Earlier this year I picked up my first Marlin 336 30-30. It is celibrating it's 50th birthday this year and is not a safe queen. It is just a working stiff like I was all my life. lol As I would have expected the action is butter smooth. The bore looks fine and as it turns out from some cold weather open range time ,does fine killing clays on a berm at 110 yds. I am shooting 170 grain Oregon Trail RNFP gas checked over R-7. Alum. checks seem to work as good as brass on these .Most all my brass is the short Hornady but seems to work just fine. Most important to me is there is NO LEADING, Didn't mean to shout there but dogone it I have been fighting bore leading till I was about to give up on cast. I was so excited with how they shot that I just recieved an order of another 1000 bullets . I'll be working up loads in some other powders come green up in the spring. Now don't laugh too hard at that cheap scope on a lever gun. My 72 yr. old eyes think it is nice. lo l Wish all a warm winter.