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Old 07-16-2012, 05:36 PM   #21
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I finally was able to get the deer rifle I have been wanting. After much reading and research I decided that I wanted my deer rifle to be chambered in .308 Winchester, primarily for ammo/bullet availability, the amount of reloading and ballistic data available, and the likelyhood that the farthest shot I'd be comfortable with would be somewhere around 400 yards. Because price was a concern (money doesn't grown on trees) I decided on a Marlin X7 with a black stock and blued finish. After getting scope rings, I mounted a Simmons AETEC that I purchased back in 2003 on it and took it to the range on Saturday. Despite not having boresighted it, I was able to get it sighted in to 50 yards before running out of ammo. The rifle shoots like a dream and all the positive reviews about it have been accurate. The only issue is I need to reposition my scope as the cross hairs do not appear to be perfectly verticle and horizontal. I hope to borrow a gun vice and make sure the scope is mounted properly. This rifle has definitely exceeded my expectations and the .308's recoil is tolerable. Overall I am very impressed with the rifle and look forward to getting in more range time with it.
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I've owned 2 Ruger M77's. 1 in 30.06 and 1 in .243

Both were excellent deer rifles for the money.

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Old 07-16-2012, 06:02 PM   #23
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If you don't like the synthetic stock, Boyds makes a wooden one for the Marlin that you can drop right in. For around $100, it's a good deal.
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Congrats sounds like you did good .308 is a mighty fine round and a easy re-load, I'm stuck between .308 and 300 win mag can't make my mind up.
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Congrats on your rifle! I don't know much about the Marlin bolt action, but I think .308 Win is about the best all around deer caliber. I think you'll be very pleased with how it performs.
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Winchester 94 or Marlin 336 in .30-30 is a near ideal deer rifle for the eastern U.S.
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You mention that you have a .30-.30. There have probably been more deer taken in the East with that rifle than with any other single rifle.
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You mention that you have a .30-.30. There have probably been more deer taken in the East with that rifle than with any other single rifle.
Been quite a few taken with the .30-30 out here in the Rockies, and up in Canada as well. I've taken at least a dozen in the thick river bottoms of SE Wyoming's mountain ranges with a 94. My son got his first elk with one.
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My .30-30 is an antique and I don't want to tap it for a scope mount. I wanted something that could reach out further than 100 yards. If anyone wants an accurate entry level bolt gun the Marlin X7 would be a good firearm to consider.
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Winchester 94 or Marlin 336 in .30-30 is a near ideal deer rifle for the eastern U.S.
The .30-30 is definitely underrated and hard to beat in the woods.
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