I bought one of the marlin bolt guns on the advice of dragonfly. Its a tack driver. Great little rifle. I originally bought it to pop jack rabbits with. The .22LR wasn't enough for a bad shot on a running jack rabbit (or a good shot at times). I went with solids and couldn't be happier. Now that I am in TN, I have no idea what I will hunt with it. Cottontails are a bit too small, but I'll figure something out They are a great big game rifle when you need a bit more punch (I'm strictly talking emergency food gathering- head shot from a .22WMR should do most big critters). Ammo is cheap to stockpile. I bought it at Wally World. I found a used one at the swap meet months later for about $50 less. Look for a used one.