Originally Posted by sfcjcl
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 anyones 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.
well as you did open that door, lets please discuss the faults you seem to have with them. please don't be shy, or feel you are going to hurt my feelings.
now, as they are considered a budget or entry level rifle, IMO, there isn't much that is really budget about the X7's except for the price. are they perfect? nope. but then again, i paid about $370 for my XS7VH in 308, about $390 for my XL7C in 25-06 and about $360 for my XS7 in 7mm-08. now if i spent twice or three times that, my expectations would be much higher. but all in all, all three of my X7's have truly exceeded my expectations as far as accuracy, function, fit an finish, and features for the dollar amount spent.
the biggest problem i found with the X7's were the flimsy fore ends. but in all honesty, i have seen the same issue with many other brands of rifles with factory synthetic stocks, including Remingtons and Winchesters. so this is not just isolated to the X7's from what i have seen. less than $20 fixed two of mine an the other one got a Boyd's laminated stock because of some future mods i have planned for it.
and if you wish to discuss the faults you think the Marlins have, then please lets stick to facts or things you can prove and not the internet rumors and myths that float around about some rifles or brands.