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#1994373 - 02/05/08 03:49 AM Marlin 981T - anyone have one/review?
Mikem2 Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 06/21/05
Posts: 1818
Loc: Virginia
In looking for a tube magazine .22 bolt action, wood stock, with a scope mount, I realized new manufacture has few options available.

The Marlin 981T is synthetic stock, bolt action, tube magazine, new trigger, and has a scope mount receiver. Would be great it if was a wood stock.

So checking on any experience with the 981T's - accuracy, triggers, etc., I know they are not expensive $170 or less.


#2025537 - 02/18/08 08:02 AM Re: Marlin 981T - anyone have one/review? [Re: Mikem2]
dustoffer Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 10/27/06
Posts: 393
Buddy of mine has one that he keeps around his place for the critters that show up to annoy his dogs and eat his garden. I haven't shot it off the bench to test ammo types, but it will group CB Shorts around 1" at 25 yds leaning against a porch post which is about perfect for its pest elimination role. He did put a Rifle Basix trigger in it and says it is worth every penny (the trigger).

#2031318 - 02/20/08 11:27 AM Re: Marlin 981T - anyone have one/review? [Re: dustoffer]
DakotaDeer Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 01/19/05
Posts: 14160
I do not have a 981T itself, but have used plenty of Marlin bolt and auto rifles over the years. They all seem to shoot fine with little maintenance and give acceptable accuracy. Occasionally, you'll get one that has superb accuracy. The triggers are always a limitation.

#2031589 - 02/20/08 01:34 PM Re: Marlin 981T - anyone have one/review? [Re: Mikem2]
260Remguy Offline
Campfire Kahuna

Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 16297
Loc: NE
I have a couple of Marlin 982S rifles that I leave at our place in CO, so that I have a truck gun to take along when we go Jeeping. I think that they are pretty accurate and would expect a Marlin in 22 LR with the T-9000 trigger to be pretty accurate right out of the box. If you want a really nice trigger on a tube-feed 22, you need to find yourself a Remington 582. I have 1 and it has a great trigger and it has real locking lugs, not just a bolt handle.

Marlin now sells 4-shot magazines for their magazine fed bolt action rimfires, so the magazine no longer sticks down too far like the old 7-shot magazines did. I like the tube-fed 22s, but with a DM, you can keep the magazine loaded and in your shirt pocket and still get on your target pretty quickly.



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