Well, I do love how my 06 (Marlin XL7) has finally come in to its own with my load work. Had one real awesome group, you know, that group every now and then that you never duplicate again, but it is a for sure "WOW!" group, but you keep getting close to it because of the good load you found that the rifle likes. Yet, it is not enough! Got to do more! Time to tinker again! UPGRADE TIME!
I will be putting a new scope FX II 36mm LR Duplex on it and changing to DNZ Game Reaper Pro one piece mount and rings to provide more rigidity of the receiver to control flexing and it is 1/3 the weight of steel and since my stock will weigh more than the factory plastic stock I want to hold weight down some. They are constructed out of Tempered Billet Aluminum and using 5/8 screws from grade 8 steel, that have 4 times more screw length and they do not need lapping.
Also, after knowing of a person who reduced his average group size with his different loads with his Marlin XL7 by putting a new laminated wood stock on his Marlin XL7, I will do the same. So, this coming week I have a new wood (laminated) stock Prairie Hunter coming from Boyd's (finished - drop in) like my acquaintance did with his 30-06 XL7 and it fit perfect and it allows the barrel to free float.
Leupold FX II 6x36mm LR Duplex
DNZ Game Reaper Pro
Boyd's Prairie Hunter (finished drop in - color Nutmeg)