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Old November 5, 2012, 08:35 PM   #1
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Ruger American vs. Marlin x7...

Looking for a new hunting rifle in 308. All feed back welcome. Anyone?

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Old November 5, 2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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I own the Ruger and have only held the marlin at the store .

Here is my review on the Ruger . The first page has alot of info , statik has a detailed review on the first page . Then check out my last couple post on the last page . I just posted them this week

http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=492169
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Old November 5, 2012, 10:28 PM   #3
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Just read through your post. Actually, I had read most of it before, but re-read it. Before I posted my question I was leaning towards the Ruger. I really think the removable magazine is a plus, but thought I should hear if any X7 fans had any input that would make me go for the Marlin. Lots of good firearms out there. Good to have choices, heh!

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Old November 5, 2012, 11:52 PM   #4
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IMHO the American is the best rifle for the buck right now.
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Old November 6, 2012, 12:48 AM   #5
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Thinking about The Marlin XL7 myself in .308. For $313 from buds and some good reviews its looking real appealing.
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Old November 6, 2012, 01:11 AM   #6
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Another X7 option is the X7-VH in .308, starts around $359 at Buds

Heavy varmint barrel, adjustable target trigger, pillar bedded at the factory, factory recoil pad, fluted bolt...
and Sub-MOA right from the box

You can't beat the X7 in its Standard Form in the "under $1500 category"...
the VH version literally obliterates anything else on the market under $1500 bucks.

Buy it, you'll like it
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Old November 6, 2012, 02:16 AM   #7
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just did a little research on that marlin heavy barreled 308 . it looks pretty nice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeW03...eature=related if it came in 7mm mag i'd have to give it some serious thought . Im looking for a long range gun with a heavy barrel for bench and prone shooting which I think the marlin would work well for . I don't think I would want to carry it around all day on a hunt though.
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Old November 6, 2012, 02:27 AM   #8
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Another X7 option is the X7-VH in .308, starts around $359 at Buds

Heavy varmint barrel, adjustable target trigger, pillar bedded at the factory, factory recoil pad, fluted bolt...
and Sub-MOA right from the box

You can't beat the X7 in its Standard Form in the "under $1500 category"...
the VH version literally obliterates anything else on the market under $1500 bucks.

Buy it, you'll like it
Good save, thats actually the rifle I saw the video one

Definitely want this rifle.That way I can give up the PPS I'm saving up for and get both the rifle and a cheaper ccw (cm9, lc9, etc.)

My first rifle, which I bought early this year was Marlin 60 and was impressed with the quality and accuracy.
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Old November 6, 2012, 07:23 AM   #9
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It would be nice to have a shop near by that carried both. Nothing like a hands on side by side. I have handled the Ruger in a shop, now have to find a Marlin. Maybe my local gun shop will order both with the understanding I will buy one...

That said, I think the detachable mag will make the difference for me. Thanks for all who replied to my post. I was afraid I would get some "Here we go again" remarks. (aka flames)!

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Old November 6, 2012, 08:10 AM   #10
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I owned the Ruger for about 2 weeks. Couldn't sell it fast enough. The detachable mag was the deal killer, I'd much rather have the reliability of the Marlins blind mag. Accuracy of the Ruger was average at best.
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Old November 6, 2012, 08:24 AM   #11
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Interesting. Did you have a problem with the mag, or just the idea of it?
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Old November 6, 2012, 09:25 AM   #12
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jmr40 - I would love to argue with you about the accuracy of the Ruger . However I do know that if the for-end of the stock makes contact with the barrel you will lose accuracy . The forend of the stock has more movement then it should . Because of this the stock can and will make contact with the barrel if shooting with a front rest or bi-pod . The accracy will drop to about 2 MOA or so . I have many photos posted on TFL of this issue and how well it shoots when the barrel is completely free floated . If you were only getting 2MOA goups or so I would bet that was the issue .

I however can shoot .75-.80 MOA with my American no problem . If that is average at best , you are a much better shot then I

As for the mag . I have only shot about 250 rounds out of the rifle and never had a problem yet . I will say this , the mag pops in to the mag well so effortlessly you think it's not locked in but it is . You don't here a big clunk or click it just goes in and stays in .
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Old November 6, 2012, 10:03 AM   #13
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I have an x7 in .270. Sub MOA accurate with factory ammo, great adjustable trigger, fluted bolt, bedded barrel etc. What's not to like? I will say this though, the magazine like 3 rounds a lot better than 4. Hard to get 4 in there just right, but seems to be smoothing out.
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