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    Remington 783/Marlin X7 Similarities

    Good Evening everyone,

    Today I picked up a Marlin XS7 in 7mm-08. That is one absolutely beautiful rifle. Tonight I fully disassembled the two side by side and made many discoveries as to the parts compatibility between the two. I have tried searching the web for the information I sought to no avail. I do not have time to post everything here tonight. Hopefully tomorrow I will have time to outline both rifles and critical measurements. For now...

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    Can you see the difference?
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    I will take a JM X7 rifle over a newer Rem rifle any and every day of the week. I will never part with my 2009 JM XL7W 30-06--best 300 buck rifle I have ever bought.
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    Next to my 700BDL's and CDL's I'll go with a 700ADL, at $377 best bang for the buck, gives you a 700 action to build on.

    PS……..The newest 700 CDL's I have rival any of my old 700's
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    Quote Originally Posted by longislandloco View Post
    Next to my 700BDL's and CDL's I'll go with a 700ADL, at $377 best bang for the buck, gives you a 700 action to build on.

    PS……..The newest 700 CDL's I have rival any of my old 700's
    I am very glad that you got a good one. I bought a 2012 Rem 700 SPS 30-06 which was an utter piece of crap. I finally sold that boat anchor at a loss to get rid of it. My LGSs don't carry a lot of Rem products due to the returns and repairs which have had to be made in the past few years. When I had my 1949 Rem Mod 721 270 Win brought in to the LGS to install sling swivels--several guys wanted to buy it from me. Remington just doesn't make rifles like that anymore. Their Rem 700 trigger recall in 2014 (the second one for the Rem 700), the R51 9mm pistol total recall in 2013, and numerous recent ammo recalls don't inspire much confidence in Big R's QA/QC.
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    Yep.
    Lots of local shops have abandoned ship, at least as much as financially viable, when it comes to Remington (and especially Marlin).
    They may still keep the odd 700 BDL around, just for the guy that comes in Jonesing for his "Remington 700"; and there's guaranteed to be a selection of 870s. But most of the other stuff is special-order-only (or Big Box, if they have it).

    It's not all bad in the eyes of the public, though...
    My father is not a Remington fan, and had owned only one other Remington rifle in over 50 years of purchasing (a Sportsman 78 that was Bubba'd into a 2x4 as a stock, of all things).
    Earlier in the year, he asked for my opinion on a "budget .308 ... I don't want a Ruger American [he hates the magazine]" and I told him: "If you want factory support or a detachable magazine, buy a Remington 783. If you aren't afraid of the factory pulling chocks and leaving you high and dry with no factory support and don't care about a detachable magazine, order one of the 13,000+ last-ditch X7s that are sitting in distributor stock. Either way, you end up with about the same rifle."
    He bought the 783.

    Last Sunday, while he was handing down some of his precious collection...
    In almost the same sentence that he used while talking about his beloved Whitworth .375 H&H and Sabatti .450 Nitro double rifle, he told me that the 783 was the best rifle purchase he ever made. ...And it has had to go back for bolt repair twice!
    He loves the thing. He admits that it's cheap, flimsy, and the extractor in particular is a really bad design. But he loves it.






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    I like the 783 as a project rifle. I converted a 308 into a 6.5x47.

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    Please post dimension of the action screw spacing and location of the bolt slot. Wondering if the 783 will roughly for the Winchester Model 70 stock as well.

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    I have a 7MM08 that I have fitted A glass bedded Boyd stock that is a real tack driver. I recently broke the extractor and now I can't get any assistance from Remington. In your experience with the 783 and the similarities , do think the bolt and or extractor are the same? Any help would be appreciated

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    I wouldn't waste time and money using a Rem 783-710 ect as a project gun. They are low quality rifles to say the least. I'm not crazy
    about 700s either but the older ones are reliable even with the recalls. Newest Rem BAs I own are 721 & 722. The 700 has gained
    popularity as project guns because of the design. They are tubular in nature and easier to work on than Mauser 98s, Win 70s and
    other similar designs.
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