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Old 08-30-2012, 07:17 PM   #11
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My MkII came with a wooden 'tactical' stock. The barrel free floats just fine with the bipod. I can get quater sized groups at 100y if the wind is down.

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I have a MkIIBTV and a XT-22TR. The triggers on these guns are nearly identical. The Savage is slightly better IMO but there's very little to complain about on the Marlin.

BTW I had a synthetic MkII stock for a while and it had far more flex than the Marlin stock does. Yes my Marlin has a synthetic stock and I have noticed very little flex on it. The Savages flex a lot. I suppose any synthetic stock will flex some but the Marlin feels pretty solid to me. It hasn't affected my accuracy like the F stock (the synthetic stock) did on my Savage.

Actually the Savage sporter version of the MkII (as opposed to the varmint version) is cheaper than the Marlins. They are nice shooting guns I hear but I have not shot a sporter version myself. I do know the varmint version is much more accurate than my Marlin is. I don't know if that's just a case of one rifle not shooting it's best or not but I suspect it's a matter of the Savages just being more accurate. The Marlins are actually pretty accurate but the Savages are just super accurate if you get the varmint models. I've shot many sub 1/8th inch groups with my Savage. And that's 5 shots at 50 yards. I've shot a couple of groups where I put 4 shots in a hole that measured only slightly bigger than one bullet hole. The 5th shot was a whopping .2" off in one of those groups and about .25" on the other. I was one shot away from what would have to be seen as a perfect group with both of those groups. Keep in mind that I'm far from being the best shot in the world. I can only imagine what this gun could do in the hands of a truly great shooter.

Marlins shoot very well. They just don't shoot that well. I've shot some amazing groups with Marlins too but not like the Savages I've shot. I still love Marlins and I've continued to buy them up on a regular basis. I also have a whole slew of Savages. Both are really excellent rifles and you won't go wrong with either.

I do like being able to shoot shorts in my Marlin. I can load 25 rounds of shorts in the tube and using the CCI HP or HV shorts it's close to having the power of 25 LR rounds. That's a lot for a tube mag. It takes a long time to shoot that many rounds and there is no huge box mag hanging off the bottom of the rifle to make it happen. I really like my XT. It shoots very well and has a very high capacity for shorts and with the new shorts CCI has out that are so powerful it's really a very slick setup. It's a solidly built rifle too IMO. It's a Mayfield Kentucky product which generally means it will be a good product. I don't regret buying that XT for one second. But it won't shoot as well as my Savage. The best groups I can get with it are about half an inch. That's some terrible shooting eh? I've actually shot better groups with a 60SS I own. But that XT is a very solid rifle that should be going strong when my great-grandchildren are knocking down tree rats with it. IMO the Marlin is built considerably more durable than the Savage.

Just for the record here's one of my Savage groups that I mentioned before. I've actually shot better groups because the one shot didn't take off on me. Still this group shows what the rifle can do. I'm sure I was the cause of the flyer. It doesn't take much to be off .2".

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Old 09-04-2012, 05:11 PM   #13
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Yar, tube-fed generally have a little more wiggle than box-mag fed...
there are some nifty things you can do to improve 'em tho
They respond quite well to pillar bedding & making sure there's a gap between stock & barrel...

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I pillar bedded my Savage so maybe that has something to do with why it shoots better. I don't know. It shot pretty well before that. It just kept backing off the action screws and then it would get some loose groups.

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I agree with Shrek Cliff

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I do like being able to shoot shorts in my Marlin. I can load 25 rounds of shorts in the tube and using the CCI HP or HV shorts it's close to having the power of 25 LR rounds. That's a lot for a tube mag. It takes a long time to shoot that many rounds and there is no huge box mag hanging off the bottom of the rifle to make it happen.
hey which marlin carries a 25 round tube? im very interested in buying one since im in CA. we cant have more than 10 rounds unless its tube fed.
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I have an xt. AMAZING little rifle.

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Found Jeff56's post interesting. Was tempted to buy the Savage he mentioned, but decided on a Marlin XT. A few weeks ago, spent a day visiting gun places looking for a Marlin XT with a mag. Only place with one sold it with a scope mounted and I'd be darn if I'd keep the 3-9 Marlin factory scope on it, so I didn't buy it. Even visited a Wal-Mart that still sells rifles, perused thru their catalog and had clerk call their distributor to order a Marlin XT. Distributor was out of the two model Marlin XTs I would buy and didn't know when they'd have them to ship. Recall other gun places had the Savage Mk II rifles to sell. Darn it, now I'm not sure what I'll buy, other than it will be a bolt action 22.

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The XT-22TR does among others. They hold 25 shorts. But with the shorts that are coming out the power is very near the power of many LR cartridges.

You can see the rifles here at the bottom of the page. There are several models that have the tube and shoot shorts. You can find the ammo I'm talking about on this web page. There is another type of ammo that is similar but is called target ammo. The bullets in this ammo are lighter than regular LR ammo but the speed is right at supersonic speed with one being above it and one just below. The weight isn't that far off either. I've never seen shorts with this much velocity before. This ammo is pretty new and comes from CCI of course. CCI generally makes good ammo and this is no exception. It's a little expensive but all shorts are expensive these days. It isn't terribly high. It's about $8-$10 for 100 rounds. That's not far out of line with the other 100 round boxes CCI sells. The ammo works really well too or at least it did for me in my XT.

BTW Buds had the XT rifles when I was looking to buy. I ended up buying one in a LGS but I could have ordered it from Buds.

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Me Likey Buds

Plus you can get the Heavy Barrel ones easier that way

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