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    Replacement barrel

    I'm thinking of picking up a X7 in .223 as a budget build. What barrel do you guys that replaced yours use. Like most places don't have x7 on there list of available barrels. I wanted to get a PAC-NOR or lija in .17-204 for the X7 in .223 with a boyds stock.
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    Xs7 .243
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    I can't speak for other makers, but McGowan makes a pretty good barrel cut specifically for the Marlin action. I converted a 308 to 358 Win a while back and have been very happy with the result. Savage barrels can also work with little effort. Any specific reason you want a PAC-NOR?
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    Just heard alot of good things bout PAC-NOR .17 barrels
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    Pac-Nor will also build a barrel with the breach cut for the marlin . I have used everything from Shaw to Benchmark on the X Gun's Hope this helps DD
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    Thanks DD

    I checked out McGowan they don't offer a 9 twist .17 other wise I woulda jumped at that one there prices seemed good.

    I might in the future also change my .243 over once shot out or tired of it. Thinking .22-243 or another .243 heavy barrel heavy stock long range woodchuck cutting machine.
    Xs7 .243
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    Model 25
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    "just this morning sent my barrel and action off to Weavers to get made into a .17-.204R. Can hardly wait. I went with a Pac-Nor .17 cal. 3 groove 9 twist #2 contour barrel and am putting it on a Ruger Ultra Light action I had in the cabinet."
    Wildcat, right? Are you looking for a drop in? Prefit? Contoured blank? I priced out a McGowan 6BR SS ($230), varmint contour ($30), Crown ($35), Threaded to Rcvr ($60), Chamber $72). Total $427. Plus shipping, wrench and guages. The barrel websites are very confusing to me, see drop ins for $299 or so. Dig deeper and more costs. Wildcat, probably extra. You get a stock at $100, you have $900+ in the budget rifle. Maybe JayHawk or someone else can correct my figures or my take on this.
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    I am also considering replacing the barrel on my XS7VH, .308. I have been less than happy with the groupings this barrel delivers. 2in. groups at 100 yards with 168gr HPBT match ammo is completely unsatisfactory. The groups shrink slightly to 1.5 in. with 175 gr. match rounds. And if I shoot the cheap PMC 147 gr nato spec through it, the groups are an atrocious 5 in. at 100 yards! This is after a proper break in as well. I always thought that Remington had decent barrels, but this particular one is far from acceptable. Any one have some thoughts before I change barrels? I am not new to long range shooting. Been shooting for over 40 years. I even have a few plaques and awards for my shooting, so it is not my shooting ability. Has anyone else had a similar experience with this rifle ? BTW, the first thing I did was replace the polymer stock with a free floated Boyds' unit, replaced the plastic trigger guard with a metal one, so I could get proper torque on the action screws. Rear screw is torqued to 35in. lbs, front to 65 in. lbs. And it is not the scope, either. I am using an SWFA SS10X42MQ, with HD rings. The scope tracks flawlessly on other weapons.

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    Given what I've read above....if that were my rifle- I'd think about squaring up the action front and replace the recoil lug...then bed the action and play with the action screw torque. Seems people are reporting good results with 35"lbs on front ....20-25"lbs on rear. I work in reverse myself. I tty on the rear and test with the front...I do this since I use a pressure point on the forend.

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    I would try as much different brands and bullet weights before rebarreling.
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    Been wanting to do a Heavy barrel on my 243, maybe 20-22". What would be the most cost effective way to get this done?
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