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    X7vh .308

    As is typical, I am late to the party.
    I have been looking for a decent varmint weight .308 to shoot up all my ammo left from the NRA Hi-Power wars.
    I hadn't given much thought to the Marlin X7 series until a friend showed me his standard weight .243 and mentioned that Marlin made a varmint .308. I looks to me to be a darn fine rifle!!
    So now I am finding out that Marlin dropped the X series in the fiasco with Cerebus and these rifles are now made of unobtainium.
    I need schooling. IF the gunshows ever start up again, what do I want to look for when I am walking the aisles?
    Are there other Marlin bolt actions that I want to look for? What seems to be a reasonable price for a decent used X7?
    And, if I find a nice standard weight X7, can I screw an X7VH barrel into it to make what I want?
    I collect Marlin levers so a Marlin varmint bolt action would be right at home in my safe.
    You guys know me, it's all about the hunt. This could be fun!! Thanks, Mike
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    I have a VH in 223 and it's super accurate
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    I would be wary of later production XS7s made by Remlin. As the X7 parts started to dwindle---Remlin started to use Remington Model 7 barrels which didn't exactly fit the X7 platform well but they made them work, kinda. There is a lot of info about this and other issues in the old X7 threads. I would read them through to become familiar with the cross over between Marlin and Remlin X7 production. From what I remember---X7 rifles had fewer QA/QC problems than the lever guns but there are things to be wary of. BTW--I have two X7s (one made by Remlin out of CT factory parts) and have been very happy with them.
    Other Marlin bolt actions---there have been a few. The one you might find locally or on GB is the MR-7, made in the late 1990s. Its a fantastic rifle which came in long action calibers only (30-06/270/280/25-06--could be more but I have CRS). Its a better rifle than the X7 and way better than what is being produced today.
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    Thanks, Eng! I will look at the MR7. Could be a good candidate for the .35 Whelen I've always wanted.

    BTW,.... S2 sec.,HHQ, 5th Engineer Battalion(the fightin' fifth!), Ft. Leonard Wood Mo.
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    I was at Ft Leonard Wood between 1989 and 1992. I served at the U. S. Army Engineer Center and School as a Training Developer/Instructor. I had a great time there even though the Fort was very isolated--spent a lot of my free time fishing/hunting. Here is a recent thread on my 270 Win MR-7 so you can get an idea what they look like:
    Did a Marlin MR-7 stock "switcheroo"
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    Your best bet in an X7 would be a North Haven (JM) if you want a shooter. Seeing as how you are going to install a Varmint barrel a Mayfield (REP) will work just fine. I have had very few issues with the actions/triggers/bolts on the six REP guns I have. Had to replace the sear on one trigger. One 223 bolt had a bad ejector. The issue with REP guns is barrels. Of the six I have only three would shoot. The 25-06 had a bad crown. Redid the crown and it's a tack driver. One of the 223 barrels wouldn't shoot. Bore scope revealed a gouge across the rifling just in front of the chamber. It's a garden stake. One 243 would flirt with shooting good, but never would. Bore scope revealed it had a crooked throat. Another garden stake. From my small sample it appears you have a 50/50 chance of getting a REP gun with a good barrel. You will be changing the barrel anyway. X-Caliber has prefit SS barrels on sale right now for $280. I have five of their barrels, all are scary accurate. 20 practical, 22-250, 243, 25-06 and 257 Weatherby. All are 26" Varmint (.810 at the muzzle) or Bull Sporter (.710)
    Stocks are Boyds Pro Varmint or At-One. I also have a source for Green Mountain CM barrels for ~$200. I have headspace gages, etc. you can borrow if needed. Good luck with your project. Mike

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    Thanks, Mike. I usually go to E R Shaw for my barrels. I have several of their chrome-moly varmint taper barrels, and they are all tack drivers.
    The X7 gives me more options in my quest.
    I have an AT1 stock on my Marlin XTVH .22, and it groups better than it ever did in it's plastic stock.
    For this project, I intend to use a classic stock even though Boyd's insists that the forend is too narrow for varmint weight barrels. I suspect that a liability lawyer is earning his money....
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    I was just going to edit my post about stocks used. My long actions are in the factory laminated stocks. They are bull sporter tapers (.710 @ muzzle) and have plenty of room in the factory stocks and look great. At the point where the barrel exits the stock forearm the bull sporter taper measures ~.830. My varmint barrels (.810 at the muzzle) are ~.870 at the same point. IMO plenty of room for a varmint contour (.810 muzzle) in a factory stock. If I can get a pic to upload, I'll post it Being an old fart, not very good with computers, don't hold your breath.
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    I'm 72. I feel your pain......Thanks
    Pay no attention to the mess in my shop. My best work comes from chaos!
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    20 Practical.jpg22-250.jpg25-06.jpgIMG_20200405_210910.jpg

    Dang, I think I got this. For now. 20 Practical, 22-250, 25-06, 257 Weatherby.


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