I can't for the life of me see how something like this could get by Marlin's so called quality control. Don't they test fire every firearm? The only way I can see that they could chamber a round to test fire in that rifle would be to push it in with their finger. I'm really upset about this, I was pretty excited when I found one, like a kid waiting for Santa waiting for it to be shipped to my FFL, that all went down the drain. There's also a gap between the stock and the receiver on the left side that I was going to live with until the feed issue came to light. The action is also very rough, I probably built up my muscles a little yesterday cycling the action, trying to smooth it out. What a difference between my smooth as silk action in the 1894 built in 1979 and this one. I hate to have to wait another 3 weeks or more to get some quality range time with it but don't really have much choice. Hope their QC after doing warranty repairs is better than their post manufacture QC.
There, I think I'm done whining now until I call Marlin customer service.