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Marlin .22LR 7000

MARLIN 7000
.22 SEMI-AUTO RIFLE


 



I bought this gun as my main rifle for squirrel hunting. The synthetic stock semi-automatic 7000 is a light weight and releatively inexpensive rifle. The bull barrel which is becoming more popular on .22 rifles and pistols these days has proved to be quite accurate with sub 1" groups at 50 yards off bags. This rifle comes without sights but has a dovetail machined into the top of the receiver to mount a scope. The weaver style rings that come with the rifle are a bit 'cheesey' to say the least. I opted to purchase a set of KBL #263 target rings to securely mount my scope. The scope I bought is a Tasco 2.5-10 x 42 Mil-Dot Varmit Scope and for the price I have found them to have clear optics and to be a generally above average scope. This scope has adjustable paralax so be on the ball.

Dont expect a target trigger with this gun. It is a very heavy trigger for a .22 in my opinion, with an average of 5 trigger pull tests of 5lb 1oz. Then again I am more use to the extremely light triggers on my smallbore target rifles and pistols so this could be a mute point. The ammo I normally use in my 7000 is Federal loose bulk and a 550 round box will set you back about ten bucks at Wally's. It Shoots this ammo reasonably well but I do get the occassional spent case caught when the bolt apparently does not fully cycle. This is something that may well cure itself with time when the action gets worn in a bit. I have been thinking how the extra energy of CCI MiniMags would go in this also as far as accuracy and fully cycling the bolt ... time will tell on this issue. Stripping this gun to clean it is a royal pain-in-the-butt, not so much stripping it but getting the return spring back in place during reassembly but it is one of those neccessary chores that must be done. Just expect to let fly with a few choice cuss words along the way and maybe a ripped up finger.

Overall not a bad gun and quite accurate and light weight for the intended purpose I purchased this gun for, which is squirrel hunting.

 

Caliber - .22 LR
Overall Length - 37"
Barrel Length - 18" heavy target barrel with Micro-Groove® rifling; recessed muzzle (16 grooves)
Weight - 5.25 lbs
Magazine Capacity - 10 Rounds
Stock - Monte Carlo black fiberglass-filled synthetic with swivel studs and molded-in checkering
Sights - No sights provided, but receiver grooved for 1" scope rings (Weaver rings included)
Rifling Rate of Twist - 1:16" RH

Accessories - Tasco 2.5-10 x 42 scope with KBL #263 scope rings



A picture of yours truly out in the woods squirrel hunting with his trusty Marlin 7000.








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