I started to deviate from my "I spy something post" and decided to start another. On my search for a well deserving Marlin to do a project, I came across this gun. Its a 1952 336 RC 30-30. It was perfect ;D......no, not even close. The wood needed to be refinished, has pits in the receiver, trigger has some sloppy play in it, no blueing left. Well I got him down to $225 and I tried to get it lower but I can't get him to budge anymore. He wanted $325. So long story short, I can't bring myself to molest this older Marlin. Price is almost right and with a good blueing and some TLC, I think I could have a nice gun. But...... Its not drilled for bases but it doesn't have the "waffle top" its more of some wavey lines, the JM is on the RIGHT side of the barrel and not the left. Is that normal? What are my options for sights or bases without tapping the reciever? I'm guessing that this is a ballard barrel and not a micro groove? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I gotta make a decision on this gun before deer season gets any closer. Bubba would jump on this gun for that price.