OK here's a few shots of this rifle. I have come to really like this thing. It's everything I expected a Marlin with a really good trigger to be and then some. The trigger is great as expected but what has really surprised me is the way the bolt works. It's as smooth as any rifle I ever picked up. It's more smooth than my 925 which I hadn't expected at all. And it has none of the QC problems that have plagued Marlin on certain rifles since the buyout. It works very, very well in fact. It's as solid as my late 80's Model 60 and that's saying a lot. I still haven't mounted the scope. I wanted to take the photos first. I didn't want to make the rifle look bad by putting one of the reject scopes I have laying around on it. All my good scopes are mounted and zeroed on other rifles so I didn't want to go through that much trouble. I'll probably use it as a iron sights rifle anyway. I have good scoped bolt action rimfires. This one is going to be my bolt action varmint rimfire for taking care of roving packs of dogs or whatever. It can really put the bullets out quick. I had the barrel almost too hot to touch today which says a lot about a bolt action rimfire.
There are a few things I wasn't real happy about. First I have hundreds and hundreds of hex wrenches and bits. None of them would fit the take down screws. I ended up using a star bit to take it apart which is NOT a good idea. I'll have to find out what size hex wrench it should take and try to find one. I'm guessing no one but Marlin sells that size. That stinks. Maybe one should have come with the rifle. But it didn't. I'll work it out somehow I'm sure.
Also the finish on the end of the inner mag tube tip got knocked off really easy. I doctored it with some paint but my guess is that will be a full time job. Plus the bolt got marked up really quick. It was a super nice looking rifle when I got it but I shouldn't expect the finish to stay that way on a budget rifle I guess. I don't have good luck even with my expensive rimfires though (like my CZ 453 American). It's a trend IMO and not a very good one.
There are other things I really like too though. The rough finish on the front of the stock makes for a very solid grip and likely it will be that way even if the rifle is wet. It's not rough enough to work like sandpaper on your skin though. I like it a lot. I like the grip and the raised comb too. It's easy to get the right cheek weld with this rifle. And it's easy to get a solid grip on the rifle. The wood and laminate stocks have your basic Monte Carlo stock but the synthetic stocks are a new design and I like it a lot. And the lines on this rifle are very nice. It has the classic good looks of a straight line, sleek rifle. I like that a lot even if it is a knock around gun. There's no reason it can't look good at least at first and I expect it will keep it's good looks a good while.
Once I mount one of my old scopes I'll test for accuracy better. But for now here's the photos such as they are.