Just received three more Remington Marlins, I'll have pics tomorrow, but here are my impressions:
1) 336BL 30-30 - other than the checkering (usual issue with varying depths) it looks great, nice dark wood, pistol grip with Marlin big loop. I'd own one!
2) 1895GS - 45-70 Fit and finish failed, it was overall very nice, but the forend cap has a scratch in it. I also had to tap the buckhorn sight in so that it lined up on the front sight(another scare for a possible canted barrel)
damage pic 1895GS
3) 1895 GBL - 45-70 Fit and finish failed again, this time it was where they cut the checkering they didn't raise the cutter up enough and scratched the stock in a few places.
GBL damage pic (see the verylight marks? those are scratches)
In the end, I opted for some money off of each gun. I'll sell them as "cosmetically flawed". The new owners can contact Remington if they want a new stainless end cap or new furniture for the GBL.
So, while not perfect, I think I'm still good. Gotta say the wood on all three guns is nice and dark(except for the scratches on the GBL of course) and if I was buying these for hunting, I'd just take the discount and run. But at least I knew about them up front. I could have sent them back for replacements, my distributor did offer me that solution, but for cosmetic stuff where Remington Marlin will most likely replace for free....of course, the lifetime replacement warranty still stands!
I'll give overall pics of the rifles as soon as I get a break in the rainy weather!!