For the money the Marlin Model 60 is one of the best deals on the market for those looking for a semi-auto rifle with a wood stock. Based on the multitude of reviews I've read comparing the Marlin Model 60 against the Ruger 10/22 (factory-stock not customized), I believe the Marlin Model 60 is the best choice for those who want a hunting and plinking rimfire. The Ruger 10/22 is best suited to those wanting to customize or compete in competitions due to the availability of after-market accessories and components. Also the Marlin Model 60 tends to be more accurate out of the box than the Ruger 10/22, has a last-shot bolt hold-open feature, and is approximately $40-$80 dollars cheaper. Of course this depends upon the models chosen and/or compared. Also, as the saying goes "simplicity is best", and in this case I'm referring to the magazines of each rifle. I like detachable magazines... don't get me wrong, but Marlin's tube feed magazine is more reliable as there is less moving parts than Ruger's excellent rotary magazine. The Ruger has the advantage concerning speed-loading, but the detachable magazines can also be lost or misplaced much easier than the tube-feed magazines follower-rod. Ultimately the final choice between the two should depend on the buyer's intended use. If you have the money just buy one or more of each... :)
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