Originally Posted by Ledslnger
The reason their aren't many aftermarket stuff for Marlins....same reason their aren't a ton of aftermarket stuff for Pintos.
I'll let your poor car analogies slide, but not this. In factory out-of-the-box form, the Marlin is a better performer. The reason for the vast aftermarket for the Ruger is because they NEED an improved barrel/trigger/stock, or a modified magazine release... The Marlin already comes with a great barrel, a stock with a nice fit and finish, and a decent trigger, and the 795 has a proper mag release. No need to upgrade anything. The Ruger would be the Honda Civic Si. Not much of a performer, but once you start the modifications and adding bells and whistles, THEN you have something surprisingly quick. Whereas the Marlin could be something along the lines of a Mustang, or any cheap sports car that does well straight from the factory, which doesn't need upgrades.
I have both, shoot both, and love both. But the Ruger is a money pit, with a barrel and stock that cost more than the actual gun.