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    Using 22 CB Short on my Marlin 60

    Hello all,

    I have a Marlin 60 that I just purchased this 4th of July.

    The manual says Short ammo can be used but is not reccomended because it may not cycle.

    I have a 100 pack of CB Short 22, my question is if I just load it one round at a time and after firing clean the bore and barrel, will my gun be ok?

    Also, will the CB longs be ok to use with this gun? provided I only fire 1 shot at a time.

    Thank you, as you can probably tell I am new to guns

    I am basically looking for the quietest ammo for my Marlin 60 .22 LR

    thanks again

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    Hi TexasLonghorns welcome to the forum

    now I got 2 of them guns and never tried shorts in them.
    no ya ain't going to hurt yer gun less you force moving parts.
    What will happen if ya (single shot stile) is the gun will not eject the case
    Just hand cycle it and do it again... Now ya might put one in the chamber if it ejects put
    another round in the tube. most likely it will jam on ya. but someone had done it here trust me
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    Quote Originally Posted by me View Post
    Now ya might put one in the chamber if it ejects put
    another round in the tube. most likely it will jam on ya. but someone had done it here trust me
    Thanks for the reply.

    I'm not sure what this part means though.

    Other than CBs, what would you say is the quietest ammo that can safely shoot out of a 60?

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    well I use the CCI mini mags in mine... they eat long rifles very well and would shoot the standard volocity well too.
    I'm sure I have used Wolf Match Extra in them but that is spendy. I'd expect someone will give ya a response by morning. Right or wrong someone here has tried most ammo in them.
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    cci quiets. they are the same size as standard lr but the sound level of cb's. also, they are cheaper than cb's, at least around here.
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    CB Longs have about the same muzzle velocity as .22 shorts and the same bullet weight so they will not cycle, I'd guess.

    CB Longs do not cycle in my model 60. I would not try shorts because the case is so small, I would expect it to jam. Not a problem with a bolt action, but with a semi-auto, you may have to disassemble the gun to remove the cartridges.

    There is a video of a guy with a 795 (like a 60 but shorter) shooting CB Longs and he had to cycle the bolt each time, by hand.
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    I tried cb shorts in my 3 model 60's they shot fine but didn't have enough power to cycle the action. I just manually cycled each time. I understand the quiet thing. I have to be quiet with mine too.
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    Sounds like a good excuse to buy a new bolt gun! Not that most of us need much of an excuse!

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    CCI quiets are .22LR, and they sound like an air rifle. They have about twice the energy of a .22 magnum springer, and about half the energy of a high velocity .22lr. They are the correct size to be loaded into your magazine tube. You have to manually cycle the bolt, but they work really well that way. They group fairly well also. They hit about 2 1/2" lower than high velocity .22lr at 50 yards, so you'll have to sight in for them before taking them out into the field. They will not jam in your barrel (or your cartridge lifter) like the Aguilla Super Colibris. They also don't cost any more than CB shorts. Give those a try before manually loading shorts into a 60 makes you pull your hair out.
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    What is this excuse you speak of?
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