12-19-2008, 09:03 AM
B&C 120 Class
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Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Southern New Hampshire
A friend very versed in firearms and reloading told me that if you shoot alot stay away from the .257. He said the rifling can get shot out alot easier on a .257 due to the length of rifle twist that is being used. I have never heard this before and cannot confirm the validity. I am not trying to discourage you in making your decision. I would opt for the .25-06 myself. The ammo is more mainstream and far less expensive. If Marlin would ever start volume producing the XL7 in .25-06 you just might save yourself $75. This is my next gun. I am on multiple waiting lists.