Originally Posted by Axxe55
i have three Marlin X7's in 25-06, 7mm-08 and 308. they tend to perform just as accurately as my other more expensive Remington and Ruger bolt actions and as well as my father's older Winchester M70.
comparing the quality of the fit and finish to my M700's with synthetic stocks, i see no less in the level of quality, between them. even the Mossberg ATR100 i had was very well made and very accurate with handloads. comparing them in level of what is percieved as higher quality is purely subjective when doing so with a rifle that has nicely crafted walnut stock and highly polished blued metalwork. then that comparison is not on equal ground by any means.
so please explain where the performance or the fit and finish is to the point it shows.
First, the Marlin x7, based on the XL7 and the XS7, has a reputation as "a very accurate budget bolt action rifle" and well received by the shooting public. As far as the Mossberg ATR, again a "good budget rifle, with nice accuracy" Now, I am not wanting to talk trash about faults of anyone’s toys. So, I will leave the opinions about the bolt problems on the X7 to the people who have owned an X7 and have expressed those opinions. And I will do the same with the XTR on its feed issues and trigger assemblies.
The current quality issues that Remington has been working through (and Marlin) are, I personally believe, based in the management of these companies by their parent company, Freedom Group, and its business strategy.
You seem to be quite pleased with your Marlins and your Mossberg. Great, I am truly happy you find them to be exactly what you desire. I have shot the Marlin x7 in .270, and though seemed to have the accuracy to me, I did not like the light weight.