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If you’re like me, you know there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a well-maintained firearm. Today, we’re diving into the specifics of maintaining one of my personal favorites – the Marlin Model 60. This classic .22 caliber rifle deserves the best care, and I’m here to guide you through the process.

Why Proper Cleaning Is Important for a Marlin Model 60

Just like any mechanical component, the Marlin Model 60 demands meticulous upkeep. Let me tell you why it’s critical to regularly clean this .22 caliber rifle.

Dirt and grime are inevitable when firing bullets from your Marlin Model 60. These harmful contaminants don’t just appear out of thin air. They’re residue. Every time you pull the trigger, powder, lead, and even copper particles burst out in nanoseconds. That’s what propels the projectile, but it also leaves a small, yet potentially harmful deposit. Over time, this residue can affect the rifle’s performance, accuracy, and lifespan.

It’s also crucial to note the effects of environmental exposure. Moisture can be the worst enemy of any firearm. It fuels rust, which is a gun’s nemesis. The Marlin Model 60, despite its robust design, is not an exception to this problem. Rust can alter the weapon’s functionality if left checked. And, while lubrication post-cleaning can help stave off rust, it’s not a magic cure-all, and regular cleaning is the key.

The monetary value attached to a well-maintained Marlin Model 60 is another aspect that can’t be overlooked. Maintaining this rifle can improve its longevity and could also increase its resale value.

Allow me a moment to list some of the possible genuine consequences that can arise from neglecting regular maintenance:

  • Decreased accuracy: Grit or deterioration in your firearm’s parts could actually lead you to miss your shot.
  • Reduced lifespan: The more well-kept you keep your rifle, the longer-lasting it’ll be.
  • Possible damage or malfunction: Unchecked rust or grime could lead to catastrophic failures during use.
  • Loss of monetary value: A neglected firearm won’t hold its worth.

Tools and Supplies You Will Need

Maintaining a Marlin Model 60 requires some specialized tools and supplies. While a few common household items may suffice for a general cleanup, you’ll need more specialized gear for a deep clean. Let’s get down to it.

Firstly, you’ll require a gun cleaning kit. These kits usually include essential items like cleaning rods, bore brushes, and jag patches. You’ll also find cleaning solutions, lubricants, and protectants in most kits. Different calibers require different kits, so make sure you get the one suitable for a 22 caliber gun like our Marlin Model 60.

Next, let’s talk about cleaning solvents. The main purpose of a solvent is to break down the build-up, so it can be easily removed. Go for either petroleum-based solvents or water-based ones. I’ve personally found that water-based solvents do a great job and are less harmful to the environment as well.

Oil is another essential supply. Oiling helps protect your rifle from rust and makes sure it operates smoothly. A high-quality gun oil will penetrate deep into the metal and provide long-term protection against rust. Use it sparingly though, because too much oil can attract dust and grime.

A soft cloth or rag is also crucial for wiping down the firearm after cleaning. It helps remove any residual solvent or oil, ensuring a clean, dry gun.

Finally, we have cotton swabs and toothpicks. Small sections of the firearm, such as the bolt and trigger assembly, can be challenging to clean. These items are excellent for getting into those hard-to-reach areas.

Always remember, improper use of tools and supplies can cause damage to your Marlin Model 60. Take your time and proceed with care. Soon, we’ll delve deeper into the step-by-step procedure of how to clean your rifle using these tools and supplies.

Step 1: Unloading and Safety Check

Before we start the actual cleaning process, the absolute first priority is unloading the Marlin Model 60. We can’t stress this enough. Safety should always top the list, and an unloaded gun is the safest. For all you fans of this .22 caliber beauty out there, this isn’t just lip service. Ensure your safety and those around you by unloading your rifle every time before cleaning.

Take a close look at your surroundings. You’d want to unload the gun in a secure, open space. Accidental discharges can wreak havoc even when you think you’ve got things in control. Trust me on this one. It’s always better to have ample space with no innocent bystanders.

As far as the actual unloading goes, it’s a simple, manageable process. Start off by releasing the inner magazine tube. You’ll find the mechanism right under the barrel. Give it a gentle pull and your magazine tube will slide out effortlessly. Then, tilt the gun upside down to empty the .22LR rounds.

Once the rounds are out, it’s time for a safety check. Pull the bolt handle back, visually inspect the chamber, and make certain there aren’t any lingering rounds. Peek into the loading chute as well. You can’t be too cautious around a gun, even if it’s unloaded. It’s common sense firearm handling.

I’ve covered the importance of unloading and safety checks here. Now, let’s press onward, with the next section guiding you on disassembling the Marlin Model 60.

Remember: Safety. Unload. Check. Clean. That’s the mantra. Sidebar, a clean and well-maintained Marlin Model 60 is a joy to shoot. You won’t regret the effort. It’s all about respect for the firearm and enhancing its performance. But more on this later…

Step 2: Disassembling the Marlin Model 60

After ensuring the Marlin Model 60 is unloaded and safe, it’s time to move on to the next crucial stage – disassembly. This process is fundamental for efficient deep cleaning that ultimately prolongs the gun’s lifespan.

First, you’ll need to remove the magazine tube. It’s critical to hold the rifle upside down, and carefully twist and pull it out. Remember to handle this part with care as the spring inside is under tension and prone to popping out unexpectedly.

One of the key aspects to remember during disassembly is to keep track of every part and its order of removal. This’ll save you time and possible frustration when you start reassembling the rifle. I usually draw a quick sketch or take photos to help me remember the order of parts.

After removing the magazine tube, you’ll need to unscrew the take-down screw located in front of the trigger guard. Doing this allows you to remove the trigger guard and action assembly easily. Be careful when performing this step to prevent any damage to these components.

Next, you’ll need to remove the action assembly. Hold the rifle by its stock, turn it to the side, and gently shake it until the action assembly slides out. Be careful to avoid losing the action’s buffer, which may fall out during this process.

Finally, remove the bolt and the ejector lifter spring, which you’ll find inside the action assembly. A small punch can be really useful to push out the pin that holds these parts in place.

By the end of this stage, your Marlin Model 60 should be fully disassembled. It’s not as daunting as it may seem at first. Like anything else, practice and familiarity will make the process smooth and swift over time.

Onward to displaying all the disassembled parts properly. This methodical arrangement will not only aid in the cleaning but also will prove advantageous in the reassembly process.

Step 3: Cleaning the Barrel

Once you’ve disassembled your Marlin Model 60, you’ll now find yourself face to face with the need to clean the barrel. Trust me when I say, this is not a step to skip or rush. A clean, well-maintained barrel is integral to the accuracy and performance of your firearm.

First, you’ll want to start with a bore brush. It’s ideal for scrubbing out stubborn grit and residue that’s hiding within the spirals of the barrel known as the rifling. Dip your bore brush in good ol’ fashion gun cleaning solution, then push it through the barrel from breech to muzzle. It’s important you perform this task in the same direction the bullet travels.

Next on our list is running cleaning patches through the barrel. Think of these as your post-scrub rinse. You’re looking to remove any loose debris the bore brush may have dislodged. I recommend using a cleaning rod and jag, along with solvent-saturated patches. Your end goal is clean patches coming out the other end of the barrel.

Onto the rimfire bore snake. This tool is designed for lead remover and polishing. It’s fast, efficient, and eliminates the need for a rod. When using a bore snake, drop the weighted end down the barrel from the breach and pull through toward the muzzle. Make sure to soak the first part of the bore snake in solvent to loosen any debris and use the embedded brass brushes for a quick, clean sweep.

Lastly, let’s chat about protecting your barrel post-cleaning. Always remember, metal is prone to rust and corrosion. Hence, applying protective oil to your firearm safeguards its longevity. Lightly oil a patch and pass it through the barrel once or twice. This applied thin film of oil plays a vital role in defending the barrel against environmental damage.

Step 4: Cleaning the Receiver and Bolt

Moving on from the barrel, the next step involves cleaning the receiver and bolt. An equally significant part of the process, this step helps ensure the optimal functioning of your Marlin Model 60. Like previous steps, let’s break down this procedure into simpler actions.

Start with disassembling the receiver. Be cautious with this step as you don’t want to lose any small parts. It’s important to remember that all the parts of your Marlin receiver have their own role in the function of the weapon. Therefore, it’s crucial they’re kept clean and in good shape.

The bolt should be your next focal point. To clean it effectively, I suggest using a nylon brush (a small tooth brush works well too). Don’t forget the bolt’s underside and face – they can hold onto unwanted residue. I also recommend using a bore brush for the extractor cut – it’ll provide a more thorough cleanup.

After cleaning, it’s time for some protective oiling. Recap your steps with the receiver – do reverse assembly after oiling the necessary parts.

Note, attention to detail is key here, so proceed at a comfortable pace and double-check your steps along the way. The constant maintainece of the receiver and bolt, along with the barrel, makes sure that your Marlin Model 60 operates with consistency and reliability.

Let’s now turn our attention towards the trigger guard assembly. We are going to break it down for cleaning in our next step.

Step 5: Lubrication

Moving on from cleaning the receiver and bolt, let’s dive into the fifth step – Lubrication. Just as critical as cleaning, proper lubrication ensures the long-term health of your Marlin Model 60.

Lubrication: More Than Meets the Eye

Lubrication is not just about smearing oil on shiny metal parts. It’s about understanding where to apply the lubricant and how much to use. Using an insufficient amount won’t provide the protection your firearm needs, while too much could attract unwanted dust and debris.

Choosing the Right Lubricant

In the world of firearms, you’ll find a bevy of lubricants to choose from. Selecting the right one depends on your need, firearm type, and personal preference. When it comes to the Marlin Model 60, I believe that a lubricant with protective properties works best. These lubricants not only smooth the operation but also fight against rust and wear.

Applying the Lubricant to Your Marlin Model 60

Applying the lubricant begins with targeting the main friction points. Key friction points to remember are:

  • Bolt and bolt rails
  • Hammer and sear
  • Ejector and extractor

Use a small amount of lubricant on these areas, ensuring not to allow any excess to seep into the firearm.

For the bolt, apply a thin coat of lubricant, making sure to reach all areas. A thin film is all it takes to provide the necessary slickness and protection.

For the hammer and sear, it’s essential to minimize friction – so a drop of lubricant can work wonders.

Finally, with the ejector and extractor, these need to be clean and slick to ensure efficient operation, so applying lubricant to these parts is vital.

Understanding the lubrication process is vital in maintaining your Marlin Model 60. It’s not just about keeping it shiny and new, but ensuring it functions smoothly and reliably. Up next, we’ll move onto reassembly, the final step in the Marlin Model 60 cleaning process.

Step 6: Reassembling the Marlin Model 60

Now that the Marlin Model 60 is thoroughly cleaned, dried and lubricated, we’re ready for the exciting part – putting it all back together. Let’s take a step-by-step approach to ensure everything falls back into place seamlessly. Remember, it’s not a race – precision is key during reassembly.

Start by gently sliding the bolt and action assembly back into the receiver. Do this with care, making sure not to force any parts. If something seems stuck, take a moment, breathe and try again. It should slide into place with minimal resistance.

The trigger guard and action assembly come next. Slide it back up into the receiver from below. Again, do not apply excessive force. Everything should lock into place smoothly. Remember the little things too – make sure you’re paying attention to small parts, like the hammer strut. It should fit into the notch in the trigger guard just right.

Once you are done with the internals, it’s time to refit the outer cover. Align it correctly over the receiver, and gently screw it back in place. Keep that screwdriver handy but don’t overtighten anything. You might damage the fine threading.

Now that all the main parts are back in place, it’s time to reconnect the Barrel and Action assembly to the Stock. Carefully slide the assembly into the stock, making sure not to damage the newly cleaned and lubricated parts. Then, screw the takedown screws back in place, securing everything together.

There’s a sense of satisfaction and pride in reassembling your Marlin Model 60. While it might seem daunting at first, with patience, good lighting, and a steady hand, the whole process becomes second nature. And remember: even skilled professionals had to start somewhere.

By mastering reassembly, you’re going beyond maintenance – you’re developing a deeper understanding of your firearm. It’s not just a tool or a hobby item; you’re making it a part of your life. As we take care of our Marlin Model 60, we ensure it can provide us reliable service for years to come.

Step 7: Final Touches and Inspection

After victory is won in the battlefield of precision reassembly, Step 7 greets us: Final Touches and Inspection. Integrating this last step into the Marlin Model 60 cleaning routine is crucial. I have learned this through decades of experience, and it’s the secret sauce to superb maintenance.

This step focuses on making sure that every part is in its rightful place and functioning properly. Here’s how I get it done:

  • Give the Reassembled Gun a Once-Over:: Inspect every nook and cranny. Ensure that no pieces are leftover from reassembly. If there are, go back through the process again. No extra parts allowed!
  • Check the Action: The action must be smooth and free of hitches. Manually cycle the action a few times and don’t rush it. Feel the movements, listen to the sounds.
  • Verify the Alignment: Make sure that the parts line up precisely. A poorly aligned component can impact the functionality of the Marlin Model 60. Kevin Muramatsu, a professional gunsmith, once told me, “Accuracy is everything when it comes to firearms.”
  • Give it a Dry-Fire: Standard protocol after any reassembly, to confirm functionality. Make sure you’re adhering to all safety rules.

Attention to detail here is utmost essential. You’re not just cleaning for presentation or storage; rather doing so for longevity and reliable service. Dedicate the time to inspecting the Marlin Model 60 meticulously. It’s this attention to detail that sets mere good enough from excellence.

Our Marlin Model 60 cleaning story continues and in our journey through the familiar steps of maintenance, both traditional and innovative. After thorough inspection, the accomplishment stands, and rightly so. It signals mastery over the process, a deeper understanding and appreciating the sheer genius that is the Marlin Model 60.

The cycle of learning never really ends, does it? Yet, that’s the beauty of it all. So, roll up your sleeves; there’s always room for more knowledge in the sphere of firearm maintenance. The next steps are just waiting to be discovered and mastered, such is the adventure of it all.


Mastering the art of cleaning your Marlin Model 60 isn’t just about maintaining its function. It’s about ensuring its longevity and reliable service. The final touches and inspection step is pivotal. It’s here that you’ll ensure every part is in its rightful place. You’ll check the action, verify alignment, and perform a dry-fire. It’s all about the details. The satisfaction of mastering this process is immense. But remember, firearm maintenance is a continuous learning journey. So, keep honing your skills and your Marlin Model 60 will thank you for it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is the final touches and inspection step important in cleaning the Marlin Model 60?

A: The final touches and inspection step is crucial to ensure that every part of the Marlin Model 60 is in its rightful place and functioning properly.

Q: What should I check during the final touches and inspection step?

A: During the final touches and inspection step, you should check the action, verify the alignment, and perform a dry-fire to ensure the firearm is in optimal condition.

Q: How does attention to detail during the final touches and inspection contribute to the longevity of the firearm?

A: Attention to detail during the final touches and inspection step helps identify any issues or potential problems, allowing for timely repairs or adjustments. This contributes to the longevity and reliable service of the firearm.

Q: Why is mastering the cleaning process and firearm maintenance essential?

A: Mastering the cleaning process and firearm maintenance is essential to ensure the proper functioning and longevity of the firearm. It also ensures your safety and the safety of those around you.