I'm sure by now some of you may have caught on.. I like to get on a kick about getting a new gun for a while.. then find something else I "need" and change topics quickly. Sorry if this annoys any of y'all but I really appreciate any input I can get from more experienced shooters/hunters. I would really like to get a marlin in the good ol' 45/70. I looked at the usual places, Cabelas, Bass Pro and buds. Buds has the ss guide gun for under 700 shipped, so with ffl and all that jazz we'll call it 7. Seems to me that that's a steal for anything in ss these days. Would it be worth the risk of getting a crappy remlin at this point? A pal of mine owns an lgs and swears he hasn't seen any downsides to the rem takeover.. either he's a damn good liar or he gets really lucky, knowing him though he'd refuse anything subpar from anybody.. so I might look so see if he could order em in himself. This may not become an actual purpose for a few months at least, my brain and trigger finger are always more active than my wallet is.. also, do they make the guide guns ported from factory anymore?