Last year I purchased my first lever action...a Marlin 450 (new). I was a little concerned when I bought it how sloppy the trigger was and even went back and looked at another to make sure mine was ok...it was.... they were all sloppy.
Well anyway, I fired the rifle maybe 5 times and I noticed how difficult the action was becomming...to make a long story short, I took the gun back to WalMart who sent it to Wild West guns in Anchorage, who then sent it back to Marlin. When I called Wild West they claimed it had a "ring in the barrel." and this was a manufacturer's defect this is why it went back to Marlin. Marlin did not have any 450 barrels ready so who knows how long I would have had to wait.
The manager of the Fairbanks WalMart store was great.....apologized for everything and refunded my money.
Marlin.....sorry, but your product....in my opinion/experience.... is junk