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Old 03-23-2014, 11:57 PM
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I have been looking at Marlin Centerfire Bolt Action Rifles and torn between which X7 series to get. I am looking at something for hunting, light in weight and works with shorter arm spans. (5'2 female) Figured best place to get some good insight would be a hunting forum. I have a 1968 .270 Winchester with everything original that was my grandfather's gun...after a while it gets a little too heavy for me in the woods (broke one arm twice so strength is not all there with some arthritis...not a wimp:) and I also feel too cautious about the gun getting messed up than finding deer. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:16 AM
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On this rifle, I like camo stocks so I would lean towards the x7c, I also think the Synthetic stock will meet your needs well but you will need to put a scope on it, keep that in mind.
Marlin is a good brand but don't be afraid to look at others before deciding, just as an example, here's the link to a Mossberg 4x4 in .270 with synthetic stock,
It only weighs 6.75 lbs and has a removable Clip.

Good Luck whichever you choose.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:21 PM
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Why Marlin? Ruger American is a nice, accurate rifle that comes in a compact version mroe suited for a short frame, as does T/C's Venture Compact, or even a good old Remington Model7 in a 7mm-08 that will do everything you need. Marlin does make a good rifle, as does Savage and all of the above, but your original post doesn't explain just why you are limiting your search to Marlin.
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:14 PM
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Default Marlin makes a shorter stock compact version of the xs7

At 5`2" you would want the shorter butt stock to better fit your arm length. I would recommend either the 7mm-08 or 308win in the XS7 over the choices in the XL7 270, 30-06 etc. This rifle only weight 6.5 lbs and that makes it easy to carry even with one weak arm. It will have more felt recoil in the long action cartridges. I have only seen one of the rifles in the camo stock finish and I liked it. It may show scratches more with the camo finish.

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Old 03-26-2014, 08:48 AM
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I will look into their .308, actually like shooting .308s just never have shot one from a Marlin. We have a gun show this weekend and hoping to get my hands on some more Marlins. (Planning on shooting range first to see if I like the feel of it)
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If you like the .308, then give the 7mm-08 a look-see. Same cartridge case, just necked down from .308 to .284. A little less recoil, and just as capable.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:44 AM
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I have looked at (held and shot a few) other manufacturers and seemed to like the Marlin's fit the best for me. I was just wondering if anyone had one that could give insight on the gun series. If I am going to spend money on a.gun and a good sight, I want to be comfortable in all aspects while shooting it.
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