Marlin XL7 or Stevens 200?


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Marty B
December 9, 2009, 04:42 PM
My son in law is needing an inexpensive deer rifle in 30-06. Which of these two do you feel is the better rifle. I feel like He can't go wrong with the Stevens, so I guess I'm mostly looking for opinions on the Marlin. Any help would be appreciated. The Mossberg might also be a consideration.
Thanks,
Marty

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bearmgc
December 9, 2009, 04:44 PM
Can't go wrong with either one. I'd prefer the Marlin.

Uncle Mike
December 9, 2009, 04:53 PM
Well, the Stevens is top notch...f o r t h e m o n e y !

However, I hear time and time again from customers who have both, or who have shot/ hunted with both, that the nod goes towards the XL 7, but ever so slightly, and as we all know, you can't argue with opinion!

I think the deciding factor for most folks is the Marlins trigger is a tad nicer than the Stevens...but I hear that is about to change...there was a nasty rumor that the Savage folks were going to crank out the Stevens with their Accutrigger....don't quote me on that, because it came from an source outside of Savage.

aubie515
December 9, 2009, 09:42 PM
The Marlins will accept the same prefit barrels from Pac Nor, Shilen and McGowen. I hear the bolts/action on the Marlins are better.

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