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I found this forum while researching new rifles. I was looking at the Browning A bolt, and the Remington 700. I liked the looks and feel of the A bolt, and the funtional reliability of the 700. After doing alot of research I found that the XL7 had the looks and features of both. I wasnt too concerned with cost but decided on my new Marlin based on my research. Thank you for all your help, and I look forward to being a part of this forum. I have a new XL7 in .270. It has the JM barrel and the fit looks good. It came with a scope and mounts. Does anyone know who makes this scope? I was thinking about putting a new Redfield 3-9, but I'm not sure what is the best mount and rings to use. I have more questions, but I will ask them later if I cant find the answers with a search. Thanks again..


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I think the consensus is that these package scopes are made by Simmons. I hunted last fall with mine and it was decent. I don't have a lot of faith in it but hate to put it on a shelf and spend money on another Nikon Buckmasters.

I like the base that comes on it because it's strong and lets you move a scope around a lot. The rings are OK but not tactical strong and heavy. If my XL7 was my target/varmint rifle I'd change the scope and rings.
 

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Thanks for the info K31, I am not real finicky, but I like for my guns to be able to shoot better than I can. Then I know its all on me. I will mainly use it for Boar, Deer, and the occasional yote. Target shooting is a little iffy around here. I havent found a good public range near where I'm at (Tulsa area). So its kinda hard to go shooting as much as I would like. I pretty much have to wait till a friend wants to go shooting on his families land near Stillwater. Which isnt as often as I would like. As long as the stock scope holds a zero and is clear enough out to 200yds, I'll give it a chance to see how long it lasts. Thanks again!

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Welcome, and congrats on your purchase! As a retailer at an outdoor store, I show a lot of people the X series guns and they are truly surprised by the fit and finish for the money! If you ever want to replace the stock, I would recommend boyd's I just put one on my (my wifes) .270 and it looks great.

you can find the pics here...
http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/index.php/topic,86445.msg823563.html#msg823563

Happy in Colorado,
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Looks good Steven! And thanks for the info. I have been thinking about a Boyd's stock for mine. Not so much for the looks, but to help with recoil reduction because of the added weight. I had two back surgeries last year and I'm still a little tender. Just for conversation, what bases and rings are most people using with their aftermarket scopes? Thanks again!


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I have the base that came with the gun and some weaver style rings with a nikon prostaff 3-9x40 bdc.
One of the reasons I got the stock is that my father-in-law is a pretty critical man and couldn't believe the quality of the Marlin was true, so when he saw and handled it the only thing he could harp on was that it didn't have a "real" stock...so, he can't complain now and maybe just maybe I will convert him into one of these fantastic shooters!

I ordered the stock on tueday and it got here today, and it took all of 3 minutes to drop in, and while some fitting is necessary sometimes, mine is perfect down to the millimeter on either side of the barrel. A dollar bill will slide from crown to action with no problem.
 

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Sounds good! Did you happen to do the steel trigger guard upgrade, or did you re-use the stock plastic one?


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I reused the plastic one, but will probably order the steel one soon. Last I checked it was out of stock ::) guess we aren't the only ones who had this idea! ;D
 

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Gotcha. I figured if I was to go through the expense of buying new bases, rings, a scope, and an aftermarket stock, that I might as well buy the metal trigger guard (if I could find one). I am wanting to go shoot mine and see how it shoots. Heck, I may not need to change a thing! :) Then again, If you could see my other guns and my Jeep and truck, it would be obvious that I cant leave things alone! :)


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I have a Leupold One-Piece Long-Range Base, and Medium Leupold STD Rings. Small rings would work with a 40mm, but the bolt handle would hit and prevent a quick ejection and feeding. I don't have the steel trigger gaurd but then I'm not too teribly tough on this rifle. The synthetic stock does touch the barrel on a few guns on here but it seems that the general consensus is that when sanded down to where the barrel doesn't touch from action to fore-end pillar, accuracy and repeatability increases. Shoot it and see what you think. Don't forget that the trigger can be lightened. Mine was just over 3lbs from the box.
 

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Good info cancov. I was thinking a good one-piece base would probably be best. I was looking at the DNZ Game Reaper one piece mounts, and they look promising. Do you guys have any experience with them? Also if I am understanding things correctly, I would need medium rings at minimum to prevent the bolt from hitting the scope with a 40mm objective? Also I have some Superformance 130g SST's to try out. How have they worked for others in .270win? Thanks again!

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I have Warne 2 piece bases on 2 "X" guns, and a Bushnell ring/mount set-up on the other. I have a Bushnell trophy XLT 3-9x40 with the 600 DOA reticle on my 30-06, a Simmons 3x9-40 Pro-Hunter on the 308, and a Bushnell Banner 4-12x40 for the 284win "X" gun.

My friend has a "X" gun in 270, and it shoots very well with the 130gr bullets. He's getting 1.5" groups at 200yds and he killed a deer at 180yds this past year with it. One shot to the neck, and down she went. ;D
 

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i have the xl7 with warne bases and warne low rings with a nikon buckmasters 3-9x40 and have no problems with the bolt touching the scope but it is very close it also has butlercreek scope caps front and rear .
 

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My XL7 has a Redfield Revolution 3-9x40mm scope (without the AccuRange reticle) and Leupold STD matte finish Winchester M70 bases and medium height matte finish rings. If I were you, I'd spend the extra $10 and get the Redfield with the AccuRange reticle.
 

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Thanks for all the info, and the ideas. I appreciate it. I guess me and the Old Lady will go to BassPro this weekend and I can see what they have. If not I will order stuff next week. Come to think of it. I need a case. A sling. A BiPod. Hehe :)

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