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Another guy looking for budget rifle advice

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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.
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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.

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?


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.

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.

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.



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