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Marlin XS7 .308 Win Range Report - photo's

Old 09-17-2010, 06:39 PM
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So this week I bought a new Marlin XS7 308 Win. Mounted it with a 3-9x40 Ziess Conquest. Weaver Rings, and Base that was supplies with the gun. Took a good selection of ammo to try out. Didnt get as much as I would have liked, but enough to get started. It seemed to like the 150g alot better than the 180g load I had along. Although I only had one box of 180's. will have to try some more at different time.

My main purpose of this rifle is going to be a deer rifle. Have a 338 for elk and other large game so my focus was on the 150g's. I also wanted to find a load that would shoot well that wasn't the premium boxes of ammo. I will eventually get some dies and hand load some Barnes TSX for hunting but right now time and economy of scale was applying to this new gun setup. Time is running short these days, and was a decent selection of lead core bullets available to purchase locally.

Remington Core Lokt's 150g
Federal Power-Shok 150g
Winchester Power Point 150g
Winchester Power Point 180g
Winchester Power Max Bonded 150g

Several of these loads are going to be within or real close to 1MOA. 100 yards they all seemed to group pretty well except the 180g. Ran out of range time today to get it narrowed down to which I will use but all the 150's really showed some potential. I want to try and find a couple boxes of the Federal Fusion's to try out also but they were out of stock at local store.

The rifle handled very well. For 22" barrel I think this gun will carry real nice in the field. Not too heavy, and The trigger was amazing for a rifle this price. I lowered the trigger just a little. Says it come from factory 3-3.5#'s, it felt pretty good out of the box but I lowered it some. I don't have gauge to tell but I would guess it's 2.75-3# now. Very crisp with little travel. Makes me want to have the 338 worked over as a matter of fact. lol. I would not hesitate to recommend this rifle to a good friend or anyone else looking for a nicely price entry bolt action rifle with adjustable trigger. Not available it bunch of the new fashion calibers yet but many of the tried and true calibers that will be around for a long while to come.




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Old 09-18-2010, 05:05 AM
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You're a good shot my friend! Thanks for all the info. I am seriously considering the same rifle in a .308 or 30-06. More so the latter because it would need to serve as my "big critter" gun. I have a 30-30 Winchester 94 that I love to carry in the deer woods. Keep us posted on your further expolits.
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:46 AM
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You cant go wrong with the XS7 in .308 I bought my back in october of last year and It will flat out shoot. Silver Wolf try the 180gr in the federal powershok(blue box or red box from walmart) of all the factory ammo I have shot thru mine it likes the federals the best and they are the cheapest. With the federal 150gr my rifle shot 3/4" at 100 the first day out. I have since put a boyds laminate thumbhole stock on mine and it is awesome. I would not hesitate to buy another one either.
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:27 AM
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hard to beat core-lokts for off the shelf ammo.
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:30 PM
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How do you like the Ziess Conquest? Thinking I'll put one of those on my rifle if I get one...
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Old 09-20-2010, 07:47 PM
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hows the stock on it? is it flimsy tupperware or is it stiff? Nice shootn BTW
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:15 AM
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The Winchester PowerMax bullets are awesome. I used them last year on three deer and a hog from 16 yards to 200 yards, all the deer hit shoulders, all four bullets exited and all critters where DRT.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by MNDan View Post
How do you like the Ziess Conquest? Thinking I'll put one of those on my rifle if I get one...
Love it, this is the second one I have bought. I like them better than the comparable scopes of that price range, and some that are above that price range.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by DeerandbearhoG View Post
hows the stock on it? is it flimsy tupperware or is it stiff? Nice shootn BTW
I liked it. Yes its plastic, but seemed pretty firm. Has checkering cut into it which makes it feel a lot better. The gun felt better in the hands than the others I when I was shopping for this one.

As someone else mentioned I think Boyd's makes a Thumbhole Stock which would be tempting for me, but I wanted this to be a utility rifle. I pay good money for wood stocks and I don't want to take them hunting all of a sudden.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Silver_Wolf View Post
Love it, this is the second one I have bought. I like them better than the comparable scopes of that price range, and some that are above that price range.
Ive had one on my Savage muzzleloader for 3 years now, excellent glass much clearer than my VX3 which cost the same, Its just not as light.
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