So I finally broke down and decided to get my self a good long range (being 300 yards minimum) bug game hunting rifle. but it seemed all the "budget" rifles were cheaply made, and even though the savage is crazy accurate, I wanted to buy something that was short, and felt good. cause I doubt I'll buy another gun for a long time and I want one I will be really happy with. well I went into sportsman's the other day and I saw the marlin XS7 chambered in 308. Ohhh man. that is MY gun I thought to my self, it had all the features of a high quality gun (except the mauser type extractor) and the 380 dollar price tag bought my eye too. the short barrel turned me on too. and don't get me wrong, I like the 30-06 as much as the next guy but I have always wanted a 308 and since it was gonna be my gun and not one given to me I figured I had the choice.
But, like most of us I didn't have that much to spend as I need to save my money till I start working again in april but I worked a few days here and there, and my friend told me he was selling his Mosin negant. now, a negant is something I have always liked, but the long barrel and the fact that its a communist made gun I figured it would be junk, but I asked to borrow it and shoot it a bit so I got some ammo at chemos and went to work. I wrapped my arm in the sling so it was tight and right off the bat shot 4 inch groups at 100-120 yards kneeling. with no feeding issues and the fact that it is SO STINKING EASY to disassemble everything (even the bolt doesn't have any screws or anything) with how the sights were it shot about 1 1/2 inches high at 100 yards. I took it to a friends house and we were tasting on a table at 60 yards could hit a pop can every time till at the end when our shoulders were hurting for running that many round as fast as we did. I put it through a few tests and the only thing I don't really like about it is its long. it not to heavy, and the weight defiantly helps with the recoil. ballistics are about the same as a 308 if not higher
the 75 dollar price tag and the 7 dollar a box for ammo, and I go through a lot of ammo in the winter (19 for hunting rounds) was defiantly a turn on....so I got it. Merry christmas to Me! sorry to be long winded.
here she is. I am very happy with it.