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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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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.
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