Thanks for the warm welcome everyone. And thanks for the tip Hyphenated. Actually I have a 1976 version 336 in .35 rem. I bought it new and a red field wide angle 3 -9 variable scope the same day. I don't deer hunt anymore, but I still have it. A neighbor brought a late 80 version .44 mag yesterday. He offered it to me foe 450. I think I'm gonna take him up on it. It's about 95%.Glad to have aboard Randall. For the time being, I would stick with any Marlin made before 2007, that way you won't have any worries. If you can't find an earlier model and have to buy a new one go over it with a fine tooth comb. If you are not familiar with Marlin lever actions have someone who is check the rifle before you spend your cash. You didn't say if this is your first Marlin or not, but if it is, the .44mag is a great place to start.