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............Spent some time at the gun shop today and saw the new Marlin XL7, fresh off the truck. I must honestly say that with an MSRP of only $326, this rifle is quite a package!...............Starting with the recoil pad, I found it to be a very forgiving, cushy and thick. Similiar feel to the Limbsavers and will reduce any felt recoil..........The black stock is synthetic (also available in Realtree camo), not free floated but pillar bedded along with the usual checkering on the pistol grip and on the forearm..........The trigger on the XL7 is very similiar to the Accu-trigger by Savage. Marlin calls it their "Pro Fire Trigger System" which is fully adjustable down to a very crispy 2 1/2 lbs and is virtually creep free. Very nice trigger!...........The action (fluted bolt design decreasing the surface area) is extremely smooth with absolutely no sandpaper like feelings when cycling the bolt... Beautiful operation!............The barrel is a blued finish with a recessed target style crown at the muzzle, protecting the rifling near the muzzle`s end. Marlin uses what they call "barrel nut construction" as the barrel is joined to the receiver by a barrel nut, which according to Marlin, ensures consistent and accurate headspacing resulting in better accuracy.........The safety is a simple 2 position safety, very easy to operate with your thumb and also has a red cocking indicator under the bolt shroud which is very visible when the rifle is cocked.........The bolt shroud itself is completely enclosed for added protection for the shooter in case of any primer or case failure..........There is an ugly one piece scope base provided (YUK! Change to a 2 piece).....................The rifle weighs in at 6 lbs. 7 oz. according to the gun shop`s scale and is 42.5" long with a 22" barrel for all 3 available calibers (25-06, 270 Win. & 30-06). I would not consider this rifle as a starting rifle, even though its price would certainly reflect that! If she shoots like the looks, with the features she has, with a price point of just over 3 bills, this rifle is a real gem for the bucks!!!........IMO, Marlin did real good on this one!...................Maybe a nice XL7 Marlin 25-06 for my daughter? I just may!!.......Or! Will it be for Squeezer?........... Hmmmm..........
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There is also a full article and review on the XL7 now at,,,,shooting times.com,,,,under "long guns"........  
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rifleshooter just did a piece on it as well
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Originally posted by Big Squeeze Big Squeeze wrote:

I would not consider this rifle as a starting rifle, even though its price would certainly reflect that! If she shoots like the looks, with the features she has, with a price point of just over 3 bills, this rifle is a real gem for the bucks
 
Why would you not consider this a good starting rifle?  If it shoots good, all three calibers being offered would be good starting calibers.


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Originally posted by helo18 helo18 wrote:

Originally posted by Big Squeeze Big Squeeze wrote:

I would not consider this rifle as a starting rifle, even though its price would certainly reflect that! If she shoots like the looks, with the features she has, with a price point of just over 3 bills, this rifle is a real gem for the bucks
 
Why would you not consider this a good starting rifle?  If it shoots good, all three calibers being offered would be good starting calibers.
................For its quality, its better than a starting or a beginning rifle! That`s what I meant!...........
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Originally posted by Big Squeeze Big Squeeze wrote:

Originally posted by helo18 helo18 wrote:

Originally posted by Big Squeeze Big Squeeze wrote:

I would not consider this rifle as a starting rifle, even though its price would certainly reflect that! If she shoots like the looks, with the features she has, with a price point of just over 3 bills, this rifle is a real gem for the bucks
 
Why would you not consider this a good starting rifle?  If it shoots good, all three calibers being offered would be good starting calibers.
................For its quality, its better than a starting or a beginning rifle! That`s what I meant!...........
 
Just read it the wrong way.  I see what you are saying.  Thunbs%20Up
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i will say it resembles a remington, im not sure why that would be? other wise it does look like a very respectable rifle for a very fair price.
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I was always a big fan of marlin's other bolt action centerfire that, if I remember correctly, was only produced for about one year (I think it was 1997). The MR7. What went wrong there? seems like it had all the makings of a great rifle, and it looked good too! I wonder if this new one will do any better? It sure isn't as pretty as the MR7!
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Originally posted by bricat bricat wrote:

I was always a big fan of marlin's other bolt action centerfire that, if I remember correctly, was only produced for about one year (I think it was 1997). The MR7. What went wrong there? seems like it had all the makings of a great rifle, and it looked good too! I wonder if this new one will do any better? It sure isn't as pretty as the MR7!
.....................In his piece, the author of the article, now on the Shooting Times site, talks about the MR7.
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Tough to go wrong , especially given the cost.....
Shooting Times said:
It shot like a dream on the range, it had a good trigger, and the fit and finish were above average. The action was smooth, and the gun neither rattled nor did it have a tinny feel. --one heck of a bargain, to say the least. The rifle in front of me was Marlin's brand-new XL7.


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I wish they offered it in .260!   Still wishing for a .260.
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With the first chamberings in the XL7, Marlin had to go with the most popular stuff, INCLUDING,,,, Pyro`s favorite!
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Originally posted by Tip69 Tip69 wrote:

I wish they offered it in .260!   Still wishing for a .260.

Based on what I just read over at www.marlinowners.com - the thread pitch on the Marlin barrel is exactly the same as Savage.  There is evena pict of the marlin bbl with a savage nut on it.  

Orlder a lilja or some other barrel, and you can have dang near any caliber you want...so long as it's based off either 308 (.260?) or 30-06

I'm personally very happy with the 308 I just bought, less than 320 out the door with my own Bushnell 6-18x50 scope mounted and bore sighted.  Had it on paper and grouping 3/4 - 1 inch in less than a box - how's that for a quick break in?

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   Thunbs Up That'll work!  You can NEVER go wrong with a .308. 
 
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Tired to pick one up this weekend in .308, but the local dealer had just sold the last one.  They have them in their warehouse, so hopefully I will be getting it in 2-3 weeks.  Will be mounting the Vortex "Crossfire" 6-24X50 AO I got from SWFA!  Gun on sale for $279.99 and scope was $99.99!  Will get some pics posted when we get it together.  Will be using Warne rings!  Hope it shoots good enough to do some long range plinking!  My club has a 600 yd range currently and I think working on a 1000 yds!  
My buddy and I are making it a joint venture, so costing neither one of us very much.  He is a hand loader as well, so hopefully we'll find the dope it likes!
 
The bolt looks very similar to the Howa made Vanguard(?)  It is very smooth.  I kind of like the rail type base it comes with, time will tell if it's solid enough.
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Thats awesome.  You will be into a gun and scope for around $400.  Gotta love it.
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Originally posted by supertool73 supertool73 wrote:

Thats awesome.  You will be into a gun and scope for around $400.  Gotta love it.
 
That's a good price, for a new gun.  I'm interested to hear how they shoot.  A man could get one of those, have it Dura-coated, slap a Bushnell 3200 on it and be in buisness.
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

i will say it resembles a remington, im not sure why that would be? other wise it does look like a very respectable rifle for a very fair price.
 
Remmington OWNS Marlin.
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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

i will say it resembles a remington, im not sure why that would be? other wise it does look like a very respectable rifle for a very fair price.
 
Remmington OWNS Marlin.


i know i was being a smart assBucky
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Was hoping to get to the range today..... but doesn't look like we'll make it!  Will post some pics of the target if we get it shooting nice.

Pretty impressed with both the rifle and the scope so far.  Only had a chance to look thru the scope in the backyard... but I like what I see.
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Unbelievable!!  The price is incredible!!  I want one for $279!!!   Pig
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