Should I buy a Marlin .22 for $50?

Should I buy a Marlin .22 for $50?

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    Should I buy a Marlin .22 for $50?

    A guy at work has a Marlin Bolt action 7 round magazine fed .22 he says he thinks is about 20 years old. He doesn't know the model number. He says it's in mint condition, he just doesn't have a use for it. I'm interested in getting it for my daughters to learn to shoot if it's in good condition. He only wants 50 bucks so it seems like a no brainer but I thought I'd ask you guys first as I'm fairly new to the firearms world. What should I look for when inspecting the rifle? Is this a good rifle to teach my daughters? Or should I get something brand new? He is going to let me look at it today and I have to decide then because he has others that are interested as well but he promised me first dibs.

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    I'd check it out and make sure it cycles well and no rust/corrosion and if it looks good I'd take it in a heart beat. I think any 22 that'll function reliably is well worth $50.
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    Find out what Model Number and also the condition the rifle is in. Marlin bolt .22's are quite popular and if it is in very good condition then a $50 price does not seem unreasonable.

    I had a Sears .22 bolt that was made by Marlin in the 1960's, my very first rifle. Sadly, the rifle was stolen in a last-year burglary. But, I loved that rifle and would love to have it back.

    Getting a .22 rifle to teach your daughters how to shoot is an excellent idea.
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    If it works, $50 - heck yeah!

    I'd rather have a 20 year old Marlin .22 than a brand new one. Quality has not gone up over the years.
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    It's probably a model 25 or 30. I have a model 25. It was my first rifle, and I've had it for 32 years now. I love it.
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    like others have said. i'd say just about any gun that functions correctly is worth $50.

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    My first rifle was a Sears Savage 22 mag. and I've still got it. It is an absolute fav and is as accurate as just about anything. Great for varmits and target shooting at distance. Compliments a LaRue 16.1 obr, 5.56 quite well.

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    Don't forget to take $50 with you, and bring that puppy home!
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    Absolutely yes! The older Marlins w/ the micro-groove barrels are great shooters and are usually very accurate! IMHO the newest Rem/Marlins are not worth the $$ and are lacking in quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5lima30ret View Post
    Absolutely yes! The older Marlins w/ the micro-groove barrels are great shooters and are usually very accurate! IMHO the newest Rem/Marlins are not worth the $$ and are lacking in quality.
    Not to sound stupid but what is the micro-groove barrel?
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    Yes!! I'm very jealous, by the way.


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    Buy the rifle - even if you don't use it, it'd be easy to resell at a profit. However, if your daughters are small they may be better served with a Chipmunk .22 that fits them better and then wait for them to grow into the Marlin.

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    Not to sound stupid but what is the micro-groove barrel?
    It's a Marlin exclusive type of rifling, generally rifling consists of 3-4 grooves and lands that spiral down the barrel. The grooves are cut or button formed to the diameter of the round being fired while the lands are left approx .004 above the grooves. Micro groove rifling looks more like a very tiny gear made up of 20+ triangles around it's axis and the concept works very well, resulting in great accuracy.
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    yes, yes. for $50.00 i would jump on it.
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