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I was wondering if anyone had comments on the Marilin Xl7 Rifle for hunting in the .270 before i buy one.

Thanks for the help

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from what I've heard from reliable sources that those Marlins are fine shooting out of the box. .270 is a great caliber that will serve you all over the the states for everything from antelope, deer and elk.

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My favorite gun in the cabinet is my marlin .22 mag. Marlin makes great firearms and for the .270 you can't beat that I use my .270 from yotes to moose and never think it was to much or too little gun.

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I have a Savage Model 110 in .270 and I have to say I love the gun ... Savage rifles are cosmetically not as appealing as say, a Remington model 700 or the like, but as far as reliabilty, accuracy, and all around performance, they are top notch. Easily a 1/2" MOA gun when mated to the correct optics package. Of course it varies from shooter to shooter, but I will assume you are a semi-avid marksman if you are in the market for a .270. I would recommend a late model Savage, as they come with Savage's Accu-Trigger setup, which is so slick!!!

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The .270 is a very versatile cal.. You will not be dissapointed with it. I personaly shoot a 7MM but have found it to be to big for Whitetail. My next purchase will either be a new .270 or a 30-06.

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I have a Marlin 30-30 that has never failed me. I also have a Rem. 700 in .270 cal. that is a dream to shoot and is now very accurate after re-bedding the barrel. It would shoot great groups if the weather was cooler but if it was a bit warm out I would get fliers. After bedding the barrel is now free floating and shoots 1 1/2 inch groups out to 200 yds.

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I have a Marlin 30-30 that has never failed me. I also have a Rem. 700 in .270 cal. that is a dream to shoot and is now very accurate after re-bedding the barrel. It would shoot great groups if the weather was cooler but if it was a bit warm out I would get fliers. After bedding the barrel is now free floating and shoots 1 1/2 inch groups out to 200 yds.
Remington Model 700 is a great weapon, a bit expensive, but tested and approved. Savage (Marlin) weapons aren't as cosmetically appealing, but are still just as functionally competitive, my Savage is easily a 1/2 MOA weapon. Oh btw bedding and free floating are two different things ...

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Ishoot a weatherby vanguard in 30 06 and is one of the smoothest bolt action rifles that I have ever shot and I have had rugers, winchesters, rems and the price is very competeitive with the guns I have mentioned if not cheaper. I have also looked at the marlin in 308 but not sure that is the gun I want.

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I cannot say much about a Marlin as I have never shot one but the 270 is a great caliber.

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I uptraded from a rem 280 to a savage 300wsm and love it. I use it for deer and elk, the distance we have to shoot deer at is so great sometimes that a 300 is perfect.

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jeffreyd what does that 300wsm mag compare to for recoil? just curious?

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I see this is an old thread, but the question was about the Marlin XL7. I bought one in a 30-06 last fall just for a "beater" rifle, and it is a tack driver right out of the box. The only thing I don't like about it is it has a sort of a soft rubber butt pad that is kind of sticky and it catches your clothing when you bring it up to your shoulder. But for under $300 for a new rifle I can't complain. I would say the overall finish, blueing, etc. is a little better than the Savage, and the accuracy is just as good. All in all, a very fine rifle for the money.

They are also supposed to be coming out with it in a short action - .308, 7mm-08, and a .243, so any of those calibers would be a good choice also.

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