The big problem with buying a Marlin, now, is that Marlin is gone! Some call it Remlin, other nicknames are available, and the quality control is awful. I got lucky. I bought an SBL and everything works fine. That can't be said for many of the guns being produced by Remington...as Marlins. If you are Marlin shopping, look for a used, or older NOS, rifle. Remington is, apparently, out to destroy the Marlin name.