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New Marlin XL7 25-06

Old 09-13-2009, 01:29 PM
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Default New Marlin XL7 25-06

Last week I bought a new marlin XL7 that was chambered in 25-06. I bought a Marlin after reading several good reviews about it and its economical pricing. Got it for $280.00 bare, I put a bushnell trophy series on it. I sighted it in with some factory SST rounds and to get a few pieces of bass for it to hand load up.

The fit and finish was better than I expected and the black synthetic stock is very functional in design and layout. The bolt cycled without complication and locked up very securely. The trigger was factory set and I am guessing somewhere around 4 lbs. It breaks clean and the butt pad really absorbs quite a bit of the shock. Very comfortable to shoulder it up. The factory ammo grouped ok for functional use but the hand loads I will work up should really tighten this weapon up. The barrel is crowned and heats up quickly after 4 rounds. The weapon feels good and handles quickly.

The main draw back is the savage style box mag with low rings it loads slow putting shells in it. Not really a big deal. For the $400 I have in it including weapon, scope, and leather sling, I think its a keeper.
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:38 PM
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How were the groups with factory ammo? I have been considering trading my Savage 111 .30-06 for a .243 for my wife. (The .30-06 kicks too much for her, but she'll shoot a .22-250 all day, so I figure she shouldn't have too much problem with a 243). Is the trigger adjustable?

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Old 09-13-2009, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by driftrider View Post
How were the groups with factory ammo? I have been considering trading my Savage 111 .30-06 for a .243 for my wife. (The .30-06 kicks too much for her, but she'll shoot a .22-250 all day, so I figure she shouldn't have too much problem with a 243). Is the trigger adjustable?

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The groupings were ok, realistically 1.5", the barrel was hot after the first few rounds so that hurt it but 1.5" groups is ok for factory ammo in a non-broke in gun. It needs more rounds through it before I actually truly shoot for max bullet on target effect. The hand loads will really make a difference I am sure, they always do. I have quite a few 25cal components so it should be a smooth issue to work up. Mainly going to work up Noslers as I really like them in my other 25-06 and have had great success with them on game. I think Federal tops their rounds with Noslers but they are pricey.

The trigger is adjustable but I will not play with it too much untill I get a base round work up then fine tune the weapon. Its fairly light weight also.
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Old 09-14-2009, 08:00 AM
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I have seen nothing but positive reviews for these rifles. i am planning to order one in 243 as soon as the funds are available. Looking for something for my first foray into coyote hunting, as well as for deer if I have the opportunity. These rifles have really stacked up well versus the Stevens 200 in comparisons I have read.
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:50 PM
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I have read multiple threads comparing the Stevens 200 to the Marlin XL7. I own a XL7 in 25-06 and have no regrets for a $298 rifle. I have less than 1" groups going now with dialed in reloads.

2 XL7 attributes stand out over the Stevens 200. The Marlin part tolerances in general seem to be a bit tighter and the trigger is adjustable. The trigger on the Stevens 200 is gross. You put these guns side by side and I would put my money on the Marlin for the trigger aspect alone.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:10 PM
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Just like the above, the Marlin is a nice solid rifle for under $300. Just took a Leupold Mark 4 off of it for a new 308 Win project I am working with and replaced it with a Nikon Monarch and also decided to do a new paint scheme on the my XL7 today.
Here she is .....

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Old 09-18-2009, 05:44 AM
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Thats a really nice paint job.
I've never been able to get detail like that to look good.
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Old 09-18-2009, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by popeye2 View Post
Thats a really nice paint job.
I've never been able to get detail like that to look good.
Popeye, It's really simple to do,using Krylon spray paint the stock tan with a few green stripes and small black areas for shadow effect then go back and apply green , tan and black with a sea sponge. I use a course AC filter too to get the "blob" effect.

Here is a close up so you can see the detail............

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Old 09-18-2009, 12:28 PM
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That really is one of the better camo paint jobs that I have seen. Most just look cheap but yours looks very well done. Thanks for the sea sponge tip.
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