Brian Pearce, whose opinion on rifles & hunting I highly respect, has authored a good article on Marlin's bolt action rifles. It's in the March 2011 Rifle magazine.
I saw that at the grocery store the other day and skimmed it quick. Nice article.
"A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it."
Well written article with much info, most of which I already knew, but will be very informative to new users and potential new customers. One part in this article that I don't agree with though and that is he would like Marlin to install rifle sights on the X7's. This in my opinion shouldn't happen.
I liked the article and I am installing open sights/QR scope rings on my XL7. If I had a choice when I bought mine, I would have paid extra $ for a rifle with open sights. I would like to see it as an option.