X gun availablity

Discussion in 'Other Marlin Rifles' started by h2opumper, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. h2opumper

    h2opumper New Member

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    It seems that when the X guns were first introduced they were quite prevalent in a wide variety of stores. But after the acquisition of Marlin by Remington's parent company, they seem to have all been closed out and only available at dedicated gun shops. The idea of giving gun shops dibs on these little secrets worries me into thinking that Remington might be trying to trip up the X guns since they are a better rifle than the 770, and in my opinion, I would take one over a 700 in an ADL, which I did. I don't think the X guns have had the exposure they need at their young age to be exclusive to sole gun shops. They are much too good and too young to be put on the back burner. To me they feel better than any other economy rifle out there.
     
  2. SWO1

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    Am checking into getting a 7XY in .308 for my youngest grandson (11 yrs. old). He has shot a 770 in .243 the last two years and likes it ( 4 deer, including a 10 pointer). I shoot a Rem. 700 in .308 and my oldest grandson shoots the Savage Axis in .308. Both are sub MOA rifles as is the 770. I would just like for all of us to get to the same caliber. Of all the bargin rifles Marlin is the only one I could find that offers the Youth model in .308. That is unless you want to go to $700+ in Rem, Win ect. I also like it has a 22 in. barrell vice the standard 20 in in other youth models. From what I have read it is a decent rifle at a good price point. Can I expect like accuracy as the Remingtons and Axis. I also like the adjustable trigger as I had to do some work on the Axis to get it decent. As of now I own a couple of Marlin .22 and of course a 336 in 30-30. Any input would be appriciated.
     

  3. Hyphenated

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    The only thing I can say is welcome aboard...because I don't own any Marlin bolt action rifles. I would think the accuracy would be on a par with all the other comparable rifles. The .308win is a fine round and known for being accurate in all rifles.
     
  4. SHOOTER13

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    Welcome to the Marlin Firearms Forum h2opumper & SW01 !!

    I own a Remington Model 700 BDL in 7mm Rem Mag and a Remington Model 7600 in .30-06 (pump action), and both get the job done !!

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  5. SWO1

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    Well I decided to get the 7XY in .308 for my grandson. Ordered it today from my local gunshop. Looked all over country (several actually) and could not find one alive and perched on a rack, new or used in any flavor. So I will take a leap of faith in all the reviews I have read. Price was $358 out the door. Thats just the rifle (no scope). He said the package deals would take a little longer to get. Will have this one in 3 days. Dont want the cheap scope as I have other good ones already. Can anyone tell me does the bolt on the short actions cam 60 deg. or 90 deg. ? I need to pick up another set of high rings if its 90. I cant find anything on it and the dealer couldnt tell me either.

    Thanks
     
  6. axxe55

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    SWO1, the bolt throw is about 60 degrees and low mount scope rings will work on it. my XS7 in 7mm-08 has low mount rings with a 3-9x40 on it and the bolt has plenty of clearance.

    i think you will be very pleased with the XS7Y in 308. they are very well made rifles and very accurate. at a very attractive price. currently i have three X7 rifles, a XS7 in 7mm-08, an XL7 with the factory camo stock in 25-06, and a XS7VH in 308, which has the 26" heavy varmint barrel. here are some pictures of them. first one the 7mm-08, also has a Boyd's grey laminated stock. the camo 25-06 and my mildly customized XS7VH in 308.
     

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  7. Hyphenated

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    Nice pictures....thanks.
     
  8. axxe55

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    thank you Hyphen. i have come to love the new Marlin bolt action rifles. they are accurate, well made, have a pillar bedded stock, an adjustable trigger and all this at a very attractive price. i recommend them highly to anyone wanting a decently priced bolt action rifle. one thing i would like to see Marlin do with the X7 series is to bring them out in some different calibers, like say a 7mm Rem. Mag., maybe a 300 Win. Mag., or even a 220 Swift, or how about a 257 Roberts? that would be awesome.
     
  9. Hyphenated

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    I like the combinations of colors as far as the stocks you have chosen. A .257Rob would be very cool. Most rifle makers pretty much stick with the basics when it comes to calibers. Ruger is the only one that is adventurous with their offerings. Most of the other chamberings I would like to see would only be of interest to hand loaders.
     
  10. axxe55

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    the 7mm-08 has a Boyd's grey laminated stock. paid about $110 after shipping for it. i really am impressed with the Boyd's stocks, as they are a very good stock at a very good price.

    the 25-06 has the factory camo dipped stock. i really like how it looks too.

    the heavy barrel 308 has the factory black synthetic stock that i did my own camo paint job on. i have done several stocks to date with my own camo paintjobs. it's actually pretty easy to do. i just don't care for the black synthetic stocks. to me they make the gun look cheap!

    i agree, that i would like to see some uncommon chamberings in rifles.
     
  11. h2opumper

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    Please be careful choosing low rings. Mine all have medium rings and there is not much clearance.

    I have a 7mm-08 in a youth, I do like the shorter stock possibilities for some types of hunting we do. Overall the gun is about 1.5" shorter than the XL7's I have; 1/2" shorter in the action and 1" shorter in the stock. I figured if I ever wanted to stretch the gun back to a standard length, I could bring a Boyd's stock in to do that.
     
  12. SWO1

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    Got word the gun is in, will pick it up tomorrow or Sat. I have low and med. rings so will see what works. Cant wait to get to the bench and see what it will do.
     
  13. SWO1

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    Well just picked up the xyouth in .308.

    One dissapointment......Worst bolt I have ever seen. Of all the complaints on the 770 and axis their bolt action is A LOT BETTER....

    After a little pleminary cleaning, buffing, and lubracation its better. Will do a through job on it before firing.

    The overall feel is great. I really like the trigger. What it is set at from the factory ain't bad at all. After the boy gets home from school will fit the scope for him. Probley a Bushnell wide angle 3X9 for now.

    Having the shop check on a .223 HEAVY BARRELL. Been thinking about one for a while. Have shot the Ruger .204 and Savage 22.250. Both punch bug holes but I just dont like the feel.
     
  14. SWO1

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    Well I couldn't stand it yesterday evening. Did a lot of work on the X bolt. Maybe I am a little to critical but that thing was as rough AS A COB. It is only the first new rifle I've bought besides the savage and 770 in a long, long time. The newest one other than those two are my Rem. 700 and its a 1980. Guess its true, They dont make em like they use to. Mounted the scope and the boy really likes the rifle. He thinks the trigger pull is the best thing since sliced bread. Today think I will rebuild my 50 yd bench and maybe get a few rounds down range this afternoon.
     
  15. SWO1

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    Here is the 7XY .308 field stripped and all cleaned up. Ready to go to the range. Its overcast, 76 deg. and very little wind, so I think its good to go now. Will put some Pics of the groups later. Have some Win, Fed and Rem 150 gr. factory loads. Will see what it likes to eat.
     

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  16. SWO1

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    Here are the groups from the range......Think this is a KEEPER......:D

    Had a bad set of rings to start....would not stay tight...after about 20 rds. changed them out and another 10 rounds and here is the results:

    First one is at the 50...Remington 150 gr. core-lok (.5 group)

    Second is at the 100...Remington 150 gr. core-lok (different lot) (.5 group)

    Third is grandsons at 100...first three are around the clock..last two not to shabby. These were his first rounds thru the rifle and with full loads. He didnt want to wait to get reduced loads. He said if Im going to hunt with full loads going to learn to shoot em. overall 1.7 gr.....last two .7

    excuse the photos....cheap cell phone camera....lol
     

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  17. axxe55

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    SW01, dang nice groups from both of you! really nice! congrats on the fine shooting. the X7 series of rifles are very accurate.
     
  18. SWO1

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    Thanks axxe55, I find "The Older I Get The Better I Used To Be"....lol

    Anymore I just live my good times thru my grandsons and Granddaughter. I was most concerned about the rifle being a shooter and he would be confident in it. After it was sighted in and he saw what IT was capiable of I think it made him a lot more confident.

    My 8 year old granddaughter was quick to claim his .243 770. She is still on a .22 but learning well. She already outfishes her brothers....they cant stand it......:mad:
     
  19. axxe55

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    he knows now what the rifle is capable of and now has the confidence he needs that he can now concentrate on his abilities. all in all he did pretty good. practice and more practice he will get much better, but he is off to a very good start in shooting. his group is one to be very proud of with his first time shooting it and using full power loads.
     
  20. Spoon

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    Price on XLs/XS Marlins

    I've been out of the loop for a while with dadgum cancer but getting by fairly well now. MOG.com had deleted me and now I'm back for the wisdom that lies in within the site.

    Wow...$358 for your grandson's new rilfe caught my eye. I bought my '06 pkg for $289 and an XS7Y 7mm-08 pkg formy wife at $309. The scopes went to less serious pursuits. I did some price checking to make sure I wasn't seeing things. I believe even at the somewhat higher price, you and the young man will find the X rifle one accurate piece. Restocking really enhances the look and eliminates the often-experienced barrel rub that depletes accuracy. Boyd's accomodated the MOG members and started the line they carry now.

    My '06 will hold around an inch with several bullet weight loads I've assembled for it while I stumbled onto a recipe for the 7-08 that punches one small hole for 3-shot groups and opens a little with 5 shots. :D

    I wish your grandsons (and you) a great fall season for 2012. I'm hoping to draw a 3-antlerless permit in Cooper county right near the house for the October special hunt. It's been a couple of years since I've harvested a Missouri deer.

    Good luck one and all. Support and Defend the 2nd Amendment with all your might. It's the only thing that can preserve our proud heritage.