Marlin rifles are great quality at an affordable price, IMO. I'm not sure how many I've had over the years, but they've been great. I did have a feeding problem with a .357 lever action years ago, but a friend I sold it to sent it back to Marlin and they fixed it for free, even though he wasn't the original buyer. It's now his favorite rifle. Many people complain about the new lever actions, but the old ones are outstanding and I believe they'll make good on any new gun with problems. The .22 bolt actions are pretty much without issue, I believe.