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Operating the Firearm


Read detailed instructions about loading, unloading, and other operation of your Model XL7 firearm.

Bolt Installation

To install the bolt, first check to ensure the chamber is empty. Line up the locking lugs with the recesses at the rear of the receiver and push the bolt forward. (If bolt sleeve/cocking piece are out of location, do not force. Consult a gunsmith or call Marlin Gun Service Dept.)

How to Operate the Safety

The safety button is round and located on the right side of the receiver behind the bolt handle. The letters "F" and "S" are engraved on either side of the safety button.

  • WARNING: Prior to firing, know and understand the operation of the safety by practicing with the rifle unloaded. Do not touch the trigger while operating the safety, or at any other time, unless you are ready to shoot.
  • WARNING: Never put the safety between the SAFE and FIRE position. Always place it in either the forward position (FIRE) or rearward position (SAFE). Unless the safety is in either the forward or rearward position, you cannot be certain whether it is on SAFE or FIRE.

This rifle is equipped with a two-position safety which will operate when the bolt is open, or closed and rifle is cocked. When cocked, a red indicator is visible beneath the bolt sleeve (See Figures A and B). To cock the rifle, rotate the bolt handle all the way up and pull the bolt rearward until you can see the chamber and magazine to ensure they are empty. Then push the bolt forward and rotate the handle down to its original position. The rifle is now empty and cocked and the red indicator will be visible.

The two safety positions.

  1. Fully to the rear "S" (See A). This is the SAFE position. With the safety in this position, the trigger is blocked, the bolt is not. This position should be used for carrying in the field and during loading and unloading the chamber and magazine.
  2. Fully forward "F" (See B). This is the FIRE position. If the chamber is loaded and the trigger is pulled with the safety in this position, the rifle will fire.

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  • WARNING: Never disassemble the safety. It has been correctly designed, fitted and tested. Any mechanical device can fail, however, so never rely on the safety to justify careless handling. Never use a firearm with a safety that does not function properly. (See instructions for factory maintenance in this manual)

How to Load

  • WARNING: Before loading, be sure that all grease, oil or any obstruction has been removed from the barrel and chamber. Use only the ammunition type inscribed on the barrel of your rifle.


  1. With the rifle pointed in a safe direction and the safety in the safe position (See A), lift the bolt handle and pull the bolt back as far as it will go.

Note: If bolt is not cocked, safety cannot be moved. In this case, open bolt and move safety to safe position (See A).

  1. Push four cartridges, one at a time, straight down into the magazine, and flush with the rear wall (See C).

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  1. One additional cartridge can be loaded directly into the chamber (See D). This is not recommended unless you are ready to aim and fire your rifle.
  1. Using your thumb to push the cartridges in the magazine all the way down, slide the bolt forward slowly, so that it passes over the top of the cartridges in the magazine (See E).
  2. Push the bolt handle all the way down. The chamber and magazine are now loaded. Your rifle is now cocked, with a round in the chamber, and will fire if the safety is placed in the fire position and the trigger is pulled.

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How to Fire

  • WARNING: Before firing your rifle, always be sure of your intended target and that there is a safe backstop beyond.

With the rifle pointed at the target, push the safety to the FIRE position (See B) and pull the trigger.

After firing, lift the bolt handle and pull it all the way back, ejecting the fired cartridge case. If you do not want to fire again, see "How to Unload".

To chamber the next cartridge, push the bolt forward and the handle fully down. Your rifle is cocked and ready to fire again. If you do not want to fire again, put the safety in the SAFE position before closing the bolt (See A).

  • WARNING: A "squib" or underpowered shot, can normally be detected by the unusually low report it makes. Because the bullet may actually still be in the barrel, you must unload completely and, with the bolt removed, look through the barrel from the breech end to see if there is an obstruction. If there is, it must be removed before firing. Otherwise, personal injury or severe damage could result.

How to Unload

With the rifle pointed in a safe direction, and the safety in the SAFE position (See A, pg.3), lift the bolt handle. Pull the bolt handle back slowly to eject the cartridge from the chamber (See F).

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Close the bolt and push the handle all the way down. Lift the handle and pull it all the way back slowly to eject the next cartridge. Repeat this procedure until the chamber and magazine are empty.

  • WARNING: Check the chamber and magazine to be certain that no cartridges remain. If possible, leave the bolt open. If it must be closed, be sure the safety is on.
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