Well looks like I didn't get a good one. I posted this over at Austin's Hi Point site. I have to be careful to remain objective here because I am not happy with what I took out of the box. The guys at the Marlin site warned me about Remlins and the poor quality of Marlin firearms since Remington bought them out. This gun appears to have ALL of the issues that have ticked off recent buyers of new Marlin rifles. 1) The trigger is crap! It feels like broken glass alright, like a thousand glass shards grinding on metal. There is a nasty step in the pull. It's so bad you can hear an audible click going through it. Once through it you are now on the break, and it takes a moderate heavy pull to break the sear, and the break isn't clean. There is no over travel which is the only good thing I have to say about the trigger. Break in will make it better, but other reviews I've read say a trigger job is needed. That sucks. My Taurus revolver was NICE right out of the box. Very sad American quality...but it gets worst. 2) There is about a 1/16" gap between the butt stock and the receiver. It's so large you can see whats going on on the other side of the rifle! Worst inspecting the rest of the stock all of the cut outs are set back 1/16"! The stock was properly machined, but a monkey fit it to the rifle. The fact the stock is to specs will make it an easy repair, by fitting a sleeve with an offset hole in it. But this is very disappointing quality. 3)It will not feed Keith style 158gr lead SWC. This also appears to be "normal" and I have found fixes on line. If it will feed my Lee LSWC (they have a more rounded profile without the step on the Keith style) I wont go grinding on my barrel, but if it wont.... It feeds my 180gr LRNFP 357s just fine. The wood work (except the fit) and the exterior metal finish are nice, beautiful in fact. The blueing may be a tad bit light on the mag tube though. The checkering is crisp, deeply cut, and clean and I like the pattern. It feels funny to me, but only because I've been toting around a smooth stocked Winchester for 25 years. The action is much smoother than my Win 94 which has polished parts. The action will break in and then once I polish it it will be very nice. It's noticeably lighter than the Win. It has a 1.5" shorter barrel, but the wood work is thicker. And of course with an 18.5" barrel it handles nice. It balances just forward of the lever while the Win balances about 2.5" forward of the lever. With the same length of pull I can feel the additional momentum when I swing the Win. The Marlin (Remlin) is going to handle nice in the field. I hate the lawyer safety, and will use one of the techniques I've found to be rid of it: It just looks wrong on a cowboy gun. Included with the rifle (everything was there) was the manual, a trigger lock, and a spur hammer attachment for mounting a scope. I will not be mounting a scope, but it is drilled and tapped for one. A front sight cover is included, and I hate the look of it's squared profile. I'll probably take it off to, but it may grow on me so I'll leave it for a while. Over all without shooting it I'm a bit disappointed. After transfer fee and use tax I paid 660 for this thing, and I think that's enough to expect a bit of quality control. But it will tune up just fine, and once I've shot it I'd bet I'll be grinning. Time to load up some lead. We are going out Friday with 100+ rounds of 30-06 (cases for Bitsman!), 150 44mag, about 200 38, a few 357 hunting loads, and what ever 22 we decide to haul along. I'll report back then.