I still don't like the 783's compared to the flagship XL7 / X7 Marlin produced.
I am tracking 783's bolts can be used on X7 / XL's with a Savage barrel to head space to.
The 783's bold head fit on the X7 / XL7's bolt and fits Savage barrels right for a good head space and what some are doing.
If using the X7 / XL7 bolt with a Savage barrel, about 10 thousands has to be shaved off the Marlin bolt head face for them to align right for a good head space.
Either that or swapping out with a 783 bolt head will work.
The Stainless X7s or XL7s models are the ones you want to own.
Their stainless steel is nice quality and with a box cutter, you can cut away areas of the stock barrel channel to ensure the barrel is free floated all the way back to the barrel lug.
Take the trigger down to 3 lbs.
My XL7 stainless in 30-06 shoots 1/2 inch when I worked on it and I couldn't be happier -
200gr Nosler Accubond - 50gr H4350 in Federal Brass, Win Primers, 3.340 OAL.
Est 2400 - 2500 fps - I'll have to chrono it eventually.
Marlin should bring back the XL7s or X7s stainless as an Anniversary run.
That dog can hunt and the stocks were actually a good solid stock.
Hands down, I would have taken a Stainless Marlin X7 / XL7 any day of week over an entry level Ruger, Remington, or Savage.
My Rem 700's were not that great until I put some work into them.
To me Marlin X7s / XL7s were that good in the stainless models.
I have thus converted over to Tikkas T3's in Stainless and they are very nice also.