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Old 04-17-2019, 06:08 PM
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Local shop has one of these with a Tasco scope for $499.99. It's in decent condition, no rust but dings on the wood and some scratches on the bluing. The price seems a bit high...but I dunno, maybe that's a fair price. They also have a couple Remington 700 ADLs with junk scopes for the same price, and a post-64 Model 70 for $599.99.

Is the Marlin a good rifle to buy? Anything interesting I should know?
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Old 04-19-2019, 11:25 PM
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The Mr-7 is a great rifle. It's a reminder 700 in action and bolt. A model 70 in safety. A Ruger 77 in bolt handle and an A-bolt in magazine. They are accurate and sturdy. But see if they will come closer to 400 I bought mine for 300.
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Old 04-21-2019, 08:55 PM
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The Mr-7 is a great rifle. It's a reminder 700 in action and bolt. A model 70 in safety. A Ruger 77 in bolt handle and an A-bolt in magazine. They are accurate and sturdy. But see if they will come closer to 400 I bought mine for 300.
$300 sounds like an awesome deal, if I can get it for $400 or less I'll be pretty darn happy. The only features I wish it had are iron sights and controlled round feed....I can add sights later, but to get CRF I'd have to get a Winchester 70 and that'd cost just about twice as much.
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If you get it. Go shoot it. You'll find control round feed isn't necessary for a great shooter. But you can get a new 77 Hawkeye with crf
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Alright, decision-making time. Should I trade my Walther PP1 M1 for this Marlin MR-7, or for a Remington 700 BDL? Both have walnut stocks, both are .30-06, both are in pretty good condition (the 700 is a bit better than the MR-7), the 700 has iron sights and but the MR-7. I know 700s are a dime a dozen and MR-7s are harder to find, but I do like open sights. But I also love Marlins. But I also like Remingtons.

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Gripen sir the only thing I can say is pick up both rifles and see which one you just can't put down and let your gut tell you which one to get. That is what I would do...but Marlins rock is all I am going to say.

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Be aware that if you go with the Marlin it's all but impossible to get extra magazines!, I've been looking for a spare for mine and they are all but impossible to find!
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My Gunsmith calls the 700 the small block chevy of rifles, everyone make parts and improved parts and add ons to them, something to think about. Doubt there is much out there for the Marlin.
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gmd +1.

I do like marlin mr-7s, a good rifle. But the lack of magazines available for the MR-7 would be a negative,

really you can't go wring.

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I would try harder to compare the rifles for you but in my case it's apples to oranges. If I still had my 700 bdl it would be closer to apples to apples. The Mr-7 if you use it like a blind box and only remove the magazine when you unload it would never be an issue. The 700 has sights but how many of us use iron sights as we age. My 700 is my inherited mountain rifle in 7x64 brenneke and the lines and feel of it are perfect. The bdl and mr-7 are thicker heavier stocks. I prefer the safety and bolt release of the MR-7 as the 700 I find the bolt release tends to gum up but that is easily medicated. But in the end the best thing you can do is hold them both and compare side by side.
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I would try harder to compare the rifles for you but in my case it's apples to oranges. If I still had my 700 bdl it would be closer to apples to apples. The Mr-7 if you use it like a blind box and only remove the magazine when you unload it would never be an issue. The 700 has sights but how many of us use iron sights as we age. My 700 is my inherited mountain rifle in 7x64 brenneke and the lines and feel of it are perfect. The bdl and mr-7 are thicker heavier stocks. I prefer the safety and bolt release of the MR-7 as the 700 I find the bolt release tends to gum up but that is easily medicated. But in the end the best thing you can do is hold them both and compare side by side.
See, those pics illustrate my problem perfectly: They're both great looking rifles. That's not a 700 BDL, though, is it? The checkering pattern is different, and it looks like it has a detachable box mag.
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No sir it is not. If I had to choose between a bdl and the MR-7 I'd pick the MR-7. I had a bdl in 30-06 but they are heavy. And I always end up walking a half mile to where I sit. So the 700 mountain rifle pictured ends up getting used the most.

My father had a friend who worked at the Ilion plant in the 90s and bought that Mountain Rifle right of the line. It was supposed to be an export. It's actual designation is 700 European Mountain Rifle DM. It is one of the early mountain rifles with a lightened CDL stock and detachable mag. I lusted after it my whole childhood and hunting with my father. He finally bought a new rifle and passed it on to me.
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The MR-7 was only made for four (maybe 5) years, and they didn't sell a whole lot of them. They are beautiful and very accurate rifles, using the best design features from all of the "big 4" makers, as described previously in this thread. They will always be more rare than the 700. But the 700 BDL is a fine rifle itself. If condition and price were equal, I would probably buy the BDL, but if the MR-7 was a hundred bucks cheaper than the BDL, then it would win every time.
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I've a Marlin XS, 7 in 243 Win.,XL 270 Win. Synthetic stock. Very accurate. Nearby gun shop has Marlin XL 7s in 30.-06, 270 Win. with cheap scope for $349.99. I'm giving some thought to getting one of them due to the price. Already have a Rem. ADL in '.06, Tikka T3 in '.06. Both very accurate. We'll see. You likely will not go wrong with either though.
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