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I've got my XL-7 in 30-06 back in '09 and so far the only failing of that rifle has been the owner. It's a great rifle, I just need to get better at shooting it.

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I've got my XL-7 in 30-06 back in '09 and so far the only failing of that rifle has been the owner. It's a great rifle, I just need to get better at shooting it.
The xl7 is a fine rifle I have 3 now an love them 1 in 270 a 243 an the new heavy barrel varmit in 22 250 personally I think they out shine any other entry level gun
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My price range is under $1000
You can get alot of rifle for that budget. There is alot of good advice
above. I will also add my caution in purchasing any New Remington
product. Winchester Model 70 would be worth a look at also.

When you say you are looking at a .308 I assume you mean a .308
Winchester cartridge? Since many of us reload almost all .30 caliber
cartridges shoot .308 bullets, there are always exceptions such as
the .303 British.

For scopes don't go cheap, Leupold or Nikon. I have both the Nikon
Buckmaster scopes are every bit as good as a Leupold.

Buy the way what are you planning on hunting?
Looking at a .270 or 7mm cartridge might be a better choice.
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Wow thats a big question. And I think the first thing you need to ask as others have stated. What are you going to hunt and where?

I have several platforms and calibers and reload them all. My open country gun is a savage 11fxp bolt, at the time it was all i could afford. It came with a cheaper scope but got me through several seasons till I could afford better optics. It's an internal magazine fully synthetic stock and she shot sub MOA outta the box with all kinds of ammo. I use it for whitetail. If i'm walking in brush or woods, I tend to lean to my ar-10 in 308 as well. Hogs I love the 308 or 458 socom, shot placement with these are critical though or you destroy alot of meat. I tend to shoot several hogs at once though and a little wasted meat isn't that big of an issue for me.

Optics are also key.

Just my $.02 worth.

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AR in .308. Way more accurate out of the box and far more versatile. You might consider building your own. There is a company making .308 AR lowers that accept G3 mags now.

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The xl7 is a fine rifle I have 3 now an love them 1 in 270 a 243 an the new heavy barrel varmit in 22 250 personally I think they out shine any other entry level gun
mulie, i also have three of them! one in 25-06, one in 7mm-08 and the new heavy barrel 308! i truly enjoy shooting them, especially the 7mm-08. they are great rifles and very well made and accurate. marlin has raised the bar on entry level rifles at an affordable price that are very accurate. i also plan on replacing my 30-06 that i traded several months ago with a marlin and adding a 270 and a 243 in marlins too. very nice rifles. glad to see someone else has the marlin fever for the X7's!
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You can get alot of rifle for that budget. There is alot of good advice
above. I will also add my caution in purchasing any New Remington
product. Winchester Model 70 would be worth a look at also.

When you say you are looking at a .308 I assume you mean a .308
Winchester cartridge? Since many of us reload almost all .30 caliber
cartridges shoot .308 bullets, there are always exceptions such as
the .303 British.

For scopes don't go cheap, Leupold or Nikon. I have both the Nikon
Buckmaster scopes are every bit as good as a Leupold.

Buy the way what are you planning on hunting?
Looking at a .270 or 7mm cartridge might be a better choice.
Leupold and Nikon are definetly the way to go. But right now this is the best deal going. Sort of wish I had a need to buy a new scope, I hate to pass up a deal like this. Cabela's: Bushnell® Elite® 4200 Riflescopes
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