The 336 W is the budget gun with cheap wood. I have no personal knowledge, but the internet chatter says the recent Marlins are a crap shoot. Even the top end guns.
I wouldn't have any of the Mossbergs as a gift. Even their best effort falls far short of the millions of perfectly good used Marlins and Winchesters setting on used gun racks all across the country. And they are selling for far less than the new Marlins or Mossbergs.
Here is a 1973 Marlin that I paid $250 for.