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I was reading Shooting Times Guide to Long Range Accuracy today. It had an article on Battle of the Budget Rifles! It is a test of the Under $500.00 guns. The Marlin X7 did well and was named Shooting Times "Best Buy". I was wondering if anyone out there had one and if so what do you think of it? What caliber is it in. What Scope do you have on it! Likes and Dislikes and over all thoughts on it!
 

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OOOh-Raah....Glad to see another Marine on here Cowboy.....

I just picked up an XS7Y in .308 for my youngest grandson. Compaired against my Rem 700 heavy .308, other grandsons Savage Axis .308....VERY VERY GOOD.

All three are hunting rifles and the X gun in accuracy holds its own with the Rem. to 100 yds. with the savage just a hair back. The adjustable trigger on the Marlin is decent at factory setting. Havent messed with it yet. My Rem is 2 lb and I had to do work on the Savage to get it just OK. Right now just have a not to bad Bushnell 3X9 on it. Wasnt to pleased with the bolt in the X7..I had to polish it up, which is no big deal, but now is smooth, well to suit me. The gun is .5 MOA out of the box with factory Rem Core-lok 150 soft points at 100.

As you know all our shooting in the Corps started at 200 which was short range. But all my deer are taken under 125 here (I hunt the Timber) so I stay with what is functional.

I liked it so well I plan on getting one in .223 with the Heavy tube and use it just on the bench as a Paper Hole Puncher. Around here they go out the door at under $400 with no scope....:)
 

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I was reading Shooting Times Guide to Long Range Accuracy today. It had an article on Battle of the Budget Rifles! It is a test of the Under $500.00 guns. The Marlin X7 did well and was named Shooting Times "Best Buy". I was wondering if anyone out there had one and if so what do you think of it? What caliber is it in. What Scope do you have on it! Likes and Dislikes and over all thoughts on it!
the X7 series are fantastic rifles and the only thing budget about them is the price. adjustable triggers, pillar bedded stocks, awesome recoil pads. very accurate and well built. all at a very decent price.

my first one was a XL7C in 25-06 and it was such a great rifle that the second one was a XS7 in 7mm-08, and it has become one of my most shot rifles in my collection. the third one i ordered, a XS7VH in 308. all of them are fantastic shooters. accuracy, they will hold their own with rifles costing twice as much. i own several M700's and my Marlins are just as accurate.

i recommend the X7 series because they are fantastic rifles, that are priced very well for the quality. what i like, the value, the accuracy, the quality. my dislikes, i wish they would offer more calibers.
 

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Hey Marine...you open up a can of wonderful comments with your request. I don't think that Remington has changed the 'X' rifle too much...we own 2 original Marlins in '06 (XL) and 7mm-08 (XS). THEY ARE SHOOTERS. You won't suffer buyer's remorse with spending your money on one. Others are cheaper and plenty more a couple of hundred to thousands more! My only concern: they don't throw spent brass out very far like most of us are accustomed with bolt guns. The 7-08 will literally drive nails...if my shaking and twitching gets in synch with one particular load I built for it.
 

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LOL.....Spoon Whats your concern about not chuckin brass over to the next county...:confused: Seems to me all ya got to do is reach over and pick it up....dont even have to get up....:D
 

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Hey Marine...you open up a can of wonderful comments with your request. I don't think that Remington has changed the 'X' rifle too much...we own 2 original Marlins in '06 (XL) and 7mm-08 (XS). THEY ARE SHOOTERS. You won't suffer buyer's remorse with spending your money on one. Others are cheaper and plenty more a couple of hundred to thousands more! My only concern: they don't throw spent brass out very far like most of us are accustomed with bolt guns. The 7-08 will literally drive nails...if my shaking and twitching gets in synch with one particular load I built for it.
Yeah I used to like it to "Throw" the brass until I did Sniper training. Now I want it to clear the chamber and that is all! Yeah I need to downsize my rounds from Big Boomers to the .223 size guns due to Vertebra problems. Guess I will have to order a 223 and see how she does!:D What other calibers are offered that do not kick much like in the range of the .223? Never shot a 22-250 0r a 25-06. Looking for something under a 243 in kick.
 

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Yeah I used to like it to "Throw" the brass until I did Sniper training. Now I want it to clear the chamber and that is all! Yeah I need to downsize my rounds from Big Boomers to the .223 size guns due to Vertebra problems. Guess I will have to order a 223 and see how she does!:D What other calibers are offered that do not kick much like in the range of the .223? Never shot a 22-250 0r a 25-06. Looking for something under a 243 in kick.
try out the 7mm-08. very gentle in recoil, much like the 243. i shoot mine sometimes from 60 to 100 times in a weekend. very accurate caliber to boot.
 

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No scattered brass

LOL.....Spoon Whats your concern about not chuckin brass over to the next county...:confused: Seems to me all ya got to do is reach over and pick it up....dont even have to get up....:D
Yes, that is a pain not to have to search! Ive had "clogged action" episodes when I didn't yank the bolt back...darn cases settled back in. Just another of life's frustrations.
 
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