Marlin rifles are known for their quality and reliability.
One of America's oldest and most storied gunmakers, Marlin firearms has come a long way since its founding in 1870. From their early days building shotguns and lever action rifles to the machine guns they produced during the first world war, the company has been through plenty of ups and downs through its storied history.
Most recently it was owned by Remington Arms before being sold to Sturm, Ruger & Co. For anyone who loves repeaters especially, Marlin rifles are an excellent choice, especially if you're looking for something still made in the U.S.A., as they own facilities in both New York and Kentucky.
Today we'll give you a rundown of some of the best Marlin rifles on the market today. These guns make for excellent hunting rifles and target guns that will provide you years of reliable service.
Marlin Model 1894
It is hard to go wrong with a classic. Marlin builds several variants of the classic 1894 centerfire, side ejection design. These guns feature that signature and buttery smooth Marlin lever gun design that so many hunters have come to love and trust. These rifles are built with a variety of barrel lengths, finishes, and furniture choices. Looking for a traditional look? Go with blued steel and walnut. Want functionality in tough hunting conditions? Consider laminate and stainless steel. These make great brush guns since they can hold up to 10 rounds in the tubular magazine depending on caliber. Speaking of which, these guns come chambered in popular offerings like .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .45 Long Colt. You're sure to find something you like in the 1894.
Marlin 1895 Big Bore
For hunters looking for a bit more firepower from their lever action, the 1895 is a solid choice. Chambered in the reliable and hard-hitting .45-70 Govt, these guns have the knock-down power needed for most North American big game. That also makes it a solid choice for a bear defense gun for those who spend a lot of time in the backcountry. Marlin builds these rifles in two different capacities, 6+1 and 4+1 rounds. They come in a variety of finishes including blued and stainless. Barrel length offerings vary from 18.5 to 26 inches for more accuracy. The stocks are forends are walnut or laminate. The sights vary between models, but most are drilled and tapped for scopes or include a picatinny rail.
Marlin 336 Dark
While Marlin continues to make classic lever-actions, they have also taken some steps to bring some lever guns into the 21st century and one of them is the Model 336 Dark. This gun has the overall profile of a classic cowboy gun, but that black-webbed hardwood stock and black Parkerized finish give it a unique look that screams modern tactical. This rifle is chambered in classic .30-30 Winchester and has a 16.25-inch barrel that is already threaded for a brake or suppressor. It comes with a paracord sling and paracord wrapped lever. There's an XS lever rail with ghost ring sights for better target acquisition. This rifle stands out from a crowd and the user reviews are nearly unanimous in their praise for this lever-action rifle with modern flair.
Marlin Model 60
Arguably the best semi-automatic rimfire rifle on the market today, there's a lot to love about the classic Model 60. Chambered in .22 long rifle, these guns hold up to 14 rounds of ammo in the tubular magazine. These guns have a 19-inch micro-groove rifled barrel which gives them excellent accuracy. This is a good gun to teach new shooters the basics of firearms. It has practically no recoil and the semi-auto action cycles rounds fast and efficiently. This gun's design features a bolt hold open design on the last shot and a cross bolt safety, making this an extremely safe firearm to handle. I've used the Model 60 for pest control and target shooting fun for years. The best part is the price, for under $200, this rifle is a no-brainer for anyone looking for a quality semi-auto .22lr.
Marlin XT 22 WMR
For those looking for a quality bolt-action rifle with a little more power, the XT in .22 WMR is a solid choice. Marlin also builds this rifle in .22lr and .17 HMR for anyone looking for even more choices. The 22 WMR model has a 22-inch barrel with micro groove rifling and a capacity of 12+1 rounds. This rifle comes with a Pro-fire adjustable trigger to help you find the perfect feel for long distance shooting. Marlin builds the XT series of bolt actions with laminate, hardwood, or synthetic stock options. This rifle is sure to give you years of reliable service for target shooting or small game hunting applications.