Originally Posted by Scratchammo
For me it's both. I love the accuracy but hate the reliability(ymmv). When I take it shooting I also take a brass dowel to drop down the barrel if a shell gets stuck. I'm not hating, just spoiled by my 10/22.
Sounds like you're using Remington ammo...that's a Squib ammo problem, not a gun problem.
Squibs are loads that have little or no powder, causing them to not exit the barrel due to not enough pressure to leave.
Main reason Marlins are so fussy about the ammo you use, is the Micro-Groove barrels.
A Ruger/Savage/Mossy/etc will have a standard groove barrel, which means 5 or 6 lands & 5 or 6 grooves...A Marlin Micro-Groove barrel will have 16 lands and 16 grooves...which means more resistance on the bullet...
it also means less bullet distortion, but a better gas seal, so it more or less equals out the friction loss of FPS...
however, if you use substandard ammo (Remington Rimfire) and you get a questionable round...it'll show FAST!
The problems with Remington Rimfire ammo (Golden Bullsquish & Thunderduds) include...
Odd-sized bullet (too large or too small or Mis-shappen)
Short powder load
No Powder load
Double Powder load
Improper case size
And yes, some of us are so ObComp that we micrometer an entire box of 550 Golden Bullets...
This is not to say other brands of ammo doesn't have problems, its just Remington makes the worst I've ever found.