The gun was on Gunbrokers.com and looks in pristine condition. This is my first centerfire gun. i've been a traditional bow archer for years...that means I've done a lot of hunting with no results. Now I'd like to go deer hunting and be able to reach out farther than 15 -20 yards. The gun is tapped for a scope so all i have to do is get the right mounting devices. I'm writing this post because I'm sure this particular combination has probably been done by other Marlin 336W owners and just in case there may be an "ideal" set up. Or, there may not be an "ideal" set up and any mounting plate and rings that fit will do. But i would just hate to find out after I ordered the least correct combination there was a better solution. Thanks for any input.