I went to the gun shop with money in my hand. I had been saving up for awhile and wanted to purchase a 1963 Marlin 336 in 30-30 caliber the gunshop had on its rack for awhile. Well, I was told it had been sold about 5 days earlier. Boy, talk about disappointment. But then the salesman reached behind some winchesters and pull out another Marlin 336. This ones serial number dates it to 1973. Overall it was in great condition. A little flaking of the varnish near the butt stock and grip area. They wanted 300.00 for it, so I talked them down 25.00 (which was still high...but I just had enough in my pocket to get it). I am now the proud owner of this little beauty. My next mission is to get some ammo and see how she shoots.