My first centerfire rifle was a new Marlin 336 in 30-30. Woolworth (a chain that is long gone) was the store I bought it in, and I can still remember the price, $79. The Winchester was on sell for $10 less, but I fell in love with that Marlin. To this day I still have the 30-30 and a 35 Remington twin. An 1894 Marlin in .357 Magnum is my favorite rifle in my safe, followed closely by a Browning .22 lever gun (I don't remember the model number but it is small, quick and accurate). I guess I am a lever fan.
I haven't tried these new bullet designs with the poly tip. The old round nose soft point has always worked for me. Come to think of it, I haven't tried a scope on my Marlins either. Maybe when my eyes dim a little more I'll go that route, but in the woods I hunt you might see another hunter in full blaze orange at 100 yards, but you wouldn't see a deer or bear. I figure if I'm looking in the right direction, and the critter is moving, I should see him at 50 yards. 50 yards, brush, a Marlin with plain ammo and iron sights, that's the way I like it.