Hunting Rifles Birmingham AL

Local resource for Hunting Rifles in Birmingham. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to Stevens 200 Rifle, Savage Edge Rifle, Marlin XL7 Rifle, hunting rifles, rifles, guns, hunting guns, as well as advice and content on various hunting rifles, manufacturers and retailers.

Dick's Sporting Goods
(205) 981-1320
Brook Highland Plaza
Birmingham, AL
 
Roberts Sporting Goods Co Inc
(205) 323-4461
200 24th St S
Birmingham, AL
 
Hibbetts Sporting Goods
(205) 380-3840
Birmingham, AL
 
Sports Additions
(205) 925-0356
Western Hills Mall
Birmingham, AL
 
Trak Shak The
(205) 870-5644
2841 18th St S
Birmingham, AL
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(205) 909-1400
Patton Creek
Hoover, AL
 
Blue Gel Co
(205) 328-1701
702 27th Pl S
Birmingham, AL
 
Hibbett Sporting
(205) 252-3937
1318 1st Ave N
Birmingham, AL
 
Finish Line The
(205) 868-9072
780 Brookwood Vlg
Birmingham, AL
 
Mountain Brook Sporting Goods Incorporated
(205) 870-3257
66 Church St
Birmingham, AL
 

Marlin XL7 Rifle Review

The Marlin Firearms Company has been around for well over a century. During that time they have made many firearms, but they are best known for their lever action rifles. Several million were produced, which is comparable to Winchester and Savage, their main competition. The Marlin has a well deserved reputation for quality and durability. I have several in my collection and they all shoot well. A couple of them will give the average bolt action a run for their money in the accuracy department. The 30-30 has been in my collection for over 40 years and still shoots very well.

Fairly recently Remington bought the Marlin Company. Marlin has released a bolt action centerfire hunting rifle. In the past they had tried to produce a bolt action, but those efforts failed. The first was released in the 1950's on imported Sako and Mauser actions. It was a short lived project due to the micro groove rifling that was incorporated. It did not work with high intensity cartridges, and accuracy and barrel life suffered. In 1996 they released the MR-7 which was a capable rifle, but failed commercially so it was dropped. After about three years in development they came out with the XL7. The engineers borrowed some good features from various rifles and incorporated them in this model. Since it wasn't a revolutionary design I would guess that it didn't cost as much to design. This would help keep the cost down, which is a requirement for this model.

Marlin released the bolt action XL7 rifle in 25-06, 270 Winchester and the 30-06. At this time they do not offer any other chamberings. Since it is considered a basic hunting rifle I don't see a big problem with that. All three calibers are proven performers given proper loads and bullet placement. I requested and received a sample rifle in 30-06 which I consider the most versatile caliber in existence. When I first took it out of the box my first impression was that it's light at 6 1/2 lbs and well balanced, which is a good thing for me. Since I am a bit handicapped I can appreciate a lb or two shaven off a rifle. It sports a 22" barrel with no sights and a black synthetic stock with a basic recoil pad. While not as good looking as wood, the synthetic is a more practical stock for hunting. The stock is checkered at the wrist and forend which aids in gripping it, especially during rain. The nylon reinforced stock also has sling studs that will not come off like some of the older designs have done. You can also get a camo stock if desired for a few dollars more and both stocks are pillar bedded for accuracy. The bluing is decent but not real shiny which is an asset in my view. A shiny stock and barrel can spook away game, as it isn't a normal thing in the woods. If a deer sees a glint he isn't going to stick around to examine it, especially if he has a nice rack. Deer don't get nice racks by being stupid or overly curious. While not a beautiful rifle I wouldn't hesitate to take on a rugged backcountry trip involvi...

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Savage Edge Rifle Review

The last few years has seen growth in the entry level rifle market. The Marlin XL7, Mossberg ATR and 4x4 rifles, T/C Venture join rifles that have been around for awhile like the Weatherby Vanguard, the Remington 710/770, and the Stevens 200 that we recently reviewed. Just shortly after reviewing the Stevens 200, Savage released a new entry level rifle called the Edge. Like the Stevens 200, it's made by Savage and is targeted as a value rifle. For this review we will be taking a closer look at the Edge and comparing it to Savage's other offerings.

The Edge comes in a few different options. First it is offered as either a stand alone gun in either black or "Next Vista" camo. Alternatively Savage is offering an Edge XP in black or camo that comes with a mounted and bore sighted 3-9x40 scope.

The Edge is offered in a long or short action. The long action offerings are 25-06 Rem, 270 Win, and 30-06 Springfield, while the short action comes in 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 7mm-08 Rem, and finally 308 Win. All models have a 22" barrel and a four round detachable box magazine. All non-scoped models weigh in at 6.5 lbs and are ready for scope mounts. Iron sights are not offered at this time.

The Edge in its most basic form has a suggested retail of $329, but will most likely retail around $290-$300. This price puts the Edge at or below all but the most basic offerings from most manufacturers.

Our review model is a short action black Edge in 308 win. For this review we will be comparing it closely with a Stevens 200 in 308 win, along with some comparisons to a Savage Weather Warrior 16 FCSS in 308 win.

Recoil Pad:
The Edge recoil pad is a better design and softer than the Stevens 200. The recoil pad rubber appears to be made of the same material as the Edge; however the Edge has a ventilated design that makes it more supple. The rubber on the Edge is not as soft as that of the Weather Warrior, so it probably won't provide quite the recoil reduction, but it should wear longer.


Close up of the indentations in the recoil pad.


The Edge (right) has a suppler design than the Stevens 200 (middle).
However it is not as soft as the Weather Warrior (left).

Bolt Assembly:
The Edge bolt design is a hybrid design somewhere between the Stevens 200 bolt and the Weather Warrior bolt. Savage tinkerers will be happy to see the same bolt face design as all previous Savage models of recent memory. There appears to be no change at all to the bolt face; however the rear of the bolt is changed. The bolt has a striker/cocking indicator, that allows you to see the bolt is cocked and when the hammer has been dropped, like the Weather Warrior. However unlike the Weather Warrior, the bolt is removed using the same side bolt release like a Stevens 200.


Bottom of the Edge bolt. No skeletonization.

The bolt handle is skeletonized which most likely reduces the weight a slight bit and gives it a look similar to higher end milled bolts, although the Edge bolt appear...

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Stevens 200 Rifle Review

At the most basic level firearms are a tool. This message is sometimes lost in the wide array of situations that firearms are discussed and used. Sometimes you don't need a lot of frills when making a new tool purchase, you just need the tool to do exactly what it is supposed to do, even better if you can save some money in the process. If this description fits your hunting rifle needs, the Stevens 200 won't disappoint.

Stevens is a brand owned by the Savage Arms Inc and the 200 is the only model in the rifle lineup. A couple of reviews ago, we took a look at the new Savage Accustock Weather Warrior and noted the innovation that Savage has brought to the market. However when you review the current lineup of Savage rifles you will notice that almost all (especially those with synthetic stocks) come equipped with the Accustock and all models are now using the Accutrigger. What if you just want an inexpensive rifle that is identical or at least close to the Savage 110 of previous decades? The Stevens 200 fits the bill.


Stevens is a brand owned by the Savage Arms Inc. Stevens bears the Savage logo.

The Stevens 200 is offered in a long or short action. Savage also offers the Stevens 200 in an "XP" package which includes bases, rings, and a scope. All models, including the XP package, are available with either a camo stock or the standard gray. Street price for the standard, non-packaged rifle is around $300 in either a long or short action.


Stevens 200 XP Short Camo


Stevens 200 Short Standard Gray


Stevens 200 XP Long Standard Gray

The 200 is offered in a variety of cartridges. The long action is currently available in 25-06 Rem, 270 Win, 30-06 Springfield, 7mm Rem Mag, and 300 Win Mag. The short action is available in 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 243 Win, 7mm-08 Rem, and 308 Win. All short actions as well as non-magnum long actions come with 22" barrels, magnum long actions have 24" barrels. Short actions weigh in at a light 6.5 lbs while long actions are only a quarter of pound heavier at 6.75 lbs. All actions are right hand only.

The finish on the 200 is a simple matte blue that has a somewhat rough texture like other unpolished blue finishes. The stock on the 200 is basic and comes only in an uninspiring bluish gray or camo. In magnum calibers the stock will most likely flex some under recoil thus have a negative impact on accuracy. The upside is that since any stock that has inletting for the older savage style action should work as a replacement. Bell and Carlson, H.S. Precision, Boyds, and McMillan either make a cataloged stock or can make a custom stock for the Stevens 200.


The old style barrel nut is used on the Stevens 200


The 200 action is nearly identical to an older Savage action. It uses the old
style bolt release on the side of the action, thumb safety at the rear of the bolt.
The action is also a "round back style" unlike the much older "flat back" style.

The Stevens trigger is similar to the old style Savage trigg...

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