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Marlin XL 7 30-06

I went into the local sporting goods store in need of some stuff for archery season. While there I noticed a very reasonably priced gun.

The Marlin XL 7 30-06. I decided to buy it because I couldnt pass up such a deal and was in need of a new deer rifle for this up coming season. I slapped a Center Point 4-16x40mm scope on it .

I was just wandering if anyone owns one or has shot one and how do they like it???

What bullets would you recomend for mulies in colorado???I usually hunt archery and havnt hunted with a gun here since i was young so im a little rusty on what to use. Any input would be greatly apreciated. I wont be getting to the range untill after archery season probably.

Check the riticule on the scope I noticed this after I purchased it. It also turns green.

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Marlin XL 7 30-06

Thumbs up Although I do not own one, I've read several stellar reports on the new Marlin bolt rifle as to it's being well made and accurate. With a trigger very similar in usage to the well acclaimed Savage "accutrigger" and most popular calibers for big game covered, I think you made a great choice.

The 30/06 is about as good as it gets for CXP2 and CXP3 game, although not necessarily a lot better than the also fine .270, .280, and .308 calibers. I own several '06s and think the accuracy, power and recoil are all in the "excellent" range. For mulies I'd look at the 165gr loads first and see how they shoot. That weight bullet is just about optimum for CXP2 game at short, moderate and long range in an '06.

I've had good luck with 165gr Accubonds as well as plain Jane SPs from Remington. A load I'd highly recommend you trying is the normally accurate and reasonably priced Federal Fusions in 165gr. You might also try the 180s as it's a fairly fast opening bullet still in that weight, if the 165s don't give you good accuracy.

In my opinion, premium bullets are not necessary for the great '06 to take any deer cleanly. Use them if you like, but a typical SP bullet from 150-180gr should work just fine for your needs. Good Luck.

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Marlin XL 7 30-06

Find what shoots good and don't worry about premium bullets for mule deer. Any bullet weight from 150 grain on up will work well.

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Thanks for the input guys. I purchased a couple boxes of winchester 150 grain super x's. Those were the only ones left in stock anywhere around here. The local stores are limiting to two boxes per caliber per day because of such high demand and low stock.

I'm heading to the range next week sometime I'm dying to see how this gun shoots.

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Marlin XL 7 30-06

Nice looking rifle. Like to hear how it shoot's. Marlin made a rifle called the RM 7 years ago that was also a nice rifle but for whatever reason it didn't fly. Most people probably don't know it but Marlin also made an O/U shotgun yuears and years ago.

I think the biggest problem they have is overcomming being associated with lever actions and 22 rimfires. Nobody seem's to take them serious.

I'de certainly go with the 165gr bullet in the 30-06. I'm not a big fan of 150's in any 30 cal larger than the 300 Sav. But lots of people have had a lot of luck with them. I have never used anythiong other than cup and core bullets in my life either. If you use a cup and core that doesn't work, you picked the wrong bullet. To many people wanting to shoot lighter bullet's to gain velocity but the added valocity is hard on those bullets.

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