I co-worker just bought a Marlin 336. He was nervous if he had gotten burned. He paid $350.00. It is a 1950 that has seen some use, but not that much. The owner had the barrel reblued as there was a small section near the receiver that had evidence of minor pitting. The butt stock showed a little sanding, but again it was pretty minor. I did 3 coats of BLO on the stock, minor cleaning as it had been gone through very well by someone very recently. I can't tell you the smile on his face when I was done. The rear sight is a ghost ring and front sight had been replaced. What a wonderful overall rifle though. He wanted a '94, but I told him to hold out for a 336. Caliber is .30-30. He hit it out of the park on this purchase. JMHO. I would have preferred a .35, but this was a great buy.