Marlin Model 925

Description

The Marlin Model 925 is a bolt-action hunting rifle chambered in .22 LR. For being so inexpensive, shooters are often surprised at how accurate the Model 925 is. One reason, the barrel has Marlin’s “micro-grooves,” which carves 16 grooves into the bore and it better controls the projectile as it travels through the barrel in turn improves accuracy. It is magazine fed and standard mags hold seven rounds. It is available with a walnut, camo or black synthetic stock. That and the steel barrel put the M925 at 5.5 pounds. The trigger comes with a pull of 5 to 6 pounds, so kind of a longer pull. Marlin recommends the Model 925 for hunting varmint, small game and target shooting.

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Specifications

925
Caliber: <br />.22 LR
Capacity: 7
Sights: Adjustable rear sight and ramp front sight
Features: Magazine fed rifle; and micro-groove barrel
Action: Bolt
Stock: Walnut
Material/Finish: Steel/blue
Scope: Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website: http://www.marlinfir…
Weight: 5.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 22"
Twist: 1 in 16"
Overall Length: 41"
925C
Caliber: <br />.22 LR
Capacity: 7
Sights: Adjustable rear sight and ramp front sight
Features: Magazine fed rifle; and micro-groove barrel
Action: Bolt
Stock: Camo
Material/Finish: Steel/blue
Scope: Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website: http://www.marlinfir…
Weight: 5.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 22"
Twist: 1 in 16"
Overall Length: 41"
925R
Caliber: <br />.22 LR
Capacity: 7
Sights: Adjustable rear sight and ramp front sight
Features: Magazine fed rifle; and micro-groove barrel<br />Scoped model available
Action: Bolt
Stock: Black synthetic
Material/Finish: Steel/blue
Scope: Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Website: http://www.marlinfir…
Weight: 5.5 pounds
Barrel Length: 22"
Twist: 1 in 16"
Overall Length: 41"
MSRP$174.00

Editor Review

My household has managed to acquire .22 caliber rifles the way that some homes seem to attract coat hangers.  We go through .22 LR ammunition at the rate of about a brick (500 rounds) each month.  Plinking, organized target practice and squirrel hunting are all part of a normal week.  So is popping the odd rat, mouse or snake that is suddenly discovered curled up in a desk drawer (we use CCI .22 shotshells for indoor critters, in case you were wondering).  Living out in the country has its pros and its cons.  Both the pros and the cons seem to involve shooting .22s an awful lot.

Out of all of the .22 LR weapons we have, it is my bolt action Marlin Model 925 that sees the most work.  It is reliable, accurate and tough.  I even use it as a class rifle when teaching marksmanship to groups of adult beginners.  The laminated stock is chipped and dented, the black finish (it isn’t regular bluing – Marlin calls it ‘Mar-finish,’ which I think is some sort of pig latin for ‘cheap black paint’) is rubbing off and I don’t clean it nearly often enough.  But it still goes ‘bang’ every time I need it to and it still puts the bullets where I want them to go.

I figure that this gun has probably had about 8,000 rounds through it.  After 8,000 shots, my only real complaint is that the detachable magazine pokes into my hand uncomfortably from certain shooting positions.  Also I keep losing the magazines, which isn’t that big a deal because I can always buy another for less than $10.  My parents have the exact same model and theirs came out of the box with a sling swivel stud that did not have a hole drilled all the way through.  Aside from this bizarre error, I cannot point to any manufacturing defects.

There are better-looking bolt action .22 rifles, but it isn’t as though this one is especially ugly.  You can spend a lot more money and get something more accurate from Anschutz or Ruger, but I don’t see how you can improve on minute-of-mouse-head accuracy for real-world use. 

At this price, what else can you possibly buy that will stand this much use without you getting bored with it or having the thing break on you?  I can’t really think of anything.  The Marlin 925 is a great general duty bolt action .22.  It is easy to scope, easy to disassemble, and its simplicity makes it easy to clean.  Now if only I could get the mouse splatter out of my bottom drawer this easily.