View Full Version : Marlin XL7 .270

August 27, 2008, 07:25 AM
I finally found a place that has the new Marlin XL7 in stock so I went and put an order in. I'm getting a black/blue in .270 and it'll be topping it with a Burris Fullfield II 3-9x40. Can't wait 'til it gets here! I'll let you all know how it shoots!

August 27, 2008, 01:40 PM
I just got a circular from Cabela's yesterday. They're having a sale next week and apparently have the Marlins for $269!!! Just thought I'd let some folks know.

August 27, 2008, 03:29 PM
I just shot this rifle this past weekend at the range. My buddy picked one up a few weeks back. AWESOME rifle, not only for the $$...but in general. The trigger Marlin has put on it is really nice...wouldn't change a thing about it.

It was a great shooter and we were both getting very tight groups out to 200 yards (limit of the range).

I can't think of another rifle in its price range that even comes close to tell you the truth.

August 27, 2008, 03:36 PM
DOH! This always happens to me, as soon as I go and buy something it goes on sale the next week. Oh, well, from what I'm hearing I won't be unhappy with this gun.....c'mon, fedex guy! :D

August 27, 2008, 03:50 PM
You're going to like it a lot, methinks. My buddie's .270 was very nice...and very well put together. Congrats and enjoy!

August 31, 2008, 02:38 AM
Got the XL7 on Friday and I am indeed happy with it! I'm sure you've all read the reviews, so I'll skip that part. I did, however, change my mind on the glass. The Burris didn't quite fit the bill so I took it back and got a Leupold VX-I 3-9x40 instead. So far, I'm happy with that decision as well.

As for how it shoots, well, let's just say I'm working on it. I've put some 130gr Hornady Interlocks down range with 53-54gr of IMR4831 and so far the best I've gotten is 1.5" @ 100yds. But, the last two sessions have been pretty windy so I'm sure I can do better. I'm going to continue working a load for this gun, and I'll let you all know.

I'll post a pic later...

August 31, 2008, 11:05 PM
I just picked this same rifle up at cabeles for 269 and change Put one of cabelas Big game tactical scopes on it will be testing it out next weekend mines in 30,06 not 270.

September 1, 2008, 10:50 PM
I've almost got the XL7 where I want it. I worked on some loads this weekend and got the groups down to 1.15". That was with the 130g Hornady Interlocks and 57.0g of RL-22 seated at 3.20" O.A.L.

Here's a pic as promised:


September 12, 2008, 07:21 PM
how is the recoil on that 30-06 i looked one over but man alive is that thing light and i'm thinking it's probably be pretty stout. :confused:

September 14, 2008, 12:20 PM
Couldn't tell ya, mine is a .270 Win. And yes, it is light but it's got a nice cushy recoil pad, so I'm sure one could handle the -06. I've taken it out in the field a couple of times and the light weight is kinda nice.

September 14, 2008, 01:12 PM
You might want to try this combo:

130g Hornady SST
BC: .460
IMR 4831 55g powder
COL 3.20

Gave me 3/4 in group out of my Stevens .270 @100yrds

Another one just as good or better:

130 Sierra SBT
Imr 4831 55.5g powder
COL 3.310
2950+ fps

good luck

Gives me 1/2 in group @100yrds

September 14, 2008, 02:35 PM
So Remington establishes that they can produce, even vicariously, a traditional steel-receivered rifle for less than the competition. This rifle is $100 cheaper than the piece of real crap 770. Gasp of all gasps...


September 14, 2008, 06:34 PM
Davis, good point!! Of course, give them a few months. They'll come up with a "custom shop" special (like they do with the 700's), with a fluted barrel and some-such, and then ask $1400 for it!!

September 15, 2008, 07:26 AM
Funny that you mention it, but my buddy has one of those nasty 770's (no offense to those of you who have them) and it's hard to believe my Marlin is actually cheaper. No real comparison there.

All I will say is this: For those of you who are considering an inexpensive, decent hunting rifle, you will not be unhappy with the XL7. It may not be a sub-MOA tack driver, but with the right load and a steady hand, who knows...I've gotten mine to shoot just a hair over an inch @ 100.

November 3, 2008, 09:15 PM
Hi guys I own a Marlin Xl7 .270 and i've been working on ammo loads for this refle for a few weeks now. the best i have found so far is:

130 grn. Hornady SST
46.0 grns or IMR 4895
Using R.P Cases and Magtech 9.5 primers
gives me a 5 shot group i can hind with a quarter at 150 yards

November 9, 2008, 11:41 PM
Well, a buddy of mine gave me a few 140gr Hornady's (BTSP) he had lying around, and I shot em the other day. They flew really well under the same load I've been running the 130's at. I wasn't at the range on my rest, but out at the hunt camp shooting prone off a backpack, they grouped at about 1" maybe a little less. Looks like this cheapo little rifle may actually be a shooter. Mind you I never said "tack-driver"....but for a hunting gun....

January 18, 2009, 02:51 AM
Well, I decided to try some 150gr Hornady Interlock SP in the Marlin and here's what I ended up with today:

Three shot groups @ 100yds:

48gr IMR 4831
3.20" OAL
Fed 210 Primer
Group -- .6" (.9" 2-grp avg)

50.5gr RL-22
3.20" OAL
Fed 210 Primer
Group -- .7" (.8" 2-grp avg)

Whoddathunk a $300 gun would run sub-MOA with absolutely no modifications?!:cool: Thank you Marlin!

Oh, yeah...for you "No pics? Didn't happen." types, here you go:

January 19, 2009, 04:13 PM
cabelas huh? how long is the sale going on?

January 19, 2009, 11:05 PM
but my buddy has one of those nasty 770's

That's why I wouldn't buy one. I have 700's and they're excellent. I'd buy that Marlin, a Savage, or a Howa before I bought a 770, no offense to those who have good ones.

I shot a new out of the box Howa in .270 last November. The guy paid $399 with a scope. The trigger was sweet and we were both shooting 3/4" groups out of the box with factory ammo. I'd like to get one and work up loads for it. I do need an elk rifle... I see they make them in .300 mag... Tempting for $400 MSRP...

January 20, 2009, 08:26 AM
I've heard nothing but good about the Howa's. I'm actually planning a varmint/tactical build based on their heavy barreled action.


Te Anau
January 20, 2009, 09:00 AM
I haven't shot an XL7,but it shoulders nice & seems to be a great rifle.Marlin may have got it right this time. :)

January 20, 2009, 09:01 PM
While we're talking about Marlin X7 series rifles, I just found out today that they're now (will be) available in short action calibers. They're calling it the XS7 and will be avail. in .243, 7mm-08, and .308, and you can get them with a synthetic, compact synthetic, or Realtree camo stock.

Also, looks like Marlin is offering the XL7 (long action) with wood stocks this year. Here's the link:


Brad Clodfelter
January 20, 2009, 11:16 PM

January 28, 2009, 02:56 PM
I recently purchased a Marlin xl7 in .270 then I put a Nikon Buckmaster 4.5-14x40 on it. It's my first rifle other then a .22 and I have to say I couldn't be happier. The trigger is awesome, the action is nice and smooth, the gun is lightweight but it doesn't kick that much.

Anyway, I sighted it in yesterday and fired off 3 last rounds. 1" group at 100 and that was with a dirty barrel, an unsteady rest, and I, a shooter of about 40 rounds of .270. It was with 130 grain soft points from federal, $16.99 for 20.

Im not saying it's a tack driver, but im pretty confident I can push it to under 1" at 100 yards. Especially after I get better, and maybe some better ammo.

January 28, 2009, 08:04 PM
Cobra...welcome to TFL. Where in S.O.? (I'm in Medford) Also, check out post #17...yes, you can do sub-moa with these guns, keep practicing and enjoy that rifle!

January 28, 2009, 09:48 PM
Thanks for the welcome! I am in Eagle Point. I recognized the range as soon as I saw your photo. Mine looks just like yours, I am getting the bipod in about a week.

Ya know I went to sleep last night thinking about a different 3 shot group that I totally blew off cause I wasn't done sighting in. I looked at the target today and realized, they are less then an inch apart.

I usually have two shots that are almost on top of each other, at the least they are touching. Then a little flyer, if that flyer didn't go so far on my last 3 shot group it would have been tighter than an 1" easy. The first two shots were almost the same hole.

Im young but im working on my arsenal, so far I have a 10/22 (first rifle), Smith and Wesson 22a-1 .22lr pistol, and of course my Marlin xl7 .270. Overall I have been shooting for about 5 months.

January 28, 2009, 10:53 PM
Very cool. PM me next time you head to the range, maybe I'll see ya there. Your situation sounds a lot like mine, as I'm just starting my gun collection too. (and one of mine is a 10/22 also...are you copying me?:D)

January 29, 2009, 01:32 AM
Haha that's funny. I'll be sure and do that, I will probably spend a lot of time down there when the weather gets a little warmer. It was pretty cold sighting in my rifle and now im sick. Should be over it in a few days though.

January 31, 2009, 05:23 PM
Its good to read that you guys are happy with yor new Marlin xl7.I ordered my 30-06 yesterday and can't wait to get it.It sure does feel like an addiction, have have just bought a remmy 870 tactical 12 gauge,Springfield Armory xdm 40,and now the xl7 and am looking for a 30-30 lver action.That range of yours sure is nice,the only one i can find around here is mostly a skeet shooting range with one 100 yard rifle bench.

February 1, 2009, 12:40 AM
Too bad about you're range situation, I'm (we're) pretty lucky here. Let us know how you like your -06 when you get a chance to shoot it.

February 1, 2009, 01:49 AM
Our range is pretty nice no dancing around that. multiple shotgun, archery, pistol, rimfire, and centerfire ranges available with overhead cover. I like it, $20 buys you shooting for a year.

Im sure you will love your marlin, I know I will never regret that purchase.

What kind of optics are you putting on it?

I went with a Nikon, much like the Marlin I got a great value for the quality. It's just that much sweeter to get an inexpenive rifle that shoots like the ones costing twice as much. When you pay a lot and get what you pay for it's an expected result, but to me, not as satisfying.

I have about $618 in mine with the scope, rings and bases, sling, and of course the rifle itself.

February 1, 2009, 01:35 PM
I went to wally world and picked up a Nikon Prostaff 3-9x 40 for $140,i know it will be good for 100 yards.I just hope i can use it for 150-300 yards or is that to much to ask for a 3-9x 40.

March 11, 2009, 12:12 AM
Sorry, D...don't mean to ignore you. To answer you question, yes, a 3-9 should be plenty for that distance. 3-9's are a common choice for hunting and most of your shots (depending on where you hunt) will probably be within 300yds. Last buck I shot was at 20yds.

ETA: Oops! I guess I assumed you will be hunting with it...my apologies if you aren't.

December 28, 2009, 02:32 AM
all of you that are shooting 100 yards try some at 200 some rifles will do better at longer range than shorter.
also if you can't get it to shooting like you think it should remember the savage barrels fit it too and all of my savages have been very accurate barrels. For the 270 winchester 135 grain bullets have the better fps and muzzel energy of al the rest and also the better BC value.
I'm still trying to get my hands on a XL7 in 270 and catch it on sale too..

January 8, 2012, 12:01 PM
I looked at a 2011 XL7 and it looks like Remingjunk is making them now. I also heard that Remington has shut down the lever gun production line, due to poor quality.

The gun shop I frequent had a Marlin produced 270 XL7W on sale, I bought it. Nice rifle.

Here we go again, have a winner like the 788 and instead of leaving it alone, how about changing it so it's not better than our 700.