Originally Posted by CA357
The recoil pad is old and must be changed. Shooting a short '06 will be fun, but I can't see beating myself up to do it.
The bolt was very smooth and the trigger was very light.
That's an easy investment on a rifle of that quality. In the mean time you can get a Past recoil shield (I think everyone should own one for extended range sessions) for about $20 and that will allow you to comfortably shoot that gun and any others all day long. I just finished a shooting session with my .35 Whelen and a .338 Win Mag and without that Past shield I would have quit a lot sooner than I did.
My experience with the Mark-X was an amazing surprise. It started as a bet with some friends that were complaining about the excesive cost of good hunting rifles. My position was that if you knew how to shop, there are a lot of GREAT deals out there in rifles of outstanding quality, many of them just collecting dust in the used gun racks of local gun stores.
I bet them that I could just walk into any fairly well stocked gun store and walk out with a good quality hunting gun for under $500 ready to hunt. That night I walked into my local Gander Mountain (a place NOT known for good deals) and I spotted a Mark-X in 30-06 in basically brand new condition on the used gun rack for $350!!!! Knowing they are excellent guns that are still flying under the radar I scooped it up... a quick chat with the gunsmith and I found out that someone had traded in another rifle with an older Leupold Vari-X III in 1.5-5 and Gander's policy is that they give you basicaly NO money for the scope. I told the guy I would give him $100 for the used scope and he said $120. I said done!
The blueing on that Mark-x was quite possibly one of the nicest I have ever seen on a classic Mauser type gun. It was simply flawless!!! I went home, mounted the scope on the gun and now I had a BEAUTIFUL classic 30-06 with a Leupold scope on it in a GREAT configuration for hunting in the NE woods for under $500 so I won my bet to a lot of grumbles.
That gun was one of the most pleasant surprises I ever got. Not only was it a great looking rig but a shooter too! I held on to it a lot longer than I should have because I have more 30-06s that I know what to do with but I finally sold it and made a nifty profit. My game plan was to re-barrel it to another chambering, something that I didn't have but it shot so well that I thought it'd be a sin to mess with the gun. If I had to do it again I would have kept it and gotten rid of other higher priced guns that to be quite frank are not as nice as that Mark-X was. Oh well, live and learn, I might have to go find another Mark-X to add to the collection now that you got my brain going.
Good luck with your new rifle. I love that stock and that is a sweet looking classic!