A Marlin Model 60! I don't know why my friend asks me to do this, he is just as competent is these matters if not more than I. This rifle many held in youth and the first they fired. Produced since 1960 and still made today. It does not have the plethora of aftermarket accessories such as for the Ruger 10/22. This however should not dissuade one from looking at an inexpensive .22LR rifle.
Since virtually every part is still readily available for it except for the barrel and stock this would be an excellent used purchase in my opinion.
This rifle represents my friends sad pilgrimage to his Grandfather's house in TN after he passed away recently. According to my friend his Grandfather was a gunsmith and this rifle along with others sat in a non-climate controlled safe for at least 25+ years.
Looks like someone wanted the scope:
So we get to it:
Everything dry as a bone. SO... you know what's coming next for the action parts, right?
Meanwhile the stock gets some TLC. A bath with wood oil soap and several applications of lemon oil over several days. It came out better than I expected.
Oh, look a squirrel!
The bolt assembly after polishing:
I am ready for reassembly but the recoil spring guide rod was discovered to be bent upon removal. I ordered a new one and recoil spring as well. With luck my friend will get to fire his Grandfather's rifle this weekend. I will of course ask to shoot it after he does!
I will let you know how it turns out and if I mentioned any products here, I paid for them so the FTC can go away!