I posted this on September 04 of this year: Hi folks I'm new to Marlins as I don't have any yet. All my guns are Bolt action except the 870 shotgun. I'm really looking hard at the Marlin "Guide Gun" in .45-70 as a bear defense while I'm trying to get my quota of salmon during the year. Any thoughts on this gun, the various models, etc. Is there a thread or two that already discusses this? HELP!! and yet I've been teaching MY kids and grandkids on the wood stock Model 81 DL for at least the last 18 years [/URL][/IMG] when my youngest finally had a stable home I gave it to her and acquired the 925R to replace it for MY use.