Ruger American or marlin x7?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by 95sniper, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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    I've liked at both, and its a toss up. I have a little time before I make the decision, but I was wondering if anyone has had experience with both. I don't think I could go wrong either way to be honest. I have already set my mind on a 30-06, do you guys have any recommendation when it comes to ammo brands/bullet grain. I'm somewhat new to the whole rifle thing and I'm not expecting super accurate groups with this gun. It will mostly be hunting/range gun. Thanks.
     
  2. thatonespot

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    I've heard good things about both, but i do not have personal experience with either.
    That being said, on the whole, ive had better luck with rugers of any kind, as opposed to marlin. The ruger american gets my vote.
     

  3. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    the Ruger American is getting some really good reviews and with it being a Ruger, i expect it will be a very good rifle. now my personal preference is the Marlin X7 series, and as much as like Rugers, and i do own several of them, i really like the Marlin better. i own three of the X7's so far, an XL7C in 25-06, an XS7 in 7mm-08 and an XS7VH in 308. all three are very accurate, very well made and have some great features for such an inexpensive rifle, such as, an adjustable trigger, pillar bedded stocks and an excellent recoil pad. they are priced pretty decently as well and have heard of some getting them NIB for a just a little over $300.

    i don't doubt he Ruger is an excellent rifle, but IMO, the Marlin is a much nicer looking rifle with more of classic look to it. that is a personal prefernce and based on my opinions. either one would serve you quite well i am sure, the Ruger i give the recommendation based on the companies past products and good reviews by those who have bought them, and the Marlin based on personal experiance and many, many great reviews since it came out a few years ago.
     
  4. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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    Thanks guys, I think I'm leaning toward the ruger. I want to hold both again though, before I make my decision.
     
  5. cottontop

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    I don't see why you don't expect good groups. Maybe you won't get them w/ the .30-06, but I think you would. I have a Marlin XL7 in .25-06 and w/ my handloads I have shot many groups less than 1/2". I didn't buy the marlin because I needed an inexpensive rifle as I can afford to buy any rifle out there. I bought it because of it's light weight, good looks, and quality.
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  6. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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    I didn't mean that the group's would be bad but it's in no way a sniper rifle or target gun.
     
  7. cottontop

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    Well, I guess it depends on what your definition of "super accurate groups" is. To me, less than a half inch with a non-benchrest rifle IS super accurate. And, doing it consistantly lends to even more credibility of being super accurate. I don't think you will find a light weight hunting rifle from any maker that is more accurate than that, regardless of caliber.
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  8. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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    I understand, I would be really happy with 1/2" at 100yds.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    well we get those and better all day long out of the Marlins!:D
     
  10. John_Deer

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    I have a Marlin XT 22 MR. Pretty much the same gun as the Marlin X7. The first Marlin I got shot so high I couldn't set the iron sights. I called Remlin. They did pay for the postage and they replaced the gun. But the first Remlin should have never left the factory. You know why you can't find a new Marlin lever action? Remington laid off all the Marlin employees. They tried to build the lever actions. So many of the Remlin lever actions were returned they stopped production of all lever actions and have not resumed production.

    I would buy the ruger if it has everything you desire. What lead me into the Remlin was Savage doesn't believe in putting iron sights on a 22 wmr.
     
  11. Apex-Predator

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    I will vouch for the X7, I had one in 308, great shooter, rough around the edges and it felt cheap, but it would shoot sub-MOA all day if I did my part. A very good cheap gun IMHO.
    The Ruger is getting some very high praise from some people I know and respect but I have yet to shoot one so I cannot vouch for them other then to say they feel good, and the trigger is respectable.
     
  12. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    excuse me? then where are all the new Marlin lever action coming from? where is my LGS who is a Marlin Dealer getting all his lever actions from? yes they changed employees at the factory and had to retrain them in making lever actions and there were some quality control problems in the beginning with some of them, but they got that sorted out and went along.

    please if you are going to make such statements please cite sources instead of internet rumours. some sources or links would be nice to support those statements. without facts or evidence to support those type of statements, they lack credibilty.
     
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  13. Txhillbilly

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    My Savage 93GL came with iron sights on it from the factory.
     
  14. gunnut07

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    After shooting both rifles. Hands down for a entry level hunting rifle I would go with the Ruger any day of the week. The fit and finish is better, the action is butter smooth and accuracy of the two I shot was better in the ruger.
     
  15. JTJ

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    The Ruger has a removable rotary magazine while the Marlin has a blind box magazine. Just something to consider.
     
  16. 95sniper

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    Thanks for the responses, I think the ruger has it. Now are there other calibers that are better for hunting/target than the 30-06?
     
  17. Apex-Predator

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    Yep, if you are just hunting deer/hogs the 7mm-08 is a more logical choice if you don't like recoil (who does) the mid ranged 6.5mms are some of the best target cartridges there are and plenty enough for deer but sadly the 260 Rem, 6.5 Creedmore, and 6.5x55 are not chambered in the Ruger American. The 308 runs close to the 30-06 in 150-168gr class and works in a short action with a little less recoil.
    I own all of the above the 6.5x55 is my favorite, but without that option I would vote for the 308 though I do enjoy my 30-06 with handloads.
     
  18. phideaux

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    I really dont mean to be a party pooper, but have you looked at Savage?
    They have IMO the best trigger(Accutrigger) out there,
    and I have never heard of one that didnt shoot sub-moa out of the box.
    Price range is about the same as Marlin and Ruger.
    I have Marlin and Ruger rifles, and love them , but my go to hunter is my Savage. Just something to think aboot.

    My .308 Savage

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  19. 95sniper

    95sniper New Member

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    What savage is that, I'm sure it's more than $300
     
  20. bntyhntr6975

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    Hes probly talking about the Axis. Its in the same price range as the Ruger American, but it feels ALOT better. At least to me. The Ruger just felt way too light and almost flimsy. And in .30-06, expect some hefty recoil in such a light rifle. My vote would go towards a Rem 700 but Im very biased. Lol.