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Join Date: May 2007
Location: Close Enough! At least in the right country and state now.
When I came back to Germany in 2012, I didn't want to wait until having all of the import paperwork done to get my rifle from home sent over, as deer season was already open, and I wanted to get something inexpensive to use in the mean time. The on-base rod and gun store had few rifles in stock, but did have a couple of Howa's and two Marlin X7's. Both chambered in 7mm-08 and .308. Since the gun I was having sent over is a .308, I opted for the 7mm-08 just for something different. I handled both the Howa and the Marlin, and for the price was happy with both. I ended up choosing the Marlin only because the forearm of the Howa seemed a bit square, or flat, to me. I preferred the feel of the Marlin, but both guns had good balance and relatively smooth actions. I don't know how the Howa shoots, but I am very pleased with the accuracy of the Marlin, and the couple of deer I've killed with it didn't move more than a step or two.
Also, as a moderator's note to this thread. The engraving on the stock looks as if there were 250 of those made specifically to support the organization that is engraved on there. That being said, and this is directed to all, there will be NO discussion in this thread regarding that agency. Any post that does so will be immediately removed from the thread. There are other forums for discussions regarding groups, clubs, etc.
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