I have the opportunity to acquire a Marlin 2000 that is not in the best shape. I am thinking that this riffle might make a good project gun for silhouette shooting. Does anyone have any experience with this gun? The stock is in poor shape, and I do not know how it shoots. Should I spend any time and money to try and make it into a silhouette gun?
I'd put it on a scale and literally weigh your options. Those are heavy guns and will likely only qualify for Standard class. If that's fine and it's a rifle you're interested in, then go for it, but personally I think your money could be spent better elsewhere.
I am thinking that the stock will need to be replaced or at least modified. As for the cost, I believe that the way this will work is I will get the gun and make a donation to the group that owns it. The gun has not been used for many years and is basically being scrapped out of their inventory. This is why I am asking about the viability of this gun as a project. The up-front cost will be minimal. The reals cost will be time and added work that I do.
I took a Marlin Biathalon with a modified stock to the National Championships many years ago and won my class! It was a kick beating all those $2000 rifles with my $200 rifle.
My complete set up was the Marlin Biathalon, topped with a 4 power Leopold (yes, I said four power), and Russian Sniper ammo.
Wish I would have never sold that gun!
whistleman123 do you have any pictures of your Marlin? I am interested in your custom stock. I have also been doing some reading about this gun and it looks like it has a very good trigger. On your riffle did you do any work on the trigger?
I picked up the rifle yesterday. The barrel looks fine and everything seems to be in good working order, but the stock is UGLY! It looks like it is a black compost with some type of blue paint or coating on it. The blue is pealing away in places. Does anyone know if this was just some type of paint?
Also, I think I want to install the magazine kit. Any ideas on were I can find one?
with the weight of 8.5 pounds you don't have much to work with for standard class (10.2) and hunter rifle (9). by time you mount a scope you might not make weight. is the barrel a full bull barrel? in hunter rifle the barrel must have a taper. the stock will not work for hunter class, not sure on standard class. you can single load in both classes now.