Another guy looking for budget rifle advice

Discussion in 'Other Marlin Rifles' started by jbo_c, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. jbo_c

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    Have to admit, I only ever think of the little 795 .22 when I think of Marlins. In fact, I got my son one for Christmas this year and got some good advice here about it.

    Now I'm looking for a bargain .270 to put some meat on the table. Had about sold myself on a Savage 111 Trophy Hunter when I read a couple of articles on the XL7. Now I'm wondering again.

    If I ask which is better, I know what answers I'll get . . . all three are the best depending on who's answering.

    With that in mind, I'll ask a little different. What are the differences in these two and the advantage/disadvantage of the differences.

    From what I see:
    XL7 is all over it in cost. Looks like I can buy one and put a "good" scope on it for the cost of the Savage gun only.

    Savage has been around longer and seems to have many more parts available for mods(not really interested in mods at this point except possibly the stock).

    I've heard lots of people talk negatively about the non-Accustock stocks on Savages. Is the standard stock on the Marlin better than Savage standard stocks?

    My use for this rifle will be mostly wooded white-tail hunting. 150 yard or less 90% of the time, but would like to reach out to 300 if I get the chance to hunt more open terrain occasionally. Also some hog hunting in similar terrain, but shorter shots.
     
  2. Hyphenated

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    Welcome aboard jbo_c....
    I don't own a Marlin or Savage bolt action so I can't help you with them. However, I own and have owned dozens of quality bolt actions from $350 to $750 in price. To this day my 20+ year old .270 Howa 1500 is still my favorite. I think I have owned Howa's in all of their brands (Smith &Wesson, Mossberg, Weatherby and the Howa) over the last 25 years. Everyone of them has been a good shooter. A couple of them left because fellow hunting buddies made me offers I couldn't refuse. One got custom rebarreled and I'm still holding back a Weatherby Vangard for my grandson when he is old enough.

    I am sure the Marlin and Savage's are both fine rifles I'm just giving you one more option that is fairly priced for you to consider.
    http://www.legacysports.com/products/howa_hogue.html
     

  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting

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    Welcome to the Marlin Firearm Forum jbo_c !!
     
  4. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the Marlin Firearm Forum jbo_c !!
    Not to confuse the issue, but I agree with Hyphenated. I sold all of my Bolt Guns because of my love for Levers. However, the last Bolt Gun that I owned was a Weatherby Vangard (Howa) chambered in 270. It was a most excellent rifle. Very smooth action, acceptable hunting trigger and dead on accurate.
    Just my 2 cents.
     
  5. bolt_hunter

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    I have both a Marlin xs7 .308 and a savage 25-06 both are great but for the money Marlin is the way to go. Since you just want to change the stock boyds gun stocks have laminate replacements. Here is my .308 with the new stocl

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  6. jbo_c

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    Thanks, Bolt.

    Why do you feel the Marlin is better? I'm pretty much sold, but tend to be an information hog for a while before I put my money down.

    Realistically, I'm guessing that outside of a scope, the only other "mod" I'll make is putting another round in the chamber.

    Jbo
     
  7. jbo_c

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    Finally got to handle one of these today. Is the stock on the x7 a lot smaller than the Savage or did I pick up a youth model without realizing it.

    Also, they had a T/C Venture there that felt tighter and more substantial than the Marlin or the Savage. Didn't like the stock, though. Don't hear much about the T/C. Anybody know much, have one?

    Thanks.

    Jbo
     
  8. bolt_hunter

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    First of the price I have under $400 in the Marlin that counts the new stock. They shoot almost identical with the savage you are buying the brand not a better gun
     
  9. jbo_c

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    It's official. I'm a dummy. It was a youth model I looked at.

    So it's pretty much decided. Now I just need to find a good $200 scope.

    Jbo
     
  10. smokeit

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    The Marlin is every bit as good as a Savage or Vangaurd2, and in some areas exceeds them. I have 4 and they all shoot 1" or under. Marlin combined all the best from serveral manufactures to make the X7series. Save the $ and use them for your optics. These are the best of the budget rifles. My son has the Savage and I had a Vangaurd so I know from my experience that the Marlin is as good or better. There is only one issue depending on your view, it doesn't have a box magazine or hinged floor plate so to unload you have to cycle the rounds through to extract them, I like hinged floors plates myself but for the dollars saved I can live without it, they do the job of putting game on the ground every bit as well as the higher and highest price guns. The caliber selected will determine your capable range not the make of rifle, the 270 is a great caliber but limited to bullet weight selection, where as the 30 caliber has a vary large selection, from varmit to moose and everything in between so a 308 or 30-06 may serve you better but only you know what will be best for you.
    In the end you will not be sorry with the Marlin's performance and the $ saved.
     
  11. oldbrass

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    savage,marlin,winchester,tikka,ruger...lots of good rifles just pick one that fits and is in budget
     
  12. FOUR4D4

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    I think Walmart has some Savage rifles with a scope for a reasonable price
     
  13. hombre243

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    Bud's Guns

    I have been lookin at 243's; 308 and 3006 rifles and I cannot decide between Savage, Marlin and Mossberg. You will find many configurations of each there. Good prices also.

    Welcome to the forum.

    Too bad we don't have a spittoon and a pot bellied stove, sawdust on a rough old wood floor and a barrel of crackers. Maybe a jug of pickles or gizzards up on the counter...MMMMMMM those were the days.
     
  14. Spoon

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    To jbo-c
    Well, when's your new Marlin X coming to your house? No bias here, got Rem, Browning & Marlin living together in the steel box. The Browning is accurate, but it won't hold a candle to the XS7 in 7-08 that makes one hole time and again. Of course my reloading "luck" might have something to do with it, but the rounds for the Browning, the XS and my XL are tuned to our rifles. $300 with scope for the '06, $340 for the package 7m-08 the next year for "da lady I sleeps" with and $600+ for the A-bolt. Save $$ and go with what's proven itself to be one fine shoot'n system. Still, my only "complaint" is that I don't have to search for brass even after a hard & fast bolt cycle. The case is just to the right of wherever the action was when I extracted it, 2 inches to 4 1/2 ft straight down depending on prone, bench or standing! PS The Remy Splatter-Matic 7400 '06 is condemned to darkness in the safe. A grandkid will get it one of these days when I'm toast ;) OH...and don't forget the Marlin has a great and easily adjustable trigger that is pretty smooth :cool:
     
  15. jbo_c

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    I got a deal I couldn't refuse on a Savage 270.

    Love it.

    May get my son an x7, but ha wants a Savage like dads. Loves his Marlin 22. In fact my wife just picked him up a scope for it.

    Jbo
     
  16. hombre243

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    Now ya got me panting

    whatjagit huhhuhhuh?
     
  17. Spoon

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    A 270WIN should do the trick for a lot of tasks, even is it is a heathen :( on this Forum! We all have our passions & preferences. We tend to fill them with what strikes us at the time. Hope the deal was truly sweet! Like hombre asked..."whatjagit" as far a model?
     
  18. jbo_c

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    I got a mid80s 110 action with a nice wood stock.

    My son is 12 and wants a deer rifle like mine. Spent a lot of time trying to decide what to get him. Was planning the standard 243 for his first, but now thinking a 270 exactly like mine. He can shoot the managed recoil rounds, which are supposed to have less kick than standard 243s. Then when he's ready to move up, he can just go to standard load. No need for a new rifle.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks.

    Jbo
     
  19. Gumpy

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    I'm a heathenist then, lol. The .270 has been my favorite deer rifle (in savage model 10) for a loooooooonnng time.
     
  20. Spoon

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    I didn't mean the caliber...I meant the SAVAGE rifle! Sorry Gumpy! The Savage did foster the XL to life, so what the heck!

    A 270 with reduced loads should work. Limit shots to 100 yds, no further than 150 yds. I grabbed a box of '06 reduced a few years back for an "emergency hunt". They must have the trajector of artillery! There wasn't any recoil and it didn't cycle the action on a semi-auto. It did put a yearling out of her misery that had been shot a few days before, was weakened and too pooped to climb out of a shallow, dry creek bed. I cut my teeth on a 12 ga and a 30-06 from age 8. There ain't no recoil when it comes to taking game or fowl :D Targets R a whole nutter ballgame :eek:

    I can show you mounts or photos of several Elk, lots of Pronghorn, untold Mulies, Whitetails, an Oryx and even an Ibex that a life-long friend has been collecting with an old Remy bolt over the past 45 years now. "Jack" backed them to the hilt, too, as I recall reading dozens and dozens of times!

    Yep, buy one "just like deer old dad"! He'll cherish it...always!