Something I recently ran across may be of interest to the rest of you. I knew that a couple years ago Marlin was purchased by Cerberus/Freedom Group, which also owns companies like Remington and Bushmaster. The new owners closed the Marlin factory in Connecticut, fired all of the workers, and moved production to Remington-owned factories in New York and Kentucky. Apparently, even a couple years later, the new factories are having serious problems with quality control. I’ve seen people post pictures of Marlins with canted sights, with dovetails cut in the wrong places, with stocks that fit so poorly to the receiver that you can see daylight though the gaps, with chipped stocks, with scope-mounting screws drilled off center, and with bare-wood foreends that were installed and shipped without being stained or finished. One guy related a story that he was having extraction problems with his new Marlin, and he found that the chamber had been rifled! Another guy’s new gun wouldn’t extract, and he quickly discovered that no extractor had been installed. Another guy’s gun was so roughly finished on the internals that the only way he could get the action to move (even with plenty of lubrication) was to loosen all of the screws. Here are some videos detailing Marlin's quality-control problems:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUOrbeQNi2Ehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi79kO51R4Uhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITEUvnom8Ho
If any of my fellow LGP gun owners might be in the market for a new Marlin, you might want to think again or at least take a *very* careful look at the gun before you buy it. This really sucks. I own a compact 1894C in .357 Magnum that I bought around 10 years ago, and I really like that gun. A Marlin 39A in .22LR has been on my wish list for a while, and for some reason I also want a .45-70 Guide Gun (even though I don't know what I'd do with it).