Ok, this is my first ever review, but I felt it had to be done. I started shooting last year, and found out I love it. I first got a Marlin 60, then a Marlin XT-22, and then a Weatherby Vangaurd II, in 223. I really enjoyed shooting the Marlin XT-22 with a cheap Centerpoint 3-9x32 at dime size targets at 50 yards using Federal #810, until this year, when the XT-22 just would NOT group like it did last year. I cleaned, I scrubbed, I wrote it off to cold weather, and I replaced the scope with a Nikon Prostaff rimfire 3-9x 40 with BDC (bullet drop compensator), all to no avail; I just could not get the dime size groupings I did last year. Well then I started shooting practice golf balls (gofer balls) at a little over 100 yards- You know, the sand pile behind the 100 yard target; and now I have a whole new sport. Even using cheap ammo I never thought I would use, i'm hitting them gofer balls better with the XT-22 then with the Weatherby, using my best (1-2”) ammo. In fact much better. Still can't hit the dime size groupings at 50 yards, but couldn't miss the gofer balls at that range, and probably could average 30-50% at 100 yards depending on ammo and weather. Suggest Ya'all think about getting the XT-22 with the Prostaff rimfire. It's the funnest shooting i've done, three days in a row now. P.S.- the XT-22 took at least a brick of Blazers to break in.
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