Just registered. Don't know why it has taken me so long to find this. I had my Mom buy me my first Marlin 336 30-30 at Walton's 5 & 10 in Bentonville, Arkansas when I was probably 13. Sam Walton just had a couple of Wal-Mart stores at the time, but still ran the original store in Bentonville. (What if I had bought a few shares of Wal-Mart stock instead of the Marlin???). I just turned 50, and the herd of Marlins has grown to include a Golden 39A, 218 Bee, 25-20, my late father's 336 in 30-30 (restored), and others, all the way to my favorite - a 444. The 444 is an older model with 24" barrel and straight stock and shoots unbelieveably good! As my eyes have failed me, I have fitted all of them with scopes. I have a thing about the vintage steel-tube Weaver scopes made in El Paso, Texas. To me, nothing looks better on a Marlin lever action. I have rifles fitted with K-4's, V-9's, and even a V-8 with the tri-wire reticle. The Marlin lever action has never gotten the respect it deserves. I handload for all of them (except the .22, of course), and have loads that shoot 1 MOA or better in most of them. I look forward to reading the posts and contributing where I can. I know there is a wealth of knowledge here as well. I know I'm in good company!