Here is something you don’t see every day, a Marlin 7000T or 7000 Target, also immediately re-named the ‘Boiled sweet’ when the Viking spotted it for the first time.
These are quite scarce here in the UK, this one was built in 1999 according to the serial number and these things came with a heavy micro twist 18″ barrel and an ambidextrous laminated stock with three way adjustable butt stock. Combine this with a large hand swell and you get a stock that looks to be for a 9 year old that fits my 6’3″ frame as equally well as the Viking’s more petite 5’8″ without adjustment, looks truly can be deceptive. This particular rifle came in with 6 magazines and an 18x ‘scope so I can only assume it was used for plinking and Light Sport Rifle in a previous life.
First job was a complete strip and clean then get it out for zeroing and this is where the first issue showed. The barrel was very clean, the action however was grim, a typical un-cleaned semi automatic and adding insult to injury the bolt buffer crumbled away in 4 parts. That was going to be a problem if it was to be zeroed as the last thing I needed was a bolt rattling away inside the receiver. So I improvised with some super glue and duct tape, gave it a wipe over and put everything back together. Interestingly, this rifle has a self colour aluminium trigger guard and the original guard was black. Also, the over-travel screw was not present so this guard is a replacement for whatever reason. I can soon add an over-travel screw once the rifle function was confirmed. Once everything was back together the trigger weight gauge was used and confirmed a reasonable 1.25kgs/2.75 lbs which is about half that of the Ruger 10/22 we have in the Armoury. Sooo, we have a rifle with a bull barrel, adjustable laminate stock, last round hold open, free fall magazines and an 18X ‘scope all for less than the price of an after-market trigger for a 10/22, I can see someone is going to be happy 🙂
Last job of the day was place an order for a replacement buffer.
Friday, the rifle zeroed and cycled virtually flawlessly on Eley Club (One fail to feed) On CCI HP Subs it was perfect, so a couple of hundred rounds through with both deliberate and rapid fire and a 50 metre zero set. Accuracy is around 1 MOA at 50m/55 yards and will probably improve with different ammunition.
Amazingly the buffer arrived Saturday morning so I stripped the trigger completely and cleaned it properly. You can see the new buffer next to the original complete with duct tape, it had worked for a couple of hundred rounds and was still intact so I guess this is a reasonable short term fix if you ever end up with a shattered buffer.
The triggers come apart very easily as the two sides are held together with 2,3mm/3-32″ ‘E’ Clips. I had none in stock so ordered 50 for under £2.50 delivered to replace the originals at some point. ‘E’ Clips are sprung and do not fair well when replaced a few times so just replace them.
TIP – The pin the buffer sits on is handed so make sure you replace it the way it came off. If in doubt, the slightly longer end holds the magazine lever in place.
So that is the rifle tested, cleaned and zeroed and ready for whatever the future holds for it.