Great all-around Review by J Hall
Quality Price Value
this is for the x7vh modelPros: Shoots everything I feed, Accurate, Simple Design, Easy to maintain, Easy to shoot well, Nice Recoil, Reliable, Easy to Use
i really didn't want to reward the freedom group by buying this rifle, but the price i paid for mine ($329 plus tax for the x7vh in .308 - the vh is for the varmint heavy barrel) made it hard to walk away from. i'm a savage man myself, and i appreciate that marlin is at least willing to try their way of making a rifle. i gave it 5 for all above, because i can't fault any of the categories for the things i don't like about this rifle. changing them would make it more expensive, and that was what i was avoiding intentionally, so i'm willing to sacrifice some of my favorite features to get there.
when i took it to the range to zero, all was well. VERY mild recoil for the .308. zero is pretty much the word - this baby is accurate. with its 26" long heavy barrel, you won't want to be wandering around the woods all day, but if you're able to throw down a bipod for some long range stuff or maybe you have some land you can shoot on, this is the one you want if you're really on a budget. by best three shots resulted in a grouping of just under an inch with some good hand-loads and a good scope........from just over 400 yards!
so, first the good:
the bolt is nice, and resembles the bastard child of a sako and savage, with a Remington contour handle.
the barrel is awesome. and it can be replaced with savage small shank threaded barrels, so if you want a different caliber, you're halfway there already.
comes with a one piece scope mount. it's adequate, but perhaps a bit soft for my taste. then again, i kinda place a premium on optics over rifle anyhow.
action is quick, with no wobble or loose fit. smooth to cycle. my x7vh is offered in either .308 or .22-250, although the normal x7 is offered in almost everything else.
VERY accurate, unexpectedly so from such an inexpensive rifle.
but there are drawbacks for that accuracy and price point. and they are as follows:
the stock.....SUCKS! and there are not too many offerings for a replacement yet. the factory version is a cheap plastic affair that literally fles with each shot. it touches the barrel after the action, but since mine is a heavy barrel, there's not too much of an issue there, and no way to get around it without using a lot of elbow grease and money, which is getting away fromt the concept of cheap.
no offerings for a drop mag; for what it is, it's fine, but i prefer throwing in a mag and shooting to loading each round and pressing down and back for proper seating.
overall, this rifle is great for target practice, hunting, or potentially, even for competition. it's not a savage, Remington, Winchester, or a sako. it's something weirdly in-between, exhibiting features of each, but at a fraction of the others.
bottom line? snatch it up. you'll either love it or accept it, but at its price point and features, the one thing it won't be is a safe queen. (Posted on 2/13/12)
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Definitely yes