check out the Marlin XS7VH in 22-250. 26" heavy barrel and they are priced very reasonably. i have the XS7VH in the 308 and paid $370 + tax, NIB. shoots great and very accurate. it was my third X7 purchase and like it so much that i have plans to add the XS7VH in 22-250 to the collection. MSRP is about $395, but they usually sell much cheaper depending on where you shop.