I had a Marlin 1895SS (pistol grip) that I traded for an A.H. Fox 20 gauge. Love the Fox but want to get another 45-70. I agree that it was a little rough out of the box but after a Kick-EZE pad and AO sights it was a fine rifle. I don't like the guide guns because of the shorter barrels. Not a tackdriver but an accurate hunting rifle and it stopped anything that I shot. I went Marlin partly because of price and was not disappointed.