Customizing Marlin lever guns is a booming cottage industry, especially for those Cowboy Action games. But unless you’re a competitor, this rifle doesn’t need much. After several hundred rounds, I had zero loading, feeding, firing, or ejection issues. This Marlin just runs. It’s fast to shoulder, quick to point, and accurate. Everything I’ve put through it in .357 or .38 Special has shot 3 inches or better at 50 yards. The trigger on my test model pulled at 7.5 pounds. Lighter would be better for most shooters, but there is none of the creep or gritti- ness that has plagued some earlier 1894s.