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Home » Firearms » Rifles » Marlin Rifles » Reviews
Tuesday 23 August, 2016  
Marlin XL-7 Bolt Action Rifle XL73006, 30-06 Springfield, 22", Bolt Action, Black Synthetic Stock, Blue Finish, 4 Rds

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by J. W. Date Added: Sunday 09 August, 2009
I am retired law enforcement and spent a few years as a SWAT marksman. Accuracy is important to me, but this is a hunting rifle, not a target rifle. I would not want to carry the weight of a "Target" rifle into the field. This rifle is very accurate and mine always puts the round within an inch of its mark if I do my part. Unless you're shooting squirrels for the pot with a 30-06 (?), who could ask for more. I agree that the stock is great at absorbing recoil.

It has one and only one characteristic that I wish it did not. When carried on "Safe" the bolt will not lock up like it does on other rifles. This feature is safer for unloading the rifle, but it is a nuisance when you're carrying the rifle over your shoulder and the bolt pops open (often) on its own. I have to carry the rifle in this position with nothing in the chamber (lost cartridges) and had to secure the bolt closed with a good rubber band running from the trigger guard to the bolt handle. Nevertheless, for the money it's a great rifle for hunting. The new reduced load cartridges allow you to carry ammunition for close shots (125 gr) or long shots (standard loads).

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