Welcome to Marlin Owners. You sound like me, I greatly prefer my rifles to have some heft as they are easier to settle the cross-hairs off hand. I do like shooting sticks but not always do you have the time for them.Hello gentlemen
I've been considering putting a laminate stock on mine too, but for different reasons: where I hunt I have to shoot relatively quick, off hand, without time to set up. The Xs7 is too light for my tastes for getting the sights to settle the way I like them to. I'm used to hunting open sights with heavy muzzle loaders and this gun is tuff for me to get the crosshairs to settle the way I like at 100 yards off hand. Question #1: what is the weight of the rifle with synthetic stock? #2. Could I gain substantial weight with one of the Boyd's laminate stocks?
When you install a Boyd's laminate, can you just drop the barrel and action right into the stock or must you do some prep work, bedding, smoothing out, etc? I'm not at all a gun smith. Is a replacement stock something easy enough for the average Joe to swap out? Thank you much for any solutions and answers you might have for me. I look forward to contributing something useful back to the Marlin community. Jeff