Found Jeff56's post interesting. Was tempted to buy the Savage he mentioned, but decided on a Marlin XT. A few weeks ago, spent a day visiting gun places looking for a Marlin XT with a mag. Only place with one sold it with a scope mounted and I'd be darn if I'd keep the 3-9 Marlin factory scope on it, so I didn't buy it. Even visited a Wal-Mart that still sells rifles, perused thru their catalog and had clerk call their distributor to order a Marlin XT. Distributor was out of the two model Marlin XTs I would buy and didn't know when they'd have them to ship. Recall other gun places had the Savage Mk II rifles to sell. Darn it, now I'm not sure what I'll buy, other than it will be a bolt action 22.