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Ubergopher 03-10-2010 11:14 PM

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So I just got a wild hair up my butt. With say a budget of $500ish, would it be possible to have my Marlin XL-7 in 30-06 shoot accurately at 500 yards.

Is that even possible or am I just crazy?

Obviously, I know I'll need a new scope and rings, but is there anything else anyone can think of or would I just be better off buying a new rifle?

Dillinger 03-10-2010 11:21 PM

You have the rifle now? Or do you have to buy the rifle?

Ubergopher 03-10-2010 11:29 PM

I already got the rifle, that and a decent scope, but not really enough for shooting anything out past 200.

Dillinger 03-10-2010 11:39 PM

You do anything to the stick yet? Anything at all?

Ubergopher 03-10-2010 11:43 PM


Originally Posted by Dillinger (Post 245346)
You do anything to the stick yet? Anything at all?

Nope. I have a scope and some rings on it, that's about it. The scope was only about $150 too, so I'm assuming it'll need to be replaced.

I got it, then life happened and I never really had a chance to use it to much. I've probably put less than 60 rounds through it.

Catfish 03-10-2010 11:47 PM

I am not fermiluar with that rifle, but if it is a bolt action with a good barrel it should do well enough to hit a 5 inch circle, that would be 1 moa. If your talking about from the bench at measured yardages with the right targets a good 9 or 10X scope would let you do that. If you talking about in the field you will need to spend about that much on a good range finder. The only 3 shot group I ever fired at 600 yrds. with my .22-6mm was abt 2in. It was 1/2 moa low from what my drop chart said it should be, ( that would be 3 inches.) You may need to bed your action, adjust your trigger or what ever to get it set up to where it will do it. For the .22-6mm I shoot I gave $ 225 for a .30-06, rebarreled it $ 325, after market trigger $ 100, new stock $ 200. scope $ 1000. Rnage finder $499 ( Leica 1200, but still looking for something better.) Don`t jump in to it like that untill you find out if you reall like it that much. You can work into it with what you have now. Bedding an action and floating a berrel really isn`t that hard and you can do that yourself for $ 35 or $ 40. Adjust the trigger yourself, that not hard to do eather.

Dillinger 03-10-2010 11:49 PM

Hey Uber - Read this:

Ubergopher 03-11-2010 12:14 AM

Alrighty JD.

So assuming I read that right and done the math good it'd probably cost about $500ish just for the trigger job and glass bedding/free float including parts and labor.

Oh right:

This will probably be mostly shooting on ranges, but there are a few out around where my family is that aren't measured so a range finder would come in handy.

Dillinger 03-11-2010 12:23 AM

Nah. Trigger job should be between $35-$75 depending on the shop. A lot of trigger jobs can be done with the shop minimum ( IE - Less than an hour ), but if you couple it with another exercise, like the glass bed, you can get a break.

Glass Bed should be no more than $150-$200 ( tops! ) and the materials should be included. It's pretty damn easy to do yourself honestly, but don't tell anyone. :)

That gives you plenty to play with from your budget.

Lapping the locking lugs should take about an hour of shop time ( price per hour varies ), more or less, unless yours is jacked up. Then 1.5-2.0 would be extreme in my mind. ($75/hour = $150 range and that is being safe and cautious ).

Getting a good scope is a must have for serious shooting. You can't hit what you can't see. That goes for your scope base, your rings and your glass.

That gets more expensive. But with a $500 budget, and you already own the gun, there is a lot you can do to tighten up the accuracy without having to get crazy. ;)


Ubergopher 03-11-2010 12:34 AM

Sounds good. Any local gunsmiths you'd recommend that wouldn't rip off a newbie, and would possibly let him watch the work so he can learn?

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