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On Big Dog's advice, I am planning to get rid of my Winchester 290 and buy a new .22 semi-auto rifle. I am torn between two: the Marlin 60SSK and the Ruger 10/22 with stainless steel barrel. I am leaning towards the Marlin for several reasons:

1. Price; Marlin is about $40.00 cheaper
2. Size and weight; Marlin is smaller and lighter
3. Capacity and ease of loading; 14 round tube feed on the Marlin vs 10 round magazine on the Ruger
4. The Marlin SSK has a composite stock vs wood on the Ruger

But the bottom line is quality, dependability and accuracy. Is there a great enough difference in these two guns to warrant putting my preferences
aside and buying the Ruger? Is there any other make/model in the $200.00 range that I should consider before making a final decision?
 

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They're both great guns, about equal in quality, reliability and accuracy. The Ruger is easily customized and you can buy extra mags for it. Go with the one you like best. you won't be disappointed either way.
 

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If you don't plan on stocking up on mags for the Ruger, the tube fed Marlin will feed faster and with less pain.

If you want to customize, a 10-22 is the better idea, ie if you want a target stock, etc.
 

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dr_jpeg said:
4. The Marlin SSK has a composite stock vs wood on the Ruger
I bought the All-Weather 10/22. It's stainless and plastic.
 

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Yep, it boils down to personal preference. I like my Marlin 60SB, but I like the Ruger 10-22 Rifle even better. Both a accurate and reliable. :cool:
 

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Both rifles have 22lr legendary status now. They both wouldn't still be around if they weren't 2 smart/reliable, and accurate rifles. Like everyone else said, if you want to customize later down the road, if you are an avid shooter and shoot a lot, you probably will, then go with a 10/22.
But if you are just needing a great plinker and nice little hunting 22, the Marlin is an excellent choice.
If you want a semi-auto 22 on a budget (around $100 at Walmart), Savage also has a nice little one:
http://www.savagearms.com/64g.htm
 

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You can get the Marlin with the detachable box magazine - the Models 795 and 7000. The 7000 has the heavy barrel, and is legendary among Marlin owners for it's accuracy.
No hi-caps made recently, though sometimes you can find the old ones on ebay - held 25 rounds, IIRC.
 

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10/22 has been the platform for some of the most accurate rimfires in the world. Great as-is, and a vast array of aftermarket accessories, many of which you can perform yourself. I switched out my butler creek folding stock adn banana clips for a heavy barrel and Hogue stock, and it shoots 1/2 inch groups at 50 yards.
 

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You can get Banana clips for the 10/22 think they take 30 rounds
I have 25 and 50 rd mags for my 10/22. Don't forget the loader to. I can fill the 50's in about 1.5min. I'm a ammo wastin fool now.
 
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I put a Marlin 60 Stainless on layaway :right: it is old, ugly, beat up and priced right
 

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I have both. As previously said, both are great guns. I would give the marlin a slight edge in out of the box acuracy. But, the 10/22 will give you a lot more long-term alternatives. I just converted a standard 10/22 into a fine bull barrel target rifle. They (10/22) are very easy to disassemble and customize. If I had to pick just one, I would pick the 10/22.
 
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I'm going to customize the Marlin..bead blast the scratches off..add a Marlin laminated stock..instead of the birch stock..maybe a trigger job and maybe even a Bushnell Holosight

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