Sounds like a great day. We've had so much rain and wind the last few days shooting outdoors would be risky business at best. I believe that Marlin is going your way for sure.
How old is the Redfield scope? I have a 2-7Widefield I've had since 76 and never had a problem. It's been on .30-06's,308W and now a .22 Magnum. Seems like the newer Redfields aren't too highly thought of.