I zeroed two Marlin XL7s in 30-06
A buddy of mine needed to buy a couple of rifles as gifts, and I suggested the Marlin XL7s in 30-06. I took both out the range and set up the zero on both. They are alot of quality for the money. A blued version should cost around 300.xx, with the camo stocked version costing a little more. The Stainless version was I think 100.xx more than the blued. I really don't think there is a better buy available for the price. The Marlin has what a rifle needs, a good barrel, a solid action, and a clean trigger. You give up a dropping floorplate but if I had to give up something that is not a big deal. For one he bought a Redfield Revolution 2x7 scope that I suggested. It worked out great. His Sister picked up the other for her Son and the gunshop talked her into the Nikon Prostaff 3x9. Either of these scopes will be a good choice at under 200.xx. I know that cost is an issue but don't try to get by with a cheap scope.