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Old 01-10-2012, 06:16 PM
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I've read a lot about the Marlin X7. Most of that reading is positive, but I would like to know of the opinions of those of you that may have one. I'm considering getting the youth model in 7mm-08 for my daughter who will turn 12 this year. I would like to load it down witth 120 grain bullets to use for deer and antelope. Any opinions out there?
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:55 PM
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I too have been eyeballing the X7 ! It looks and feels good and uses savage barrels and similar trigger. There's little doubt it will shoot and the price is definitely right. My only drawback is that some of the calibers aren't offered in the barrel lengths that I prefer....25-06 with a 22" barrel. I prefer eiher a 24" or 26" . HD1
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Old 01-10-2012, 06:59 PM
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I bought my son a XS7 in 243 for Christmas. We have only shot it around 30-40 times but find it to be pretty accurate with Remington Corelokts. It is a light rifle. Fits him perfectly.

Have not had handled it very much other than off the bench. Seams to be a decent gun for the money. The trigger is great for a out of the box rifle. I can see me lightning it a little in the near future.

I think it would be a great rifle for what you intend to do with it.

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Old 01-10-2012, 07:06 PM
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myt-bird, I have three Marlin X7 guns. I have a XS 243, XS 308 and a XL 25-06 and I must say that I feel they were GREAT buys. I have a-lot of rifles (Browning, Remingtons, Colts, Kimbers, Rugers, Sakos, Savages, Tikkas, and Weatherbys) some cost more than others but the Marlin X guns will hold their own with them for less $$$, some alot less. My favorite light/handy go to rifle is the XS 7 in the 308 in the youth model (7 1/8 lbs. full dress). Had it over two years without a problem. Does what I ask and alot more!! Only regret I wish I had got it in the stainless steel. In my opinion the 7mm-08 will be a wonderful rifle for your daughter for now and in the future. I don't think you could go wrong....
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Old 01-11-2012, 02:55 AM
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I own a 308 and 30-06 "X" guns and they are the most consistantly accurate deer rifles I own.

The 30-06 will shoot under .8" day in and day out with 165gr bullets and 180s often go in one hole.





The 308 I made into a carbine with an 18.25" barrel and it has shot the smallest group I've ever shot with any gun at 100yds.




Thousands of rounds have been through those 2 "X" guns and they continue to shine in the fields and the range. There is no better buy on the gun market today.
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:15 AM
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I've read a lot about the Marlin X7. Most of that reading is positive, but I would like to know of the opinions of those of you that may have one. I'm considering getting the youth model in 7mm-08 for my daughter who will turn 12 this year. I would like to load it down witth 120 grain bullets to use for deer and antelope. Any opinions out there?
I'll be honest with you...I think that is a fantastic idea! It's the right gun, the right cartridge, and loading it down makes it the perfect choice for a young lady who's going hunting for the first time. It will do a great job at reasonable ranges and when if she gets to where she can handle a little more recoil, you've got a cartridge that can be loaded up to take on bigger game, up to and including elk. If I lived in a state where we could shoot real rifles, I would be doing exactly what you propose, in either a 260 Remington or 7-08.

Best of luck to you and let us know what you decide to do.
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:14 PM
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Own a couple of Marlin XL/XS rifles and happy with them. Think you have a good idea buying a XS 7mm-08 for your girl.
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:48 PM
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I'll be honest with you...I think that is a fantastic idea! It's the right gun, the right cartridge, and loading it down makes it the perfect choice for a young lady who's going hunting for the first time. It will do a great job at reasonable ranges and when if she gets to where she can handle a little more recoil, you've got a cartridge that can be loaded up to take on bigger game, up to and including elk. If I lived in a state where we could shoot real rifles, I would be doing exactly what you propose, in either a 260 Remington or 7-08.

Best of luck to you and let us know what you decide to do.
I too would like or actually prefer the 260 remington if they sold it in that caliber.
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:50 PM
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dmsbandit...WOW! Those are some nice groups. I think you've sold me on the gun. That's better than any of my higher end bolt guns shoot!
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:57 AM
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dmsbandit...WOW! Those are some nice groups. I think you've sold me on the gun. That's better than any of my higher end bolt guns shoot!
I have heard nothing but good things about the 7-08 "X" guns with Sub MOA groups the norm. Good luck and keep us informed.
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:22 AM
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I bought the XL7 in a 30-06.
I like the gun a LOT!
Out of the six shots, four of these are touching.....(100yds)

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Old 01-12-2012, 05:35 AM
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I've read a lot about the Marlin X7. Most of that reading is positive, but I would like to know of the opinions of those of you that may have one. I'm considering getting the youth model in 7mm-08 for my daughter who will turn 12 this year. I would like to load it down witth 120 grain bullets to use for deer and antelope. Any opinions out there?
One of the best arguments for one of the Marlins (if you can find one), is the option to swap the barrel out for a .243 if the 7-08 proves a bit much. I've owned 7-08 rifles since they became available, and I'm on my 3rd one, a M700 Mtn Rifle. Loaded to it's potential, smaller shooters might think it a bit much. Reduced loads that really tame it down for practice are 10-12gr of Trail Boss and a 110gr bullet. The 130gr Speer Spitzer over a moderate dose of BL-C2 is very manageable, I suspect a 120gr Nosler BT would be fine for deer and antelope.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:35 PM
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I put in the order today for an X7Y in 7mm-08. I'll try to give a report once I've gotten it set up and out to the range.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:49 PM
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myt-bird, good to hear you decided to give the Marlin XS-7 7mm-08 a try, that is the only cal. that I don't have in the XS but I'm sure you will not be sorry for your choice. Did you get the blue or stainless? Another note of interest, all of mine XS's shoot the plain gray (Power Point) box winchesters very well. I have been told that the green box Remingtons also shoot well in them also. I now use the (Red/Black Box) Winchester Power Max Bonded in the Pointed Hollow Point and I can tell you from experence that it slams whitetails. I get MOA groups out of these factory rounds and they are not expensive. When I went to break in my barrel on the XS 7 in the 308 I knew it was a keeper when my first 5 shots grouped 1 1/4" @ 100 yd. on a windy day. One thing to remember is the barrel does heat up fast so let it cool between shots. I'm sure your daughter will enjoy her new rifle for a long time !!!!
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:41 AM
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Thanks TreeRat. I plan on developing some low recoil loads for this gun myself. I have a Kimber 84 in 7mm-08 that I load 140 gr Noslers in. I've killed a cow elk with it. It is a very light gun and does buck a bit...more than she would tolerate I believe. I plan on starting with 120 gr bullets. Remington does make the managed recoil loads in 140 gr but I would prefer to load the lighter bullet with a little more velocity as longer range shots are fairly common where I hunt.
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Old 01-17-2012, 12:27 PM
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You couldn't have picked a better caliber, The 7-08 is very versicle in bullet weight, I only use 140grain bullets in mine, but don't be afraid to play with lighter bullets. One thing I'd recomend is installing a nice Kick-EEZ pad, IMHO their the best on the market, and will make your little girl a world of difference in felt recoil.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:09 PM
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You couldn't have picked a better caliber, The 7-08 is very versicle in bullet weight, I only use 140grain bullets in mine, but don't be afraid to play with lighter bullets. One thing I'd recomend is installing a nice Kick-EEZ pad, IMHO their the best on the market, and will make your little girl a world of difference in felt recoil.
Put the Kick-Eez Cheek pad on as well...young shooters often hold their head too high off the stock, especially if the scope is mounted any higher than "Low" rings.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:52 PM
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Howdy folks, this is my first posting. Purchased an xl7 in 25-06. Put a Redfield revenge 4-12-42 with varmit reticle.the
Combination is a tackdriving machine. This is now my truck gun. Can't wait for opening day.
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Welcome to the forum David and glad you have a good shooting rig there with the Marlin. Do you mainly target shoot or hunt as well ? This is a great place to learn and share and a great group of guys. Jump in anytime you want too !
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:41 AM
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Is the Marlin available with a youth stock?

ETA: I see that it is... http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firear...Action/x7y.asp

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=329208760

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