If you live ina free state where you can use the big magazines that is a plus for the ruger..however the tube mag is a lot easier on the fingers.
the marlin may be a little more accurate out of the box but both mill shoot minute of squirell noproblem and both will be extremely reliable.
I would choose on the magazine option becuase that is the only real functional difference...unless of course you're wantng to trick it out
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