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Old 11-22-2020, 02:39 PM   #1
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Had a lot of alone time this past weekend in the deer stand and something (of the many things) I thought of were how inaccurate my first rifle is. I had never truly sighted it in, so between hunts I ran up to Pigeon Shooting Sports north of Stephenville and put her on the iron sled for the first time. Before this, and not being a true gun person, I didn't know how to sight it in, so I just tried to steady it in the bench.

It was all over the place. The best group was probably 3 inches apart at 100 yds. Good enough for my application of shots at the most 100 yds away, but the Grendel I built is so much more accurate. It may be time to retire my first rifle and it become a safe queen.

I bought a Marlin XL7 on December 13, 2008...the day I turned 21, a few months after Barry had been elected. My uncles brother was at the time was a weapons specialist for the secret service. He met me at Cabelas in FW and helped me pick out my first rifle. It is chambered in 30-06 and has a bushnell Buckmaster II on top. It's killed a few deer, including my first, a spike, another buck in Oklahoma, 2 doe within seconds of each other, and another spike. It also missed the biggest buck I had ever had up at the point last year.

The Grendel shoots tight groups and has a Wraith attached, so it is great for hogs at night. Might be the new multi-tool gun I bring with me.
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Old 11-22-2020, 02:49 PM   #2
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Cool story bro
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Old 11-22-2020, 02:58 PM   #3
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OP, I have a Marlin XS7 Youth in .243 that I bought around the same time. I bought it for a small, cheap truck gun ($300, rifle/scope) that wouldn't matter if it got abused or stolen. SOB shoots lights-out! The action is rough and it's just a cheap gun for the truck, but I've been blown away with how accurate it is. It's killed several deer and hogs from the cab of the truck as I pull in from work. Some as far as 300 yards.
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Wouldn’t your uncle’s brother also be your uncle?


And by the way, I think I met him when I was a door gunner on the space shuttle
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OP, I have a Marlin XS7 Youth in .243 that I bought around the same time. I bought it for a small, cheap truck gun ($300, rifle/scope) that wouldn't matter if it got abused or stolen. SOB shoots lights-out! The action is rough and it's just a cheap gun for the truck, but I've been blown away with how accurate it is. It's killed several deer and hogs from the cab of the truck as I pull in from work. Some as far as 300 yards.
Wow maybe it's the ammo. I am shooting Remington 180 gr point soft point core lokt. Or more likely, I didn't clean it and take care of it properly in my college days and 20s. Thank you for sharing.
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Wouldn’t your uncle’s brother also be your uncle?


And by the way, I think I met him when I was a door gunner on the space shuttle
Not if my uncle is my uncle by marriage.
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Not if my uncle is my uncle by marriage.
Mind blown 🤯 lol
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Old 11-22-2020, 03:41 PM   #8
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Try different ammo. Lots of different. 150s and/or 180s. Check torque on action screws. You could even take scope off and re mount.

If nothing else, all that is good practice for future guns.

And, you actually probably did yourself a favor by not cleaning it. Keep it that way. It’s a different theory, but I’ve bought in.
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Old 11-22-2020, 03:59 PM   #9
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First off..... Eastxhunter....you ain't right..... Second....even the cheapest throw down rifle will shoot better groups than that at 100 yards in a hurricane with bad ammo, iron sights and off-handed.
If the sled was secure, I'd be checking the scope/bases they may be loose.
Good luck.

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Try different ammo. Lots of different. 150s and/or 180s. Check torque on action screws. You could even take scope off and re mount.

If nothing else, all that is good practice for future guns.

And, you actually probably did yourself a favor by not cleaning it. Keep it that way. It’s a different theory, but I’ve bought in.
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First off..... Eastxhunter....you ain't right..... Second....even the cheapest throw down rifle will shoot better groups than that at 100 yards in a hurricane with bad ammo, iron sights and off-handed.
If the sled was secure, I'd be checking the scope/bases they may be loose.
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Thx for the advice gents. Next time I am down that way I will see what they think on the scope. I saw someone who worked there come out to the rage to show a customer something on their rifle. They seem to people good people at that range.
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