I've been looking into getting a Marlin 336C .30-30 within the next month or two. After doing some looking around on the internet, I've been seeing a lot of complaints about the new Marlin's, being built by Remington. Many people complaining about fit and finish, scratches, canted sights and a rough action. Now I've see some pictures of what some of these guys are nitpicking about. A scratch here, or the stain on the wood isn't perfect, or the wood is slightly uneven or other small non-function related problems. They're $400 guns. I'm not expecting a KAC here. But my main concern is I've read of issues with cycling and rough actions. Canted sights I would be able to inspect in the store. However, some stores will not let you cycle guns or handle them in such a way to get a good idea of how the action feels.
Has anybody bought a new Marlin 336 within the past two years? Any problems or issues related to the function? I'm not looking for a beauty queen. I'm interested in a lever gun that works. I want to put an XS rail and sights on it. And MAYBE an Aimpoint. I'm kind of getting the feeling that these are like WASR's, many people complaining about small issues that really don't matter or can easily be fixed.
I saw one in my local Wal-Mart the other night. I did not ask to see it because I can't spend the money on one right now, and I was afraid I'd accidentally leave with it, disregarding my lack of funds.