2. Mooseman684

    Mooseman684 G&G Newbie

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    When you say 'Misfeeds" , that can be any number of things. Are the rounds not coming up to feed into the chamber , or are they going too high and jamming ? Are they sticking in the magazine ? Is the bolt short stroking and not picking up another round ? Is the end of the barrel dimpled into the chamber from the firing pin dry strikes causing a binding problem ?

    Rich
  3. rebel727

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    Take it apart and clean it really good. The model 60 has a lot of small parts. Make sure the chamber is clean and doesn't have a carbon ring from shorts. Then get a box of CCI Mini Mags and see how they work.
  4. WisconsinHunter

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    I agree with taking it apart and cleaning it. I clean mine every 400-500 rounds..just because I can...and I never have any problems of any kind.
  5. big shrek

    big shrek G&G Enthusiast

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    What do you mean by cleaning??

    I say this with all seriousness...some folks consider a good cleaning to be running a few patches thru the bore.


    When I talk about cleaning a Marlin 60, I'm referring to a simple strip.
    You remove the barreled action from the stock,
    then remove the four screws or two plastic retainers,
    and pull the action out or the action housing.
    You then gently remove the bolt, recoil spring & retaining rod from the action.

    Then take a toothbrush & your favorite gun cleaner (that doesn't harm plastic)
    and get to work scrubbing the daylights out of it.
    The chrome parts should be sparkly and the blued stuff should be rust-free/grit-free/grime-free.
    Break out 000 or 0000 steel wool or fine-grit (600+) sandpaper if/when needed.
    Wipe all leftover steel wool hairs or sanding grit off/out.

    You then put a SINGLE DROP of gun oil on your finger & rub it all over the action.
    Do the same with the bolt & inner action housing. No more, no less.

    That's a simple cleaning...
    While it's all there for you to look at, take some nice clear pics & inspect everything.

    Then GO TEST IT...it might have resolved your issue.

    If it's over 20 years old, it's usually Spring Replacement Time.
    Replace the Recoil spring & others with a JB Spring kit.
    Replace the buffer.
    Replace the hammer spring.
    Replace the magazine spring (Numrich or Marlin or Brownell's)
    They're all pretty inexpensive, and well worth it, because you're gonna get at least 20 years out of 'em.

    For those four operations, refer to Arrowdodger's Model 60 Breakdown.
    ArrowDodger's Model 60 Power Point Presentation..
    or Here if you don't have Powerpoint on your computer
    Model 60 action assembly - RimfireCentral.com Forums


    Oh yeah, take a pic of that dimple you were talking about while the action is out & post it here.
    We need to take a look at that.

    Oh, make sure the Ejector spring is in the right position, that little rascal can cause all sortsa problems.
    Again, use Arrowdodger's post or my Marlin FTE thread here on G&G.
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  6. tommy

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    do not use any lead heads i used to get all kinda problems from shooting them but ever sinse i started only useing copper jacketed bullets it works flaulessly.
  7. Laufer

    Laufer G&G Enthusiast

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    Well, the Stovebolts (from the middle comment at beginning) look like the several which have happened in the Mini 30.
    After trying one box of CCI today, might let the gun smith take a look.
    He finds solutions to problems very quickly.

    Thanks very much for the recommendations. The staffer at the Walmart gun counter, who has had used Marlins referred to a possible worn spring in the action.
    The model is "Revelation, Western Auto, 150 M, 71 555 236",
    Marlin F., No. Haven, CT".

    big shrek:
    Thanks. I went to the guy's Marlin link and clicked the "20 sec." download, but don't know anything about finding these files, unless in a unique icon on the desktop. I'm just too dumb with computers.

    Will check "surplusrifle" for a photo sequence on how to do easy disassembly with the trigger group already out.
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  8. WisconsinHunter

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    I beg to differ. My Glenfield 60 and Marlin 60 both feed copper washed and lead bullets perfectly. What were the lead bullets that you were getting the problems from? Just stay away from Remington .22lr....that stuff will jam up anything.
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    Ten Man G&G Newbie

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    I just sold my Marlin Model 60 at the Gun Show this weekend. I was happy to get rid of it.

    It's the only Marlin I have ever regretted purchasing. I love their Lever Guns.
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    big shrek G&G Enthusiast

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    try this one :)
    Marlin 60 action assy PDF 122109.pdf - 4shared.com - document sharing - download

    It's a PDF download...easy to deal with, as you can print it out after it loads.
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    Not sure how someone couldn't like a Marlin 60..but I have to agree, the Marlin lever guns are awesome. I've got a 1954 Marlin 39 Mountie....best squirrel gun I own.
  12. big shrek

    big shrek G&G Enthusiast

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    Within the 12 million sold, there will undoubtably be a few with problems.
    Fortunately, it's a rather rare occurance.
    99.9% of those with issues are fixable...and then there are the few that are totally bolluxed.

    It happens with every MFR...can't win 'em all ;)
  13. Laufer

    Laufer G&G Enthusiast

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    W Hunter:
    The ammo with basic lead bullets is new Federal.
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    I also have problems with an Old model 99. The shells dont quite make it al the way to the barrel, and sometimes they misfeed and get lodged in betwwen the tube feeder and the barrel. I have had to use a knife several times! does anyone know how this could be fixed?
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    Federal 510 or in the red box from walmart, 510B? (Thats the load number by the way)
  16. big shrek

    big shrek G&G Enthusiast

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    New tube mag spring.
    Make sure you get the older one for a 18-round mag, not the new 15-round mags.

    Beaing in mind that a model 99 may be up to 51 years old, it is probably time to change ALL the springs.

    Fortunately, they're the same as an "old model" 60, and also accept the new Model 60 springs.
    (Except for the tube mag spring)

    J&P makes a great action spring kit, with the hammer & Recoil springs :)
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