I've been reading on this site for a few weeks and have replied to at least one posting, but thought I should introduce myself.
I'm in southwest Ohio near Cincinnati. I like all kinds of shooting, reloading, hunting, and messing with firearms of all sorts. I'm a NRA member and belong to the Ohio Gun Collectors Association.
I currently have two Marlins. First is a plain jane 336W purchased from a pawn shop cheap. Has a little freckeling on the blueing and some scratches on the hardwood stock and a 1.5 x 5 Bushnell scope. It's a bit homely, but shoots both cast and jacketed bullets great and cycles smooth as butter. It's the kind of rifle you don't mind hunting with in rough country or bad weather.
My other Marlin is a 1894S in 44 Mag. It has a beautiful unchekered walnut stock and is pre cross bolt safety. It was sold to me as "new, but no box" and I beleive it. There wasn't a mark on it and it was quite stiff to cycle at first. It's still no where near as smooth as the 336. I put a Lyman 66LA receiver sight and a fiber optic front sight. I was hoping to hunt deer with it here, but it looks like the proposal to allow currently legal pistol cartridges in rifles or carbines got shot down. Oh, well. There's always Kentucky.
I'd love to have an older 39A and also a 1894C in 357. One day the right ones will come across my path.