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Some Interesting Facts About The Marlin Model 60 .22 Rifle

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With the introduction of the Marlin Model 60, 50th Anniversary Edition in 2010, it marks the production of 11,000,000 (read 11 MILLION), Marlin Model 60 rifles, since their introduction back in 1960. If you divide that out, 11,000,000 divided by 50 years is 220,000 rifles a year. 220,000 divided by 365 days a year = 602 rifles a day. That's 602 rifles a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, for over 50 straight years!

Let's look at this in terms of barrel steel. Older versions of the Marlin Model 60 had 22" barrels. The modern versions now have 18" barrels. Let's make it an average of 20" of barrel for every Marlin Model 60 that was ever produced, to establish an average. 11,000,000 X 20" = 220,000,000" inches of barrel steel. 220,000,000" inches divided by 12" to the foot = 18,333,333.33 feet. 18,333,333.33 feet divided into 5280 feet to the mile = 3,472 MILES OF BARREL STEEL! It is 2,432 miles from New York City to San Diego, California. 3,472 - 2,432 = 1,040. It's 1,048 miles from San Diego, California to Amarillo, Texas.

So.......If you laid every barrel, of every Marlin Model 60 ever produced, end to end it would extend from New York City to San Diego, California....Then back again to Amarillo, Texas. At posted Interstate speed limits that would take you approx. 57.5 hours to drive that distance, non stop. I find that all but unbelievable for one single model of .22 rifle.

Actually all of those numbers are 4 years outdated, because they only carry the Model 60's production to the end of 2010. We can add another 4 years production to that, or another 880,000 rifles. And we wonder where all the .22 ammo is??? :eek: I'll let someone familiar with the lumber industry try to figure out how many trees had to be felled in order to make all the stocks!
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I think what has kept the Marlin Model 60, (well over 11 million produced), ahead of the Ruger 10/22, (introduced in 1964, and current running around 5.7 million produced), is the combination of cost vs. accuracy. The Model 60 is substantially cheaper than the Ruger, and it's most always more accurate, as both rifles come from the box.

Ruger's advantage is the seemingly endless supply of aftermarket parts available for it. It is the "350 Chevy" of .22 rifles in that regard. Barrels, triggers, stocks, and on and on are readily available, and easy to install for the "home gunsmith". With that said, it wasn't until the early 90's that these products came available in such quantity, and the 10/22's popularity took off. Volquartsen has built an entire company around the 10/22. Marlin led the way with .22 rifles from the 50's through the late 80's. It's difficult for any manufacturer to make up that kind of ground from a sales standpoint.

I have a Ruger 10/22 I purchased new back in the early 70's, and it's been a excellent performing rifle. Except for a scope, it has remained box stock through the years. All 3 of my Marlin Model 60's will out shoot it with the right ammo. I purposely "over scoped" my first Model 60 with a 6-24X scope for target shooting, and it has out shot several modified Ruger 10/22's over the years.

I think with the addition of the new 25 round magazines from Ruger, it will help the 10/22's popularity even more. Because of worthless, liberal politicians, people will buy anything "Hi-Cap" today. And let's face it, how long does it take to burn through 10 rounds of .22 LR in a semi auto, when you're plinking off a tailgate on a Summer afternoon with friends?
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Very interesting information.
I like the way you think. I'm attracted to facts and figures cause that's how my mind works. Interesting facts that, in the long run, won't change the course of life but interesting non the less. Kinda like mind candy.
Thanks for sharing.
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