Including a Marlin and Winchester - never had a failure or stoppage or breakage with any of them. It really depends on what you are going to use it for - if you are going to hunt a lot with it, and put a scope on it, go with the Marlin as it has the solid reciever and you can mount a scope center-line. If you want just a handy, walking-in-the-woods rifle/keep in your car or truck rifle, get the Winchester as it is lighter, and points a lot better than the Marlin. Or so as I did and get both. I always scoff at the people that now consider the 30/30 underpowered - the last deer I shot with one (this year) went clean through him and out the other side.