My gun collection/"arsenal" has had pretty much all the bases covered, except a long range bolt action rifle. Today I took a step to fill that gap by ordering online a new Marlin XL7 .30/06 with scope for $309, plus $18 shipping. Can't wait till it gets here! Christmas comes in January this year. Any thoughts on the XL7? I've heard some good things about them. The scope I'll probably dump later for a Leupold. I like Marlins and think I got a good deal. The shops around here are sort of high; they want $350 for one, plus sales tax (9.185%) without the scope. All told, I'll pay about $355 for this one, after all associated fees. Concerning '06 ammo, I can get Federal at WM for $14.99/box of 20. Any opinions on this ammo? I'll at least try it and see if it shoots accurately in my XL7.