Well after all the thinking I finally got a rifle!

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Well after all the thinking I finally got a rifle!

Postby devildog28 » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:55 pm

Marlin XLR .308 express
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These are some grouping shots I did today at 100 yards. I was using the old style iron sights I'm not used to, instead of the military style peep sights I'm used to, but this gun is a tack driver!!! I think I should've shot slower because after while the thermals off the barrel started affecting accuracy a little. :rofl: The .308 round it uses is a smudge less powerful than the win .308 (i think 100 fps less).

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Everyone at the range thought it was just a run of the mill 30-30 :yes:
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Postby jrockncash » Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:41 pm

Save every piece of brass you get. Look at Ghost ring sights if you want an upgrade. They have what your looking for Ill bet. Also they have a scope base that will accomodate both the ghost ring sights and a normal low mounted scope. Im not a scout mounted scope guys so this is a good thing to me.

Also you are in luck if you reload, because Hornady just released the FTB's to reloaders.
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Postby devildog28 » Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:07 pm

I've already thought about the brass for reloading. Is it going to be cheaper than buying factory ammo? Ammo for this gun is looking a small problem because everywhere I go seems not be able to keep it on the shelf! That's a good thing though, it means that Hornandy will keep making it :thumbsup:
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Postby don taylor » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:53 pm

Nice gun and nice shooting! I like that color combo as well. Not my style, but very nice. I'd stick a 2x7x32 with the offset base and leave those irons.

Is there a sibling that can be trimmed or sized to that caliber or is it totally original?
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Postby jrockncash » Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:14 pm

Reloading should be cheaper how much depends on what you are shooting. The Hornadys seem to be very fairly priced. I dont remember off the top of my head what the .308 is based on. I can go look though.

Don good call on the scope situation. I have that exact setup on my levergun. I would prefer the ghostrings with quickdetach bases for the scope. But the old style has served me very well.
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Postby devildog28 » Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:23 pm

don taylor wrote:Nice gun and nice shooting! I like that color combo as well. Not my style, but very nice. I'd stick a 2x7x32 with the offset base and leave those irons.

Is there a sibling that can be trimmed or sized to that caliber or is it totally original?


Thanks for the compliment don! It was hilarious sitting a couple benches down from a group of guys that each took turns trying to group some kind of upper sized caliber rifle with a huge scope on it :biggrin: And here I am with an iron sighted levergun plinking away. :yes:

As for the gun there's two models that shoot the Marlin .308 express. The one pictured is the XLR with a 24'' barrel. The other one the shoots this round is the MX model. It's got a 22'' barrel and is blued w/ walnut stocks.
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Postby jrockncash » Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:37 pm

Looks like its based on a .307 win? Good luck making cases. :rofl: Just keep the brass you got.

Good article about it here.http://www.chuckhawks.com/hunting_308Marlin.htm
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Postby devildog28 » Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:36 pm

jrockncash wrote:Looks like its based on a .307 win? Good luck making cases. :rofl: Just keep the brass you got.

Good article about it here.http://www.chuckhawks.com/hunting_308Marlin.htm


You're right it was a good article. I'm agree that this gun will definatly reach out and touch something accuratly! Going to a bigger range tommorrow so we'll see just how she does. I post up my targets for others to judge.
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