FiveInADime the reason I said what I did about the x7 and the stainless version is that I was looking at getting one a couple months ago and my dealer told me they were no longer available in stainless, even though there is still a stainless model on their website. I also did alot of online research and alot of reading on the marlin owners forum. The general consensus there was that an xl7/x7 with JM stamped on the barrel would 9-times-outta-10 be a better gun than one with an REP stamp. Ive never owned one myself so I cant say thats gospel. There were also alot of rumors floating around that this buyout of Marlin would lead to the x7's demise. The x7 may very well live on but I personally have my doubts. Time will tell.
Last edited by steveNChunter; January 7, 2013 at 05:37 PM.