Bought a Marlin XL7 in 25-06 in April of this year. Had a Redfield 3X9 Revolution installed with Burris rings and using the factory mounted weaver style one piece mount. I have several rifles in my gun safe 7mm rem mag, .270 Weatherby, 30-06 (2), 22-250 and a 243. My father in-law has hunted with a 25-06 for the last 20 years and has made me into a believer in this round. This new rifle will shoot 3/4 inch groups all day long with the new Hornady superformance 117 grain sst loads. I shot a nice 4x5 mulie with it at 321 yards ranged with a range finder and my 17 year old son shot an outstanding 30 inch 4x4 at 407 yards one week later ranged, both shots were one shot kills. Mine was through the right front shoulder, the deer turned and ran down hill about 10 yards and fell dead. My sons shot hit low in the chest taking out the heart and this buck was DRT. To say I am impressed would be an understatement. Anyone thinking about a new addition to the gun safe would do well to check out this combo. Not much money for the amount of performance, around 500 dollars, this rig is a keeper.