My old Winchester Model 94 was getting lonely, so I got him a hot young girlfriend. My neighbor had this .357 Marlin in his basement for a year, said he's only shot twenty rounds through it. Everyone I talked to agreed it was a steal at $200! I had only seen it once, and was pleased when I picked it up today because the wood was darker than I remembered. I had been looking on the Marlin site and the wood color was pretty light, looked cheap to me.