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I am looking to buy a new bolt action rifle in 7mm-08. I currently own a savage 110 chambered in 270. I was thinking about a rifle with a 20 or 22 inch barrel. I am wondering if anyone has anything like this and has any feedback they could send my way. If so what are some pros and cons to this set up, and is a 20 or22 inch barrel a silly idea for this caliber?
 

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Marlin x7s is in 7-08 and has a 22" bbl. They shoot scary accurate if you can do your part. Its a very good platform. For little over $300 its very hard to beat for overallgood value.
 

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Agree with Marlinman on the x bolt rifles and have a couple of them too. Also own a Stevens 200 in 7mm08. Do a trigger job on the Stevens and maybe replace the plastic stock, you have a decent rifle. Shoots fairly accurate without this, but certainly is a better rifle with the changes. But, Marlin trigger alone is a good reason to buy it instead of a Stevens 200.
 

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the Marlin X7 series have adjustable triggers, capable of being adjusted to under 3 lbs., have pillar bedded stocks, free floated barrels, and an excellent recoil pad. accuracy is very good and the 7mm-08 in this rifle is very enjoyable to shoot.

the only downside is the factory Marlin stock. it's a bit flimsy in the fore end area. not a huge problem, and most will never even notice it, but it's an easy fix. a peice of steel rod or 3/8" all thread adn some epoxy is all that's needed to fix it and stiffen it up.

the Marlin X7 series are IMO , one of the best values for an inexpensive bolt action rifle that is very well made and very accurate. they are decently priced and also IMO, worth every dollar spent.
 

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the Marlin X7 series have adjustable triggers, capable of being adjusted to under 3 lbs., have pillar bedded stocks, free floated barrels, and an excellent recoil pad. accuracy is very good and the 7mm-08 in this rifle is very enjoyable to shoot.

the only downside is the factory Marlin stock. it's a bit flimsy in the fore end area. not a huge problem, and most will never even notice it, but it's an easy fix. a peice of steel rod or 3/8" all thread adn some epoxy is all that's needed to fix it and stiffen it up.

the Marlin X7 series are IMO , one of the best values for an inexpensive bolt action rifle that is very well made and very accurate. they are decently priced and also IMO, worth every dollar spent.
The expanding foam insulation in a can sprayed into the forearm then sanded down to where it doesn't touch the barrel also will work well to stiffen it up.
 

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The expanding foam insulation in a can sprayed into the forearm then sanded down to where it doesn't touch the barrel also will work well to stiffen it up.
i have already tried that and it doesn't stiffen it up enough to be effective. the steel rod or all thread using an epoxy works much better. i have already tried this and know it works quite well.
 

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Thanks for he insight on the marlin. I have been so pleased withy savage that I really haven't considered anything else. I will definitely look at the marlin series. After doing my research on the 7mm-08 ballistics it seems to be a decent round for shots out to 500 yards, it seems comparable to the 260 rem. I will probably use the rifle for hunting and a little bit of steel target shooting.
 

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i have already tried that and it doesn't stiffen it up enough to be effective. the steel rod or all thread using an epoxy works much better. i have laready tried this and know it works quite well.
No I ment added on TOP of the bar stock. It absorbs some of the vibrations allowing for a little more weight and a little less stock vibration/felt recoil.
 

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Thanks for he insight on the marlin. I have been so pleased withy savage that I really haven't considered anything else. I will definitely look at the marlin series. After doing my research on the 7mm-08 ballistics it seems to be a decent round for shots out to 500 yards, it seems comparable to the 260 rem. I will probably use the rifle for hunting and a little bit of steel target shooting.
A minor point, but the Marlin X bolt rifles will definitely remind you of a Savage, barrel nut and etc. Not sure how the higher end Savages do their safety and what you need to do to remove the bolt, but if like my Stevens and Savage Axis, chuckle you'll probably prefer the Marlin safety and bolt removal system.
 

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Thanks for he insight on the marlin. I have been so pleased withy savage that I really haven't considered anything else. I will definitely look at the marlin series. After doing my research on the 7mm-08 ballistics it seems to be a decent round for shots out to 500 yards, it seems comparable to the 260 rem. I will probably use the rifle for hunting and a little bit of steel target shooting.
500 yard hunting?? For what?? Read this thread.
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f18/long-range-shooting-82624/
300 yards is more realistic. I really want to go off here, but I will refrain.
BTW, a hunter is not a target rifle.
 

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500 yard hunting?? For what?? Read this thread.
http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f18/long-range-shooting-82624/
300 yards is more realistic. I really want to go off here, but I will refrain.
BTW, a hunter is not a target rifle.
Go ahead and go off my friend. I said I wanted to use the rifle for hunting and for some target shooting. The reference to range was merely that, a reference. Not once did I say I was planning on shooting any wild game at 500. I am well aware of my capabilities, and will become aware of the rifles capabilities if and when I get it prior to doing any long range shooting at any game with it. I had no intentions to ruffle any feathers.
 

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Slight thread tangent......

One of the things that I find a real nuisance on a hunting rifle is the noise these cheap plastic stocks make.So,after you're done stiffening forend,you might want to fill buttstock with something.Also look at sling/swivels for noise.

JMO,but stock fit is more important on a hunting rifle than it is on a bench gun.Am sure serious BR competitors can argue that point.....And we'd have to agree to disagree.

I like the way some of the cheap factory plastic stocks "handle".To the point of copying them in wood.But nice wood vs cheap plastic on a serious hunting rig?Give me cheap everytime.
 

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Since .308 is nowhere to be found after the run on 'military' ammo, the 7mm-08 is a great choice, especially if you reload.

Have you considered the Weatherby Vanguard S2? It is very well made, accurate, has a terrific two-stage trigger and comes in 7mm-08. It does, however, come with a 24" barrel. Mine is at the gunsmith now to have the barrel shortened to 21" and re-crowned. (Don't pay attention to the factory MSRP - I got one for $425.) http://www.weatherby.com/product/rifles/vanguard_2/series_2_synthetic
 

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Joe I have been looking into the vanguard. I really do like those rifles. I have been looking around recently and just want to put my hands on a few more before I make my decision. I am definitely set on the 7mm-08 though. The more I read about it the more I like it, especially the reloading options for it. Unfortunately I haven't found anyone I know who owns one to shoot. That won't hold me back from buying one though!
 
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